Caffeine, typically found in beverages such as teas, coffees, and cacao plants, is a stimulant naturally found in a plant’s leaves or fruits. Many people have an absolute love for caffeinated drinks as they can make you more energetic and alert, ultimately helping them to be awake at a snap if they want to.
Starbucks is your trusty neighborhood coffee provider. Wherever you are, there is a branch of this coffee chain sitting around the corner of the street, just waiting for your order. It surely is amongst everyone’s choice for a drink to kickstart their day or to wake their bones in the evening.
Why does everybody love Starbucks anyway? Besides the relaxing ambiance and rich coffee bean scent, it provides to the customers, the hot and cold brews they offer are also top-tier. It’s the perfect sip you need to energize you back to reality, especially if you are starting to get tired and groggy.
If you are a caffeine and Starbucks lover all in one, it’s time for you to review their menu. To help you out in exploring this coffee shop at home, feel free to browse this list containing Starbucks’ most caffeinated drinks, from hot brews, cold brews, to Frappuccino!
Top 10 Most Caffeinated Drinks
Shout out to the caffeine beasts out there who are looking for their equal, and look out if you classify yourself as a caffeine weakling. There is no comparison to other Starbucks drinks with regards to caffeine when it comes to these ten cups.
The drinks listed below are the most powerful and effective wake-up call for every person who is ready to start some action.
A little note that these drinks’ caffeine amount is measured based on the largest serving size that can be offered in most branches. This method was used as hot coffees can be in a shorter or taller cup but still have the same amount of caffeine, while cold drinks espresso shot depends on your serving cup of choice.
We will tell you if the drink is a grande or venti (or trenta) on the way. It is also arranged from highest to lowest, so you can get into the strongest drink at once.
1. Blonde Roast Filter
On top of the list is the Blonde Roast Filter with 475 milligrams (mg) of caffeine in venti size. It’s served hot with a soft and mellow but very flavorful taste.
2. Pike Place Roast Filter
Going for second is the Pike Place Roast with 410 mg of caffeine in a venti. Served fresh and hot, it is smooth to the tongue and well-blended with chocolate and toasted nuts undertone.
3. Starbucks Cold Brew Coffee
The classic Starbucks Cold Brew Coffee comes at third with 360 mg caffeine in the biggest possible size, trenta. Cold brews are more concentrated than regular brews, thus making them stronger and earning a spot on the list.
4. Iced Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso
This drink with a lengthy name has 340 mg caffeine in a venti. Many found this espresso’s flavor similar to the graham cracker, while the brown sugar and cinnamon flavors complete it all off by forming a harmonious bond to create this drink.
5. Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew
Even with 320 mg of caffeine in a trenta cup, the Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew gives your tongue a delicate and smooth touch. The main point of this drink is the vanilla flavor, along with the house-made vanilla sweet cream on the top.
6. Iced Caffe Americano
Another classic in this list is the iced coffee Americano with 300 mg caffeine in a venti size. Many would expect this on top of the list for its strong flavor, but the kick it gives to your tongue may not be as strong to power your brain.
The popular name espresso comes in a quad with 300 mg of caffeine making it a tie with the iced Americano. A quad is served with four shots of espresso which makes it different from the regular with only three.
8. Honey Almondmilk Nitro Cold Brew
Coming in grande with 290 mg of caffeine is the Honey Almondmilk Cold Brew. It’s a simple drink made of cold brew coffee, almond milk for non-dairy lovers, and a touch of honey to make it sweet.
9. Nitro Cold Brew
This cold drink in a grande cup comes with 280 mg of caffeine. A nitro is stronger than the regular brew as it is not diluted, making way for more caffeine to come in your every sip.
10. Iced Coffee
Iced coffee, a basic caffeine drink that everyone has seen on the menu several times already, has 280 mg caffeine in a trenta which is a tie with the nitro cold brew.
Caffeine Level of Hot Drinks
Your favorite hot Starbucks brew didn’t make it on the list? Try looking here to see if it’s a part of the honorable mentions of Starbucks’ most caffeinated drinks. Unlike the previous list, these hot drinks are ranked from highest to lowest based on the venti size’s caffeine content, which is usually the biggest size offered in drinks.
1. Starbucks Reserve Dark Chocolate Mocha
Coming in first for the commendable caffeinated hot drinks is this Starbucks Reserve with 265 mg. The fusion of ground chocolate, cocoa, and steamed, milk, delivers sweetness to your senses.
2. Dark Roast Coffee
The darkened color of this coffee may seem intimidating to you, but it is not on top of the list with only 260 mg of caffeine to offer. It’s smokey, it’s bold, and it’s perfect for an uptight man.
3. Starbucks Blonde Vanilla Latte
It’s the second Starbucks Blonde drink on the list, but the vanilla latte version’s caffeine is only at 255 mg. The steamed milk paired with vanilla syrup makes this drink, making it significantly sweet for an espresso.
4. Flat White
This is the first brew to fail in reaching the 200-mark with only 195 mg of caffeine. It is just your regular flat white, espresso-based with the thinnest layer possible of steamed milk.
5. Caffe Misto
For most people, this is better called the café au lait. It’s tied with the flat white at 195 mg of caffeine. It’s simply a half and half of the brewed coffee and steamed milk.
Caffeine Level of Cold Drinks
Another batch of the honorable mentions, but this time, the spotlight is on the cold drinks. Again, this is based on a venti size unless stated otherwise.
1. Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew
At the top spot for the cold brew list is the Salted Caramel Cream, with 270 mg even with grande as its largest serving size. If you are a sweet tooth, you would love the sweetened coffee flavor of this beverage.
2. Irish Cream Nitro Cold Brew
Another grande at the top spot is the Irish Cream Nitro Cold Brew with caffeine at 265 mg. It’s pretty obvious that this drink’s accent is its Irish touch in the cream syrup. This one though is a holiday drink so you should catch it when you can.
3. Iced Caffe Mocha
The Iced Mocha also runs with 265 mg caffeine. Everyone has probably tried this classic espresso, which never fails to deliver at your every sip.
4. Iced Caramel Macchiato
This one is a crowd favorite as it can suit anyone’s palate. It’s not too strong for an espresso, thanks to the vanilla-flavored syrup and caramel drizzle. It comes with 225 mg of caffeine.
5. Iced Caffe Latte
An iced coffee latte is simply a dark espresso with milk and ice. This one also has 225 mg of caffeine.
Caffeine Level of Frappuccino-Blended Drinks
We can’t go on with the list without including another favorite type of drink from Starbucks, the Frappuccino. Unlike the hot and cold brews, these sips typically do not need espresso shots which is why it has a comparably fewer amount of caffeine. These drinks are all compared in venti size.
1. Espresso Frappuccino Blended Beverage 185
Espresso Frappuccino has 185 mg of caffeine. This is made by making espresso and blending ice into the mix.
2. Java Chip Frappuccino
The children-friendly drink only has 145 mg of caffeine which is significantly lower than the other drinks mentioned above.
3. Peppermint Mocha Frappuccino
Peppermint Mocha has 140 mg of caffeine. This one will give your tastebuds the fresh and minty feeling, thanks to the chocolate and peppermint combination which is the base of the drink.
4. Eggnog Frappuccino
A holiday classic of Starbucks is the Eggnog Frappuccino, with also 140 mg caffeine. This one has a strong-brewed espresso, some hints of spice, and steamed eggnog and milk.
5. Salted Caramel Mocha Coffee Frappuccino
This Frappuccino has the lowest caffeine out of all the ones listed with only 135 mg. To describe this drink, the name alone already suggests an explosion of every flavor mentioned. You get the savory and sweetness in one venti cup.
Non-caffeinated Starbucks Drinks
Generally, their juices, steamers, and herbal teas won’t have caffeine content in it. In case you get confused, only the herbal teas Mint Majesty Tea and Peach Tranquility Tea contain zero caffeine. So, if you enjoy your tea with caffeine, then you can expect it on the rest of the teas on the menu besides these two.
Meanwhile, if you are looking for caffeine-free Frappuccino and hot chocolates, here is the safe list:
- Toasted White Hot Chocolate
- White Hot Chocolate
- Peppermint White Hot Chocolate
- Peppermint White Chocolate Crème Frappuccino
- Caramel Brulee Crème Frappuccino
- Toasted White Chocolate Crème Frappuccino
- Chestnut Praline Crème Frappuccino
- Pumpkin Spice Crème Frappuccino
- Strawberry Crème Frappuccino
- Caramel Ribbon Crunch Crème Frappuccino
- White Chocolate Crème Frappuccino
- Vanilla Bean Crème Frappuccino
Caffeine is seriously a large part of some people’s lives. It’s a lifesaver for those who want to get things done. Meanwhile, Starbucks is one of the most trusted and popular coffee chains, and you will surely find one favorite drink that suits your taste as they offer a variety of drinks and brews.
However, even if you are a diehard fan of drinks with caffeine, remember that an unusual amount of dosage of this can put your body at risk. Take this list as a friendly guide to know what you can handle, and to know which ones you should avoid.