10 Strongest Starbucks Coffees

If you are wondering which coffee in Starbucks is the strongest, look no further. Here is a round-up of the strongest Starbucks coffees that you can buy!

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Starbucks has a wide variety of strong coffees to offer.

Everyone knows Starbucks — it is one of the most famous coffee chains in the world. Starbucks’ convenience is hard to pass up when you’re in a rush.

Plus, Starbucks has a wide variety of strong coffees to offer you. There are countless coffee options available, ranging from roast filter coffees to cold brews. Perfect if you want an extra energy boost.

If you love strong coffee, keep reading to find out which are the strongest Starbucks coffees on their menu today.

Strongest Starbucks Coffes

1. Blonde Roast Filter Coffee

Discovering that Blonde Roast Coffee is the strongest coffee in Starbucks surprised me because it is not apparent in its taste. The Blonde Roast coffee wins compared to their regular espresso when it comes to caffeine.

With 475 mg of caffeine, this drink will have you bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. Plus, this coffee is also a healthy blend choice. There is no sugar and fat — perfect for health-conscious individuals who still want to try out the strongest coffee.

If you’re not a black coffee fan, consider adding vanilla. This makes the coffee creamier without adding actual milk. You may also be interested in reading our guide on is Starbucks good coffee.

2. Pike Place Roast Filter Coffee

Pike Place Roast Filter Coffee is your best bet if you want strong coffee with a deep, robust flavor. 

This drink is a smooth blend of Latin American coffees and has been a menu staple since it was created by master roasters and blenders of Starbucks in 2008. Plus, since it uses roast coffee as its medium, you can taste the flavors of the rich chocolate and toasted nuts when you drink it.

This delicious filter coffee can be served right away. Plus, with 410 mg of caffeine served in a Venti, you will brim with energy all day.

3. Clover Brewed Coffee

Starbucks has a brewing system that utilizes vacuum-press technology — the Clover Brewing System. This system lets the barista make coffee that has more dimensions than your regular Starbucks coffee.

A bag of Starbucks Italian roast coffee
These drinks have more than 380 mg of caffeine.

Some of the strongest Clover Brewed Coffees are the Clover-brewed Sumatra, French, and Italian Roasts. All of these drinks have more than 380 mg of caffeine.

4. Starbucks Cold Brew Coffee

The Starbucks Cold Brew Coffee has a smooth and mildly bitter flavor served on ice. And since it is a cold drink with a caffeine content of 360 mg, it may wake you up more than a hot coffee — a perfect choice to leave you feeling refreshed and invigorated.

The coffee grounds used in this beverage are slowly steeped in cold water for 20 hours. That is why the drink has that smooth but robust taste.

However, you still have to consider that this drink is served with ice, and it will reduce the amount of actual coffee in the cup. Nonetheless, it is still one of the strongest coffees you can buy in Starbucks.

5. Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Espresso

Do you want to drink something that keeps you awake throughout the day? The Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Espresso will do the trick!

This beverage has four shots of blonde espresso. Blonde espresso is stronger than regular espresso. This drink has up to 340 mg of caffeine, so it will surely pack a punch.

Moreover, this espresso is shaken with oat milk, six brown sugar pumps, and served with ice. It is also topped with a dash of cinnamon. Not to mention that since it uses oat milk instead of cow milk, this drink is vegan-friendly. 

6. Caffè Americano

The simple things pack the most punch. A Caffè Americano is a strong Starbucks drink comprising espresso and water. This coffee drink has a light crema layer, with a full flavor and prolonged aftertaste.

A grande Caffè Americano contains three shots of espresso. However, it’s that’s not enough, ask the barista for even more or swap to blonde roast coffee and get at least 10% more caffeine.

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Starbucks Americano served as a cold Venti with 300mg of caffeine.

And if you don’t like it black, you can request some vanilla or caramel and even add cream if you like it sweeter. This Starbucks coffee drink served as a cold Venti has a caffeine content of 300 mg.

7. Espresso

In any situation, if you want to have a strong coffee, an espresso will never be a bad idea. A quad espresso has four espresso shots totaling 300 mg of caffeine.

I think espressos helps to revitalize you more than Trenta cold brew coffee, but you might be craving something else. You should also consider if you just want a burst of energy for a specific task or if you need to pull an all-nighter.

You can always rely on a cup of espresso. For it to be even stronger, go for a blonde roast, for 40 mg more caffeine if you have a quad espresso.

8. Nitro Cold Brew

This blend is a mix of cold brew coffee added with nitrogen oxide bubbles. The Starbucks Nitro Cold Brew is served in smaller batches infused with nitrogen, creating a smooth layer of crema with bubbles cascading on it. Since the coffee is cold brewed, it tastes sweet and smooth without adding sugar.

Even if this drink looks simple, do not let it fool you because it still belongs among the strongest coffees in Starbucks. It has a caffeine content of 280 mg. Plus, the nitrogen makes it a very cold coffee without the need for ice.

However, the Nitro Cold Brew coffee is not available in a Venti size because you would lose the cascading bubble effects when it is poured.

9. Iced Caffè Mocha

Starbucks’ Iced Caffè Mocha is perfect if you want a kick of caffeine but are not a fan of the taste of regular coffee. The bitterness of coffee gets overpowered by the chocolate content of the Caffè Mocha, making this drink highly palatable.

It becomes a nice chocolatey boost served cold so that it does not lull you to sleep. You can get a bigger caffeine boost in this drink than in your typical energy drink!

Woman holding a plastic glass of iced coffee

One of our favorites is the decadent Iced Caffè Mocha.

Also, try to add a shot of peppermint for an extra zing effect. And considering how delicious this Starbucks drink is, it is hardly noticeable that you are drinking one of the strongest coffee in Starbucks.

10. Starbucks Reserve Dark Chocolate Mocha

The Starbucks Reserve Dark Chocolate Mocha drink is one of the only hot coffee drinks with a standard of four espresso shots in a Venti but only has the same caffeine content as three shots of the standard Starbucks espresso roast.

The Starbucks Reserve Roast has less caffeine than the Blonde Roast but balances it out with an additional shot. Add the dark chocolate, and you get a strong but sweet coffee with 265 mg of caffeine in a Venti.

This is an excellent choice if you love a sweet drink but need the energy to go about your day. You may also be interested in reading our guide on the 17 best Starbucks drinks in 2022.


  • Aisling O'Connor

    Aisling is an Irish food and drinks writer and journalist fueled by coffee and herbal tea. She followed up her journalism degree with nutrition studies. Find Aisling on LinkedIn.