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Starbucks Caffeine: 24 Drinks Ranked by Caffeine Content

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Along with the flavor, the mood-boosting jolt caffeine is a huge reason we love coffee. But there can also be some negative side effects of having too much coffee, and if you’re sensitive to caffeine, you may want to keep track of how much you’re consuming.

When you decide to treat yourself to a Starbucks drink, the caffeine level does not have to be a mystery. We’ll show you why ordering a Venti won’t necessarily give you more caffeine — and which drinks are the strongest. So how much caffeine will you find in a Starbucks latte, frappuccino, or caramel macchiato? Keep reading to find out!

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At a Glance: How Much Caffeine is in Your Favorite Drink?

Starbucks Caffeine Rule of Thumb
Want to quickly calculate the caffeine in your favorite Starbucks drinks? There are 75 milligrams of caffeine per espresso shot. Order a latte with two shots and you’ll get 150 mg!

When it comes to Starbucks caffeine, size actually does matter. As you’re probably aware, Starbucks sells four basic cup sizes, called Short, Tall, Grande, and Venti. You can also order a kid-sized drink or the extra-large Trenta. But you won’t find an extra shot every time you go up a cup size.

As a general rule, the caffeine in Starbucks’ espresso-based drinks goes like this: Short and Tall sizes have 75 mg, while Grande and Venti drinks have 150 mg. This is because there’s one espresso shot in the smaller sizes and two in the larger ones. If you order espresso straight, you can expect 75 milligrams of caffeine per shot. That translates to Solo (75), Doppio (150), Triple (225), and Quad (300). So if you order a Triple latte, you’ll find 225 milligrams of caffeine — more than a regular Venti latte!

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Caffeine in Starbucks Drinks

Here are the caffeine counts of some of Starbucks’ most popular drinks. All of these are the 16-ounce size, called Grande.

Classic Starbucks Drinks
  • Brewed Coffee (Dark Roast): 260 mg
  • Brewed Coffee (Medium Roast): 310 mg
  • Brewed Coffee (Blonde Roast): 360 mg
  • Decaf Brewed Coffee (Pike Place): 15 mg
  • Caffe Misto: 150 mg
  • Caffe Latte: 150 mg
  • Caffe Mocha: 175 mg
  • Cappuccino: 150 mg
  • Caramel Macchiato: 150 mg
  • Flat White: 195 mg

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Starbucks Teas
  • Black tea: 25-30 mg
  • Chai tea latte: 95 mg
  • Green tea latte: 80 mg
  • Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher: 45-55 mg

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Starbucks Frappuccinos
  • Caramel Frappuccino: 100 mg
  • Coffee Frappuccino: 95 mg
  • Espresso Frappuccino: 165 mg
  • Java Chip Frappuccino: 110 mg
  • Vanilla Bean Creme Frappuccino: 0 mg
  • Double Chocolaty Chip Frappuccino: 15 mg

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Kid-Friendly Starbucks Drinks
  • Hot Chocolate: 25 mg
  • Lemonade, milk, and steamers: 0 mg
  • Steamed apple juice: 0 mg
  • White hot chocolate: 0 mg

Don’t see your favorite drink? You can see the full list of Starbucks drinks here.

What are the most caffeinated drinks at Starbucks?

If you’re looking for a serious jolt, try ordering a Venti Blonde Roast brewed coffee, which has a whopping 475 mg of caffeine! Other strong Starbucks drinks include Trenta Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew (320 mg), Venti Medium Clover Brewed Coffee (445 mg), and Venti Medium Roast brewed coffee (410 mg).

Which Starbucks drinks don’t have caffeine?

If you want to skip the caffeine, we recommend ordering an herbal tea, decaf brewed coffee, or coffee-free frappuccino. Drinks like hot chocolate have a minimal 25 mg of caffeine — from chocolate, not coffee. If you’re ordering for a kid, the steamers, lemonades, and Vanilla Bean Creme Frappuccinos don’t have any caffeine at all.

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Starbucks Caffeine: The Bottom Line

We hope this guide to the caffeine in Starbucks drinks helps you order exactly what you want! Next time you are in line at the Starbucks or waiting in the drive-through, you’ll be able to pick just the right drink.

And don’t forget the Starbucks rule of thumb: expect 75 milligrams of caffeine per espresso shot. Multiply 75 by the number of shots you’re asking for and you’ll have your answer.


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Kate MacDonnell

Kate is a lifelong coffee enthusiast and homebrewer who enjoys writing for coffee websites and sampling every kind of coffee known to man. She’s tried unusual coffees from all over the world and owns an unhealthy amount of coffee gear.

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