Starbucks Matcha: What’s in It, Best Drinks, & Why It’s Not So Healthy

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Get the lowdown on all things Starbucks matcha, including matcha drinks on their menu and how their matcha is different than regular matcha green tea.

Three Starbucks drinks in glass cups.
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Matcha at Starbucks

  • Matcha is a Japanese green tea that has been finely ground. It’s known for being packed with antioxidants and its bright green color. It has a slightly bitter and vegetal taste but when it’s mixed with a sweetener, it’s completely delicious.
  • Starbucks uses pre-sweetened matcha that’s like an instant matcha powder. Regular matcha doesn’t dissolve in water the way the Starbucks matcha does.
  • The two ingredients in Starbucks matcha tea blend are sugar (main ingredient) and green tea. Because the matcha is sweetened, you won’t be able to order your matcha drink unsweetened.
  • Starbucks used to sweeten its matcha drinks with Classic syrup (along with the sugar already in the powder) but that’s no longer the case.

Starbucks Matcha Drinks

Currently, there are five matcha drinks on the Starbucks menu.

Matcha Green Tea Crème Frappuccino

The most popular matcha drink on the menu, the Matcha Frappuccino is made with sweetened matcha, whole milk, crème frappuccino syrup, Classic syrup, and ice. The drink is topped with whipped cream.

Available Matcha Frappuccino drink sizes:
(Note: Nutritional value of this drink is not available.)

  • Tall (12 ounces)
    2 scoops matcha tea blend, 2 pumps Classic syrup
  • Grande (16 ounces)
    3 scoops matcha tea blend, 3 pumps Classic syrup
  • Venti (24 ounces)
    4 scoops matcha tea blend, 4 pumps Classic syrup

Matcha Green Tea Latte

A hot matcha drink made with steamed 2% milk and it’s one of Starbucks most popular drinks. There is no syrup in this drink but it’s already sweet from the sweetened matcha tea blend. If you’re trying matcha for the first time and like your drinks really sweet, get it with Classic syrup, which is how Starbucks used to make their matcha lattes.

Available matcha latte drink sizes:

  • Short (8 ounces)
    110 calories, 30 mg caffeine, 14 g sugar, 1 scoop matcha tea blend
  • Tall (12 ounces)
    190 calories, 55 mg caffeine, 24 g sugar, 2 scoops matcha tea blend
  • Grande (16 ounces)
    240 calories, 80 mg caffeine, 32 g sugar, 3 scoops matcha tea blend
  • Venti (24 ounces)
    320 calories, 110 mg caffeine, 43 g sugar, 4 scoops matcha tea blend

Iced Matcha Green Tea Latte

A cold and refreshing version of the matcha latte simple made with 2% milk and ice. There’s no syrup in this drink but it’s already sweet from the sweetened matcha tea blend.

Available iced matcha latte drink sizes:

  • Tall (12 ounces)
    140 calories, 55 mg caffeine, 20 g sugar, 2 scoops matcha tea blend
  • Grande (16 ounces)
    200 calories, 80 mg caffeine, 32 g sugar, 3 scoops matcha tea blend
  • Venti (24 ounces)
    320 calories, 110 mg caffeine, 43 g sugar, 4 scoops matcha tea blend

Matcha Lemonade

Matcha tea blend is shaken with lemonade, water, and ice for a sweet and tart drink.

Available matcha lemonade drink sizes:

  • Tall (12 ounces)
    90 calories, 55 mg caffeine, 19 g sugar, 2 scoops matcha tea blend
  • Grande (16 ounces)
    120 calories, 80 mg caffeine, 27 g sugar, 3 scoops matcha tea blend
  • Venti (24 ounces)
    170 calories, 110 mg caffeine, 38 g sugar, 4 scoops matcha tea blend

Iced Pineapple Matcha Drink

Matcha tea blend is shaken with a pineapple ginger syrup, coconutmilk (Starbucks’ coconut milk blend), and ice.

Available iced pineapple matcha drink sizes:

  • Tall (12 ounces)
    90 calories, 55 mg caffeine, 19 g sugar, 2 scoops matcha tea blend, 3 pumps syrup
  • Grande (16 ounces)
    120 calories, 80 mg caffeine, 27 g sugar, 3 scoops matcha tea blend, 4 pumps syrup
  • Venti (24 ounces)
    170 calories, 110 mg caffeine, 38 g sugar, 4 scoops matcha tea blend, 6 pumps syrup

Buying Starbucks Matcha Tea Blend

Starbucks matcha tea blend is sold as Starbucks VIA Matcha (VIA is their line of instant drink powders) and it comes in packets portioned for individual use. The catch is, it’s not sold in any of the Starbucks locations in the the United States. It’s only available in Starbucks locations in Asia like Singapore and Japan.

You may have some luck getting VIA Matcha on Etsy or Ebay but you can also find something similar online by looking for sweetened matcha blends like Sweet Matcha and Matcha Latte Mix, which easily dissolve in water and are more like instant powders.

Questions You May Have

How much caffeine is there in matcha?

A grande 16 oz matcha latte has about 80 mg of caffeine. In comparison, a 16 ounce latte has about 150 mg of caffeine

Why doesn’t my matcha powder dissolving in water?

Matcha is finely ground green tea leaves so they don’t actually dissolve in water. Instead, they’re suspended in water by vigorously whisking it with a bamboo matcha whisk. The matcha tea blend that Starbucks uses is a matcha instant powder so, like instant coffee, it completely dissolves in water.

Is matcha healthy?

Matcha whisked in hot water is healthy since it’s jam packed with antioxidants but the sweetened matcha at Starbucks is less so since it’s mostly sugar.

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