A complete guide to the lattes at Starbucks from hot and iced latte to tea lattes. See what’s in each latte and the different Starbuck flavors that make up the drinks.
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- A latte is a drink made with espresso and milk. It can be made hot or iced. At Starbucks, lattes come in different drink sizes, and the amount of espresso depends on the drink size. Out of all the espresso-based drinks, lattes are made with the most milk.
- Lattes can be flavored using flavored syrups like vanilla syrup and cinnamon dolce syrup. The latte menu changes slightly throughout the year with some drinks only available seasonally, like the eggnog latte.
- Almost all lattes are made with 2% milk but you can ask for it to be made with half & half, whole, skim, oat, soy, or almond milk. A “skinny latte” substitutes 2% milk with skim and use sugar-free syrups if available.
- Venti sizes for iced drinks are slightly bigger than hot drinks. A hot venti drink is 20 ounces, but an iced venti drink is 24 ounces. Because venti sizes are slightly bigger, there’s an extra pump of syrup added to the iced lattes.
- Starbucks uses scoops to determine how much ice goes into a drink (the scoops are designed to fill the cup about halfway in terms of volume), but you can ask for light ice or more ice if you’d prefer.
|Short, Hot only (8 oz)
|Tall (12 oz)
|Grande (16 oz)
|Venti, Hot (20 oz)
|Venti, Iced (24 oz)
A Caffé Latte is made with espresso and 2% steamed milk that has a light layer of foam — and nothing else. Starbucks uses its signature espresso roast unless otherwise indicated. This beverage is the second most popular drink ordered at Starbucks.
Caffeine in grande Caffé Latte: 150 mg
Iced Caffé Latte
An iced latte is a perfect way to cool down. Since the milk isn’t steamed, the iced version of the classic Starbucks latte is slightly more espresso-forward and packs a big punch for folks who need a boost.
Caffeine in grande Iced Caffe Latte: 150 mg
Caffé Latte with pumps of vanilla syrup (there’s also a sugar-free version), vanilla latte is one of Starbucks most popular drinks, even if you don’t see it on the menu.
Caffeine in grande Vanilla Latte: 150 mg
Iced Vanilla Latte
Espresso, ice, 2% milk, and vanilla syrup make up this latte. You can ask for this drink to be made with sugar-free vanilla syrup.
Caffeine in grande Iced Vanilla Latte: 150 mg
Sweet pistachio sauce is added to a latte and salted brown butter cookie flavored topping is added to the frothed milk to create this new latte that debuted earlier this year.
Caffeine in grande Pistachio Latte: 150 mg
Iced Pistachio Latte
The iced pistachio latte combines silky pistachio sauce with milk, espresso, and a salted brown butter topping.
Caffeine in grande Iced Pistachio Latte: 150 mg
Honey Oatmilk Latte
Oatly Oatmilk combined with Starbucks blonde espresso roast (blonde roast has more caffeine than regular espresso roast) and sweetened with a honey blend (honey mixed with another sweetener like sugar or corn syrup). The drink is topped with toasted honey topping.
Caffeine in grande Honey Oatmilk Latte: 170 mg
Iced Honey Oatmilk Latte
Ice, oatmilk from Oatly, blonde espresso roast, honey blend, and toasted honey topping make up this iced drink.
Caffeine in grande Iced Honey Oatmilk Latte: 170 mg
Cinnamon Dolce Latte
The cinnamon dolce syrup that gives this drink its name is made from cinnamon and brown sugar. The cinnamon dolce syrup also comes in a sugar-free version. The drink is topped with whipped cream and cinnamon dolce sprinkles, which is cinnamon and sugar.
Caffeine in grande Cinnamon Dolce Latte: 150 mg
Iced Cinnamon Dolce Latte
The Iced Cinnamon Dolce Latte gets its sweetness from brown sugar, which has more caramelized flavors than regular sugar. Steamed milk, cinnamon dolce syrup, espresso, and ice create this latte. Whipped cream and cinnamon dolce topping (cinnamon and sugar) is added to the drink.
Caffeine in grande Iced Cinnamon Dolce Latte: 150 mg
Starbucks Reserve Latte
Starbucks Reserve Lattes use espresso from one of Starbucks’ small-holder farms and change seasonally. Unlike other Starbucks drinks, short, tall, and grande sizes get two shots of espresso while a venti gets four.
Caffeine in grande Starbucks Reserve Latte: 135 mg
Starbucks Reserve Iced Latte
Starbucks balances their small-lot espresso with ice and whole milk rather than 2% in this specialty drink.
Caffeine in grande Starbucks Reserve Iced Latte: 135 mg
Starbucks Reserve Hazelnut Bianco Latte
What makes this drink unique is the house-made hazelnut-praline infused milk. Made with Starbucks Reserve espresso and with just a touch of sweetness from the infused milk.
Caffeine in grande Starbucks Reserve Hazelnut Bianco Latte: 135 mg
Starbucks Reserve Iced Hazelnut Bianco Latte
Using their house-made hazelnut-praline infused milk, this Starbucks latte is a fun riff on their iced drinks without as much added sugar. Get this if you’re in a need of a caffeine boost with a light touch of sweetener.
Caffeine in grande Starbucks Reserve Iced Hazelnut Bianco Latte: 135 mg
Starbucks Blonde Vanilla Latte
A blonde twist on a popular drink, this latte is made with blonde espresso (instead of their signature espresso, milk, and vanilla syrup. Lighter-roasted coffees have slightly more caffeine, so this might leave you buzzing more than usual.
Caffeine in grande Starbucks Blonde Vanilla Latte: 170 mg
Iced Starbucks Blonde Vanilla Latte
Smooth and lightly sweetened, Starbucks pairs its classic vanilla syrup with their blonde espresso to create this iced drink.
Caffeine in grande Iced Starbucks Blonde Vanilla Latte: 170 mg
Caramel Brulée Latte [Seasonal]
This latte is crafted with caramel brulée sauce, whipped cream and caramel brulée topping. The caramel brulée sauce is seasonal, which makes the drink seasonal.
Caffeine in grande Caramel Brulée Latte: 150 mg
Iced Caramel Brulée Latte [Seasonal]
A seasonal drink that’s only available in the winter months, this iced latte is crafted with their signature espresso, milk, ice, and caramel brulée sauce. The drink is finished with whipped cream and caramel brulée topping.
Caffeine in grande Iced Caramel Brulée Latte: 150 mg
Eggnog Latte [Seasonal]
A holiday favorite, this latte is made with a combination of eggnog, espresso, milk and a sprinkling of nutmeg. This drink is made with nonfat milk instead of 2% milk.
Caffeine in grande Eggnog Latte: 150 mg
Iced Eggnog Latte [Seasonal]
This iced latte returns every holiday and is made with a combination of eggnog (which is only available seasonally), espresso, nonfat milk, and a sprinkling of nutmeg.
Caffeine in grande Iced Eggnog Latte: 150 mg
Chestnut Praline Latte [Seasonal]
Chestnut praline syrup is added to a latte then whipped cream and chestnut praline topping is added to this holiday drink.
Caffeine in grande Chestnut Praline Latte: 150 mg
Iced Chestnut Praline Latte [Seasonal]
Espresso, ice, milk, and chestnut praline syrup (a seasonal syrup) makes this holiday iced latte. Whipped cream and chestnut praline topping (seasonal topping) is added for a sweet touch.
Caffeine in grande Iced Chestnut Praline Latte: 150 mg
Pumpkin Spice Latte [Seasonal]
No other drink introduces fall like Pumpkin Spice Latte. Pumpkin spice sauce is added to a latte then topped with whipped cream and a sprinkling of warming pumpkin pie spices like cinnamon and clove.
Caffeine in grande Pumpkin Spice Latte: 150 mg
Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte [Seasonal]
An iced version of the fall favorite. Pumpkin spice sauce (a seasonal sauce) is added to espresso, milk, and ice then topped with whipped cream and a sprinkling of warming pumpkin pie spices like cinnamon and clove.
Caffeine in grande Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte: 150 mg
Caramel macchiato isn’t listed under lattes but it essentially is one. It’s made with vanilla syrup and caramel drizzle. What makes this drink not a latte is how it’s built, with vanilla syrup and milk in the cup first, then the espresso. The caramel is only in the drizzle. No need to stir, this drink is to be sipped without stirring.
Caffeine in grande Caramel Macchiato: 150 mg
Iced Caramel Macchiato
Espresso with vanilla syrup, milk, ice and caramel drizzle make up this Iced Caramel macchiato. Made the same way as the hot drink, it’s layered with vanilla syrup, milk, then espresso. The caramel is drizzled on top. This drink is made to be sipped without stirring.
Caffeine in grande Iced Caramel Macchiato: 150 mg
Starbucks Tea Lattes
- Tea lattes are half steamed milk and half brewed Teavana tea. Although it’s called a “latte,” there’s no espresso in these drinks.
- Iced tea lattes are made by steeping tea for 4-5 minutes, then combining it with 2% milk, ice, and sweetener (if requested).
- Chai lattes are made with a concentrate, not with tea bags. Matcha lattes are made with pre-sweetened matcha tea blend.
- Starbucks only has 8 tea lattes on their menu, but you can make a tea latte with any of the teas they have listed.
|TEA LATTE SIZE
|Short, Hot only (8 oz)
|1 tea bag
|Tall (12 oz)
|1 tea bag
|Grande (16 oz)
|2 tea bags
|Venti, Hot (20 oz)
|2 tea bags
|Venti, Iced (24 oz)
|2 tea bags
Chai is a black tea that is mixed with spices like ginger, clove, cardamom, star anise, and others to create a warming and comforting drink. Tazo’s chai concentrate is added to the pitcher and steamed together with the milk. The chai concentrate is sweetened so extra syrup isn’t added to the drink. Add a shot of espresso (extra cost) to make it a dirty chai latte.
Caffeine in grande Chai Latte: 95 mg
Iced Chai Tea Latte
Iced Chai Lattes come together quick, requiring just Tazo’s chai concentrate, milk, and ice. The chai concentrate is already sweetened so no extra syrup is added to the drink. Add a shot or 2 of espresso (extra cost) and it’s an iced dirty chai latte.
Caffeine in grande Iced Chai Tea Latte: 95 mg
London Fog Tea Latte
A London Fog Tea Latte is made with Teavana’s Earl Grey tea bags (which has citrus and lavender notes), steamed 2% milk, and vanilla syrup.
Caffeine in grande London Fog Tea Latte: 40 mg
Iced London Fog Tea Latte
The combination of vanilla syrup and Teavana’s Earl Grey tea is what makes a London Fog such a distinct and delicious drink. Hot Earl Grey tea is made, then shaken with vanilla syrup, ice, and milk.
Caffeine in grande Iced London Fog Tea Latte: 40 mg
Royal English Breakfast Tea Latte
Breakfast teas are meant to be had with milk and sugar so it’s perfectly delicious when made into a tea latte with steamed milk. It’s sweetened with pumps of Starbucks’ Classic syrup.
Caffeine in grande Royal English Breakfast Tea Latte: 40 mg
Iced Royal English Breakfast Tea Latte
Royal English Breakfast tea bags are steeped in hot water then shaken with ice, milk, and Classic syrup (Starbuck’s simple syrup).
Caffeine in grande Iced Royal English Breakfast Tea Latte: 40 mg
Matcha Green Tea Latte
The matcha used at Starbucks is a tea blend made up of sugar and green tea that’s basically an instant matcha mix. In a grande, there’s 3 scoops of matcha tea blend in your drink. No extra syrup is added to the drink since the matcha tea blend is pre-sweetened.
Caffeine in grande Matcha Green Tea Latte: 80 mg
Iced Matcha Green Tea Latte
A refreshing drink, the Iced Matcha Green Tea Latte is made by shaking together matcha tea blend, milk, and ice. The matcha tea blend is pre-sweetened, so no extra syrup is added.
Caffeine in grande Iced Matcha Green Tea Latte: 80 mg
The flavored syrups are the key to flavoring Starbucks’ lattes. You can request any available syrup to be added to your latte.
- Brown Sugar Syrup
- Caramel Syrup
- Cinnamon Dolce Syrup
- Sugar Free Cinnamon Dolce Syrup
- Hazelnut Syrup
- Irish Cream Syrup
- Peppermint Syrup
- Pineapple Ginger Syrup
- Raspberry Syrup
- Toffee Nut Syrup
- Vanilla Syrup
- Sugar Free Vanilla Syrup
- Caramel Sauce
- Mocha Sauce
- Pistachio Sauce
- White Chocolate Mocha Sauce
Questions You May Have
Yes, many of them are, but not all of them. Most drinks can be made without sugar if requested, and Starbucks has two sugar-free sweeteners: sugar-free vanilla and sugar-free cinnamon dolce.
Both drinks have the same amount of espresso but a latte has more milk. A macchiato might taste stronger because it has less milk and the flavor of the espresso is more prominent, but the two drinks are the same strength.
The Caffé Latte, without any flavored syrups added, is the most popular latte at Starbucks. The Vanilla Latte is also a Starbucks customer favorite.
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