Last Updated on February 17, 2023 by brewthatcoffee
Have you ever wondered what exactly is in a Starbucks frappuccino? Do Starbucks frappuccinos have caffeine? Do they contain coffee? If so, how much caffeine is in a frappuccino from Starbucks?
Read on for answers to these questions and tips for increasing and decreasing the amount of caffeine in your frappuccino.
One of the most popular beverages sold at Starbucks is the frappuccino. But did you know that there are two different types of frappuccinos? There’s the Classic coffee frappuccino, made with actual coffee. Then there are the crème frappuccinos which may or may not have coffee or caffeine in them.
Do Starbucks Frappuccinos Have Caffeine?
When people think of a frappuccino, they expect the coffee version, which can have quite a bit of caffeine. For those wanting an extra caffeine kick, this is great. They may even choose to add more coffee to get an even bigger energy boost. However, others may be sensitive to caffeine and want decaf or caffeine-free frappuccino.
If you’re the type who likes to pack in as much caffeine as possible, start by ordering a coffee frappuccino. You can easily tell if it will have coffee by the lack of “crème” in its name. Take things up a notch by adding shots of espresso to your drink. If this sounds terrible and you’re trying to dodge caffeine, avoid frappuccinos such as these.
This is where the crème frappuccino comes in. The crème frappuccino will be your best bet if you want something caffeine-free or decaf. This is because the crème frappuccino does not come with coffee in it. However, this does not mean that all creme frappuccinos are caffeine-free,
Although all coffee-based frappuccinos have caffeine, not all crème frappuccinos are caffeine-free. This is because coffee isn’t the only source of caffeine in frappuccinos.
3 Main Sources of Caffeine in a Frappuccino
When ordering a frappuccino, three common ingredients add caffeine to the drink. These ingredients are coffee, tea, and chocolate.
Many people do not realize that chocolate contains caffeine. Although the caffeine content in chocolate is rather small compared to the amount in coffee, it can still make a difference for some people.
So how much caffeine is in a frappuccino exactly? Well, it depends. A Starbucks coffee-based frappuccino can contain as little as 85 mg of caffeine and as much as 155 mg of caffeine in a grande size. That’s straight off the regular menu, assuming no extra espresso shots are added.
Note: If you’re looking for a strong frappuccino, the espresso frappuccino is the only frappuccino with espresso in it.
Keep in mind, if you are a lover of caffeine, the frappuccino isn’t going to be your go-to drink. If you want a lot of caffeine, check out this list of the strongest coffees from Starbucks.
On the other hand, a crème frappuccino from Starbucks can give you a completely caffeine-free experience. That’s 0 mg of caffeine.
If you’re curious about other decaf options, check out this list of the best decaf drinks from Starbucks.
TDLR: Most creme frappuccinos are caffeine free, but be on the lookout for tea (e.g., chai) and chocolate/mocha creme frappuccinos. These will contain small amounts of caffeine. Assume all frappuccinos without ‘creme’ in their name have significant amounts of caffeine.
Comparison Table: Caffeine in Starbucks Frappuccinos vs. Popular Drinks
Now, let’s get into the specifics. See the chart below for a comparison table of every single Starbucks frappuccino (with available info). You’ll find out how many calories, caffeine, and sugar are in the frappucinos, along with some other popular drinks.
|Starbucks Drink||Calories||Sugar (g)||Caffeine (mg)|
|Sugar Cookie Almondmilk Frappuccino® Blended Beverage||370||58||105|
|Toasted White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino® Blended Beverage||420||64||95|
|Caramel Brulée Frappuccino® Blended Beverage||400||58||90|
|Peppermint Mocha Frappuccino® Blended Beverage||430||63||110|
|Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino® Blended Beverage||420||65||100|
|Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino® Blended Beverage||480||55||95|
|Chestnut Praline Frappuccino® Blended Beverage||380||56||95|
|Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino® Blended Beverage||470||60||85|
|Espresso Frappuccino® Blended Beverage||210||42||155|
|Caffè Vanilla Frappuccino® Blended Beverage||400||64||95|
|Caramel Frappuccino® Blended Beverage||380||54||90|
|Coffee Frappuccino® Blended Beverage||230||45||95|
|Mocha Frappuccino® Blended Beverage||370||51||100|
|Java Chip Frappuccino® Blended Beverage||440||60||105|
|White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino® Blended Beverage||420||61||95|
|Sugar Cookie Almondmilk Crème Frappuccino® Blended Beverage||310||43||0|
|Peppermint White Chocolate Crème Frappuccino® Blended Beverage||420||58||0|
|Peppermint Mocha Crème Frappuccino® Blended Beverage||390||50||10|
|Caramel Brulée Crème Frappuccino® Blended Beverage||380||49||0|
|Chestnut Praline Crème Frappuccino® Blended Beverage||340||43||0|
|Toasted White Chocolate Crème Frappuccino® Blended Beverage||390||52||0|
|Pumpkin Spice Crème Frappuccino® Blended Beverage||360||47||0|
|Chocolate Cookie Crumble Crème Frappuccino®||460||46||15|
|Caramel Ribbon Crunch Crème Frappuccino® Blended Beverage||420||46||0|
|Strawberry Crème Frappuccino® Blended Beverage||370||51||0|
|Chai Crème Frappuccino® Blended Beverage||340||45||40|
|Double Chocolaty Chip Crème Frappuccino® Blended Beverage||410||47||15|
|Matcha Crème Frappuccino® Blended Beverage||420||61||70|
|Vanilla Bean Crème Frappuccino® Blended Beverage||380||52||0|
|White Chocolate Crème Frappuccino® Blended Beverage||380||49||0|
|Pumpkin Spice Latte||390||50||150|
|Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew||110||14||185|
Caffeine-Free Starbucks Frappuccinos
Although the majority of the drinks served at Starbucks have some amount of caffeine in them, there are quite a few that don’t. Here are all the frappuccinos on the menu that don’t have caffeine.
- Caramel Ribbon Crunch Crème Frappuccino® Blended Beverage
- Sugar Cookie Almondmilk Crème Frappuccino® Blended Beverage
- Peppermint White Chocolate Crème Frappuccino® Blended Beverage
- Caramel Brulée Crème Frappuccino® Blended Beverage
- Chestnut Praline Crème Frappuccino® Blended Beverage
- Toasted White Chocolate Crème Frappuccino® Blended Beverage
- Pumpkin Spice Crème Frappuccino® Blended Beverage
- Strawberry Crème Frappuccino® Blended Beverage
- Vanilla Bean Crème Frappuccino® Blended Beverage
- White Chocolate Crème Frappuccino® Blended Beverage
Want to try something other than a frappuccino? Check out these irresistible decaf drinks from Starbucks.
Low-Caffeine Starbucks Frappuccinos
Low caffeine can mean a lot of different amounts depending on who you ask. For this list, we will use the caffeine content of an average 8 oz cup of coffee, which is 95.
Therefore, you can expect all the frappuccinos listed below to have caffeine content anywhere from more than 0 mg to 95 mg or less. If you want zero caffeine, please view the table above.
- Toasted White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino® Blended Beverage
- Caramel Brulée Frappuccino® Blended Beverage
- Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino® Blended Beverage
- Chestnut Praline Frappuccino® Blended Beverage
- Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino® Blended Beverage
- Caffè Vanilla Frappuccino® Blended Beverage
- Caramel Frappuccino® Blended Beverage
- Coffee Frappuccino® Blended Beverage
- White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino® Blended Beverage
- Peppermint Mocha Crème Frappuccino® Blended Beverage
- Chocolate Cookie Crumble Crème Frappuccino®
- Chai Crème Frappuccino® Blended Beverage
- Double Chocolaty Chip Crème Frappuccino® Blended Beverage
- Matcha Crème Frappuccino® Blended Beverage
How To Order a Decaf Frappuccino From Starbucks
Starbucks has decaf drinking customers covered. If you want to make a frappuccino decaf, you can! Simply ask for your favorite frappuccino decaf, and your barista will sub the coffee frappuccino syrup for decaf espresso shots.
Please keep in mind that decaf does not mean caffeine-free. Decaf coffee has been processed to remove most of the caffeine, meaning there will be traces of caffeine left over. So if you are open to having small amounts of caffeine in your frappuccino, you will have many options.
Ways to Add More Caffeine to a Starbucks Frappuccino
Ask your barista for espresso shots to add more caffeine to your frappuccino drink. You can either have your espresso shots blended into the drink or pour it on top (affogato shots).
For information on how much caffeine is in an espresso shot, please see this guide to Starbucks espresso. You’ll learn about all the different styles of espresso, their calories, and their caffeine content.
Common Questions About Frappuccinos
So, do Starbucks frappuccinos have coffee? It highly depends! The easiest way to minimize your coffee intake when going to Starbucks is to get decaf. If you can’t have any caffeine at all, use the list of caffeine-free Starbucks frappuccinos.
Thanks for taking the time to read this article. I hope you’ve learned everything you wanted or needed to know about whether Starbucks frappuccinos have caffeine if they contain coffee, and how to increase or decrease the amount of caffeine.
If there are any other questions I did not answer in this article, please feel free to leave a comment. I’ll come back and answer as quickly as I can!
References: Starbucks Frappuccino Blended Beverages