The Complete Guide to Starbucks Caffeine

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, and from independent laboratory tests.

Caffeine in coffee can vary (due to coffee bean 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)
Pike Place Brewed Coffee180mg260mg330mg415mg
Blonde Roast180mg270mg360mg475mg
Clover Brewed Coffee170mg280mg375mg445mg
Featured Dark Roast130mg195mg260mg340mg
Brewed Decaf Coffee15mg20mg25mg30mg
Caffè Americano75mg150mg225mg300mg
Caffè Latte (also flavored)75mg75mg150mg150mg
Latte Macciato150mg150mg225mg225mg
Caffè Mocha (also flavored Mochas)90mg95mg175mg180mg
Cappuccino75mg75mg150mg150mg
Flat White130mg130mg195mg195mg
Caramel Macchiato75mg75mg150mg150mg
Caramel Flan Latte75mg75mg150mg150mg
Molten Chocolate Latte95mg100mg185mg195mg
Espresso75mg
(solo)
150mg
(doppio)
Espresso Macchiato75mg
(solo)
150mg
(doppio)
Espresso con Panna75mg
(solo)
150mg
(doppio)
Hazelnut Macchiato75mg75mg150mg150mg
Cinnamon Dolce Latte75mg75mg150mg150mg
Pumpkin Spice75mg75mg150mg150mg
Salted Caramel Mocha90mg95mg175mg185mg
Tiramisu Latte75mg75mg150mg150mg
Smoked Butterscotch Latte75mg75mg150mg150mg
Toasted Graham Latte75mg75mg150mg150mg
Peppermint Mocha75mg75mg150mg150mg
White Chocolate Mocha75mg75mg150mg150mg
Hot Chocolate15mg20mg25mg30mg
Caffe Misto75mg115mg150mg195mg
Oprah Chai Tea Latte25mg40mg50mg65mg
Classic Chai Tea Latte50mg70mg95mg120mg
Teavana Earl Grey Latte40mg40mg40mg40mg
Teavana Green Tea Latte25mg55mg80mg110mg
Teavana Royal English Breakfast Latte40mg40mg40mg40mg
Pineapple Kona Pop Brewed Tea0mg0mg0mgomg
Teavana Brewed Earl Grey65mg65mg65mg130mg
Teavana Emperor’s Cloud & Mist0-15mg0-15mg15-25mg15-25mg
Teavana Jade Citrus Mint15-25mg15-25mg40mg40mg
Teavana Mint Majesty0mg0mg0mg0mg
Teavana Oprah Chai Brewed Tea15-25mg15-25mg40mg40mg
Teavana Passion Tango0mg0mg0mg0mg
Teavana Peach Tranquility0mg0mg0mg0mg
Teavana Royal English Breakfast40mg40mg40mg40mg
Teavana Youthberry0-15mg0-15mg15-25mg15-25mg
White Hot Chocolate0mg0mg0mg0mg
Starbucks Verismo40-45mg
espresso pod
50-60mg
brewed pod
BeverageShort
(236ml)
Tall
(254ml)
Grande
(473ml)
Venti
(591ml)
Brewed Coffee160mg240mg320mg400mg
Brewed Decaf Coffee15mg20mg25mg30mg
Caffè Americano75mg150mg225mg300mg
Caffè Latte (also flavored)75mg150mg150mg225mg
Caffè Mocha (also flavored Mochas)90mg170mg175mg255mg
Cappucino75mg150mg150mg225mg
Caramel Macchiato75mg150mg150mg225mg
Flat White150mg
Espresso75mg
(solo)
150mg
(doppio)
Piccino157mg
(doppio)
Espresso Macchiato75mg
(solo)
150mg
(doppio)
Espresso con Panna75mg
(solo)
150mg
(doppio)
Pumpkin Spice Latte87mg87mg174mg174mg
Salted Caramel Mocha99mg192mg199mg292mg
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 Verismo40-45mg
espresso pod
50-60mg
brewed pod

Note: The caffeine amounts in Teavana retail teas are found here.

Starbucks K-Cups

It is difficult to determine caffeine amounts per blend in Keurig K-Cups. However, Keurig claim that “specialty beverages containing tea, coffee, or chocolate may have up to 60mg per 8oz serving”.

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 frappuccinos, iced coffee

Frappuccinos, Iced Coffees, Iced Teas, Refreshers

  • USA
  • UK/Europe
BeverageTall
(12 floz)
Grande
(16 floz)
Venti
(24 floz)
Trenta
(30 floz)
Cold Brew Coffee 150mg200mg300mg330mg
Cold Brew Coffee w/milk150mg200mg300mg330mg
Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew140mg185mg275mg
Nitro Cold Brew*230mg325mg
Nitro Cold Brew w/sweet cream*215mg280mg
Caffe Espresso Frappuccino75mg105mg135mg
Molten Chocolate Frappuccino80mg110mg150mg
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
Green Tea Creme50mg70mg95mg
Strawberries & Creme0mg0mg0mg
Vanilla Bean Creme0mg0mg0mg
White Chocolate Creme0mg0mg0mg
White Chocolate Mocha70mg90mg125mg
Iced Latte (and flavors)75mg150mg225mg
Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte75mg150mg225mg
Iced Mocha (and flavors)95mg175mg260mg
Iced White Chocolate Mocha75mg150mg225mg
Iced Caramel Macchiato75mg150mg225mg
Iced Americano150mg225mg300mg
Doubleshot on Ice150mg225mg375mg
Iced Flat White90mg130mg175mg
Iced Coffee120mg165mg235mg285mg
Iced Coffee with Milk90mg125mg170mg190mg
Iced Classic Chai Latte70mg95mg145mg
Iced Teavana Green Tea Latte55mg80mg110mg
Teavana Iced Green Tea
(and Lemonade)
30-35mg40-45mg60-65mg85-90mg
Teavana Iced Peach Green Tea30-35mg40-45mg60-65mg85-90mg
Teavana Black Iced Tea
(and Lemonade)
30-35mg40-45mg65-70mg85-90mg
Teavana Green Iced Tea
(and Lemonade)
30-35mg40-45mg60-65mg85-90mg
Teavana Iced Passion
(and Lemonade)
0mg0mg0mg0mg
Oprah Iced Chai Latte40mg50mg75mg
Chocolate Smoothie15mg
Chocolate Milk20mg25mg40mg
Shaken Sweet Tea
(also Lemonade)
15-20mg20-25mg35-40mg45-50mg
Iced Refreshers (all flavors)35-45mg45-55mg70-85mg90-110mg
BeverageTall
(254ml)
Grande
(473ml)
Venti
(591ml)
Caffe Espresso Frappuccino139mg171mg194mg
Vanilla Cream Frappuccino0mg0mg0mg
Caramel Frappuccino65mg95mg120mg
Caramel Frappuccino (light)60mg85mg100mg
Mocha Frappuccino59mg74mg107mg
Mocha Frappuccino(light)60mg95mg115mg
Java Chip Frappuccino57mg71mg101mg
Stawberries & Creme Frappuccino0mg0mg0mg
Coffee Frappuccino73mg104mg131mg
Coffee Frappuccino (light)60mg90mg105mg
Triple Caramel Frappuccino78mg117mg156mg
Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino86mg129mg171mg
Chocolate Cream Frappuccino2mg3mg3mg
Iced Latte (and flavors)150mg150mg225mg
Iced Cuppuccino150mg150mg225mg
Iced Mocha (and flavors)170mg175mg255mg
Iced Caramel Macchiato150mg150mg225mg
Iced Americano150mg225mg300mg
Iced Coffee180mg260mg330mg
Iced Chai Tea Latte75mg100mg120mg
Iced Cold Brew180mg260mg330mg

*There appears to be an error on the Starbuck’s website. Regular Nitro Cold Brew should have more caffeine than the added sweet cream version. We’ve emailed Starbucks concerning this.
starbucks bottled coffee

Caffeine in Starbucks Via, Bottled, and Canned Drinks

BeverageSizeCaffeine
Starbucks Bottled Iced Coffee (all flavors)11 floz110mg- 115mg
Starbucks Bottled Frappuccino13.7 floz130mg
(Flavors range from 45mg-130mg)
Starbucks Canned Doubleshot Espresso6.5 floz110mg
Starbucks Canned Doubleshot Salted Caramel6.5 floz70mg
Starbucks Canned Doubleshot Espresso Light6.5 floz120 mg
Starbucks Canned Doubleshot Cubano6.5 floz 85mg
Starbucks Canned Doubleshot + Energy15 floz145mg
Starbucks Canned Doubleshot + Energy  Mexican Mocha15 floz145mg
Starbucks Canned Doubleshot + Energy Mocha15 floz145mg
Starbucks Canned Doubleshot + Energy Vanilla15 floz145mg
Starbucks Canned Doubleshot + Energy White Chocolate15 floz145mg
Doubleshot Coffee + Protein (Coffee)8 floz110mg
Doubleshot Coffee + Protein (Vanilla)8 floz110mg
Doubleshot Coffee + Protein (Chocolate)8 floz110mg
Starbucks Via Instant Coffee1 sachet130-140mg
Starbucks Iced Via1 sachet260-280mg
Canned Refreshers (all flavors)12 floz50mg
Via Refreshers1 sachet40-55mg
Starbucks Classics-Caramel Macchiato (and Skinny)8 floz85mg
(510mg/48 fl oz. bottle)
Starbucks Classics-Caffe Mocha8 floz85mg
(510mg/48 fl oz. bottle)
Starbucks Classics Vanilla Latte (and Skinny)8 floz85mg
(510mg/48 fl oz bottle)
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

* 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.

BeverageShort
(8 floz)
Tall
(12 floz)
Grande
(16 floz)
Venti
(20 floz)
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
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
Iced Chocolate Chai Latte10mg10mg20mg
Iced Green Tea Latte50mg80mg110mg
Iced Chai Latte70mg95mg145mg
Iced Awake Tea Latte50mg50mg100mg
Tazo Chai Frapp20mg40mg45mg
Tazo Green Tea Frapp50mg70mg100mg

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.”

Here are a few independent tests that showed some discrepancies from what Starbucks lists.

A recent test conducted by BuzzFeed found Starbucks Brewed Coffee to average about 17 mg/ounce or 272 mg per 16 fluid ounces (Grande). This is about 60 mg less than what Starbucks reports.

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

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.
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  • 1479xxx

    The tea lattes – Green, Chai, Black (well, the old bltl) and the Red – were all made with premade concentrates or powders, so they were all an exact science, so to speak. The actual tea bags are just that and do vary. The same goes for the new tea lattes (the new black, vanilla rooibus, and london fog).

    As for shots, the Starbucks Standard is one shot per 8 ounces of milk, rounded DOWN. So,

    Short = 8 ounces = 1 shot
    Tall = 12 ounces = 1 shot
    Grande = 16 ounces = 2 shots
    Venti = 20 ounces = 2 shots
    Iced Venti = 24 ounces = 3 shots

    The difference in price between a grande and a venti is there to accomodate the extra ounces of milk. Also the additional shot, if you get an iced venti, because the price isn’t any different for a venti versus its iced counterpart. If you truly feel like you’re getting screwed fifty cents, go iced. It’ll make your baristas happier and you’ll have all the caffeine you could want.

    The exception is the Americano, which goes s-1, t-2, g-3, v-4, iv-4.

  • Cameron

    The only bad thing about the starbucks list is that it is a brewed coffee. The method that is used to make their coffee has a huge difference in caffeine from cup to cup, so while your sitting there drinking your venti coffee you could only be getting 370mg of caffeine, or on the other hand, you could be getting 450mg of caffeine. All im saying is those numbers are only an average

  • ted

    yeah Cam, That’s true and I wonder if during these tough economic times, some store managers have been cutting back how much ground coffee they are using in order to save money……

  • Evan

    180mg in 8 ounces! This is why i just drink Dunkin Donuts which also tastes better.

  • doody

    Interesting.

    Can you determine the caffination of a drink based on taste? I always thought of caffeine as the particularly bitter part. I may find some of the pure stuff and dab it on my tongue for future reference… could come in handy with coffee if it varies this much

  • Lawl

    hee hee I work at Tim Hortons. Starbucks is good though, expensive but good. Does anyone know what Tim Hortons is? hahaha

  • ted

    Hey Lawl , we’ve heard of it and we have a guide…..
    https://www.caffeineinformer.com/2008/07/tim-hortons-coffee-caffeine-content

  • Hope

    starbucks should come down under 😀

  • ted

    Hope- They were down under until the recession, but they’ve closed most if not all their Oz stores because they couldn’t compete in Aussie coffee culture.

  • Kayla

    i drink tea instead of coffee, i have no problem with
    starbucks but with the ppl that make my tea. this is how i like it: venti no water syrup and EXTRA ICE. its amazing how many ppl can fk that up.
    im going to start refusing them if they cant make
    it tbe way i like it.

  • Kate

    Why hasn’t anyone listed the caffeine in their ICED coffee?? It’s an entirely different brew. I remember when I was a barista back in the day, my manager told me there is twice the caffeine in the iced coffee as in the regular brewed coffee, but I’ve never been able to verify that. I’d really like to see the figures!

  • CF

    Everyone’s threshold for caffeine tolerance is different. The biggest thing that people don’t realize is the more you drink it, the less positive effect you get from it (i.e. the alertness) while still suffering the negative effects, such as disruption of sleep.

    even those who say they can fall asleep right after drinking a mountain dew are not getting the quality of sleep they need. Sleep comes in different stages: 1,2,3,4, and REM. Stages 3 and 4 are deep sleep, the refreshing sleep in the first four or five hours of the night. As the night wanes, your sleep becomes more stages 1 and 2, lighter, and then voila you wake up.

    Caffeine disrupts stages 3 and 4, so even if people sleep through the night, they’re not getting this restful sleep. Also, as the night wanes, they’re more likely to wake up earlier b/c of the sleep disruption.

    I completely quit caffeine about 3 weeks ago, and I sleep LESS than before but feel MORE rested. Go figure that out. We fall into a trap that if we’re tired, we need more caffeine….without realizing that it’s the caffeine that’s making us tired, both on the ‘crash’ you get and the disruption of sleep quality.

    Having said that, i still love my Starbucks now and then….just decaf. And, I hold the caf in reserve for when I really need it.

  • Dav

    Is this data accurate for all countries?
    Love espresso duo shot. 🙂

  • ted

    Dave- Starbucks products are all standardized through out the world as all stores are owned by the corporate and not franchised. However, there could be certain employees that don’t always follow the exact procedure in making drinks…

  • Meg

    Anyone know the caffeine content of Starbucks’ VIA? Can’t find it anywhere. Tks!

  • ted

    Hey Meg. We can’t find it anywhere either and we get no response from the company when we’ve asked…hmmm

  • Sharon

    Starbuck’s Grande, Iced, Americano is my fav!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Love the caffeine, the ice and that perfect SB’s flavor! I’ve had it in Barcelona, Rhodes, Rome, Istanbul and of course America…..Starbuck’s does it RIGHT!!!!

  • laughinginurface

    Reading this makes me laugh at your blatant stupidity and ignorance.

    coffee pros:
    1)Makes going to the potty easier.
    2)Makes elastically in skin more abundant.
    3)Promotes wakefulness and alertness.
    4)Makes you feel good.

    coffee cons:
    1)rhythmical heart issues if your sensitive to caffeine
    2)miscarries above 150mg per day for a period of time.
    3)addiction
    4)good stuff gets expensive, and quick.

    These are just a few I listed based on common knowledge, there is definitely more. These are the most based commons I known of.

  • Aaahh, no wonder my trick of “Cappucino” to stay awake but not enough fluid to require too many toilet stops, doesn’t work – there’s not enough caffeine in it.

  • Brad Morrison

    How do they get away with labeling a beverage “decaf” when it has 25mg of caffeine? That’s as much as a small coke.

Last Modified: August 25, 2017

References

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  • 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
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