Starbucks Doubleshot Energy + Coffee Review

Starbucks Doubleshot Energy + CoffeeStarbucks has been hush-hush recently about their +Energy option you may or may not have already heard of.

In fact myself being one of the key caffeine fiend targets being marketed to, I can’t say I wasn’t a little surprised they weren’t knocking at my door trying to get me to buy the add-ins. Well what do you know, this morning (6am) I open my door to find a set of Starbucks’ newest knight in shining armor, Starbucks DoubleShot Energy + Coffee.

This review you’re about to read is a first-hand exclusive, these drinks were not on sale at the time of writing this, and sales are expected to start in the middle of June, patience is key.

Starbucks Doubleshot Energy + Coffee 21st Century Milk Man?

What a way to start the morning! “Lovely Day” by Bill Withers instantly popped into my head, childhood memories of Folgers commercials burning in mind, and a realization that the former concept of having a Milk Man deliver milk every morning comes nowhere close to fresh delivered cans of extra caffeinated coffee.

*Crack* goes the tab, pressure furiously releasing from the Energy Standard 15oz. can, condensation dripping down the side, is this all just a dream? Starbucks with its Robber Baron style can’t possible create something that gets me excited again can it? Snap out of it, there’s no holding back now, swish gulp and down the hatch.

That’s What We Call “Variety”

The three flavors so far are Vanilla, Coffee, and Mocha. All three have similar yet distinct flavors despite me being somewhat unconfident if I were to be given a blind taste test. One thing I will tell you is that the Coffee flavor tends to taste the least sugary as well as being the only one to actually resemble coffee.

Mocha has a light aftertaste of coffee but it tastes more like a single pump of coffee syrup was added to a Yoo-hoo Chocolate Drink.

The Vanilla comes in second to the Coffee and my guess is it’s supposed to capture the White Chocolate Mocha lovers out there, not the serious coffee drinkers. All three flavors had a mild but present bitterness that was only sometimes noticeable, I figure this is due to ginseng and guarana. Other than that I was actually quite surprised by the taste of these drinks, I’d be hard pressed to tell much of a difference between the pre-existing bottled coffees sold by Starbucks and these new ones, except for one minor detail.

Even Coffee Needs a Pick-Me-Up

The ingredients on these cans are nothing short of amazing, for a coffee at least. Per 15 fl oz. there is 1800mg of Taurine, 450mg of L-Carnitine, 180mg of Inositol (also known as B8), 325mg of Ginseng, and 90mg of Guarana. In fact that list is quite good for any energy drink, often times the amount of ginseng is negligable and guarana (which works better than caffeine anhydrous) is forgotten, this drink spared neither.

Considering these drinks carry the Trademark of Doubleshot I would expect that these new ingredients would be added to a pre-existing doubleshot mix. Already containing 150mg of caffeine (from the Doubleshot) we’re looking at a good 225mg of caffeine per can. UPDATE Contains 146mg per 15 ounce can. Morning is bearable again!

In light of the above information, you should be confident in guessing the effects were substantial. In fact, better than even I would’ve guessed. A small but noticeable buzz, minor shaking but stable enough not to interfere with work, in all a good experience that woke me up smoothly and transitioned into a “Lovely Day”.

Starbucks Doubleshot Energy + Coffee is a Winner

Sometimes companies just get things right, and Starbucks has certainly achieved something in my mind. One thing that amused me was Starbucks’ marketing techniques claiming, “Wake up with Starbucks Doubleshot, Stay up with new Starbucks Doubleshot Energy + Coffee”. I’ve tried Doubleshots for the morning and honestly I get more of a buzz off of water. Doubleshot Energy +Coffee is up more in the level I need for the morning. Not too much caffeine, and not only caffeine as the main ingredient.

If you don’t have time to wait in line for a handmade drink, or to home-brew your own coffee, keep your eye out for this Doubleshot Energy trio in local Starbucks stores, 7-11, and grocery stores this June. MSRP is USD $2.59 per can and they come as singles, 4 packs, and 12 packs.

NOW available on-line from Amazon.

Overall Score: (5/5)

Review by Josh (blog: Cubicalism & Coffee)

Drinks are reviewed by an independent drink reviewer and do not necessarily reflect the views or beliefs of this site.

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  • Frank – Vietnam Vet

    Starbucks attitude towards the U S Constitution has halted me from all they do. Starbucks is guilty of violating the 2nd. Amendment – 1st Amendment – and Equality / Hate / Homeless / Handicap / Vets. Read the stories – research the proof . Not my words but all that I’ve read just shut me down from any business with Starbucks .When any company that states – If you are not for LGBT / Planned Parenthood / Etc. – QUOTE – We dont want your business – End QUOTE – One has to ask your self – Starbucks as others are in business to give me a product – not a political viewpoint . But since they chose to do so – I stand with America – Not Starbucks .

  • Dressy

    I’m currently working third shift and stopped by a local gas station searching for a drink that would help keep me woke at night. I saw the double shot and instantly knew I was going to buy them. The first day half way through I started to feel sick but thought maybe it’s because I skipped dinner. Next day come I buy another, helped me get through the night wasn’t sleepy at all after drinking… Anywho I buy another one the next day and I feel terribly sick. I purchased about 8 cans!!! I’m feel sick, itching, and nauseous. DONT BUY!!!

  • Chynna Nakasone

    I knoticed that after 4 to 5 hrs I start to get woozy and I develope a headache during lunch time… Then almost to the end of work about that 7th hr my chest starts to hurt… Like a bad heart burn. I can’t concentrate… It’s like alcohol, you feel amazing at first when it takes effect, but then I get a dull head ache. The only way to get rid of it is to drink more of the double shot to get that high energy again. The only pro is that I go to sleep without problems. Red bull and monster can keep me up for 2 days straight… But this double shot keeps me going for about 4 hrs.

  • Lori

    A business is allowed to standby any point the please. I notice you didn’t attack Chik-fil-a for being on the other side of the argument. The constitution defends the right of a business to have free speech.

  • Stan Dymek

    It’s just his opinion.

  • Brad Porter

    The white chocolate one was good.

  • BenVeronique Bish

    I LOVE this energy drink. Mocha mostly. I drink one everyday. It is my morning routine. If I don’t drink one I am tired the whole day. I just wish their were coupons because they are expensive!

  • Lyman Duggan

    I alternate Monster and Starbucks depending on mood but nice to have a Monster in my fridge~! I get my 12x Starbucks by Amazon prime. Cheapest price anywhere.

Last Modified: September 11, 2014