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A Barista’s Guide to Starbucks Tea Latte Menu

This guide to Starbucks tea lattes shows all the types of Teavana tea lattes on their menu, both hot and iced, as well how each is made.
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Starbucks Tea Lattes

If you’re in the mood for a tea drink that’s a little more decadent than simple brewed tea, be sure to check out the Teavana tea latte menu at Starbucks.

What sets Starbucks tea lattes apart from their other tea drinks, is that each latte is made with equal portions of concentrated tea and milk. Simple syrup may be part of the recipe, as well.

The result is a sweet and creamy, full-bodied cup of tea.

Luckily, the official Starbucks tea menu has several delicious Teavana tea latte options. And each is available hot or iced.

For instance, you can get my favorite hot Chai Latte or it’s uber-popular cousin, Iced Chai Tea Latte.

Tea Lattes on the Starbucks Menu

  • Chai Latte (hot)
  • Iced Chai Tea Latte
  • Matcha Green Tea Latte (hot)
  • Iced Matcha Green Tea Latte
  • London Fog Tea Latte (hot)
  • Iced London Fog Tea Latte
  • Royal English Breakfast Tea Latte (hot)
  • Iced Royal English Breakfast Tea Latte
  • Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea Latte (seasonal)

Keep in mind, this list includes all the Starbucks tea lattes that have actual recipe cards.

However, you can order a Teavana tea latte made from any flavor of Teavana tea available at Starbucks. Then, all you have to do is combine it with a milk and syrup of your choice.

To see all the Teavana tea flavors that Starbucks has behind the counter, take a look at my Starbucks Hot Tea Guide.

Additionally, in my Starbucks Iced Tea Guide you can see all the types of milk and flavors of syrup you can add in.

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Bottles of some Starbucks Syrup Flavors

Basic Starbucks Tea Latte Recipe

Before I tell you a little bit about each of the tea lattes on the menu, here’s a quick look at how they’re made.

In general, a Starbucks tea latte is half tea and half milk. The tea is concentrated so its flavor doesn’t get lost in all the milk.

Please note, Starbucks makes tea lattes using 2% milk unless another type is requested.

For hot tea lattes, the milk is steamed and some foam is scooped on top.

Additionally, if the recipe calls for simple syrup you can request for more or less to be added or for it to be left out altogether.

Finally, the cup size determines the amount of tea and number of pumps of syrup added to each tea latte.

Starbucks Tea Latte Ingredients:

Starbucks Tea Latte SizeTea BagsPumps of Syrup
Tall13
Grande24
Venti25
Note: Chai and matcha lattes are not made with tea bags.

Chai Latte

One of my favorite drinks to order on a cool morning is a hot Starbucks chai latte.

The spicy flavors of cinnamon, ginger and cardamom combined with creamy, steamed milk, tastes absolutely delicious.

Not to mention, their hot and iced chai lattes really perk me up.

This is because Starbucks chai concentrate is made by infusing caffeinated black tea with chai spices.

In fact, Starbucks Chai Drinks contain more caffeine than their other teas.

If you’re interested in seeing the caffeine content for every single Starbucks tea drink, take a look at this post: Quick Guide to Starbucks Caffeine-free Tea.

Additionally, the pre-made chai concentrate contains sugar. Therefore, it’s not possible to order a sugar-free Starbucks chai.

If you love chai as much as I do, take a look at my homemade chai concentrate recipe.

In the long run making your own chai at home saves time and money. As a bonus, you can also control the amount of added sugar.

And for really authentic Indian chai, you’ll love my homemade masala chai recipe.

Of course, you can also make a Starbucks copycat hot chai latte and iced chai tea latte at home by combining milk and a store-bought chai concentrate like Tazo.

Key Features

  • Starbucks chai tea has more caffeine than all other teas on their menu.
  • Chai drinks cannot be made skinny since the pre-made tea concentrate contains sugar.

Hot Chai Latte

Black tea infused with cinnamon, clove and other warming spices is combined with steamed milk and topped with foam for the perfect balance of sweet and spicy. An iconic chai cup.

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Delicious hot cup of chai latte from Starbucks

Iced Chai Tea Latte

Black tea infused with cinnamon, clove, and other warming spices are combined with milk and ice for the perfect balance of sweet and spicy.

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Refreshing Iced Chai Latte from Starbucks

Matcha Green Tea Latte

Have you ever seen someone walking around with a light green drink in a Starbucks cup and weren’t sure what it was? Well, that’s a matcha green tea latte.

Similar to their chai latte, a Starbucks Matcha Green Tea Latte is sweet, creamy and delicious.

Now, you may be wondering, “Do Starbucks matcha drinks contain caffeine?”

The answer is a resounding, “Yes.”

In fact, all matcha and green tea drinks contain caffeine. Though matcha has far more caffeine than regular green tea.

The reason is because matcha is the actual tea leaf in powder form. Therefore, when you drink matcha, you’re drinking the actual tea leaf and all its caffeine.

Additionally, all Starbucks matcha drinks are made from sweetened matcha powder and cannot be made sugar-free.

For more information on all Starbucks matcha and green tea drinks on the menu, visit: A Barista’s Guide to Starbucks Green Tea & Matcha Drinks.

And for some of my favorite Starbucks copycat matcha drinks, take a look at these recipes:

Key Features

  • Starbucks matcha green tea drinks have the second highest caffeine content compared to all other teas on the menu. (Second only to chai tea drinks.)
  • Matcha drinks cannot be made skinny since they are made with sweetened matcha powder.

Hot 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.

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Hot Starbucks Matcha Green Tea Latte

Iced Matcha Green Tea Latte

Smooth and creamy matcha sweetened just right and served with milk over ice. Green has never tasted so good.

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Iced Matcha Green Tea Latte

London Fog Tea Latte

A London Fog latte is a popular tea drink for those that enjoy a good cup of earl grey tea and milk.

However, my Starbucks barista daughter tells me she’s hardly ever had anyone order one from her Starbucks.

Furthermore, when I recently ordered a London Fog from another Starbucks I overheard one barista ask another, “Earl Grey tea, right?”

Clearly, they don’t make this latte too often at that Starbucks location either.

Of course, this is all anecdotal. But, most tea drinkers know it takes time to steep the tea properly before adding all that milk. Therefore, it’s not really possible to get a good and fast tea latte made from tea bags.

Incidentally, this is not an issue with chai and matcha lattes since there’s nothing for the barista to steep.

Nonetheless, if you have a few minutes to wait and the barista remembers to let the tea fully steep for several minutes before completing the latte, it’s a delicious drink.

Made with vanilla syrup, Teavana Earl Grey tea and milk, a Starbucks London Fog is available hot or iced.

On a personal note, Earl Grey tea is my go-to black tea of choice, so here are a couple of my favorite tea latte recipes:

Key Features

  • Starbucks London Fog tea lattes are made with Teavana Earl Grey tea sachets and contain caffeine.
  • You can get a skinny London Fog by requesting sugar-free vanilla syrup and non-fat milk.

Hot London Fog

Bright, citrusy spark of Italian bergamot blends with subtle hints of lavender, vanilla syrup, and steamed milk for this frothy reinvention of classic Earl Grey tea.

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Iced London Fog

Bright, citrusy spark of bergamot blends with subtle hints of lavender and mixes with vanilla syrup, milk and ice to create this delicious reinvention of a classic Earl Grey tea.

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hot starbucks london fog tea latte sitting on sunny table
Hot Starbucks London Fog Tea Latte

Royal English Breakfast Tea Latte

Similar to a London Fog, the Royal English Breakfast tea latte is a combination of syrup, milk, and tea steeped from tea sachets.

However, the syrup is liquid cane sugar and the tea is Teavana Royal English Breakfast.

It goes without saying, the iced versions of these tea lattes are served over ice.

Also, like the London Fog latte, the barista makes the English Breakfast latte by steeping tea sachets.

In my opinion, the tea isn’t steeped long enough. Therefore, the tea is too weak after adding milk.

Honestly, I prefer to order either chai or matcha lattes from Starbucks and make other flavors of tea lattes at home. This way, I can control both the steeping time and temperature.

Key Features

  • Starbucks English Breakfast tea lattes are made with Teavana Royal English Breakfast tea sachets and contain caffeine.
  • You can get a skinny English Breakfast latte by requesting no syrup (the default is Liquid Cane) and non-fat milk.

Hot Royal English Breakfast Tea Latte

Each sip of this beloved morning black tea unfolds to reveal the complexity of the high-grown full leaves. An elegant, time-honored classic that brings a royal nod to every cup.

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Iced Royal English Breakfast Tea Latte

A select blend of rich, full-leaf black teas from India and Sri Lanka sweetened with liquid cane sugar and combined with milk and ice.

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Seasonal Starbucks Tea Lattes

In addition to the tea lattes that are always on the Starbucks menu, from time-to-time seasonal variations pop up.

Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea Latte

Probably the most popular seasonal Starbucks tea latte is the Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea Latte.

Here’s how Starbucks describes their decadent, fall-favorite tea latte:

Our beloved Chai joins our other fall fan favorite: Pumpkin Spice. Two flavors in one winning combination that delights and comforts as the cooler weather sets in.

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In fact, this is such a delicious drink that I set out to make my own at-home version.

And let me tell you, my Starbucks copycat pumpkin spice sauce (syrup) is absolutely yummy.

Of course, it can be added to coffee or espresso to make the famed Pumpkin Spice Latte.

However, as a tea drinker I’m partial to my homemade Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea Latte recipe.

What’s great is you can make a copycat Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Creme Frappuccino with the pumpkin spice sauce, as well.

Chai Eggnog Latte

Another popular Starbucks seasonal tea latte is the Chai Eggnog Latte.

This tea latte perfectly combines the rich and creamy steamed eggnog with spicy chai.

Here’s how Starbucks describes this holiday season eggnog latte:

This holiday favorite combines the complex spiciness of chai with the creamy sweetness of eggnog. Served hot or over ice.

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What’s great about a chai eggnog latte is that it’s simple to make at home. All you need is three ingredients to make your own copycat Starbucks Chai Eggnog Latte.

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Homemade Starbucks Chai Eggnog Latte topped with nutmeg.

Finally, in addition to pumpkin spice, every now and then Starbucks offers other seasonally flavored tea lattes like the Gingerbread Tea Latte.

Just keep your eye out for their limited-time-only syrups, especially around the holidays.

And remember, you can always create your own custom Starbucks tea latte using any available syrup, tea and milk.

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