Ultimate Starbucks Tea Guide: Iced Tea, Hot Tea, Tea Latte, Frappuccino, & Bottled Tea
on Mar 13, 2021, Updated Jan 14, 2023
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There is more to the Starbucks tea menu than you think. Here’s a guide, with expert tips, to walk you through every tea drink offered on the Starbucks menu.
Hot Brewed Teas
- Hot brewed tea is made with 1-2 tea bags and hot filtered water that’s set to 200°F.
- Hot tea drinks are not sweetened. If you want to add syrup, there will be an extra charge of $0.50.
- The number of tea bags in a cup depends on the drink size. 1 tea bags goes into short and tall cups and 2 tea bags go into grande and venti cups.
- The baristas at Starbucks do not take steeping time into account, so a good rule of thumb is to give white and green teas a 2-3 minute steep, and black and herbal teas 4-5 minutes.
- Turn any hot tea into a tea latte. For an extra $0.60, you can add steamed milk to any hot tea. Note: milk does not taste great with every tea.
- You can add an extra tea bag to your drink, you can do so for an extra $0.20 per tea bag.
- For a sweetened citrus twist, add some steamed lemonade. This goes great with just about any hot tea.
The chai, a black tea with spices like cinnamon, clove, and ginger, is made with Teavana chai tea bags and hot water. There’s no milk in this drink. Steep tea bags for 4-5 minutes. Leaving tea bags in the cup for longer will make the tea taste bitter.
Caffeine in grande Chai Tea: 40 mg
Earl Grey Tea
Earl Grey is a black tea infused with bergamot, a citrus fruit. Vanilla goes well with Earl Grey so if you want to add a little something sweet, go for a vanilla syrup. (Note that there is an extra charge of $0.50 for syrups in hot tea.)
Caffeine in grande Earl Grey Tea: 40 mg
Royal English Breakfast Tea
This is Starbucks’ classic black tea and like most breakfast teas, it’s malty and slightly woody. A brisk, strong tea, it’s great with a little milk and sugar.
Caffeine in grande Royal English Breakfast Tea: 40 mg
Emperor’s Clouds & Mist
When you order a hot green tea at Starbucks, this is what you’ll get. The name refers to the fact that this tea is grown 3,500 feet above sea level in China, where it’s common to be surrounded by mist and clouds. Don’t steep for longer than 3 minutes since green tea can get bitter quick. If you want a strong flavor, don’t steep it for longer, instead add another tea bag for $0.20.
Caffeine in grande Emperor’s Clouds & Mist: 16 mg
Honey Citrus Mint Tea
This drink used to be on the Starbucks secret menu as Medicine Ball Tea, but it became so popular it made it onto the official menu. It’s made with two different tea bags (Jade Citrus Mint tea and the herbal Peach Tranquility tea), hot lemonade, and honey.
Caffeine in grande Honey Citrus Mint Tea: 16 mg
Jade Citrus Mint Tea
This drink is made with Teavana’s Jade Citrus Mint Tea bag and hot water. Nothing else is added. It’s a green tea blend with bright, citrus notes due to the lemon verbena, lemongrass, and spearmint. This tea is what’s used to make Starbucks’ iced green tea drinks.
Caffeine in grande Jade Citrus Mint Tea: 40 mg
The main flavors of this herbal, caffeine-free tea are peppermint, spearmint, and lemon verbena. A lot of customers enjoy this when they’re feeling slightly under the weather and need something that feels both soothing and restorative.
Caffeine in grande Mint Majesty: 0 mg
While the Mint Majesty is minty and soothing, Peach Tranquility is fruity with notes of pineapple, chamomile, lemon verbena, and rose hips. This herbal tea doesn’t contain any caffeine so you can drink it any time of the day.
Caffeine in grande Peach Tranquility: 0 mg
Hot Tea Lattes
- Tea lattes are half tea (1-2 tea bags and 200°F hot filtered water) and half steamed 2% milk.
- All tea lattes are sweetened.
- Chai tea lattes are made from a chai concentrate, not tea bags.
- Matcha green tea lattes are made with a pre-sweetened powder, not tea bags.
One of the most popular tea drinks at Starbucks, the chai latte is made with Tazo chai concentrate (sweetened black tea infused with warming spices like cinnamon and clove), water, and 2% milk. It has more than double the caffeine that’s in Chai Tea. For a stronger chai flavor, ask for it without added water.
Caffeine in grande Chai Latte: 95 mg
London Fog Tea Latte
A London Fog is a tea latte made with Earl Grey tea (black tea with citrus notes), vanilla syrup, and steamed milk. There is a faint lavender note that’s in the Teavana Earl Grey tea bag they use that’s not in other Earl Grey teas from other brands.
Caffeine in grande London Fog Tea Latte: 40 mg
Royal English Breakfast Tea Latte
Since English breakfast tea is a rich, bold black tea, it’s great as a latte since it was blended to be had with milk and sugar. The drink is sweetened with liquid cane sugar and made creamy with 2% steamed milk.
Caffeine in grande Royal English Breakfast Tea Latte: 40 mg
Matcha Green Tea Latte
Starbucks’ matcha latte is made with pre-sweetened powdered green tea and steamed milk. Once made with added pumps of classic syrup, the recipe has recently changed. To make the drink using the old recipe, just add pumps of classic syrup, although there is an extra cost of $0.50 to do so.
Caffeine in grande Matcha Green Tea Latte: 80 mg
- Starbucks iced teas are made from a double-strength tea concentrate. To make the drink, it’s diluted with water and shaken with ice.
- As of March 2, Starbucks iced teas and tea lemonades no longer get added sweetener.
- By volume, Starbucks Iced tea beverages are roughly half ice. If you want light ice or extra ice, don’t hesitate to ask.
- For a special fruity twist, try adding fruit inclusions into your iced tea! It’s an extra 50ȼ charge, but totally worth it!
Iced Black Tea
This is Starbucks’ standard iced tea, made with Royal English Breakfast Tea. Water, tea concentrate, and ice are shaken together in a shaker. It comes unsweetened but it’s common to add Classic syrup, liquid cane sugar, raspberry syrup, or vanilla syrup.
Caffeine in grande Iced Black Tea: 25 mg
Iced Black Tea Lemonade
A very popular tea drink, this iced tea is made with black tea concentrate shaken with lemonade, and ice. It’s Starbucks’ version of an Arnold Palmer drink (half lemonade and half iced tea).
Caffeine in grande Iced Black Tea Lemonade: 25 mg
Iced Guava Black Tea
Starbucks’ black tea concentrate shaken with ice and a guava flavored juice blend.
Caffeine in grande Iced Guava Black Tea: 25 mg
Guava Black Iced Tea Lemonade
Sweet, fruity, with a little tartness from the lemonade, this iced tea is made with black tea concentrate, guava flavored juice blend, lemonade, and ice.
Caffeine in grande Iced Guava Black Tea Lemonade: 25 mg
Iced Green Tea
Teavana’s Jade Citrus Mint Tea is what’s used to make the iced green tea at Starbucks. It has notes of mint, lemongrass, and lemon verbena. Green tea concentrate is shaken with water and ice.
Caffeine in grande Iced Green Tea: 25 mg
Iced Green Tea Lemonade
Instead of shaking the green tea concentrate with water and ice, the water is replaced with lemonade.
Caffeine in grande Iced Green Tea Lemonade: 25 mg
Iced Peach Green Tea
This is a mix of green tea (Teavana’s Jade Citrus Mint Tea) and peach flavored juice, hand-shaken with ice.
Caffeine in grande Iced Peach Green Tea: 25 mg
Iced Peach Green Tea Lemonade
Green tea, peach flavored juice, ice, and lemonade are all shaken together to make this lightly caffeinated drink.
Caffeine in grande Iced Peach Green Tea Lemonade: 25 mg
Sweetened matcha green tea powder is shaken with ice and lemonade.
Caffeine in grande Matcha Lemonade: 80 mg
Iced Passion Tango Tea
A caffeine-free herbal iced tea that’s a blend of hibiscus, lemongrass, and apple, this tea is made into a concentrate then shaken with ice and water. Note that this drink is hibiscus-based, not flavored with passion fruit. (It’s a common misunderstanding.)
Caffeine in grande Passion Tango Tea: 0 mg
Iced Passion Tango Tea Lemonade
Passion Tango tea that’s shaken with ice and lemonade. It’s an herbal iced tea and doesn’t have any caffeine.
Caffeine in grande Passion Tango Tea Lemonade: 0 mg
Iced Pineapple Matcha Drink
Sweetened matcha green tea is shaken with Starbucks’ pineapple ginger syrup, ice, and coconutmilk (Starbucks’s coconut milk blend that’s written as one word).
Caffeine in grande Iced Pineapple Matcha Drink: 80 mg
Iced Tea Lattes
- Iced tea lattes are drinks made with tea concentrate, milk and ice.
- The drinks are sweetened.
Iced Royal English Breakfast Tea Latte
Hot Royal English Breakfast Tea steeped for 5 minutes is put into the shaker along with liquid cane sugar and cooled down with ice and cold milk.
Caffeine in grande Iced Royal English Breakfast Tea Latte: 40 mg
Iced London Fog Tea Latte
An Iced London Fog Tea Latte is made with Earl Grey tea that has been steeped for 5 minutes. It’s shaken with vanilla syrup (don’t switch this out with another syrup since it has be vanilla for it to be a London Fog), cold milk, and ice.
Caffeine in grande Iced London Fog Tea Latte: 40 mg
Iced Chai Tea Latte
Chai is a black tea infused with spices like cinnamon, cloves, and ginger. Starbucks makes their iced chai latte with Tazo chai concentrate (which comes sweetened), milk, and ice.
Caffeine in grande Iced Chai Tea Latte: 95 mg
Iced Matcha Green Tea Latte
Pre-sweetened matcha green tea powder is added to milk and ice to make this sweet and creamy drink. These used to be made with additional syrup but it’s not anymore.
Caffeine in grande Iced Matcha Green Tea Latte: 80 mg
- There are 2 frappuccinos on the menu with tea and both are made with pre-sweetened frappuccino syrups.
- Frappuccinos are made with whole milk, and not the usual 2% milk that’s used in most drinks.
Chai Crème Frappuccino
Tazo chai concentrate is blended with whole milk, ice, and a Starbucks brand creme frappuccino syrup. The drink is topped off with vanilla whipped cream and cinnamon.
Caffeine in grande Chai Crème Frappuccino: 40 mg
Matcha Green Tea Crème Frappuccino
Sweetened matcha green tea, whole milk, ice, Classic syrup, and Starbucks brand creme frappuccino syrup are all blended together. Whipped cream tops the drink.
Caffeine in grande Matcha Green Tea Crème Frappuccino: 80 mg
- Ready-to-drink craft iced teas are sold in the refrigerated section of Starbucks and select retailers.
- 2 of the bottled drinks are sparkling and they’re all under 100 calories.
Teavana Sparkling Unsweetened Peach Nectarine Green Tea
An unsweetened sparkling drink with 0 calories, it’s made with a green tea blend with peach and nectarine flavors.
Caffeine in 14.5 fl oz bottle: 16 mg
Teavana Sparkling Blood Orange Mango White Tea
Sparkling white tea with orange peel and mango flavors, this drink is just 80 calories and sweetened with real cane sugar.
Caffeine in 14.5 fl oz bottle: 40 mg
Teavana Mango Black Tea
A black tea infused with mango and lime flavors, this one comes in at 100 calories.
Caffeine in 14.5 fl oz bottle: 55 mg
- Sugar in the Raw
- Honey Packets
- Stevia in the Raw
Short drinks get 2 pumps of syrup, tall drinks get 3 pumps, grande drinks get 4 pumps, and venti drinks get 6 pumps.
- Classic syrup
- Liquid cane sugar (best for iced tea)
- Honey blend
- Brown sugar syrup
- Caramel syrup
- Cinnamon dolce syrup
- Sugar free cinnamon dolce syrup
- Hazelnut syrup
- Irish cream syrup
- Peppermint syrup
- Pineapple ginger syrup
- Raspberry syrup
- Toffee nut syrup
- Vanilla syrup
- Sugar free vanilla syrup
- Oatly oat milk
- Nonfat milk
- 2% milk (what most drinks are made with)
- Whole milk
- Breve (half & half)
- Heavy cream
- Guava juice blend
- Peach juice blend
Questions You May Have
If you’d like your tea slightly cooler to start off, ask your barista to add 1-2 ice cubes before adding in the hot water. Your water will still be plenty hot enough to adequately steep your tea, but not so hot as to burn your mouth. This is particularly important for green teas, which should be brewed at a lower water temperature.
Yup, if you only want to add 1 tea bag per drink, you can ask for the second tea bag on the side and save the second one for later.
If the Starbucks isn’t too busy, hot brewed teas are usually handed off at the register before you even walk away. If you’re in a rush, hot tea is the way to go.
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