Starbucks Matcha Drinks: Quick Facts
- All Starbucks matcha drinks are made using matcha powder which is a blend of ground Japanese green tea and sugar. Since the powder is sweetened, matcha drinks are not available sugar-free.
- Every Starbucks matcha contains caffeine and the amount of caffeine depends on the size drink you order.
- Low-fat (2%) is the standard milk used in matcha lattes, but it can be substituted.
- The Starbucks menu lists four matcha drinks (hot and iced).
- The hot matcha latte is available in 4 sizes (short, tall, grande and venti). Iced matcha drinks and the matcha frappuccino are available in 3 sizes (tall, grande and venti).
- Starbucks hot and iced matcha lattes are among Starbucks most popular tea drinks.
Best Matcha Drinks at Starbucks
From a warm and cozy hot matcha latte to ice cold creamy blended beverages, Starbucks has a matcha green tea for everyone.
There are four matcha drinks on the Starbucks menu. Of these drinks, I rank the hot or iced matcha latte as the best. They’re both tasty, creamy and strong with a good kick of caffeine.
That being said, the matcha frappuccino is the most popular Starbucks matcha drink, according to customer demand.
Each Starbucks matcha drink is made by mixing matcha tea blend powder with another drink. For instance, lattes are a combination of sweetened matcha powder and milk.
Whereas, a matcha lemonade is a delicious mixture of matcha and lemonade.
Of course, additional sweeteners or flavored syrups can be mixed in upon request.
Here’s a list of all the Starbucks matcha drinks. Additionally, see the caffeine and calorie content for each matcha drink and how to order matcha on the Starbucks app.
All nutrition information is based on a grande size, 16 oz drink.
1. Matcha Tea Latte
This matcha drink at Starbucks combines sweet matcha with steamed low-fat milk. The drink is topped off with a scoop of frothy milk foam.
Ingredients: Matcha Powder, 2% Milk
Nutrition: Calories 240; Caffeine: 80 mg
How to order on the app: Hot Teas / Green Teas / Matcha Tea Latte
Available Drink Sizes: Short (8oz), Tall (12oz), Grande (16oz), Venti (20oz)
2. Iced Matcha Tea Latte
This Starbucks matcha drink is a twist on the traditional matcha latte. To make this smooth and creamy iced matcha latte, the barista shakes together matcha and milk which is served over ice.
Ingredients: Matcha Powder, 2% Milk, Ice
Nutrition: Calories N/A; Caffeine: 80 mg
How to order on the app: Iced Teas / Iced Green Teas / Iced Matcha Tea Latte
Available Drink Sizes: Tall (12 oz), Grande (16 oz), Venti (24 oz)
3. Matcha Lemonade
This Starbucks lemonade is a refreshing and sweet drink that combines matcha with cool, crisp lemonade.
Ingredients: Matcha Powder, Lemonade, Ice
Nutrition: Calories 120; Caffeine: 80 mg
Available Drink Sizes: Tall (12 oz), Grande (16 oz), Venti (20 oz), Trenta (30 oz)
How to order on the app: Iced Teas / Iced Green Teas / Matcha Lemonade
4. Pineapple Matcha Drink
The Pineapple Matcha drink at Starbucks is a bit on the tropical side. To make this dairy-free Starbucks drink, sweetened matcha and coconut milk are shaken together with Starbucks pineapple-ginger syrup.
Ingredients: Matcha Powder, Coconut Milk, Pineapple-ginger Syrup, Ice
Nutrition: Calories 170; Caffeine: 80 mg
How to order on the app: Cold Drinks / Iced Coconutmilk Drinks / Pineapple Matcha Drink
Available Drink Sizes: Tall (12 oz), Grande (16 oz), Venti (20 oz)
5. Matcha Crème Frappuccino
This delightfully green frappuccino is a sweet blend of Starbucks matcha powder, milk and ice topped with sweetened whipped cream.
Ingredients: Matcha Powder, Whole Milk, Classic Syrup, Creme Frappuccino Syrup, Ice, Whipped Cream
Nutrition: Calories 420; Caffeine: 70 mg
How to order on the app: Frappuccino Blended Beverages / Crème Frappuccinos / Matcha Crème Frappuccino
Available Drink Sizes: Tall (12 oz), Grande (16 oz), Venti (24 oz)
Starbucks Matcha Powder
A lot of people wonder what’s in Starbucks matcha powder.
In fact, Starbucks matcha is a blend sugar and finely ground Japanese green tea. This two-ingredient, pre-sweetened powder is the basis of all Starbucks matcha drinks. Here’s exactly what a scoopful of Starbucks matcha looks like.
To make the matcha drinks, Starbucks baristas measure matcha by scoops. Then, to mix and dissolve the matcha powder, drinks are shaken vigorously or blended.
Typically, matcha sold in stores only contains ground green tea—no sugar. Often, it’s color is a vibrant shade of green. It’s considered to be healthy because of its anti-oxidant properties among other reasons.
However, since Starbucks matcha powder contains sugar, take that into consideration for all your health and dietary needs.
Caffeine in Starbucks Matcha
Many people ask if Starbucks matcha has caffeine. Like all matcha green tea, Starbucks matcha contains caffeine.
The amount of caffeine in each Starbucks matcha drink is determined by the number of scoops of matcha that goes into it. For reference, 1 scoop of Starbucks matcha powder contains about 27.5 mg of caffeine. This means a tall, 12 oz matcha latte made with two scoops of powder has about 55mg caffeine. Whereas, a venti, 20 oz. matcha drink made with four scoops contains 110 mg. For comparison purposes, a Starbucks matcha latte has about 73% of the caffeine as an espresso-based latte.
Here’s how many scoops of matcha a barista puts in each size drink and its approximate caffeine content.
|Short (8 oz)||1||30 mg|
|Tall (12 oz)||2||55 mg|
|Grande (16 oz)||3||80 mg|
|Venti – hot (20 oz)||4||110 mg|
|Venti – cold (24 oz)||4||110 mg|
Ways to Customize Starbucks Matcha
Like all Starbucks drinks, you can customize matcha, as well.
Popular ways to modify matcha drinks are with flavored syrups, substituting milk, or even adding a topping. Just keep in mind, some modifications may have an additional cost.
Add a Flavored Syrup: To add another flavor and a little more sweetness, consider adding a little bit of syrup. Customer-favorite syrups to mix with matcha are vanilla, toffeenut and honeyblend. For vanilla flavor, some customers also like a scoop of vanilla bean powder mixed in.
Substitute the Milk: Low-fat dairy milk is the standard milk used to make lattes. But it can be switched for any other type of milk Starbucks has. You can even make a dairy-free matcha latte by asking for almond, soy, coconut or Oatly oat milk.
More Matcha: To boost caffeine, sweetness and get even more matcha flavor, add an extra scoop of matcha blend.
Top it: For a little something extra, you can top off a matcha latte with one of Starbucks toppings typically used on coffee. For instance Starbucks whipped cream or vanilla sweet cream cold foam and some extra creaminess. You can even ask for strawberry sweet cream to order the Tik Tok Matcha Strawberry Drink.
Add Matcha Cold Foam: Matcha cold foam is a “secret menu” topping that combines vanilla sweet cream cold foam and matcha powder. Two popular drinks with matcha cold foam are the Pink Drink with matcha cold foam and an Iced Chai Tea Latte with matcha cold foam.
Questions You May Have
I think the best matcha drink at Starbucks are the milk-based drinks. For instance, the most popular Starbucks matcha lattes are the classic hot Matcha Green Tea Latte or Iced Matcha Green Tea Latte.
Like all matcha, Starbucks matcha drinks contain caffeine. The amount of caffeine depends on the size drink you order with each scoop of matcha containing about 28 mg of caffeine.
All Starbucks matcha drinks are sweetened. This is because Starbucks matcha tea is a blend of sugar and ground Japanese green tea.