Starbucks Coffee Frappuccino (Ingredients, Taste, Variations, Sizes, Copycat Recipe, Caffeine, Calories & More information)

Hot summer afternoons without the Starbucks Coffee Frappuccino are unimaginable. When you crave a cold beverage that will give you a nice little jolt and refresh you, walk into a Starbucks and order this beverage.

Last summer, my girlfriend introduced me to this refreshing and energizing drink during our trip to Las Vegas. Being a coffee lover, I saved the drink’s name on my notepad and searched for its copycat recipes after returning home. After trying a few, I settled on the one that closely replicates this delicious Frappe. In this article, I will share the ingredients, taste, variations, sizes, copycat recipe, caffeine, calories, and more information on this energizing and refreshing drink. Keep reading!

Brief History of the drink

The name Frappuccino is derived from the French term lait frappe and Cappuccino. A cappuccino is an espresso coffee that is prepared with frothed milk.

Starbucks introduced the coffee Frappuccino to its lineup in the summer of 1995. The coffee Frappuccino was made from strong brewed Italian Roast Coffee. The drink became very popular after its launch. It changed Starbucks’ trajectory, bringing in new customers who did not love coffee. Together with the Mocha Frappuccino, they accounted for 11 percent of Starbucks’ summer sales, helping push the company’s stock to an all-time high.

Is Starbucks Coffee Frappuccino still available at Starbucks?”

The Starbucks coffee Frappuccino is still available at Starbucks. It is one of the few drinks listed on the Starbucks website menu. It is available all year round; therefore, if you crave a sweet drink with the right nuttiness and intensity, walk into the nearest Starbucks store and order a coffee Frappuccino.

Starbucks Coffee Frappuccino (Ingredients, Taste, Variations, Sizes, Caffeine, Calories)

What’s in a Starbucks Coffee Frappuccino – (ingredients)

Ingredients are crucial because they determine not only a drink’s taste but also its nutritional value. According to its website, Starbucks lists the ingredients of the coffee Frappuccino: coffee Frappuccino syrup, milk, ice, and coffee. The espresso Frappuccino is prepared with the same ingredients. The only difference between the drinks is the brewed espresso in the espresso Frappuccino. You will need the following ingredients when preparing the Starbucks coffee Frappuccino at home;

  • Black coffee: you will need one packet of Starbucks VIA Italian Roast Instant Coffee or regular instant coffee (one and a half teaspoons). It gives the Frappe its coffee taste.
  • Milk: a half cup of whole milk. The milk blends with the coffee to give the drink a sweet and smooth taste.
  • Ice: one cup of ice. The ice makes the drink iced and the go-to option on a hot summer afternoon.
  • Frappuccino Base Syrup: you will need three tablespoons of homemade Frappuccino base syrup. This base is the ingredient that gives the drink its identity.

You can also use a sweetener to make this drink sweeter. However, you should note that when preparing the Starbucks coffee Frappuccino, baristas at Starbucks do not use any sweetener. Therefore, you should not use a sweetener if you want a drink close to the original coffee Frappuccino.

Starbucks Coffee Frappuccino: Sizes, nutrition, Caffeine & Calories

What sizes are available?

The Starbucks coffee Frappuccino is available in three serving options. You can order a tall (12 ounces), grande (16 ounces), or a venti (24 ounces) serving. Start with the tall serving if it is your first time trying out the drink. If you love how the drink tastes, you can order the venti or grande serving the next time you order the drink.

Nutritional facts

It would be best if you always looked at the nutritional value information of any beverage before deciding to purchase it. Checking the beverage’s nutritional value information will save you from taking excess calories, proteins, sodium, cholesterol, sugar, fats, or other minerals in the drink. Nutritional value information is important to everyone, not just those on a diet.

Although I love the Starbucks coffee Frappuccino, it falls under the unhealthy drinks category because of its high sugar content. Despite having high sugar content, it is essential to note that the coffee Frappuccino is among the frappes with the lowest sugar content.

A standard serving of this drink contains 46 grams of carbohydrates. Ninety-eight percent (45 grams) of carbohydrates are sugars. On the other side, the Mocha Frappuccino, which was released at the same time as the Coffee Frappuccino, has 51 grams of sugar.

A tall serving of this drink has 160 calories, a grande is packed with 230 calories, and a venti has 310 calories. Thirty calories in the grande serving come from the drink’s fat content; the remainder (200 calories) is from the drink’s carbohydrate content. This drink is one of the Frappes with the lowest calorie content. For instance, a grande serving of the mocha Frappuccino has 370 calories compared to the coffee Frappuccino’s 230.

The beverage has 3 grams of Fat, 0 milligrams of Trans Fat, and 2 grams of saturated Fat. It also contains 10 milligrams of cholesterol, 230 milligrams of sodium, and 3 grams of protein.

Considering the nutritional value information of this drink, if you have an underlying medical condition that limits you from taking drinks with high sugar, you should avoid this drink or take it sparingly. For instance, you avoid the venti and grande serving options and order the tall cup if you cannot resist taking the drink.

This table summarizes the nutritional value information in a Grande.

Calorie count 230
Nutrient Content (per Grande serving)Percentage of Daily Value
Total Fat (3g)


Trans Fat (0 g)

Saturated Fat (2g)




Total carbohydrates (46g)


Sugar (45g)

Dietary Fiber (0 g)



Proteins (3 g)
Sodium (230 mg)10%
Cholesterol (10mg)3%

Caffeine information

While Starbucks coffee Frappuccino has a very high sugar content, it contains a moderate amount of caffeine. A tall drink serving contains 65 milligrams; a standard contains 95 milligrams of caffeine; a venti 125 milligrams of caffeine.

The daily intake limit of caffeine for adults is 400 milligrams. Therefore, you can drink six tall, four grande, and three cups of Starbucks Coffee Frappuccino without exceeding the daily caffeine limit.

So, what does Starbucks Coffee Frappuccino taste like?

Starbucks Coffee Frappuccino. Image source: Starbucks

Refreshing and energizing! This term accurately describes the feeling you will get while sipping a cup of this original Frappuccino at your favorite Starbucks location. The coffee and Frappuccino syrup that Starbucks uses while preparing this drink gives it a sweet and nutty taste.

It is a perfect drink for a hot summer afternoon. Its moderate caffeine will give you the energy you need to carry out your routine job on a hot summer day.

Ways to Customize a Starbucks Coffee Frappuccino at Starbucks – Starbucks Coffee Frappuccino Variations

There are endless ways of customizing the Starbucks Coffee Frappuccino. First, you can request the barista to use 2 percent nonfat, soy, coconut, almond, or oat milk while preparing your drink. You can customize the pumps of Frappuccino Roast syrup added to your drink (either add or reduce). You can customize the flavor by choosing the syrups or sauces you want to be added to your drink. Choose the topping you want added to your drink; whipped cream, drizzle, or powders. Also, you can customize your drink by choosing the sweetener you wish to add to your drink; sweetener packets or liquid sweeteners. Last, in the add-ins customization section, you can request the barista to your cup with mocha or caramel sauce. These customizations will give you over 100 versions of the Starbucks coffee Frappuccino.

How to make Starbucks Coffee Frappuccino at home – Starbucks Coffee Frappuccino Copycat Recipe

Starbucks Coffee Frappuccino

Starbucks Coffee Frappuccino Copycat Recipe

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  • A blender
  • A tall glass


  • One packet of Starbucks VIA Italian Roast Instant Coffee or one and a half teaspoons of regular instant coffee
  • 0.5 cup of whole milk
  • 1 cup of ice
  • Three teaspoons of frappuccino base syrup (homemade)


  • Blend Frappuccino base syrup, milk, instant coffee, and ice until smooth.
  • Pour the Frappe into the tall glass.
  • Enjoy!


  • You can add a sweetener of your choice to make the drink sweeter.
  • If you are a vegan, you can use coconut, almond, soy, or oat milk instead of whole milk.

Informative Section

How do you order a Starbucks Coffee Frappuccino?

Ask the barista to prepare you a tall, grande, or venti cup of milk, coffee Frappuccino syrup, coffee, and ice. If you do not want the drink in its original form, go to the customization tab and choose the flavors, add-ins, toppings, or sweeteners you want added to your drink.

Is the Starbucks Coffee Frappuccino good 

Yes, the Starbucks coffee Frappuccino is good. However, you should drink it sparingly and occasionally because of its high sugar content.

How much is Starbucks Coffee Frappuccino

A tall serving of the drink costs $4.25, a grande $4.75, and a venti $5.25.

Is the caffeine in Starbucks coffee frappuccino too much?

The caffeine in Starbucks coffee Frappuccino is moderate. A tall serving of the drink contains 65 milligrams; a standard contains 95 milligrams of caffeine; a venti 125 milligrams of caffeine.

Can you have Starbucks coffee frappuccino if you are on a keto diet?

You cannot have a Starbucks coffee Frappuccino if you are on a keto diet because it is not low in Fat and high in carbohydrates.

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