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Caffeinated Tea At Starbucks: 15 Must-Try Drinks

Drink caffeinated tea at Starbucks if you need a refreshing caffeine kick. I drink tea when I need a pick-me-up but don’t want to get another coffee. I’m a coffee gal who always ordered the cheapest coffees in Starbucks, but ever since my sister introduced me to the wide selection of delicious Starbucks tea drinks, I’ve been ordering tea more often.

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There’s a wide array of delicious teas at Starbucks that suit every palate and purpose. Whether you need an energy boost, a quick refresher, or simply want to try something new from the menu, Starbucks has you covered. Let’s talk about the best caffeinated teas at Starbucks, so you know what to order next time you need to feel energized!

The Most Caffeinated Tea Drinks at Starbucks

If you’re particular about the caffeine content of your drinks, then it’s ideal that you learn about the most caffeinated teas at Starbucks before you order. A tea you expect to energize you might not have any effect, while a tea you thought would help you relax might keep you up all night! 

Below are the tea options at Starbucks with the highest caffeine content which are perfect for a good energy boost. The mg of caffeine varies depending on the size of the drink – Starbucks offers most of their beverages in Short, Tall, Grande, Venti, and Trenta sizes. For this article, I will base the amount of caffeine on a Grande size order for your reference, as stated in the Starbucks website.

  • Chai Latte, Iced Chai Tea Latte, and Iced Chai Tea Latte with Oleato Golden Foam (95 mg)
  • Matcha Green Tea Latte, Iced Matcha Green Tea Latte, and Matcha Lemonade (80 mg)
  • Matcha Green Tea Crème Frappuccino (70 mg)
  • Jade Citrus Mint Brewed Tea, Honey Citrus Mint Tea, Earl Grey Tea, London Fog Tea Latte, Iced London Fog Tea Latte, Royal English Breakfast Tea, Royal English Breakfast Tea Latte, Iced Royal English Breakfast Tea Latte, Rev Up Brewed Wellness Tea, Chai Tea, Chai Crème Frappuccino (40 mg)
  • Iced Black Tea, Iced Black Tea Lemonade, Iced Guava Black Tea, Guava Black Iced Tea Lemonade, Iced Green Tea, Iced Green Tea Lemonade, Iced Peach Green Tea, Iced Peach Green Tea Lemonade (25 mg)

If you’re looking to relax and wind down, try the non-caffeinated offerings from Starbucks. These include herbal teas like Mint Majesty Tea, Iced Passion Tango Tea, and Iced Passion Tango Tea Lemonade.

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15 Delicious Caffeinated Teas At Starbucks To Try

I’ve come a long way from my usual Starbucks Iced Americano. I’m proud to say that I’ve tried the best Starbucks coffee drinks there are, so I was excited to try their tea selection. From their classic green tea drinks to secret menu items, I found that Starbucks teas have varying milligrams of caffeine. Nevertheless, here are the best caffeinated teas at Starbucks that are all a must-try.

Hot Teas

Whether you prefer something simple and classic, creamy and indulgent, or something with a hint of mint, there’s a hot caffeinated tea at Starbucks for every mood. Soothing and warming, these drinks are perfect for any time of the day.

Chai Tea Latte

Caffeine Content (Grande): 95 mg

One of my favorites, since I’m a chai tea fan. I always have a ready supply of my homemade chai tea syrup for when I want to make chocolate chai lattepumpkin spice chai latte, or chai ice cream at home.

This creamy drink is black tea infused with warming spices, combined with steamed milk then topped with foam, creating the perfect balance of sweet and spicy. Chai Tea Latte has the highest caffeine content among Starbucks teas, so it’s a great choice if you’re looking for a flavorful, energy-boosting drink.

Earl Grey Tea

Caffeine Content (Grande): 40 mg

Soothing and aromatic, this classic choice, which contains zero calories, is black tea infused with Italian bergamot and lavender flowers. The perfect balance between bright citrus and floral notes in a warm cup of tea? Yes please!

Teavana London Fog Tea Latte

Caffeine Content (Grande): 40 mg

Imagine adding steamed milk and a dash of vanilla syrup to the already delicious Earl Grey Tea. You get the frothy perfection that is London Fog Tea Latte! With its bright, citrusy bergamot flavor blended with subtle hints of lavender, you won’t be disappointed with this reinvention of the classic Earl Grey Tea.

Honey Citrus Mint Tea

Caffeine Content (Grande): 16 mg

Did you know that this comfort drink was created by a customer and was once called Medicine Ball? It became so popular that Starbucks adapted it into their menu. It’s green tea blended with lemon juice, candied pineapple, chamomile blossom, and a hint of spearmint, served with steamed lemonade and a touch of honey for the ultimate comfort. The perfect cup to lift your spirit!

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Iced Teas

Drinking Starbucks iced tea is a cooling and refreshing way to get your caffeine kick. They’re perfect for hot, sunny days!

Iced Black Tea Lemonade

Caffeine Content (Grande):  25 mg

If you like keeping it simple then this drink is for you. This refreshing lemonade is sweetened black tea shaken with lemonade and ice. A satisfying treat that is inspired by Arnold Palmer. 

Iced Royal English Breakfast Tea Latte

Caffeine Content (Grande):  40 mg

This treat is the creamy version of the popular Starbucks Royal English Breakfast Tea. It is made with full-leaf black teas from India and Sri Lanka sweetened with liquid cane sugar and then topped with milk and ice. Bold and sweet, a great pick-me-up on a sleepy day.

Iced Chai Tea Latte with Oleato Golden Foam

Caffeine Content (Grande):  95 mg

Another must-try energizing tea! This drink is black tea with flavors of cinnamon, clove, and other warming spices then combined with milk and ice. I personally love topping my lattes with foam, and the cold foam on this drink, which is infused with extra virgin olive oil, is just lush and heavenly.

Iced Lavender Cream Oatmilk Matcha

Caffeine Content (Grande):  60 mg

Creamy and velvety matcha served with oatmilk over ice, then topped with sweet and subtle floral notes of lavender cream cold foam. This feels like springtime in a cup, perfect for times when you want a refreshing and uplifting treat. 

Iced Peach Green Tea

Caffeine Content (Grande):  25 mg

Try the Iced Peach Green Tea if you need a quick refresher. Enjoy the flavors of spearmint, lemon verbena, and lemongrass in green tea. Ask for a splash of lemonade for the ultimate cooler for warm days.

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Tea-Based Frappuccinos

I love rich and creamy coffees, so naturally I was compelled to try the tea-based frappuccinos. Starbucks offers two delicious options – Chai Crème Frappuccino and Matcha Green Tea Crème Frappuccino.

Chai Crème Frappuccino

Caffeine Content (Grande):  40 mg

Spice up your afternoon with this frosty, creamy, and scrumptious treat. It’s a creamy blend of chai, milk and ice topped with sweetened whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon. Mmm-hmm.

Matcha Green Tea Crème Frappuccino

Caffeine Content (Grande):   70 mg

Starbucks has a delectable selection of matcha-based drinks, but there’s a special appeal to their Matcha Green Tea Crème Frappuccino. It’s a delicious blend of sweetened matcha green tea, milk and ice then finished off with sweetened whipped cream. Drink this if you need good vibes!

Secret Menu Items

For days when you’re not craving for anything in particular, I recommend that you try something from the secret menu. It might be your new favorite caffeinated tea at Starbucks!

White Chocolate Cinnamon Chai Latte

To order this warm indulgent drink, start with a chai latte (prepared with whole milk and ask for no water for a creamy base) then add white mocha and cinnamon dolce syrup. Ask for a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon on top. Despite its rich array of ingredients, you get a luscious, perfectly balanced drink that you will for sure order over and over again.

Cinnamon Toast Crunch

Hearing the name already makes my mouth water! To order this cereal-inspired masterpiece, order a Grande iced black tea base and ask for eight pumps of brown sugar syrup and an extra splash of sweet cream. It may sound too sweet, but the taste is perfectly balanced and not too overwhelming – a treat you can enjoy any time of the day.

Chai Apple Tea

Who doesn’t like fall? I love food and drinks that remind me of the beautiful season – that’s why I make my fall coffees and apple desserts at home year round. I was so happy when a friend recommended Chai Apple Tea! To order this drink, ask for Caramel Apple Spice and add chai concentrate (adjust the number of pumps to your liking). It’s the perfect harmony of apple, rich caramel, and bold chai spices – definitely a must-try.

Brown Sugar Strawberry Milk Tea

One of the most unique caffeinated teas from the Starbucks secret menu. To order this dreamy treat, order an iced green tea (ask the barista to make it with coconut milk instead of water). Add strawberry purée and request to top it with vanilla sweet cream cold foam, mixed with brown sugar syrup. You deserve to smile when things get overwhelming, and this drink is guaranteed to brighten your day.

Wrapping Up

So there you have it – the best caffeinated teas at Starbucks. Have you tried any of these delicious drinks, or want to recommend a secret menu item that you’ve tried? I would love to know!  If you liked this article, it would also be awesome if you shared it with your friends, family, and fellow tea enthusiasts. Enjoy getting your caffeine kick with these treats, Starbucks fans!


Thursday 4th of July 2024

Wow, who knew there were so many choices of tea at Starbucks! I'm a match green tea gal myself, but you definitely convinced me on trying the iced lavender cream oatmilk matcha!

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Tuesday 9th of July 2024

It's definitely worth a try! I hope you enjoy, Jacqui. Thank you for visiting the post.