Does Starbucks Have Decaf Iced Coffee?
A lot of people wonder if you can get decaf iced coffee at Starbucks. And the answer is, yes. In fact, Starbucks has quite a few decaf iced coffee drinks available.
Make note, though, actual brewed iced coffee and cold brew coffee are not available in decaffeinated form.
However, decaf coffee drinkers will love that all Starbucks iced espresso drinks can be made with decaf espresso beans.
Of course, Starbucks has lots of decaf coffee options for hot drinks, too.
Here’s a quick look at every type of drink on Starbucks iced coffee menu and whether or not it can be made decaffeinated.
|Starbucks Iced Coffee Menu||Decaf Available|
|Nitro Cold Brew||No|
|Iced Coffee (brewed)||No|
|Iced Caffè Americano||Yes|
|Iced Shaken Espresso||Yes|
|Iced Flat White||Yes|
Decaf Iced Coffee at Starbucks: Quick Facts
- Starbucks brewed iced coffee and cold brew coffees are made in large batches by the baristas. Neither type is ever made as decaf.
- The reason brewed iced coffee and cold brew aren’t made decaffeinated is because there simply isn’t enough demand for it.
- Every Starbucks iced espresso drink can be made with decaf espresso.
- If you want a traditional decaf iced coffee (brewed coffee that’s cold, not iced espresso), the barista can make you a decaf iced coffee using the pour-over method. It will take a few minutes, though.
- A decaf Iced Caffè Americano is the best choice if you want a quick decaf iced coffee without syrups and creams.
- All Starbucks stand-alone stores have decaf espresso beans. However, many of the licensed Starbucks locations (inside grocery stores, book stores, Target, etc.) do not have decaf espresso and cannot make decaf iced espresso drinks.
- A limited number of Starbucks locations are equipped with the Clover Brewing System, which can quickly brew individual cups of decaf iced coffee on the spot.
- Decaf Clover iced coffee blends include Pike Place, Sumatra and Espresso Roast.
- Like all decaffeinated coffee, Starbucks decaf iced coffee drinks actually contain a little bit of caffeine.
- To order a Starbucks iced coffee drink with less caffeine you can combine decaf espresso and regular espresso. Menu options include: ½ decaf, ⅓ decaf, ⅔ decaf and fully decaf.
Best Starbucks Decaf Iced Coffees Without a lot of Calories
Many Starbucks iced espresso drinks, like the Iced Caramel Macchiato, contain sweet flavored syrups, lots of milk, sauces, and sometimes even whipped cream.
In other words, they don’t quite make the list of low-calorie Starbucks drinks.
So, if you want a decaf iced coffee without lots of add-ins, here are the best options.
Decaf Iced Americano
An Iced Americano is simply espresso shots topped with cold water and served over ice. Like all espresso drinks, it has a light layer of crema.
Decaf Iced Shaken Espresso
Starbucks new Iced Shaken Espresso is pretty much the same drink as a Doubleshot on Ice (no longer listed on the menu).
To make this drink, the barista shakes together espresso, ice and classic syrup. Then a splash of 2% milk is added. Feel free to substitute this milk with another type.
Decaf Iced Coffee Pourover
A pour-over is a method of brewing a single cup of coffee at a time. So if you want a true decaf iced coffee, as opposed to iced espresso, a pour-over is an option.
Basically, the barista grinds decaf coffee beans and slowly pours hot water over them as the coffee drips into a cup of ice below. While a pour-over makes a delicious cup of decaf iced coffee, it takes several minutes to make. Don’t be surprised if your barista recommends a decaf Iced Americano instead.
Decaf Iced Espresso
Decaf Iced Espresso is simply Starbucks decaf espresso roast over ice. If you wouldn’t drink a straight shot of espresso, this isn’t the drink for you. Instead, opt for an Americano which more closely resembles traditional iced coffee.
Starbucks Insider Tip Want a decaf iced coffee? Since Starbucks doesn’t brew decaf iced coffee, order a decaf Iced Caffe Americano instead. It’s quick & delicious.
How Much Caffeine is in Starbucks Decaf Coffee?
As I mentioned before, decaf iced coffee still contains a small amount of caffeine. This is because decaf is not the same thing as caffeine-free.
Look at it this way. Caffeine-free Starbucks drinks never contained caffeine to begin with. Whereas, decaf drinks have had the caffeine removed. Well, most of it.
Here’s a comparison.
A single shot of Starbucks blonde roast has about 85 mg of caffeine while dark has 75 mg. And, according to this lab study, Starbucks decaf ranges from 3-15 mg per shot.