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A Barista’s Guide to Starbucks Green Tea & Matcha Drinks

Starbucks green tea drinks and Starbucks matcha drinks are featured in this barista's guide. Here you can learn all about the Starbucks green tea and matcha menu for both hot and iced drinks, as well as lattes and frappuccinos.
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Starbucks Green Tea and Matcha Drinks

Want to know all about Starbucks green tea and matcha drinks? You’ve come to the right place.

This convenient guide gives an overview of all the hot and iced green tea and matcha drinks on the Starbucks menu.

Here, you can easily see the amount of calories and caffeine for each green tea and matcha craft beverage.

Plus, quickly discover the ingredients each hot tea, iced tea or frappuccino drink contains.

And if you like to make Starbucks copycat recipes at home, I’ve got you covered.

For each drink that my barista daughter and I have duplicated, there’s a photo and link to the recipe.

So, let’s get started!

Here’s a list of all the Starbucks drinks that are made with green tea or matcha.

Starbucks Green Tea and Matcha Drinks on the Menu

  • Matcha Green Tea Latte (hot tea)
  • Emperor’s Cloud & Mist (hot tea)
  • Jade Citrus Mint Brewed Tea (hot tea)
  • Honey Citrus Mint Tea (hot tea)
  • Iced Green Tea
  • Iced Green Tea Lemonade
  • Iced Peach Green Tea
  • Iced Peach Green Tea Lemonade
  • Iced Matcha Green Tea Latte
  • Matcha Lemonade
  • Matcha Green Tea Creme Frappuccino

Seeing that Starbucks is known for its coffee, that’s a decent selection of green tea and matcha offerings: four hot teas, six iced green teas and even a frappuccino.

Not to mention, there are lots of ways to make your own custom green tea and matcha drinks.

For example, you can order a vanilla matcha latte, iced raspberry green tea or iced green tea guava. Be sure and check out my Guide to Iced Tea at Starbucks and Guide to Hot Tea at Starbucks to see all the possibilities.

Now, let’s take a detailed look at each drink on the green tea and matcha menu.

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Starbucks Green Tea Flavors: Emperor’s Cloud & Mist and Jade Citrus Mint

Starbucks Green Tea Drinks (Hot)

Starbucks has two Teavana green tea sachets: Emperor’s Cloud & Mist and Jade Citrus Mint.

It should be noted, while Rev-Up Wellness Tea contains green tea, it is a blend of green, black, and oolong teas. And none of the Starbucks hot or iced tea beverages billed as “green tea” use this blend.

On the other hand, Mint Majesty (not to be confused with Jade Citrus Mint) does not contain any green tea. It’s simply an herbal tea.

My barista daughter tells me that people often mistake Mint Majesty as a green tea, perhaps due to its green package.

Hot Drinks on the Menu Made with Green Tea

Hot Starbucks Green Tea Drinks*CaloriesCaffeine
Emperor’s Cloud & Mist 016 mg
Jade Citrus Mint 040 mg
Honey Citrus Mint Tea 13016 mg
*Calories and caffeine are for a 16 ounce grande size drink.

Emperor’s Cloud and Mist

“This gently smoky, softly sweet green tea—cultivated at 3,500 feet and shrouded in ethereal clouds and mist—is tasty no matter what language you say it in.” ~starbucks.com

Calories: 0 / Caffeine: 16 mg

Ingredients: Water and Green Tea

Worth Noting: Emperor’s Cloud & Mist is simply green tea and does not contain any other flavors in the tea sachet. It is one of two hot brewed green teas on the menu. Furthermore, this tea drink has zero calories.

Jade Citrus Mint Brewed Tea

“Green tea, lemon verbena, lemongrass and a hint of spearmint mingle for a bright, refreshing, citrusy green tea experience.” ~starbucks.com

Calories: 0 / Caffeine: 40 mg

Ingredients: Water and Green Tea

Worth Noting: Jade Citrus Mint is one of two tea sachets in the Starbucks line-up of green teas. Unlike Emperor’s Cloud & Mist, this tea sachet is blended with other flavors like mint and lemon. Simply brewed in hot water, a hot cuppa Jade Citrus Mint has zero calories.

Honey Citrus Mint Brewed Tea

“A customer creation so popular it’s now on the menu. Jade Citrus Mint® green tea, Peach Tranquility® herbal tea, hot water, steamed lemonade and a touch of honey mingle tastefully well together for a tea that comforts from the inside out.” ~starbucks.com

Calories: 130 / Caffeine: 16 mg

Ingredients: Lemonade, Water, Jade Citrus Mint (tea sachet), Peach Tranquility (tea sachet), honey

Worth Noting: Honey Citrus Mint brewed tea is famously known as Starbucks tea for colds. But you may know it by one of its secret menu names: Coldbuster, Medicine Ball, Medicine Bomb, Cold Tea or Sick Tea.

Barista Tips: This drink is so popular, you might want to make it at home when you’re under the weather.

Whether you fall in the “it helps me get better” or “it doesn’t do a thing” camp, the combination of Jade Citrus Mint green tea, Peach Tranquility herbal tea, lemon and honey is delicious to sip on.

You can see how I make Medicine Ball tea at home, along with tips on how to make it even better.

Starbucks Green Tea Drinks (Iced)

All Starbucks iced green teas are made with Jade Citrus Mint green tea concentrate.

This green tea concentrate, a strong tea, is combined with a variety of other ingredients like water, juice or lemonade to make really refreshing, thirst-quenching drinks.

On another note, if sugar-free is your thing, you should know that iced teas containing lemonade, matcha or juice cannot be made sugar-free. This is because each of these ingredients already contain sugar.

Also worth noting, beginning in 2021 Starbucks iced teas no longer have additional sweetener added.

So, if you prefer a sweeter iced tea, just ask for liquid cane sugar to be added or select another sweetener like Stevia or Equal.

Cold Drinks on the Menu Made with Green Tea

Iced Starbucks Green Tea Drinks*CaloriesCaffeine
Iced Green Tea025 mg
Iced Green Tea Lemonade5025 mg
Iced Peach Green Tea 6025 mg
Iced Peach Green Tea Lemonade8025 mg
*Calories and caffeine are for a 16 ounce grande size drink.

Iced Green Tea

Green tea blended with mint, lemongrass and lemon verbena, then given a good shake with ice. Lightly flavored and oh-so-refreshing!” ~starbucks.com

Calories: 0 / Caffeine: 25 mg

Ingredients: Ice, Water, Jade Citrus Mint green tea, Liquid Cane Sugar

Worth Noting: Iced green tea is the lowest calorie iced green tea on the menu since the tea concentrate is only combined with filtered water and ice.

Iced Green Tea Lemonade

“Green tea blended with mint, lemongrass, lemon verbena and lemonade, then given a good shake with ice. Lightly flavored and oh-so-refreshing!” ~starbucks.com

Calories: 50 / Caffeine: 25 mg

Ingredients: Ice, Lemonade, Jade Citrus Mint green tea, Liquid Cane Sugar

Barista Tips: The lemonade concentrate comes pre-sweetened so if you’re trying to reduce sugar intake, ask your barista for no liquid cane sugar.

Iced Peach Green Tea

“This boldly flavored iced tea—made with a combination of our peach-flavored fruit juice blend and Teavana® iced green tea, and hand-shaken with ice—brings you refreshing vibes.” ~starbucks.com

Calories: 60 / Caffeine: 25 mg

Ingredients: Ice, Jade Citrus Mint tea, Peach Flavored Juice, Liquid Cane Sugar

Barista Tips: Want to change up your peach green tea?

Some customers like to substitute guava juice for peach.

Keep in mind, these juices are pretty sweet, so if you don’t like super sweet drinks, don’t add-in liquid cane sugar. That’s what I do.

Iced Peach Green Tea Lemonade

“This boldly refreshing iced tea is made with a combination of our peach-flavored fruit juice blend, Teavana® iced green tea and lemonade, and hand-shaken with ice.” ~starbucks.com

Calories: 80 / Caffeine: 25 mg

Ingredients: Ice, Jade Citrus Mint tea, Peach Flavored Juice, Lemonade

Starbucks Matcha Drinks (Hot)

Currently, Starbucks only has one hot matcha drink on its menu, a matcha green tea latte.

This blend of caffeinated matcha and steamed milk is really satisfying and is a great pick-me up drink to start the day.

Hot Drinks on the Menu Made with Matcha

Hot Starbucks Matcha Drinks*CaloriesCaffeine
Matcha Green Tea Latte 24080 mg
*Calories and caffeine are for a 16 ounce grande size drink.

Matcha Green Tea Latte

“Smooth and creamy matcha sweetened just right and served with steamed milk. This favorite will transport your senses to pure green delight.” ~starbucks.com

Calories: 240 / Caffeine: 80 mg

Ingredients: 2% Milk and Matcha Blend (Sugar and Ground Japanese Green Tea)

Worth Noting: The matcha powder Starbucks uses for all its matcha drinks contains sugar. Therefore, it’s not possible to order a completely sugar-free matcha drink at Starbucks.

Barista Tips: Make this drink dairy-free by substituting the 2% milk with almond, coconut, soy or oat milk (in some markets).

Starbucks Matcha Drinks (Iced)

Starbucks has just a few iced matcha drinks on their official menu.

However, you can customize your Starbucks iced tea to create limitless drinks.

For instance, get an iced vanilla matcha green tea latte by ordering an iced matcha green tea latte with a few pumps of vanilla syrup.

Keep in mind, when ordering matcha drinks at Starbucks their matcha powder is a blend of sugar and Japanese green tea powder.

This means none of their matcha beverages are completely sugar-free.

Cold Drinks on the Menu Made with Matcha

Iced Starbucks Matcha Drinks*CaloriesCaffeine
Matcha Lemonade12080 mg
Iced Matcha Green Tea Latte 20080 mg
*Calories and caffeine are for a 16 ounce grande size drink.

Matcha Lemonade

“Our finely ground Teavana® matcha green tea combined with crisp lemonade, then shaken with ice, creates a refreshingly sweet, delicious drink that’s a delightfully vibrant, green-hue.” ~starbucks.com

Calories: 120 / Caffeine: 80 mg

Ingredients: Ice, Lemonade, Matcha Tea Blend (Sugar and Ground Japanese Green Tea)

Iced Matcha Green Tea Latte

“Smooth and creamy matcha sweetened just right and served with milk over ice. Green has never tasted so good.” ~starbucks.com

Calories: 200 / Caffeine: 80 mg

Ingredients: Ice, 2% Milk, Matcha Tea Blend (Sugar and Ground Japanese Green Tea)

Starbucks Green Tea Frappuccino

Starbucks has a myriad of frappuccino blended beverages for coffee drinkers. Additionally, they offer a line-up of almost as many Crème (non-coffee) frappuccinos.

Two of the crème (cream) frappuccinos are tea-based:

Frappuccinos are surprisingly easy to make at home.

Here’s my Starbucks copycat chai frappuccino recipe.

You’ll be amazed how creamy you can make it with the addition of one simple ingredient.

Frappuccinos on the Menu Made with Matcha

Starbucks Green Tea Frappuccinos*CaloriesCaffeine
Matcha Green Tea Crème Frappuccino41070 mg
*Calories and caffeine are for a grande size frappuccino.

Matcha Green Tea Crème Frappuccino

“This blend of sweetened premium matcha green tea, milk and ice— topped off with sweetened whipped cream—inspires a delicious boost and good green vibes.” ~starbucks.com

Calories: 410 / Caffeine: 70 mg

Ingredients: Ice, Whole Milk, Crème Frappuccino Syrup (contains sugar), Classic Syrup (contains sugar), Matcha Tea Blend (Sugar and Ground Japanese Green Tea)

Barista Tips: Some customers like to change the type of milk in this frappuccino.

The reasons for doing so vary from calorie reduction to making a dairy-free drink.

No matter the reason, Starbucks has plenty of milk options. Just be aware, however, the frappuccino may not be as creamy as it is with whole milk.

In addition, some customers like to reduce the sugar. This is accomplished by substituting the classic syrup with a sugar-free syrup like vanilla. Unfortunately, Classic does not have a sugar-free counterpart.

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