The Complete Guide to Starbucks Caffeine

starbucks caffeine
Starbucks has some of the highest caffeine amounts of any coffee chain.

This chart has been compiled using data from Starbucks in-store leaflets, from their website, and from independent laboratory tests.

Caffeine in coffee can vary (due to coffee origin and blend used) and may be more or less than the amounts shown.

Starbucks Hot Beverage Caffeine

  • USA
  • UK/Europe
BeverageShort
(8 floz)
Tall
(12 floz)
Grande
(16 floz)
Venti
(20 floz)
Brewed Coffee180mg260mg330mg415mg
Brewed Decaf Coffee15mg20mg25mg30mg
Caffè Americano75mg150mg225mg300mg
Caffè Latte (also flavored)75mg75mg150mg150mg
Caffè Mocha (also flavored Mocha’s)90mg95mg175mg180mg
Cappuccino75mg75mg150mg150mg
Caramel Macchiato75mg75mg150mg150mg
Caramel Flan Latte75mg75mg150mg150mg
Espresso -75mg
(solo)
150mg
(doppio)
-
Espresso Macchiato -75mg
(solo)
150mg
(doppio)
-
Espresso con Panna-75mg
(solo)
150mg
(doppio)
-
Hazelnut Macchiato75mg75mg150mg150mg
Cinnamon Dolce Latte75mg75mg150mg150mg
Pumpkin Spice75mg75mg150mg150mg
Salted Caramel Mocha85mg95mg175mg180mg
Peppermint Mocha75mg75mg150mg150mg
White Chocolate Mocha75mg75mg150mg150mg
Hot Chocolate15mg20mg25mg30mg
Caffe Misto75mg115mg150mg195mg
Tazo Black Tea Latte50mg75mg100mg125mg
Tazo Chai Tea Latte50mg75mg100mg120mg
Tazo Green Tea Latte30mg55mg80mg110mg
Chocolate Chai Tea Latte10mg10mg20mg25mg
Tazo Awake Brewed Tea70mg70mg70mg140mg
Tazo Calm Brewed Tea0mg0mg0mg0mg
Vanilla Rooibos Tea Latte0mg0mg0mg0mg
Full Leaf Chai Tea40mg40mg40mg40mg
Oprah Chai Tea Latte25mg40mg50mg65mg
Awake Tea Latte70mg70mg70mg140mg
Passion Brewed Tea0mg0mg0mg0mg
Zen Brewed Tea30mg30mg30mg65mg
Refresh Brewed Tea0mg0mg0mg0mg
Earl Grey Latte65mg65mg65mg130mg
Tazo China Green Tips Tea45mg45mg45mg85mg
Tazo Earl Grey Brewed Tea65mg65mg65mg130mg
White Hot Chocolate0000
Starbucks Verismo-40-45mg
espresso pod
50-60mg
brewed pod
-
BeverageShort
(236ml)
Tall
(254ml)
Grande
(473ml)
Venti
(591ml)
Brewed Coffee160mg240mg320mg405mg
Brewed Decaf Coffee15mg20mg25mg30mg
Caffè Americano75mg150mg225mg300mg
Caffè Latte (also flavored)75mg150mg150mg225mg
Caffè Mocha (also flavored Mocha’s)90mg170mg175mg255mg
Cappucino75mg150mg150mg225mg
Caramel Macchiato75mg150mg150mg225mg
Flat White150mg---
Espresso -75mg
(solo)
150mg
(doppio)
-
Espresso Macchiato -75mg
(solo)
150mg
(doppio)
-
Espresso con Panna-75mg
(solo)
150mg
(doppio)
-
Pumpkin Spice Latte 87mg 174mg 174mg 261mg
Salted Caramel Mocha 99mg 192mg199mg 292mg
Orange Mocha91mg171mg181mg270mg
Egg Nog Latte87mg87mg174mg174mg
Gingerbread Latte87mg87mg174mg174mg
Toffee Nut Latte87mg87mg174mg174mg
Vanilla Spiced Cadamom Latte87mg87mg174mg174mg
White Chocolate Mocha75mg150mg150mg225mg
Signature Hot Chocolate10mg15mg20mg25mg
Classic Hot Chocolate15mg20mg25mg30mg
Vanilla Spice Hot Chocolate4mg5mg7mg9mg
Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate12mg18mg25mg31mg
Caffe Misto75mg115mg150mg195mg
Chai Tea Latte50mg75mg100mg120mg
White Hot Chocolate0000
Starbucks Verismo-40-45mg
espresso pod
50-60mg
brewed pod
-
starbucks frappuccinos, iced coffee

Frappuccinos, Iced Coffees, Iced Teas, Refreshers

  • USA
  • UK/Europe
BeverageTall
(12 floz)
Grande
(16 floz)
Venti
(24 floz)
Trenta
(31 floz)
Caffe Espresso Frappuccino75mg105mg135mg-
Vanilla Frappuccino65mg95mg125mg-
Caramel Flan Frapp65mg90mg125mg-
Caramel Frappuccino70mg100mg130mg-
Caramel Ribbon Crunch
(Creme: caffeine-free)
60mg85mg115mg-
Cinnamon Dolce
(Creme: caffeine-free)
65mg90mg125mg-
Coffee Frappuccino70mg95mg130mg-
Double Chocolaty Chip10mg15mg15mg-
Espresso Frappuccino
(coffee and espresso)
130mg165mg185mg-
Hazelnut Frappuccino65mg90mg125mg-
Java Chip75mg110mg145mg-
Mocha Cookie Crumble75mg105mg140mg-
Mocha Frappuccino70mg110mg140mg-
Stawberries & Creme0mg0mg0mg-
Tazo Chai Frapp20mg40mg45mg-
Tazo Green Tea Frapp50mg70mg100mg-
Vanilla Bean Creme0mg0mg0mg-
White Chocolate Creme0mg0mg0mg-
White Chocolate Mocha70mg90mg125mg-
Iced Latte (and flavors) 75mg 150mg 225mg -
Iced Mocha (and flavors) 95mg 175mg 260mg -
Iced White Chocolate Mocha 75mg 150mg 225mg -
Iced Caramel Macchiato 75mg 150mg 225mg -
Iced Americano 150mg 225mg 300mg -
Iced Coffee120mg165mg235mg285mg
Iced Coffee with Milk90mg125mg170mg190mg
Teavana Black Iced Tea
(and Lemonade)
30-35mg40-45mg65-70mg85-90mg
Teavana Green Iced Tea
(and Lemonade)
30-35mg40-45mg60-65mg85-90mg
Teavana Iced Passion0mg0mg0mg0mg
Oprah Iced Chai Latte40mg50mg75mg-
Iced Chocolate Chai Latte10mg10mg20mg-
Iced Green Tea Latte55mg80mg110mg-
Iced Chai Latte70mg95mg145mg-
Iced Awake Tea Latte50mg50mg100mg-
Chocolate Smoothie-15mg--
Chocolate Milk20mg25mg40mg-
Shaken Sweet Tea
(also Lemonade)
20mg25mg40mg50mg
Iced Refreshers (all flavors)35-45mg45-55mg70-85mg90-110mg
BeverageTall
(254ml)
Grande
(473ml)
Venti
(591ml)
Caffe Espresso Frappuccino125mg155mg175mg
Vanilla Cream Frappuccino0mg0mg0mg
Caramel Frappuccino65mg95mg120mg
Caramel Frappuccino (light)60mg85mg100mg
Mocha Frappuccino70mg95mg130mg
Mocha Frappuccino(light)60mg95mg119mg
Stawberries & Creme Frappuccino0mg0mg0mg
Coffee Frappuccino70mg95mg120mg
Coffee Frappuccino (light)60mg90mg105mg
Triple Caramel Frappuccino78mg117mg156mg
Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino86mg129mg171mg
Chocolate Cream Frappuccino5mg10mg12mg
Iced Latte (and flavors)150mg 150mg 225mg
Iced Cuppuccino150mg150mg225mg
Iced Mocha (and flavors)170mg 175mg 255mg
Iced Caramel Macchiato 150mg 150mg 225mg
Iced Americano 150mg 225mg 300mg
Iced Coffee180mg260mg330mg
Iced Chai Tea Latte75mg100mg120mg
starbucks bottled coffee

Caffeine in Starbucks Via, Bottled, and Canned Drinks

BeverageSizeCaffeine
Starbucks Bottled Iced Coffee (all flavors)11 floz115mg
Starbucks Bottled Frappuccino9.5 floz 90mg
(Flavors range from 50mg-75mg)
Starbucks Canned Doubleshot6.5 floz125mg
Starbucks Canned Doubleshot + Energy15 floz145mg
Starbucks Via Instant Coffee1 sachet130-140mg
Starbucks Iced Via1 sachet130-140mg
Canned Refreshers (all flavors)12 floz50mg
Via Refreshers1 sachet40-55mg
Starbucks Discoveries-Caramel Macchiato8 floz85mg
(539mg/50.7 oz. carton)
Starbucks Discoveries-Caffe Mocha8 floz85mg
(539mg/50.7 oz. carton)
Starbucks Discoveries Vanilla Latte8 floz85mg
(539mg/50.7 oz. carton)
Tazo Black Tea w/lemon13.8 floz30-45mg
Tazo Black Tea Mango13.8 floz15-30mg
Tazo Berry Blossom White13.8 floz30-45mg
Tazo Giant Peach13.8 floz30-45mg
Tazo Organic Black Tea13.8 floz30-45mg
Tazo Organic Green Tea13.8 floz30-45mg
Tazo Plum Pomegranate13.8 floz15-30mg
Tazo Tazoberry13.8 floz30-45mg
Tazo White Cranberry13.8 floz30-45mg

Please visit our complete caffeine database for all other beverages.

See detailed breakdowns of caffeine in other coffee chains.

Tazo Tea Caffeine: Retail vs Outlet

The caffeine amounts for Tazo Brewed Tea are high.

Independent Lab tests have shown that Tazo Earl Grey has about 40-59mg caffeine (when brewed in 6oz water).

Tazo China Green Tips has 23-41mg caffeine. Apparently Starbucks cafes use a different size teabag in-store compared to the retail packets (but we have been unable to confirm).

See more about caffeine in black tea here.

Caffeine in Espresso-based Drinks is Governed by the Number of Shots

The caffeine amounts of the espresso-based drinks show that a Tall Latte (and Cappuccino) has just a single shot of coffee. For a 12 oz cup size – this is quit weak and has considerably less caffeine than a brewed coffee of the same size.

Most conscientious coffee vendors serve at least a double-shot in drinks over 8 ounces. Most provide double-shots (by default) in regular takeaway cups. This is because many takeaway cups tend have more volume than their china or crockery counterparts.

How Accurate Are These Amounts?

Starbucks make it clear that “Caffeine information is approximate and is based on limited analytical data.” and also that “Values can vary greatly based on the variety of the coffee and the brewing equipment used.”

One lab test sampled Starbucks Breakfast Blend brewed coffees. Caffeine varied from 299.5mg to 564.4mg per 16 floz (Grande) cup! The 6 samples were obtained from the same outlet on 6 consecutive days.

Beware: Decaffeinated Drinks Still Contain Caffeine

Decaffeinated isn’t the same thing as caffeine-free.

An independent lab test of Starbucks coffee showed the following:

  • Decaf Brewed Coffee – 12.0–13.4 mg/16-floz serving (Starbucks have decided to list considerably more caffeine than this – 25mg per 16 floz).
  • Decaf Espresso – 3.0–15.8 mg/shot.
Look here to find out how many cups of Starbucks it would take for you to overdose.

Sources

  • McCusker R.R.; Goldberger B.A.; Cone E.J., Caffeine Content of Specialty Coffees, Journal of Analytical Toxicology, Vol. 27, October 2003, pp 520-522.
  • McCusker R.R.; Goldberger B.A.; Cone E.J., Caffeine Content of Decaffeinated Coffee, Journal of Analytical Toxicology, Vol. 30, October 2006, pp 611-613.
  • McCusker R.R.; Goldberger B.A.; Cone E.J., Caffeine Content of Brewed Teas, Journal of Analytical Toxicology, Vol. 32, October 2008, pp 702-704.
  • Starbucks Nutrition.
  • http://www.myspace.com/the_scum1 scum1

    I always bring up how much caffeine is in starbucks when people say something about my energy drink consumption.

  • spazman

    @ Scum1

    I know how you feel. Someone I know had the nerve to tell me energy drinks are bad for me when she had an exceptionaly large cup of coffee in her hands.

  • KarlieMildraed

    Didn’t I mention this earlier in another thread. Just a wonderment for me. hummm….

  • Adam

    I hate that. My stepmom drinks a crapload of coffee, but she tells me that “those” drinks are going to cause all sorts of health problems.

  • wowsers

    I recently gave up coffee/caffeine (2 weeks) and I’m buckling. This site actually showed me the Rockstar drinks I was drinking had less caffeine than my usual starbucks coffee. Damn!

    the sweet yet bitter embers of ikea coffee granules (their coffee is amazing) are singing to me from the pantry. Do I make a cup or go without?

    I actually gave caffiene up because my threshold was getting too high after a road trip. Three Rockstars in a day to stay awake on the road is excessive in my opinion, but so is being dead from driving tired.

  • Keith

    Mmmm….coffee. What’s the big deal about it being bad for you? Go to any small town coffee shop, and you’ll see 20 old folks sitting around drinking coffee and swapping gossip. People have been drinking coffee for millenia. My friend from Croatia laughs at the big deal we Americans make about coffee. Over there, they drink far more than we do in the US….turkish demi-tasse all during the day. Wahoo!! I think I’ll move to Europe.

  • Dan and Amelia

    Just an observation, you mention a Grande Latte has 12 oz. and one shot-that is incorrect. A Grande Latte has 16 oz and 2 shots, and the Tall size has 12 oz and one shot. I understand the point, but only because we are employees and were able to guess what you meant. If your going to make an argument you may as well make it accurate. BTW, who are “Contientious Coffee Vendors?” Thanks for the condecending bias, too.

  • http://www.johnstamos.net UncleJesse’s mullet

    Thanks 4 posting this list! Very interesting & informative. I think that coffee-drinking people & energy-drink drinking people should all unite…One nation under caffeine. :-) Starbucks Coffee 4ever! -Still looking 4 John Stamos…

  • http://www.energyfriend.com Whitt. =]

    THIS IS SCARY, DEATH BY CAFFIENE. =/

  • poop

    caffeine makes u poop.

  • Lainebug

    I work for Starbucks and can answer a couple of these questions, a Tazo Chai Tea latte is a spiced black tea concentrate and has a specific recepie therefore the caffeine content should always be about the same where actual leaf tea can vary depending on the plant from which it came, this also goes for different coffee blends; the lighter the roast the more caffeine in the coffee because caffeine is roasted out of coffee beans which is why ther is a little caffeine left in decaf coffee. As for our latte’s caffeine content, anything over 12oz will contain at least 2 shots of espresso, on the 12oz and 8oz drinks contain one shot of espresso. Hope this helps anyone concerned about their caffeine intake!

  • caffeine-free

    I just wanted to say that I rely on caffeine information. I have cardiac rhythm problems, and recently had a procedure done. Caffeine makes my racing heart and arrhythmias worse. A lot of people do well with a bit of caffeine daily, but others really have health problems which are exacerbated by caffeine. I’ve had the arrhythmias for years, particularly after age 30 and I quit caffeine then (or so I thought but then discovered that there are small amounts in all kinds of things!), and the racing for about a year – in my mid 40′s. Occasionally, I come across something that surprises me like the Propel water, etc., containing caffeine, or that the green teas do have some caffeine. Guess I’ll stick with water!

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  • idiots.

    it’s the shit inside the energy drinks that are bad for you, not all the caffeine. and those energy drinks have WAY more caffeine in them than coffees…you’re dumb read a newspaper.

  • idiots.

    p.s. coffee reduces your risk at getting skin cancer.

  • Jan

    The argument shouldn’t be that simply some drinks are bad and others are good. Energy drinks contain a whole list of ingredients – some of which are ok and some of which have been proven to cause health problems (artificial sweeteners, food coloring, preservatives, and other chemically created flavours). Be an informed consumer and look at the list of ingredients. As for coffee, it has some benefits, but causes other harms. It may reduce risks of certain cancers and it may be used medicinally for headaches, high blood pressure, or getting more done at work, but it is also also a diuretic. The caffeine speeds up digestion forcing your body to rid itself of waster sooner. The result is that less nutrients from your other foods are digested in the intestines. Less nutrients = health problems. Which is why green tea is championed for its health. Less caffeine, more medicinal properties, and antioxidents.

  • Barista

    As far as the Tazo tea, in the Tea lattes, we use a powder to flavor the beverage (it is a derivative of the tea) but it is a lot more refined and predictable than is straight tea leaves. It is also manufactured by starbucks corporate directly. The actual tea in the store is straight tea leaves, and caffeine content varies based on where the crop comes from. It is impossible to generate a baseline level for the straight tea leaves.
    Just thought you might like to know.

  • Tim

    Not sure how accurate this is, but one thing that I looked for right away was the caffeine content difference between a grande and venti Americano. I’ve asked a few times what the difference is and they’ve told me they have the same amount of shots of espresso, the hot water is the only difference.

  • PJ

    Actually I believe the Venti Americano is 4 shots

  • ST

    Venti Americano has 4 shots – Had two today both with an extra shot – 5 shots each

Last Modified: June 22, 2014