Caffeine in Starbucks Lattes (Every Size, Hot & Iced)

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Trying to figure out how much caffeine is in a Starbucks latte? Here's the caffeine content for all sizes of hot and iced lattes. The amount might actually surprise you!
Hot and Iced Starbucks lattes.

Caffeine in Starbucks Lattes

Day-in and day-out Starbucks lattes are a customer favorite. One sip and it’s easy to see why.

This caffeinated coffeehouse classic, is a delightful balance of strong espresso and creamy milk. It’s often sweetened with flavored syrup, as well.

Like all-things-Starbucks, you have options when it comes to ordering a latte. You can get it hot with steamed milk or order it cold, served over ice.

But do you wonder how much caffeine is in a Starbucks latte?

It can actually be a little confusing, since a larger drink doesn’t always have more caffeine.

That’s correct—a bigger size latte like a hot 20-ounce venti has the same caffeine content as a 16-ounce grande.

If that seems illogical, keep reading to see exactly how baristas make this standard Starbucks espresso beverage and how to order a latte with the amount of caffeine you want.

What Determines the Amount of Caffeine in a Latte at Starbucks

Every milligram of caffeine in a Starbucks latte comes from the brewed espresso.

This means, the total caffeine content in a Starbucks latte is determined by (1) the number of espresso shots, and (2) the espresso roast.

A Starbucks latte brings together espresso and milk and the caffeine content is based on the espresso roast and number of shots in the drink.

Number of Shots of Espresso

Starbucks hot lattes come in four sizes: short, tall, grande and venti. Whereas, iced lattes come in three sizes: tall, grande and venti.

Here’s how many shots of brewed espresso go in each size latte according to standard Starbucks recipes.

  • 8-ounce Short (hot only): 1 shot
  • 12-ounce Tall (hot and iced): 1 shot
  • 16-ounce Grande (hot and iced): 2 shots
  • 20-ounce Venti (hot): 2 shots
  • 24-ounce Venti (iced): 3 shots
  • 30-once Trenta (iced): Lattes not available in this size

Eagle eyes will notice that a venti iced latte has one more shot of espresso than a venti hot latte.

Why? A venti cold drink is actually four ounces larger than its hot counterpart. Without the additional shot, the proportion of espresso and milk would be off.

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Espresso Roast Options

Starbucks has three roasts to pick from: dark, light and decaf.

Like all decaf espresso roasts, Starbucks decaf espresso drinks have trace amounts of caffeine.

Here’s what you can expect from the two caffeinated espresso roasts.

  • Signature Dark Espresso Roast: 75 milligrams of caffeine per shot
  • Blonde Roast (Light): 85 milligrams of caffeine per shot
A hot Starbucks latte and an iced latte both in tall size cups containing 75mg caffeine each.
Lattes at Starbucks are made with dark roast brewed espresso, but you can request light roast which has 10 milligrams more caffeine per shot.

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How Much Caffeine in a Starbucks Latte by Size

Now that you see exactly how many shots of brewed espresso are in every size latte, it’s easy to figure out the total caffeine content for every size drink.

Short Latte

  • This size is for hot drinks only.
  • Gets 1 shot of brewed espresso.
  • If you want more caffeine, jump up to a grande size.
Short Starbucks LatteCaffeine (mg)
Dark Espresso Roast75
Blonde Espresso Roast85
Amount of caffeine in an 8 ounce (short) Starbucks latte.

Tall Latte

  • Gets 1 shot of brewed espresso.
  • The caffeine content in a Starbucks tall latte is the same as a short.
Tall Starbucks latte in a hot cup and a tall iced Caffe Latte.
A tall Starbucks Caffe Latte and a tall iced latte each contain one shot of brewed espresso and 75 milligrams of caffeine.
Tall Starbucks LatteCaffeine (mg)
Dark Espresso Roast75
Blonde Espresso Roast85
Amount of caffeine in a 12 ounce (tall) Starbucks latte.

Grande Latte

  • Gets 2 shots of brewed espresso.
  • A grande Starbucks latte has double the caffeine as a short or tall.
  • If you want more caffeine, a hot venti latte doesn’t have more. An iced venti does.
Grande Starbucks LatteCaffeine (mg)
Dark Espresso Roast150
Blonde Espresso Roast170
Amount of caffeine in a 16 ounce (grande) Starbucks latte.

Venti Latte

  • Hot venti gets 2 shots of brewed espresso and an iced venti gets 3 shots.
  • A hot venti latte has the same caffeine as a grande, but twice the caffeine of a short and tall.
  • Venti is the largest size latte. If you want to boost the caffeine, order an extra shot of espresso.
Venti Starbucks Latte20 oz. Hot24 oz. Cold
Dark Espresso Roast150mg225mg
Blonde Espresso Roast170mg255mg
Caffeine content for 20 ounce (venti hot) and 24 ounce (venti cold) Starbucks latte.

Trenta Latte

Starbucks espresso drinks are not available in trenta size. Opt for an iced coffee or cold brew instead.

If you’re in need of a lot of caffeine, take a look at the The Absolute Most Caffeinated Iced Drink at Starbucks or head on over to this list of the 19 Most Caffeinated Starbucks Drinks: Highest to Lowest.

Caffeine in Flavored Lattes

Starbucks is known for their flavored lattes.

Perhaps the Pumpkin Spice Latte is the most famous of them all.

Personally, my favorite is the Chestnut Praline Latte that’s become a mainstay of the holiday menu. (Fingers crossed it stays that way!)

One absolutely delicious latte is the Vanilla Bean Coconutmilk Latte.

It’s not on the menu, but you can still order it. Made with one of Starbucks dairy alternatives, this latte is a great summertime treat.

Grid showing 5 flavors of Starbucks hot and iced lattes.
The amount of espresso and caffeine is the same no matter the flavor Starbucks latte you order.

No matter your go-to latte flavor combination, the caffeine content is the same as a regular Caffe Latte.

In other words, adding syrup and toppings does not change the amount of espresso shots.

Caffeine in Starbucks Latte vs Coffee

Now that you know the amount of caffeine in a latte, you might be wondering how it compares to brewed coffee.

Overall, Starbucks lattes have less caffeine than all other coffee beverages of the same size.

Even though the caffeine in a shot of espresso is highly concentrated, only .75-2.25 fluid ounces of brewed espresso goes into a latte. The rest is steamed milk or cold milk and ice.

Take a look at my Ultimate Guide to Caffeine in Starbucks Coffee to see exactly how the caffeine content in a latte compares to iced coffee, cold brew and all of Starbucks brewed coffee blends.

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Questions You May Have

How much caffeine is in a Starbucks tall latte?

A 12-ounce tall latte (hot) has the same amount of caffeine as an 8-ounce short. Both sizes are made with 1 shot of espresso and have 75 milligrams of caffeine, as prepared according to the menu.

How much caffeine is in a Starbucks grande latte?

Grande lattes at Starbucks (hot and iced) are prepared with two shots of brewed espresso. This means they contain 150 milligrams of caffeine and have twice as much caffeine as both a tall and short latte.

Which has more caffeine, a latte or coffee?

Hands-down, all Starbucks brewed coffee beverages have a higher caffeine content than espresso drinks. While the caffeine is very concentrated in a shot of espresso, the fact is not many ounces of espresso go into the actual handcrafted beverage.