The 5 Best Alternatives To Coffee In Starbucks

What are the best alternatives to coffee in Starbucks? We all need a break from coffee sometimes; thankfully, there are many other options on the Starbucks menu!

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Find the best coffee alternatives at Starbucks.

I’m not going to lie; there are days when my regular, grande-sized coffee won’t cut it. Call it burnout or whatever, but we just have to accept that in times like these, even the best Starbucks coffee won’t fulfill your yearning for a tasty beverage.

Everyone needs a change sometimes, and given the prevalence of Starbucks, it’s good to know it remains a cafe option for non-coffee drinkers.

For whatever reason you are giving coffee a miss, check out our round-up of the best alternatives to coffee in Starbucks. And when you are done, why not select something from the best Starbucks snacks?

1. Caramel Apple Spice

Try to envision an apple pie in liquid form, and this is it. The cinnamon syrup gives the apple juice that subtle kick in your mouth that’ll make you feel fuzzy and warm. Complement that with the whipped cream and caramel drizzle topping, and you’re suddenly back at your parent’s house with one sip. 

2. Hot Chocolate (Without The Whipped Cream)

Best Alternatives To Coffee In Starbucks: Hot Chocolate
Drinking hot chocolate may be beneficial; it certainly tastes good!

I know what some of you are thinking, “Starbucks’s Hot Chocolate has some coffee in it!” Although it does have caffeine, it doesn’t have coffee (let’s stop with this myth). All chocolate has caffeine, people!

It only contains 30 mg. of caffeine per 16 oz. That’s low compared to their coffee-based beverages; you won’t lose sleep over it!

I remove the whipped cream to cut the calories and savor the pure cocoa taste. I love that I can effortlessly pair it with something salty to eat. Studies have revealed that drinking hot chocolate, or rather, cocoa, can be beneficial to your body

3. The Pink Drink

If you’re unfamiliar with this iconic beverage, it’s made from Starbucks strawberry acai and coconut milk base capped off with freeze-dried strawberries. 

Not only does this look gorgeous, but the taste is magical and refreshing. It’s tarty but creamy at the same time because the coconut milk somehow negates the sourness of the strawberry acai and fruit. The aftertaste is not unpleasant either, but the best part is chewing the fruit while drinking.

If you have a sweet tooth, you might enjoy our explainer on can you get hot chocolate Nespresso pods.

4. Jade Citrus Mint Brewed Tea

Whenever I’m feeling under the weather, I always go for Starbucks’s array of herbal teas to make me feel better. I prefer Jade Citrus Mint Brewed Tea. This green tea is blended with mint, lemon verbena, and lemongrass, which gives its contradictory taste – it’s hot, but it’s simultaneously cooling because of the mint element.

The floral taste is not too overpowering either, thanks to the lemongrass. This soothing beverage has its health benefits, as mint tea is rich in polyphenols, a group of antioxidants that can reduce inflammation. When ordering, try to add some honey, as I found it perfectly complements the tea.

You might also be interested in our explainer on does Starbucks sell coffee grinders.

5. Iced Matcha Tea Latte

Best Alternatives To Coffee In Starbucks: Iced Matcha Tea Latte
A trending variant blend making the rounds online is called the “Zendaya.”

Matcha contains caffeine and l-theanine. The latter is an amino acid found in matcha that promotes alertness and calm at the same time. This compound subdues the caffeine’s side effects (anxiety and jitters).

This is usually my go-to once my shift ends because t prepares me well for the commute back home and helps me stay awake for some precious me-time without affecting my sleeping pattern. I don’t recommend adding sweeteners as it minimizes that earthy and grassy flavor that makes it unique. Still, if you’re considering it, I suggest going for an extra pump of vanilla instead of honey or artificial sweeteners.

A trending variant blend making rounds online is called the “Zendaya.” It’s an iced matcha green tea latte with coconut milk. I haven’t personally tried this, but I’m a total sucker for coconut milk, so it’s coming soon. 


  • Renz Paguio

    Renz has been working as a professional writer for several years. His love for java originated from sidewalk vendors offering cheap 3-in-1 instant coffees poured in styrofoam cups and has grown from there. If he’s not in a studio or an event venue, you’ll find Renz crafting his cold brew or sharing his experiences with fellow coffee lovers.