Going off caffeine can be daunting for any coffee (or tea) lover. Luckily Starbucks lovers need not despair. Starbucks caters to a wide audience and offers a range of delicious caffeine-free beverages. If caffeine kick isn’t your thing, order one of these 21 caffeine-free Starbucks drinks, and I promise you won’t be disappointed.
Decaf isn’t the same as caffeine-free
This is the question where most people tend to falter. Did you know that when you order a decaf drink at Starbucks, it is not completely caffeine-free? That probably sounds confusing. Let me break it down for you.
While Starbucks offers both decaf coffee and decaf espresso, both these beverages contain traces of caffeine.
A decaf coffee at Starbucks still has over 12 mg of caffeine! That is quite a number if you are trying to reduce your caffeine intake or don’t want any caffeine at all. What you are looking for is not decaf but caffeine-free.
Starbucks also lets you customize your drink if you are ambivalent about your caffeine intake. When you are in an I-need-coffee-but-can’t-have-coffee mood, you can ask your barista to make your favorite bevy using a half and half of decaf and regular coffee.
Here are some Caffeine-free Starbucks drinks: Hot and Cold
Are you a cold beverage person or do you prefer hot drinks? Not everyone fancies the same thing.
So, to make it really simple to choose your drink, I have split this post into three broad categories of caffeine-free drinks that you can enjoy at Starbucks.
The first is cold and hot beverages, respectively. The last category is herbal tea, which is the only kind of caffeine-free tea available at Starbucks.
|Cold Beverages||Hot Drinks||Herbal teas|
|Iced Passion Tango Tea||Caramel Apple Spice||Peach Tranquility|
|Iced Guava Passionfruit Drink||White Hot Chocolate||Mint Majesty|
|Lemonade||Toasted White Hot Chocolate||Comfort Brewed Wellness Tea|
|Blended Strawberry Lemonade||Peppermint White Hot Chocolate|
|White Chocolate Crème Frappuccino||100% Steamed Apple Juice|
|Peppermint White Chocolate Crème Frappuccino||Milk Steamer|
|Eggnog Crème Frappuccino||Cinnamon Dolce Crème|
|Chestnut Praline Crème Frappuccino||Eggnog Crème|
|Caramel Brule Crème Frappuccino||Chestnut Praline Crème|
Passion Tango Tea
Iced tea lovers take note. This one is the only caffeine-free iced tea that Starbucks has on its menu. This herbal tea is a sweet and refreshing blend of tropical hibiscus and lemongrass with a hint of apple.
Iced Guava Passionfruit Drink
Nothing beats the heat like a chilled fruit drink. This one summons the tropics with its base of coconut milk and fruity flavors of guava and pineapple. Don’t miss the hint of spice from the ginger.
Blended Strawberry Lemonade
Another delicious offering from Starbucks, the blended strawberry lemonade takes regular lemonade to a new level. This drink is a mix of fresh strawberries with lemonade and ice. Kids love this too.
If you love your Frappuccino then you are in luck. Starbucks offers both coffee- and crème-based frappuccinos. Always ask for the crème ones if you are looking for a caffeine-free drink. If you are still worried you might pick the wrong one, inform the arista that you are off caffeine. There are a ton of delicious frappuccinos to choose from such as the ones listed below.
- White Chocolate Crème Frappuccino
- Peppermint White Chocolate Crème Frappuccino
- Eggnog Crème Frappuccino
- Chestnut Praline Crème Frappuccino
- Caramel Brule Crème Frappuccino
Steamed Apple Juice
Don’t be put off by this deceptively simple name. This is not apple concentrate thinned out with water. This is 100% juice that gets its sweetness from the natural sugars present in apples. This warm beverage pairs well with brown sugar cinnamon or caramel syrup.
Caramel Apple Spice
The iconic pumpkin spice latte* has a bold competitor. The lesser-known Caramel Spice Latte takes steamed apple juice to a level of divine indulgence. Picture this: apple juice mixed with cinnamon syrup and whipped cream and topped with a drizzle of a luscious caramel sauce.
White Hot Chocolate
This one is for chocolate lovers. Starbucks white chocolate drinks are completely caffeine-free and perfect for the cold winter months. I mean, what can be better than a cup of steaming hot (white) chocolate, right? The basic white hot chocolate is a blend of luscious white chocolate sauce and steamed milk. The drink is topped generously with whipped cream.
- Toasted White Hot Chocolate
- Peppermint White Hot Chocolate
The Starbucks Milk Steamer is nothing but steamed milk flavored with a syrup of your choice. In fact, all latte flavors are available as steamers. You can choose any dairy of your choice: skim, 2%, whole, coconut milk, oat milk, almond milk, or soy milk. If you are feeling extra fancy, ask your barista to top your drink with a swirl of whipped cream.
If you want to have a dressier version of the Starbucks Milk Steamer, consider the options here.
- Cinnamon Dolce Crème
- Eggnog Crème
- Chestnut Praline Crème
- Caramel Brule Crème
This delicious caffeine-free herbal tea is an infusion of luscious peach and pineapple flavors, with a hint of lemon and chamomile. This drink has a soothing and relaxing flavor that is very comforting at any time of the day.
This is a cool blend of mint and lemon served in a hot, hot avatar. Don’t mistake this drink with the similar-sounding Jade Citrus Mint tea—that one is a green tea containing caffeine.
Comfort Brewed Wellness Tea
This herbal infusion claims to bring back balance to your life. The lemon, ginger, fennel, licorice root, and mint will bring vigor if you are sapped of energy. It is warm and relaxing—nothing short of comfort in a cup. It is also great for those niggling colds and seasonal flu.
Key Points to remember when ordering a caffeine-free Starbucks drink
Starbucks lists the nutritional information of all its drinks, so it is fairly simple to check the caffeine content of your beverage. But if that’s too much, just remember these pointers when you next walk to a Starbucks.
- Decaf isn’t caffeine free. All decaf drinks at Starbucks contain a small amount of caffeine. For example, a decaf espresso contains 3–15 mg of caffeine per 16 oz. serving.
- Tea contains caffeine too. Black, white, and green teas all contain some caffeine. While this is lesser than a whole cup of coffee, it is caffeine nonetheless. The only kind of teas that are 100% caffeine-free is the Starbucks herbal teas.
- It is possible to customize the caffeine in your drink by asking for half and half of decaf and regular coffee. This is perfect for those who want to cut down on caffeine.
- Chocolate has a small quantity of caffeine in it, so if you are craving hot chocolate, that’s out of bounds for you. However, if you are okay with having chocolate bars and the like, you can safely order a chocolate drink at Starbucks.
- White chocolate contains no caffeine and is a great option for people who want caffeine-free chocolate beverages. White chocolate beverages are available as hot and cold drinks.
- Starbucks Refreshers contain green coffee extracts. So, if you are looking for a caffeine-free drink, these aren’t for you! Tall- and Venti-sized Starbucks Refreshers contain 35–70 mg of caffeine.
Also read: Starbucks decaf iced drink
Tea and chocolate for caffeine-free drinkers
Many people are also surprised to know that tea contains caffeine, though in small amounts. This means that you cannot blindly order a tea if you are going off caffeine. And it doesn’t end here.
Chocolate—or cocoa—also contains this stimulant, so hot chocolate or other cocoa-based beverages are also out of reach. But chocolate lovers need not fret. Starbucks has on its menu several white chocolate beverages—hot and cold—that are completely caffeine-free.
If this sounds all too overwhelming, don’t stress over it. I got your back. We have for you a lovely collection of zero-mg-caffeine Starbucks drinks that are delicious and will not keep you tossing and turning in bed all night.