The Complete Guide to Starbucks Caffeine
Starbucks has some of the highest caffeine amounts of any coffee chain.
These charts were compiled using data from Starbucks in-store leaflets, their website, their app, and from independent laboratory tests.
Now showing listings for their Blonde Espresso based beverages and their Clover Brewed® coffee beverages.
Starbucks Hot Beverage Caffeine
|Pike Place Brewed Coffee||155mg||235mg||310mg||410mg|
|Featured Dark Roast||130mg||195mg||260mg||340mg|
|Clover® Brewed Coffees||–||–||–||–|
|Brewed Decaf Coffee||15mg||20mg||25mg||30mg|
|Blonde Caffè Americano||85mg||170mg||255mg||340mg|
|Caffè Latte (also flavored)||75mg||75mg||150mg||150mg|
|Blonde Caffè Latte (also flavored)||85mg||85mg||170mg||170mg|
|Caffè Mocha (also flavored Mochas)||90mg||95mg||175mg||185mg|
|Blonde Flat White||150mg||150mg||225mg||225mg|
|Caramel Flan Latte||75mg||75mg||150mg||150mg|
|Molten Chocolate Latte||95mg||100mg||185mg||195mg|
|Espresso con Panna||–||75mg
|Cinnamon Dolce Latte||75mg||75mg||150mg||150mg|
|Salted Caramel Mocha||90mg||95mg||175mg||185mg|
|Smoked Butterscotch Latte||75mg||75mg||150mg||150mg|
|Toasted Graham Latte||75mg||75mg||150mg||150mg|
|White Chocolate Mocha||75mg||75mg||150mg||150mg|
|Oprah Chai Tea Latte||25mg||40mg||50mg||65mg|
|Classic Chai Tea Latte||50mg||70mg||95mg||120mg|
|Teavana Earl Grey Latte||40mg||40mg||80mg||80mg|
|Teavana Green Tea Latte||25mg||55mg||80mg||110mg|
|Teavana Royal English Breakfast Latte||40mg||40mg||80mg||80mg|
|Pineapple Kona Pop Brewed Tea||0mg||0mg||0mg||omg|
|Teavana Earl Grey||40mg||40mg||80mg||80mg|
|Teavana Emperor’s Cloud & Mist||0-15mg||0-15mg||15-25mg||15-25mg|
|Teavana Jade Citrus Mint||15-25mg||15-25mg||40mg||40mg|
|Teavana Mint Majesty||0mg||0mg||0mg||0mg|
|Teavana Oprah Chai Brewed Tea||15-25mg||15-25mg||40mg||40mg|
|Teavana Passion Tango||0mg||0mg||0mg||0mg|
|Teavana Peach Tranquility||0mg||0mg||0mg||0mg|
|Teavana Royal English Breakfast||40mg||40mg||80mg||80mg|
|Defense Wellness White Tea||25mg||25mg||40mg||40mg|
|Citrus Defender White Tea||25mg||25mg||40mg||40mg|
|White Hot Chocolate||0mg||0mg||0mg||0mg|
|Brewed Decaf Coffee||15mg||20mg||25mg||30mg|
|Caffè Latte (also flavored)||75mg||150mg||150mg||225mg|
|Caffè Mocha (also flavored Mochas)||85mg||165mg||170mg||250mg|
|Espresso con Panna||–||75mg
|Pumpkin Spice Latte||75mg||150mg||150mg||174mg|
|Salted Caramel Mocha||99mg||192mg||199mg||292mg|
|Egg Nog Latte||87mg||87mg||174mg||174mg|
|Toffee Nut Latte||87mg||87mg||174mg||174mg|
|Vanilla Spiced Cardamom Latte||87mg||87mg||174mg||174mg|
|White Chocolate Mocha||75mg||150mg||150mg||225mg|
|Signature Hot Chocolate||10mg||15mg||20mg||25mg|
|Classic Hot Chocolate||15mg||20mg||25mg||30mg|
|Vanilla Spice Hot Chocolate||4mg||5mg||7mg||9mg|
|Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate||12mg||18mg||25mg||31mg|
|Chai Tea Latte||46mg||69mg||92mg||115mg|
|Matcha Tea Latte||30mg||60mg||90mg||120mg|
|White Hot Chocolate||0||0||0||0|
Starbucks standard K-Cup coffee pods have on average 130 mg of caffeine per 8 fluid ounce cup. Starbucks Plus (2x caffeine) pods have 260 mg per 8 fluid ounce cup. The Plus variety contains coffee and additional coffee extracts.
Lighter roasts will contain slightly more and darker roasts, slightly less. But, all coffee pods will vary in caffeine so 130 mg and/or 260 mg is the average amount to expect.
How Many 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 quite 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 to have more volume than their china or crockery counterparts.
Starbucks Caffeine Deception?
There has been a class-action lawsuit filed against Starbucks claiming that they are cheating customers out of caffeine.
The suit alleges that most customers think that a larger sized cup means more caffeine but with many of their espresso-based drinks, both the short and tall as well as the grande and venti have the same number of shots and therefore the same amount of caffeine. What people are paying for is more milk and syrups and not more espresso. The suit claims that this is fraud under California law.
I don’t think this practice is reserved for only Starbucks as many coffee chains have a set espresso shot formulation when making drinks, but customers should be aware of how many shots are in each size cup.
Starbucks does a great job of publishing caffeine information but many people don’t have the app or our website up when standing in line to order.
Frappuccinos, Iced Coffees, Iced Teas, Refreshers
|Cold Brew Coffee||155mg||205mg||310mg||360mg|
|Cold Brew Coffee w/milk||150mg||200mg||300mg||330mg|
|Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew||140mg||185mg||275mg||320mg|
|Reserve Cold Brew||150mg||200mg||300mg|
|Protein Blended Cold Brew||–||180mg||–||–|
|Cold Foam Cold Brew||155mg||205mg||310mg||360mg|
|Salted Cream Cold Foam CB||140mg||185mg||275mg||320mg|
|Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew||145mg||185mg||275mg||315mg|
|Irish Cream Cold Brew||145mg||185mg||275mg||315mg|
|Salted Cream Nitro||200mg||270mg||–||–|
|Reserve Nitro Cold Brew||280mg||400mg||–||–|
|Cold Foam Cascara Nitro||200mg||270mg||–||–|
|Dark Mocha Nitro w/milk||225mg||295mg||–||–|
|Cold Foam Dark Cocoa Nitro||215mg||290mg|
|Torched Vanilla Nitro||210mg||280mg||–||–|
|Nitro Cold Brew||215mg||280mg||–||–|
|Nitro Cold Brew w/sweet cream||230mg||325mg||–||–|
|Molten Chocolate Frappuccino||80mg||110mg||150mg||–|
|Caramel Flan Frapp||65mg||90mg||125mg||–|
|Caramel Ribbon Crunch
|Double Chocolaty Chip||10mg||15mg||15mg||–|
(coffee and espresso)
|Mocha Cookie Crumble||75mg||105mg||140mg||–|
|Green Tea Creme||50mg||70mg||95mg|
|Strawberries & Creme||0mg||0mg||0mg||–|
|Vanilla Bean Creme||0mg||0mg||0mg||–|
|White Chocolate Creme||0mg||0mg||0mg||–|
|White Chocolate Mocha||70mg||90mg||125mg||–|
|Iced Latte (and flavors)||75mg||150mg||225mg||–|
|Iced Blonde Latte||85mg||170mg||255mg|
|Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte||75mg||150mg||225mg|
|Iced Mocha (and flavors)||95mg||175mg||260mg||–|
|Iced White Chocolate Mocha||75mg||150mg||225mg||–|
|Iced Caramel Macchiato||75mg||150mg||225mg||–|
|Iced Blonde Americano||170mg||255mg||340mg|
|Iced Blonde Cappuccino||85mg||170mg||255mg|
|Doubleshot on Ice||150mg||225mg||375mg|
|Iced Flat White||90mg||130mg||175mg|
|Iced Coffee with Milk||90mg||125mg||170mg||190mg|
|Iced Clover Reserve||280mg||380mg||470mg|
|Iced Clover Blonde||255mg||340mg||425mg|
|Iced Clover Medium||280mg||375mg||445mg|
|Iced Clover Dark||280mg||380mg||470mg|
|Iced Classic Chai Latte||70mg||95mg||145mg|
|Iced Teavana Green Tea Latte||55mg||80mg||110mg|
|Teavana Iced Green Tea
|Teavana Iced Peach Green Tea||30-35mg||40-45mg||60-65mg||85-90mg|
|Teavana Black Iced Tea
|Teavana Green Iced Tea
|Teavana Iced Passion
|Oprah Iced Chai Latte||40mg||50mg||75mg||–|
|Shaken Sweet Tea
|Iced Refreshers (all flavors)||35-45mg||45-55mg||70-85mg||90-110mg|
|Caffe Espresso Frappuccino||87mg||121mg||149mg|
|Caffe Espresso Light Frapp.||87mg||110mg||137mg|
|Vanilla Cream Frappuccino||0mg||0mg||0mg|
|Caramel Frappuccino (light)||42mg||54mg||80mg|
|Java Chip Frappuccino||46mg||68mg||96mg|
|Strawberries & Creme Frappuccino||0mg||0mg||0mg|
|Coffee Frappuccino (light)||42mg||59mg||87mg|
|White Chocolate Mocha Frapp.||42mg||62mg||86mg|
|Triple Caramel Frappuccino||78mg||117mg||156mg|
|Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino||86mg||129mg||171mg|
|Chocolate Cream Frappuccino||2mg||3mg||3mg|
|Macha Tea Frappuccino||57mg||83mg|
|Iced Latte (and flavors)||150mg||150mg||225mg|
|Iced Mocha (and flavors)||170mg||175mg||255mg|
|Iced Caramel Macchiato||150mg||150mg||225mg|
|Iced Chai Tea Latte||69mg||92mg||115mg|
|Iced Matcha Tea Latte||60mg||90mg||120mg|
|Iced Cold Brew||148mg||207mg||266mg|
|Cold Brew Latte||139mg||186mg||276mg|
|Nitro Cold Brew||166mg
|Niro Cold Brew Sweet Cream||139mg||186mg||276mg|
|Nitro Cold Brew w/cold foam||140mg
|Nitro Cold Brew w/caramel cold foam||165mg
|Iced Teas (all flavors)||20-25mg||25-30mg||35-40mg|
Caffeine in Starbucks Via, Bottled, and Canned Drinks
|Starbucks Bottled Iced Coffee (all flavors)||11 floz||110mg- 160mg|
|Starbucks Bottled Frappuccino||13.7 floz||130mg
(Flavors range from 45mg-130mg)
|Starbucks Bottled Cold Brew (black sweetened)||11 floz||215mg|
|Starbucks Bottled Cold Brew (black unsweetened)||11 floz||175mg|
|Starbucks Bottled Cold Brew (vanilla & fig)||11 floz||185mg|
|Starbucks Bottled Cold Brew (cocoa & honey)||11 floz||185mg|
|Starbucks Canned Nitro Cold Brew||11 floz||235mg|
|Starbucks Canned Doubleshot Espresso||6.5 floz||110mg|
|Starbucks Canned Doubleshot Salted Caramel||6.5 floz||70mg|
|Starbucks Canned Doubleshot Espresso Light||6.5 floz||120 mg|
|Starbucks Canned Doubleshot Cubano||6.5 floz||85mg|
|Starbucks Triple Shot Energy (all flavors)||15 floz||225mg|
|Starbucks Canned Doubleshot + Energy||15 floz||145mg|
|Starbucks Canned Doubleshot + Energy Mexican Mocha||15 floz||145mg|
|Starbucks Canned Doubleshot + Energy Mocha||15 floz||145mg|
|Starbucks Canned Doubleshot + Energy Vanilla||15 floz||145mg|
|Starbucks Canned Doubleshot + Energy White Chocolate||15 floz||145mg|
|Doubleshot Coffee + Protein (Coffee)||8 floz||110mg|
|Doubleshot Coffee + Protein (Vanilla)||8 floz||110mg|
|Doubleshot Coffee + Protein (Chocolate)||8 floz||110mg|
|Starbucks Via Instant Coffee||1 sachet||130-140mg|
|Starbucks Iced Via||1 sachet||260-280mg|
|Canned Refreshers (all flavors)||12 floz||50mg|
|Via Refreshers||1 sachet||40-55mg|
|Starbucks Classics-Caramel Macchiato (and Skinny)||8 floz||85mg
(510mg/48 fl oz. bottle)
|Starbucks Classics-Caffe Mocha||8 floz||85mg
(510mg/48 fl oz. bottle)
|Starbucks Classics Vanilla Latte (and Skinny)||8 floz||85mg
(510mg/48 fl oz bottle)
|Tazo Black Tea w/lemon||13.8 floz||30-45mg|
|Tazo Black Tea Mango||13.8 floz||15-30mg|
|Tazo Berry Blossom White||13.8 floz||30-45mg|
|Tazo Giant Peach||13.8 floz||30-45mg|
|Tazo Organic Black Tea||13.8 floz||30-45mg|
|Tazo Organic Green Tea||13.8 floz||30-45mg|
|Tazo Plum Pomegranate||13.8 floz||15-30mg|
|Tazo Tazoberry||13.8 floz||30-45mg|
|Tazo White Cranberry||13.8 floz||30-45mg|
* Canned and bottled Starbucks’ drinks are produced and distributed by PepsiCo.
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.
Tazo Replaced by Teavana
Starbucks has begun phasing out Tazo Tea and replacing it with Teavana after they acquired the brand last year. We’ve removed Tazo from our table above, but here they are for your reference.
|Tazo Black Tea Latte||50mg||75mg||100mg||125mg|
|Tazo Chai Tea Latte||50mg||75mg||100mg||120mg|
|Tazo Green Tea Latte||30mg||55mg||80mg||110mg|
|Chocolate Chai Tea Latte||10mg||10mg||20mg||25mg|
|Tazo Awake Brewed Tea||70mg||70mg||70mg||140mg|
|Tazo Calm Brewed Tea||0mg||0mg||0mg||0mg|
|Vanilla Rooibos Tea Latte||0mg||0mg||0mg||0mg|
|Full Leaf Chai Tea||40mg||40mg||40mg||40mg|
|Awake Tea Latte||70mg||70mg||70mg||140mg|
|Passion Brewed Tea||0mg||0mg||0mg||0mg|
|Zen Brewed Tea||30mg||30mg||30mg||65mg|
|Refresh Brewed Tea||0mg||0mg||0mg||0mg|
|Earl Grey Latte||65mg||65mg||65mg||130mg|
|Tazo China Green Tips Tea||45mg||45mg||45mg||85mg|
|Tazo Earl Grey Brewed Tea||65mg||65mg||65mg||130mg|
|Iced Chocolate Chai Latte||–||10mg||10mg||20mg|
|Iced Green Tea Latte||–||50mg||80mg||110mg|
|Iced Chai Latte||–||70mg||95mg||145mg|
|Iced Awake Tea Latte||–||50mg||50mg||100mg|
|Tazo Chai Frapp||20mg||40mg||45mg|
|Tazo Green Tea Frapp||–||50mg||70mg||100mg|
How Accurate Are These Amounts?
Starbucks makes 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.” (Starbucks publishes caffeine data on the website and on their smartphone app.)
Here are a few independent tests that showed some discrepancies from what Starbucks lists.
An interesting example: If you look at the brewed coffee varieties you would think that the blends that have more caffeine in the Grande size would also have more caffeine in the Short size. This isn’t always the case according to Starbuck’s data, but this would make sense logically.
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 fl oz serving (Starbucks have decided to list considerably more caffeine than this – 25mg per 16 fl oz).
- Decaf Espresso – 3.0–15.8 mg/shot.
- 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. study link
- 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. Study link
- Chin, J. M., Merves, M. L., Goldberger, B. A., Sampson-Cone, A., & Cone, E. J. (2008). Caffeine content of brewed teas. Journal of analytical toxicology, 32(8), 702-704. Study link
- Starbucks Nutrition.
- Starbucks App