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12 Basic Types of Cold Coffee Drinks at Starbucks

Not sure what Starbucks cold coffee to order? Here's a list of every type of cold coffee drink on the menu including iced coffee, cold brew, iced espressos and coffee frappuccinos.
Starbucks Iced Shaken Espresso is one type of iced coffee drink at Starbucks.

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Starbucks iced coffee and cold coffee drinks make up a growing portion of their menu and sales.

Demand for Starbucks iced coffees and other cold drinks is so strong, in fact, cold beverage sales have surpassed hot beverages.

Helping fuel the cold beverage demand is Starbucks line-up of cold brew coffee drinks and iced shaken espressos.

In addition, Starbucks Refreshers, caffeinated with green coffee extract, contribute to surging cold drink sales at Starbucks.

With all the cold coffee options listed on the Starbucks menu, you may not be sure how one drink differs from another.

Here’s a quick overview.

4 Cold Coffee Options for Making the Drinks

Starbucks Iced Shaken Espresso.
Iced espresso drinks are one type of cold coffee drink that Starbucks serves in addition to iced coffee, cold brew and coffee frappuccinos.

Starbucks has numerous cold coffee beverages on the menu. When mixed with a variety of syrups, milk options and toppings, the drink options and combinations are limitless.

However, every single iced and cold coffee drink at Starbucks is based on four main coffee basestraditionally brewed iced coffee, cold brewed coffee, brewed espresso and frappuccino roast.

What separates each cold coffee base is mainly the blend of coffee and the way the it’s brewed.

  1. Iced Coffee: Starbucks iced coffee drinks begin with a coffee blend that has notes of caramel and cola. It’s brewed double-strength with hot water and then chilled. This drink is served over ice with classic syrup and is one of the cheapest cold coffee Starbucks drink on the menu.
  2. Cold Brew Coffee: Brewed around 20 hours in cool water, Starbucks cold brew is less acidic than other coffees since it never comes in contact with heat. The coffee itself has notes of chocolate and citrus and is one of Starbucks most caffeinated drinks. Starbucks cold brew is super popular and there are two basic types: cold brew served with ice and nitro cold brew.
  3. Brewed Espresso: Freshly pulled shots of dark or blonde roast espresso are poured over ice and combined with milks, syrups, sauces and toppings to make all sorts of handcrafted iced espresso drinks, like lattes, mochas and macchiatos. The amount of caffeine in each drink depends on the roast, number and type of shots. Unlike iced coffee and cold brew, decaf iced espresso drinks are available at Starbucks.
  4. Coffee Frappuccino Roast: Coffee-based frappuccinos are another way to enjoy the taste of coffee in a cold beverage at Starbucks. Frappuccino roast is a special powdered coffee that’s mixed with water and used exclusively for blending into frappuccinos.

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12 Basic Types of Starbucks Iced Coffee Drinks, Compared

Every kind of cold coffee beverage you can order at Starbucks begins with either iced coffee, cold brew coffee, brewed espresso over ice, or coffee frappuccino roast.

In total, there are 12 basic types of cold coffee drinks on the official Starbucks menu. In addition, each drink can be combined with any type of milk and flavored with syrups, sauces and toppings.

Here’s a list comparing each ice cold coffee drink.

1. Iced Coffee

Iced Coffee + Classic Syrup + Ice

Ordering Tips: Iced coffee can be ordered with any syrup flavor and is often ordered with a splash of milk. For a sugar-free iced coffee, leave out the classic syrup.
Available Sizes: Tall, Grande, Venti and Trenta
Nutrition in a Grande: Caffeine 165mg; Calories 80; Carbs 20g

RELATED RECIPE: Quick & Easy Vanilla Iced Coffee (Starbucks Copycat)

2. Cold Brew

Cold Brew Coffee + Ice

Ordering Tips: Cold brew coffee can be flavored with any syrup and have a splash of milk or vanilla sweet cream mixed in. A favorite way to order it is with a layer of vanilla sweet cream cold foam. For the fall season, pumpkin cream cold foam is a super popular way to order cold brew coffee.
Available Sizes: Tall, Grande, Venti and Trenta
Nutrition in a Grande: Caffeine 205mg; Calories 5; Carbs 0g

RELATED RECIPES:
Quick & Easy Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew Recipe;
Easy Starbucks Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew Recipe;
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3. Nitro Cold Brew

Cold Brew Coffee Infused with Nitrogen

Ordering Tips: The “nitro” in nitro cold brew cools the drink down and gives it an even sweeter flavor. Ask for a splash of vanilla sweet cream to take it up a flavor notch.
Available Sizes: Tall and Grande
Nutrition in a Grande: Caffeine 280mg; Calories 5; Carbs 0g

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4. Iced Americano

Brewed Espresso + Ice + Water

Ordering Tips: Starbucks Iced Americanos are more caffeinated than other espresso beverages since they get one more shot of espresso. On the other hand, if you want a simple, decaf iced coffee beverage similar to an iced coffee, order a decaf Iced Caffe Americano.
Available Sizes: Tall, Grande and Venti
Nutrition in a Grande: Caffeine 225mg; Calories 15; Carbs 2g

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5. Iced Espresso

Brewed Espresso + Ice

Ordering Tips: Starbucks signature dark roast is the standard for most espresso drinks including the Iced Espresso. Blonde and decaf are options, as well. Additionally, shot options include ristretto or long. See my Starbucks lingo guide if you’re not sure what that means.
Available Sizes: Solo, Doppio, Triple, Quad
Nutrition in a Doppio: Caffeine 150mg; Calories 10; Carbs 2g

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6. Iced Shaken Espresso

Brewed Espresso + Classic Syrup + 2% Milk + Ice

Starbucks Iced Shaken Espresso drink.
An Iced Shaken Espresso at Starbucks is a type of iced coffee drink made with Starbucks signature espresso, 2% milk and Classic syrup.

Ordering Tips: Starbucks line-up of iced shaken espresso beverages are coffee-forward, meaning each size is made with an extra shot of espresso, and has half the amount of syrup than other espresso beverages. This newer type of Starbucks cold coffee beverage comes in several delicious flavor combinations that are also dairy-free, like brown sugar and oatmilk, or chocolate and almondmilk.
Available Sizes: Tall, Grande and Venti
Nutrition in a Grande: Caffeine 225mg; Calories 100; Carbs 17g

RELATED RECIPES:
Starbucks Iced Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso Recipe;
Starbucks Iced Chocolate Almond Milk Shaken Espresso Recipe

7. Iced Flat White

Brewed Espresso (ristretto shots) + Whole Milk + Ice

Ordering Tips: Flat Whites are a type of iced espresso beverage made with sweeter and less caffeinated ristretto shots. Unlike most other iced espresso drinks at Starbucks, rich whole milk is the standard for flat whites.
Available Sizes: Tall, Grande and Venti
Nutrition in a Grande: Caffeine 130mg; Calories 150; Carbs 13g

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8. Iced Latte

Brewed Espresso + 2% Milk + Ice

Ordering Tips: Iced lattes are perhaps the most versatile cold coffee drink at Starbucks. This iced espresso drink can be as simple as an Iced Blonde Vanilla Latte, or as decadent as a Chestnut Praline Latte topped with whipped cream and a crunchy topping. When it comes to iced lattes, don’t be afraid to customize with flavored syrups, different milks, toppings and drizzles.
Available Sizes: Tall, Grande and Venti
Nutrition in a Grande: Caffeine 150mg; Calories 130; Carbs 13g

RELATED: Starbucks Lattes: Flavors & Ordering Options

9. Iced Caramel Macchiato

Brewed Espresso + Vanilla Syrup + 2% Milk + Ice + Caramel Drizzle

Ordering Tips: The only iced macchiato currently on the Starbucks menu is the Iced Caramel Macchiato. In a nutshell, this all-time favorite cold coffee is like an upside down vanilla latte with gooey caramel drizzle on top.
Available Sizes: Tall, Grande and Venti
Nutrition in a Grande: Caffeine 150mg; Calories 250; Carbs 37g

RELATED: Starbucks Caramel Macchiato: What’s in it, Caffeine, Calories

10. Iced Mocha

Brewed Espresso + Mocha Sauce + 2% Milk + Ice + Whipped Cream

Ordering Tips: Year-round Starbucks offers two flavors of mochas: chocolate mocha and white chocolate mocha. During the holiday season watch for toasted white mocha to make an appearance. Mochas are higher in calories than other iced espresso drinks due to the chocolate sauce and whipped cream.
Available Sizes: Tall, Grande and Venti
Nutrition in a Grande: Caffeine 175mg; Calories 350; Carbs 38g

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11. Espresso Frappuccino

Coffee Frappuccino Roast + Brewed Espresso + Coffee Frappuccino Syrup + Whole Milk + Ice

Ordering Tips: An espresso frappuccino is a great way to enjoy all the flavor of espresso with a little more body. A shot of espresso is added to a regular coffee frappuccino and provides a nice caffeine pick-me-up.
Available Sizes: Tall, Grande and Venti
Nutrition in a Grande: Caffeine 155mg; Calories 210; Carbs 43g

RELATED: Caffeine in Starbucks Frappuccinos: A Complete Guide

12. Coffee Frappuccinos

Coffee Frappuccino Roast + Coffee Frappuccino Syrup + Whole Milk + Ice

Ordering Tips: Starbucks offers lots of different flavored coffee-based frappuccinos. Most are topped with whipped cream and have a flavored syrup blended in. But a basic Coffee Frappuccino is a nice way to enjoy a blended cold coffee beverage.
Available Sizes: Tall, Grande and Venti
Nutrition in a Grande: Caffeine 95mg; Calories 230; Carbs 46g

How to Order Cold Coffees on the Starbucks App

Cold coffees are simple to find on the Starbucks app.

On the menu, they are located in two sections: Cold Coffees and Frappuccino Blended Beverages.

The Cold Coffees section includes all the available flavor combinations for cold brew coffee, nitro cold brew, iced Americanos, iced coffees, iced shaken espressos, iced flat whites, iced lattes, iced macchiatos and iced mochas.

And coffee-based frappuccinos are located under Frappuccino Blended Beverages.

Keep in mind, the app menu is often updated with new drinks and seasonal flavors.

Questions You May Have

What’s the strongest cold coffee at Starbucks you can order?

The strongest Starbucks cold coffee drink available to order is a trenta size cold brew coffee which contains a whopping 360mg of caffeine. The second strongest cold coffee drink at Starbucks is a venti Americano made with 4 shots of espresso and with a caffeine content of 300mg. The cold coffee drink with the third highest caffeine content is grande nitro cold brew with 280mg.

What’s the cheapest cold coffee drink at Starbucks?

The two cheapest cold cold coffee beverages at Starbucks are an Iced Espresso and Iced Coffee. Iced Espresso is simply shots of espresso over ice. If you want more volume, opt for an Iced Coffee.

What decaf cold coffee drinks does Starbucks have.

Starbucks regular iced coffee and cold brew coffees are not available decaffeinated. However, any espresso beverage like an iced latte, iced mocha or iced macchiato can be made with decaf espresso roast. Additionally, you can custom order a decaf frappuccino. The barista will leave out the frappuccino coffee roast and use decaf shots of espresso so it will be a little thinner than a regular coffee frappuccino.

What’s the sweetest Starbucks iced coffee drink?

A grande Coffee Frappuccino contains 45g of sugar making it the sweetest type of iced coffee beverage at Starbucks. For comparison a grande iced coffee comes with 4 pumps of classic syrup and contains 20g of sugar. Keep in mind, cold brew coffee has absolutely no sugar since it’s less acidic and naturally has a sweeter flavor.

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