Matcha drinks are known for their delicious earthy taste and for giving drinkers an energy boost without the jitters that accompany many coffee drinks. This is a popular tea with health gurus, celebrities, and those who frequent their local Starbucks.
Matcha drinks are supposed to be good for the body and mind, and tea lovers everywhere have embraced the trend wholly. Starbucks has its own line of Matcha tea-inspired drinks for its loyal customer base to try. If you are already a Matcha drink fan or have been eager to try one and see how you like it, we made this list for you.
We’ll give you what we consider to be the best Matcha drinks on the Starbucks menu below. Join us and see if you agree!
The 9 Best Matcha Drinks at Starbucks:
1. Matcha Tea Latte
The Matcha Tea Latte is a customer favorite which contains matcha powder and 2% milk. Then, Starbucks adds steamed milk and tops it with a creamy foam for richness and texture.
You can get this latte hot or iced. It has 240 calories and 7 grams of fat, so it’s ideal for health-conscious customers. Keep in mind that ordering a Grande-sized Matcha Tea Latte gives you three scoops of Matcha powder, which not only ups the caffeine content of the drink but the sugar content as well.
2. Iced Pineapple Matcha Drink
If you’re looking for something soothing and cool during a steamy summer day, the Iced Pineapple Matcha Drink is the drink for you. It’s made with coconut milk and pineapple ginger syrup on top of matcha tea. This drink has 170 calories and 80 milligrams (mg) of caffeine, so be careful if you’re watching your caffeine intake.
This is an excellent choice for someone looking for a tropical drink that’s not too sweet. This is one of Starbucks’ dairy-free drinks, and it’s shaken, not stirred.
3. Matcha Crème Frappuccino
The Matcha Crème Frappuccino is a delicious mix of matcha powder and a green Frappuccino, mixed with milk and ice and topped with a delightful whipped cream topping. However, this treat contains 420 calories, so it might not be the best choice for someone watching their weight. It has only 70 mg of caffeine, meaning you can get that energy burst but not be jittery afterward from too much caffeine. This is especially good for people who want to try a Frappuccino but don’t like coffee.
4. Iced Matcha Lemonade
Next on our list of the best Matcha drinks at Starbucks is the Iced Matcha Lemonade. As you’ve probably guessed, this combines Matcha powder and lemonade. Add ice, and it is the perfect cool, refreshing drink to sip on the porch on a warm spring evening.
It has 80 mg of caffeine, but only 120 calories, so it’s the perfect treat for a pick-me-up, but without the added calories many of us don’t need. Not only is it sweet and fat-free, but it’s also a pretty green color. If you want to dress up your Iced Matcha Lemonade, you can also order it with a cold foam topping.
5. Green Tea Matcha
The Green Tea Matcha is a latte without dairy. Since it omits the dairy, it doesn’t have the same creamy texture as the latte. It’s suitable for someone who doesn’t want the calories or caffeine boost. You can add coconut milk if you want to jazz up the drink a bit, but remember that’s going to add calories as well.
6. Peppermint Pow Frappuccino (Secret Menu)
A Peppermint Pow Frappuccino is a drink you can find on Starbucks’ secret menu, as are a few drinks on the list. As the name says, this matcha beverage includes peppermint, which is an acquired taste, but you have to try it.
It features matcha green tea, a vanilla bean Frappuccino, and peppermint syrup, which makes it perfect for a seasonal treat. If you love peppermint and vanilla, this is the treat for you.
7. Cha Cha Latte (Secret Menu)
Next on our list is the Cha Cha Latte, which is another Starbucks secret menu beverage. If you love a good Cha Latte, you’ll also love this one. It is a Macha Tea Latte, but instead of the classic syrup that goes into the drink, chai syrup is added instead.
If you don’t like a heady combination of spices and flavors, this hot drink might not be the best choice for you, but if you love all of the above, you’ll be asking for this every time you hit the Starbucks drive-thru. The flavors are a bit intense, but to us, this is one of the best Matcha drinks Starbucks serves.
8. Matcha Pink Drink
If you love a pretty drink, you must order the Matcha Pink Drink from Starbucks. This is a trendy matcha beverage that contains a matcha green tea blend, a strawberry acai base, coconut milk, and freeze-dried strawberries, which is where the gorgeous pink color of the drink comes from.
Finally, the tea blend is mixed with a cold foam topping, which forms a green foam, that is added to the top of the drink, making it even prettier and better tasting than before.
9. Green Drink (Secret Menu)
Last on our list of the best Matcha drinks at Starbucks is the Green Drink. This is also a secret menu option that starts with iced black tea. Once you have your iced black tea, ask the barista to add a scoop or more of Matcha powder and coconut milk for a tasty drink. This is the perfect way to wake up in the morning without having the caffeine jitters and typical crash by noon.
Starbucks Matcha Drinks FAQ
A few questions have been asked about Starbucks’ matcha drinks by curious customers. We’ll try to answer a couple of those questions below.
Is a Starbucks Matcha Drink Healthy?
Matcha tea has a ton of health benefits. However, Starbucks does add twists to their Matcha drinks that make them not quite as healthy as they could be. Don’t worry, though; you can usually customize your Matcha drink to meet your health needs.
Do Starbucks Matcha Drinks Contain Caffeine?
Yes, Starbucks Matcha drinks contain caffeine. All Matcha green tea has a certain amount of caffeine unless you use the decaffeinated version. There are different caffeine amounts according to the beverage and the size of the drink you order. The caffeine content should be listed when you order your matcha drink.
If you love Starbucks but need to get away from the coffee and high doses of caffeine, the matcha selections may be for you. While matcha powder has caffeine, it’s not as much as you’ll find in coffee. Have you tried any of these Starbucks Matcha drinks? If so, please tell us about your favorite in the comments below.
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- The 9 Best Matcha Drinks at Starbucks:
- Starbucks Matcha Drinks FAQ