Starbucks Short Drinks (What Starbucks drinks are available in the Short cup size + more information)

Have you ever wondered why Starbucks does not use regular words like small, medium, and large to describe their drinks? For instance, what is a short at Starbucks?

One day, I was with a friend who ordered a short cup of a latte at a Starbucks and I thought they did not know what they were asking for. After she was served, I quickly learned that like most people, I did not know all the servings available at Starbucks. She taught me that a short cup at Starbucks is the smallest Starbucks drink available and it contains 8 ounces of the drink. It is only available for hot drinks, as I have explained in this article. Read through to learn more about Starbucks short drinks.

Hot Starbucks drinks that can be ordered in a short cup

In summary, the table below shows all the hot drinks you can order in a short cup with their calorie content.

Hot Drink Available in Short Cup

Calorie content


70 Calories

Hot Chocolate

190 Calories

Chai Tea

0 Calories

Caffe Americano

5 Calories

Caffe Misto

50 Calories

Flat white

110 Calories

Caffe Mocha

200 Calories

Mint Majesty

0 Calories


This is a 70 calories drink made available at any Starbucks outlet across the world. Being only 8 oz, the short cappuccino has a richer taste than the other sizes of cappuccino. This is because the amount of coffee in a short cappuccino is equivalent to the amount of coffee in a tall cappuccino which is 12 0z. The difference in ounces is made using milk and foam which slightly dilutes the taste of the drink. There is no option for a decaf option with a short cappuccino as then it would not have the taste it ought to have. The baristas at all Starbucks use 2% milk, and regular foam and they steam it hot to make the short cappuccino. Cumulatively, the short cup of cappuccino has 70 calories, 6g of sugar, and 2.5g of fat. This drink is not on the regular menu and as such most people do not know that it is an option when making their orders. However, when in the physical store, just ask for a short cappuccino and the baristas will be happy to serve you. You can also order it online and have it delivered to your preferred place at an extra cost of course.

Hot chocolate

Starbucks Short Drinks

Hot chocolate is often preferred in the Grande size but the short cup option is also available for anyone who would like it. It is also 8 0z in the short cup but its taste does not significantly differ from the other sizes. It is made with 2% of milk, and milk foam, and they are steamed hot to serve to the satisfaction of the client. This drink has a total of 190 calories, 18g of sugar, and 9g of fat. It also has 25mg of cholesterol, 6g of protein, and 15mg of caffeine. It can also be ordered online using the Uber eats app or physically at the store. Whichever mode you choose, one serving of short cup coffee might not be enough as it will leave you craving for more especially if you are a fan of good-tasting chocolate. You can spruce it up with various flavors including vanilla or chocolate. Extra flavors do not impact the nutritional value much but they add to the joy the cup brings those who take it. The short cup hot chocolate is also not on the board menu but the baristas are always well skilled and ready to serve it when you order it.

Caffe Americano

A short cup of Caffe Americano is a great option for people looking to reduce their calorie intake. In total, it has 5 calories for every short cup you take. On the standard recipe, this drink has a total of 75 mg of caffeine. This is enough caffeine to wake you up which makes it a great drink in the morning. It also has 1g of carbohydrates and 5 mg of sodium. Caffe Americano has zero fat content and no cholesterol content. This cup is made using two simple ingredients which are water and two shots of brewed espresso. Simple as they sound, they make it a rich cup with great depth and nuance. A short cup of Caffe Americano is also 8 oz and can be ordered from any Starbucks across the world. Over the counter, one can ask for a short cup of Caffe Americano. For delivery at home or in the office, one came make an order online using the Uber eats apps.

Caffe Misto

A short cup of Caffe Misto is 8 oz and it is made with 2% milk and milk foam which is steamed hot to the customer’s liking. In total, this cup has 50 calories. With the ingredients, a short cup of Caffe Misto has 2g of fat, 10mg of cholesterol, 50mg of sodium, 5g of carbohydrates, 5g of sugars, 4g of protein, and 75mg of caffeine. Like any other coffee, the high caffeine quantity is great for anyone looking for a drink to jostle them to alertness. This serving is always available at all Starbucks shops and can be ordered over the counter. It is the smallest Caffe Misto that you can order online though many people do not opt for it. Most people are not aware that it is available as it is not displayed on the board inside Starbucks or in online advertisements. When customizing your drink online, however, you can get the shot cup of Caffe Misto.

Flat White

The flat white serving has one of the highest numbers of calories in the beverages offered at Starbucks. A short cup of flat white coffee which is only 8 oz has a whopping 110 calories. Compared to other drinks of the same quantity, this is relatively high. This might be because it is made with whole milk which is then steamed hot. The flat white serving is a favorite for people who neither like their favors too strong nor too creamy. It is true to say, it offers just the right flavor. The standard short cup of flat white has 5g of fat, 15mg of cholesterol, 70mg of sodium, 9g of carbohydrates, 8g of sugars, 6g of protein, and 130mg of caffeine. To get this delightful drink, one can order over the counter at any Starbucks outlet in the world. It is also available for order and delivery online as well as in drive-thrus. Interestingly note, when ordering online, one can customize their flat white with varying flavors.

Teavana London Fog Tea Latte

The Teavana London is available in a short cup which is 8 oz. This cup is also made using 2% milk and milk foam which is steamed hot and added 2 pumps of vanilla syrup to make the cup. The short cup caries 90 calories. In total, the short cup has 2g of fat, 10mg of cholesterol, 55mg of sodium, 15g of carbohydrates, 4g of protein, and 40mg of caffeine. These come from the ingredients which are milk, water, black tea, bergamot essence, lavender flowers, and vanilla syrup. You can order the short cup over the counter at any Starbucks outlet globally. In all these outlets, the short cup option is not available on the board and one will have to request it over the counter. One can also order it online where you have an option to modify the flavor to your liking.

Caffe Mocha

This 8 oz drink packs a total of 200 calories and can be termed a full-bodied espresso. Baristas making the short cup of Caffe Mocha use 2% milk and milk foam which they then steam hot and add 2 pumps of mocha sauce to make this drink. The full ingredient list is water, sugar, cocoa processed with alkali, whipped cream, and vanilla syrup. These collectively have 9g of fat, 30 mg of cholesterol, 75 mg of sodium, 22 g of carbohydrates, 7g of protein, and 90mg of caffeine. It is then not a wonder that this small drink gives such high amounts of calories. One can order a short cup of Caffe mocha in any Starbucks outlet as well as online through the available platforms such as Uber eats.

Chai tea

Chai is a Swahili name for tea that originates from East African countries. In simple terms, Chai tea is black tea. Its main ingredients are ginger, star anise, black tea, sugar, black pepper, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, natural flavors, vanilla, and honey. This is one of the boldest drinks as it does not have the flavors that most hot beverages have. It is a great deal for people who love caffeine but want to reduce their calorie intake as much as possible. The Chai tea short cup at Starbucks is served at 8 oz but has 0 calories. It then becomes a true option for anyone watching weight or even trying to lose weight by reducing calorie intake. I have not gotten bold enough to try this option, but I bet I would love it seeing the multiple flavors that come together to make it. If you wish to try it, you can order over the counter it in any Starbucks store around the world. You can also order it online and enjoy it in the comfort of your home or office.

Mint Majesty

As the name suggests, this is a majestic drink in terms of taste. It blends mint and a pinch of lemon verbena which creates is super cool. On top of that, the drink is a caffeine-free herbal tea, fit for anyone looking to cut their calorie intake but not compromise on taste. The ingredients for this short cup are water, spearmint leaves, peppermint leaves, and lemon verbena. In the 8 oz of this drink, there is no fat, no cholesterol, no carbohydrates, no protein, and no caffeine. As a result, the drink has zero calories but is rich in taste. To order a short cup of mint majesty, you only need to visit a Starbucks outlet around the world and order it over the counter. It is also available for order online where it is delivered in the comfort of your home or office.

Royal English breakfast Tea

What Starbucks drinks are available in the Short cup size

Have you ever desired to live like a royal person? Well, you can start with having this cup of tea that espouses elegance, class, and complexity. This cup of tea has zero calories, zero fat, no cholesterol, zero carbohydrates, zero protein, and zero caffeine. One can easily call it water with a blend of black teas. None the less, it does not compromise on the taste and the quality of the drink. To order the short cup of Royal English breakfast tea, you can do it over the counter of any Starbucks outlet around the world. One can also order it online to have it delivered at home or in the office.

Cold Starbucks drinks that can be ordered in a short cup

At the moment, there are no cold drinks available in a short cup. The smallest cup available for a cold drink is tall which has 12 oz. Cold drinks are also available in Grande, Venti, and Trenta cups.

FAQ Section

How much is a Short coffee?

A short coffee at Starbucks sells at $1.55. The price can reduce to $0.75 if you get a second cup using your rewards card.

Can I order iced drinks in a short?

No, you can only order hot drinks in a short cup

Do Short drinks contain more caffeine?

It depends on which drink you get on your shot cup. Some have more caffeine than others, but not more caffeine than the same drinks in larger cups.

Are short drinks sweeter?

Starbucks maintains a high quality for all their drinks despite the size ordered. The short cup is not sweeter than any other of the sizes.

Do short drinks contain more caffeine?

Relatively, all short cup drinks have the same amounts of caffeine relative to the other sizes of the same drink.

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