Whether you are cutting back on caffeine or eliminating it all together from your diet, Starbucks has many options for beverages without caffeine. If you are used to Starbucks drinks that contain caffeine, you may wonder; what is decaf at Starbucks?
Decaf at Starbucks refers to beverages that use decaffeinated coffee. Decaffeinated variant is regular coffee beans that have undergone a process that removes their caffeine content. Although I love coffee, I am trying to reduce my caffeine intake to reduce insomnia, restlessness, and anxiety. Since I love the taste of coffee but cannot have caffeine, I have switched to decaf as the alternative. So, if you are also looking for an alternative to your caffeine beverage, you will get a long list of drinks without caffeine at Starbucks.
Starbucks Coffee Drinks
Decaf coffees at Starbucks include;
- Decaf Americano.
The ingredients that Starbucks uses to prepare decaf Americano include; water and brewed decaf espresso. A serving of 16 fl oz. of the decaf Americano contains 15 calories derived from 2 grams of carbs, 1 grams of protein, and 10 milligrams of sodium. You can customize the taste depending on the flavor and topping you choose.
- Decaf Brewed coffees.
The ingredients used to prepare decaf brewed coffee include; brewed coffee for decaf veranda blend, decaf featured Starbucks dark roast coffee, and decaf pike place roast and brewed coffee and milk for decaf caffè misto. A 16 fl oz. cup of decaf veranda blend, decaf featured Starbucks dark roast coffee and decaf pike place roast contains 5 calories. The same serving of the unique decaf caffè misto contains 110 calories. Customers can customize the beverage’s taste depending on the flavor and toppings they choose.
- Decaf Cappuccinos.
The decaf cappuccino is prepared using; milk and decaf brewed espresso. A 16 fl oz. cup of decaf cappuccino contains 140 calories. The flavor and toppings you choose during customization determine the drink’s taste.
- Decaf Flat Whites.
The ingredients that Starbucks uses to prepare flat whites include; milk and brewed decaf espresso for decaf flat white and almond milk, honey blend and brewed decaf espresso for the decaf honey almond milk flat white. The decaf flat white contains 170 calories, while the decaf honey almond milk flat white contains 120 calories.
- Decaf Lattes.
The decaf lattes have different ingredients, and the nutritional value of a standard cup of the lattes falls between 190 and 380 calories.
- Decaf Macchiato.
The Starbucks decaf Macchiato is prepared using; milk, decaf brewed espresso, vanilla syrup, and caramel sauce for decaf caramel macchiato and decaf brewed espresso and milk for espresso macchiato. The standard cup of decaf caramel macchiato contains 250 calories, while the espresso macchiato contains 15 calories.
- Decaf mochas.
The ingredients that Starbucks uses to prepare decaf mochas include; milk, mocha sauce, white chocolate mocha sauce, decaf brewed espresso, and whipped cream. The nutritional value of a standard cup of decaf mochas falls between 320 and 430 calories.
To order a decaf coffee at Starbucks, choose the decaf option when customizing your drink.
Starbucks Espresso Drinks
- Decaf Espresso.
Starbucks decaf espressos are a concoction of decaf brewed espresso for decaf espressos and decaf brewed espresso and whipped cream for decaf espresso con panna. The decaf espressos contain 10 calories, while the decaf espresso con panna contains 35 calories. The beverage’s taste depends on the flavor and topping you choose.
To order a decaf espresso at Starbucks, choose the decaf option when customizing your drink.
- Caramel Ribbon Crunch Crème Frappuccino Blended Beverage.
The ingredients that Starbucks uses to prepare the beverage include; Ice, milk, crème frappuccino syrup, whipped cream, dark caramel sauce, caramel sauce, and caramel sugar topping. A serving of 16 fl oz. contains 420 calories.
- Vanilla Bean Crème Frappuccino Blended Beverage.
The beverage is prepared using the following ingredients; Ice, milk, crème frappuccino syrup, whipped cream, and vanilla bean powder. A 16 fl oz. cup of the vanilla bean crème frappuccino blended beverage contains 380 calories.
- White Chocolate Crème Frappuccino Blended Beverage.
The white chocolate crème frappuccino blended beverage’s ingredients include; ice, milk, crème frappuccino syrup, whipped cream and white chocolate mocha sauce. A standard cup of the white chocolate crème frappuccino blended beverage contains 380 calories.
To order a frappuccino at Starbucks, choose the drink you prefer, customize it as you like, and place your order.
Sometimes the best option for reducing caffeine content is having tea without caffeine. You are in luck because Starbucks also has caffeine-free teas. Starbucks herbal teas are the best option for decaf alternatives.
Peach tranquility is one of the tea lovers’ absolute favorites. It is made of an infusion of water, apple pieces, candied pineapple pieces (pineapple, sugar, and citric acid), rose hip peels, peach pieces (peach, rice flour), peach pieces, chamomile flowers, lemon verbena, and artificial flavoring. And the best thing about this tea is that it has absolutely zero calories. To order this tea, ask for peach tranquility tea, and you can customize the flavors, sweeteners, and toppings to your liking.
Mint majesty is another caffeine-free tea offered at Starbucks. It is made of an infusion of water, spearmint leaves, peppermint leaves, and lemon verbena. It gets even better because mint majesty tea also has zero calories. To order this tea, ask for mint majesty tea.
If you want to have your tea chilled on a hot summer day, then there are excellent iced tea decaf options for you that have none of the caffeine that green and black tea have. Iced passion tango tea is made of an infusion of water, hibiscus flowers, citric acid, natural flavors, cinnamon, apple, licorice root, lemongrass, fruit juice extract, and ice. Again the iced passion tango tea has no calories. To order this tea, ask for iced passion tango tea and customize the order to your liking.
Additionally, if you want the passion fruit flavors with a hint of lemon taste, then the iced passion tango tea lemonade is another great decaf option. The iced tea contains the same combination of ingredients as the passion tango tea but with iced lemonade. The iced passion tango tea lemonade has 50 calories. To order this tea, ask for iced passion tango tea lemonade and customize the order to your liking.
What are the Side Effects of Decaf drinks?
While decaf eliminates the risks associated with caffeine consumption, it also has some significant side effects. Decaf drinks may increase harmful cholesterol levels, an effect which is not observed in the caffeinated variant. Decaf may also aggravate rheumatoid arthritis, a risk that is also not posed by the caffeinated variant. Removing caffeine from coffee beans involves soaking them in chemicals, which could cause serious health issues if ingested, such as heart disease and even present a cancer risk.
Some people are more sensitive to caffeine side effects. Others are trying to cut down or eliminate caffeine intake altogether. Whichever the case, Starbucks has a long list of decaf options for you. So, next time you want to feel the taste of coffee without getting any caffeine, you can go for the decaf option.
Is Starbucks decaf good?
While some decaf coffee tends to be on the weaker side, Starbucks decaf is strong and tastes equally great.
Does decaf coffee taste different?
Decaf coffee does not taste very different from regular coffee.
Does Starbucks decaf have caffeine?
The process of decaffeinating coffee removes almost all, about 97 percent of caffeine content. Thus, Starbucks decaf contains very small amounts of caffeine.