The Best Starbucks Coffee: 8 Drinks to Try

This article contains everything you need to know about the best Starbucks coffee to order.

The price of Starbucks coffee is ridiculously high. And if I’m going to pay through my neck for a coffee, it better be good. So to save all the new Starbucks drinkers from buying an expensive coffee just for it to taste like expired milk, here are the top 8 Starbucks coffees that won’t disappoint.

Grab a cup of homemade coffee and let’s get started.

1. A Caffe Mocha Never Disappoints

Caffe Mocha is by far my favorite Starbucks drink, not only because it’s super easy to order, but it’s tastier than 90% of all those fancy drinks with tons of sugar.

A Caffe Mocha consists of a double shot of espresso, but if you don’t want much caffeine, ask for one shot, a scoop of hot chocolate, and whole milk. Also, if you’re vegan or lactose intolerant, tell them to hold the milk and add non-dairy milk like almond or soy. But personally, nothing does it for me better than whole milk.

You can add sugar if you want, but why would you? It already tastes like pure heaven.

2. Venti Coffee

Venti coffee is basically a fancy way of saying large black coffee.

If you have busy mornings, venti coffee is perfect for you because it literally takes seconds for them to make and it contains a ton of caffeine. Every venti coffee contains 400 mg of caffeine. After drinking it, you’ll feel like you’ve drunk a cup of pure caffeine mixed with water. 

The rush it gives you is insane.

Starbucks coffee overlooking the beach
Starbucks coffee is out of this world.

3. Vanilla Latte

A Starbucks vanilla latte is made with steamed milk, a shot of espresso, and vanilla syrup. It’s super easy to order and it’s delicious.

It’s the perfect blend between just a regular coffee and something fancy with tons of syrup in it. The vanilla syrup mixed with your shot or shots of espresso is also something you must experience.

4. Cinnamon Roll Frappuccino

A cinnamon roll frappuccino consists of;

  • Vanilla bean frappuccino
  • White mocha syrup
  • Cinnamon dolce syrup
  • And topped with cinnamon dolce powder.

It doesn’t have much caffeine in it so it’s great for coffee aficionados who are sensitive to caffeine. It also contains a ton of flavor for every sip you take.

5. Chai Latte

Chai latte is a black tea that’s infused with clove, cinnamon, and other delicious spices sprinkled on top. It’s also mixed with frothed milk, and topped with foam that gives it an awesome balance between sweet and spicy.

If you want a little extra sweetest, feel free to ask for some whipped cream on top.

6. Iced White Chocolate Mocha

Everyone knows how boring ol’ white hot chocolate tastes, but have you tried an iced white chocolate mocha? It consists of;

  • White chocolate sauce
  • White chocolate syrup
  • Frothed milk
  • One shot of espresso
  • And chilled ice.

It just sounds delicious!

If you want an extra kick, ask for an extra shot of espresso as it’ll make your iced white chocolate mocha taste more like coffee.

7. Strawberry Frappuccino With A Twist

If you’re obsessed with coffee and strawberries like me, then a Strawberry Frappuccino is perfect for you.

A strawberry frappuccino consists of;

  • Frozen strawberries
  • Brown sugar
  • Vanilla extract 
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • And ice cubes.

However, I’m not a big fan of the normal strawberry frappuccino. I’ll ask to swap the vanilla ice cream for some coffee ice cream and have them add a shot of espresso. This creates the perfect blend between coffee and strawberries.

But if you prefer something more coffee-ish, this drink isn’t for you. Stick to something where you’ll taste the coffee better like a Caffe Mocha or venti coffee.

8. Salted Caramel Cold Brew

If you love the salty parts of life, his drink is your best friend. Once you put your lips on it and start sipping, a tidal wave of salt comes pouring into your mouth. And this shouldn’t be a shock since it contains over 330 mg of sodium.

Jeez!

Best Starbucks Coffee For Cold Brew

Roasted coffee beans in a spoon.
Read on to explore cold brew material from Starbucks

When it comes to cold brew coffee, I prefer light-medium roasts or dark roasts–medium seems more suited to hot brewing methods, for the most part. However, cold brewing gives the perfect opportunity to plumb the depths of what the bean has to offer, so complex coffee is definitely a go. Here are a few of my picks for top cold brew material from Starbucks:

1. Veranda Blend (Blonde Roast)

This blend of Latin American coffees has a lot of character. The cold brewing method gives a great opportunity to sink into the flavor without worrying about any acidity.

The blonde roast of the beans highlights the regional aspects and all the things I love in Latin American coffees: hints of chocolate, a bit of a malty flavor, are a departure from some of the more rich caramels and brown sugar that you usually get. It’s complicated and yet easy-drinking, and it suits well in the cold brew setting.

2. Komodo Dragon Blend

Another blend, this one on the significantly darker side. When this Indonesian blend originally came out, I was not the biggest fan, I’ll admit; the earthy, herbal flavors in the brew just weren’t my speed at that point in my coffee fandom. But it really does an excellent job as a cold brew staple: the earthy, low-acid qualities of Indonesian beans only get better when paired with a brewing method that de-emphasizes acid already, leaving a sweeter, richer result that will still give you a jolt. 

3. Guatemala Casi Cielo

This single-origin medium roast is the exception to my rule of preferring very light or very dark roasts for cold brewing, for the simple reason that it’s been one of my favorites by Starbucks ever since its initial release. The complex flavor and aroma of these beans work well in various settings, and cold brewing helps to mellow everything out–without muddying the flavors together. Instead, you’re left with a smooth, rich glass of cold brew that manages to still taste refreshing and light.

Best Starbucks Drinks For Non-Coffee Drinkers

There was a short period of my life where I actually developed an intolerance for coffee–fortunately, not for caffeine–and I had to take a break from drinking even decaf coffee for several months. During that time, I sampled everything non-coffee that Starbucks served, and I still enjoy trying out the options available to customers looking for something other than coffee whenever I can. Here are my picks:

1. Starbucks Passion Tango Tea Lemonade

This drink is a favorite for baristas working hot months, and there’s no mystery why. It’s refreshing, light, and crisp, with a good balance of sweetness and tartness and no caffeine in it at all.

The base is an herbal infusion of hibiscus, lemongrass, and apple, shaken up with lightly sweetened lemonade. If you want to freshen up, this is a classic choice.

2. Violet Drink

If you want to get technical, this beverage does have green coffee extract in it, but it has none of the flavors you’d associate with traditional coffee, so in my opinion, it’s a whole different animal. With 45 mg of caffeine per Grande serving, it’s not as strong a caffeine buzz as a comparable cup of coffee but still packs a punch. I’m a big fan of the flavor combo of blackberries, hibiscus, and creamy coconut milk, and the color is certainly eye-catching too.

3. Flavored (Hot) Crème

Although the Starbucks menu usually only features one or two flavors of hot crème beverages, a handy thing to know is that you can get a crème made with any of the flavored syrups in stock at the Starbucks location. This option is a little heavy on the sugar, typically made with syrup, steamed milk, and whipped cream–but it’s a decadent treat that you can tailor to your preferences to satisfy your sweet tooth all year round. In my opinion, it’s an especially soothing choice. 

Final Word On Best Starbucks Coffee

While it is overpriced, Starbucks coffee tastes amazing and if you’re considering trying one of their drinks, it’ll be a sin not to opt for one of these delicious coffees.

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