Starbucks lattes are one of their most popular hot espresso beverages. Of course, Starbucks customers love iced lattes, too.
As far as I’m concerned, if you want a creamy coffee drink, then a latte is the way to go. Honestly, rich espresso combined with steamed milk is the perfect way to warm-up and start the day.
Obviously, you can take your latte up a notch at Starbucks with syrups, sauces and toppings.
Perhaps the most famous of all Starbucks lattes is the Pumpkin Spice Latte—PSL, for short. Every fall, Starbucks coffee drinkers can’t get enough of this latte.
But day-in and day-out, Starbucks Blonde Vanilla Latte is a customer-favorite.
The thing is, it’s Starbucks, and options and customizations abound, even for lattes.
In this Starbucks Latte Guide I show you all there is to know about ordering a latte.
For instance, see all the lattes on the menu, plus ways to customize this drink and make it your very own.
In a nutshell, here’s everything you need to know about Starbucks lattes.
How Starbucks Makes Lattes
Starbucks has both hot and iced lattes. And the Caffè Latte is this drink in its simplest form.
In fact, a hot Caffè Latte only has two ingredients: espresso and steamed milk.
Similarly, an Iced Caffè Latte is a delicious mixture of espresso and milk. The only difference is the milk isn’t steamed and of course the entire latte is served with ice.
To make a latte, the barista pours espresso shots into a cup. Steamed and aerated milk is then poured on top of the espresso. The steamed milk makes the latte nice and creamy and even adds a touch of sweetness.
Finally, a scoop of milk foam goes on top for an even creamier appearance.
For an iced latte, espresso and milk are poured into the cup and then iced is scooped in, as well.
Keep in mind, if you add in syrup or ask for less ice, the amount of milk is adjusted, more or less.
What Goes into a Starbucks Latte
- Flavored Syrup & Sauces (optional)
- Whipped Cream (optional)
- Drizzles & Toppings (optional)
- Ice (for iced lattes)
Amount of Espresso and Syrup in Starbucks Lattes
|Starbucks Cup Size||Shots of Espresso||Pumps of Syrup|
|Short (hot only)||1||2|
Coffee Lattes on Starbucks Menu
Starbucks has a lot of the best flavor combinations listed on their coffee latte menu. If your a tea drinker, here’s a look at all Starbucks tea lattes.
Like all Starbucks drinks, you can customize a coffee latte with flavored syrup and toppings to your heart’s content. Additionally, you can also select your preferred type of milk and opt for a blonde roast espresso, as well.
However, like I said before, you’re not limited to the menu and can create your own signature latte from the flavors you love the most.
Really, any syrup is fair game when it comes to a latte. Of course, some flavors like raspberry are more suited to Starbucks iced teas or Refreshers.
That being said, a Vanilla Latte is one of Starbucks most popular coffee drinks. This recipe is made with blonde roast espresso, as well.
And it’s easy to see why. As you can imagine, the combination of vanilla, rich espresso and creamy milk is absolutely delicious. I like to think of a vanilla latte as an excellent case of less being way more.
Starbucks even has a few whipped cream-topped lattes on the menu. Talk about delicious.
Flavors of Starbucks Lattes on the Menu:
Each of the following Starbucks latte flavors is available hot or iced.
- Caffè Latte
- Starbucks Blonde Vanilla Latte
- Cinnamon Dolce Latte
- Honey Oatmilk Latte
- Pumpkin Spice Latte (fall)
- Pistachio Latte (winter)
- Sugar Cookie Almondmilk Latte (holiday)
- Caramel Brulée Latte (holiday)
- Chestnut Praline Latte (holiday)
- Eggnog Latte (holiday)
- Coconutmilk Cascara Latte with Starbucks Blonde Espresso (discontinued)
- Vanilla Bean Coconutmilk Latte (not on menu, but still can get it)
How to Order a Starbucks Latte
When it comes to ordering a Starbucks espresso-based latte, there are a few options to select. Here’s how to order a latte:
1. Decide if you want a hot or iced latte.
Starbucks hot and iced lattes are both delicious ways to enjoy this espresso classic. It really all depends on whether you want something to warm you up or cool and refreshing.
2. Choose a drink size.
If you look at the chart above, notice hot cups sizes range from short (8 oz) up to a venti hot cup (20 oz).
On the other hand, cold cups begin at the tall size (12 oz) and go up to a venti cold cup (24 oz).
One thing to consider when selecting a cup size, is the amount of espresso in it. If you’re trying to amp up the caffeine, notice that a hot venti latte has the same number of shots of espresso as a grande, for example.
3. Pick an espresso roast.
Most Starbucks stores have dark and blonde roast espresso beans. Dark roast is the standard espresso used for all Starbucks espresso-based drinks including lattes. Some locations have decaf espresso, as well.
What this means is, if you prefer blonde roast over dark, be sure to ask for it specifically.
By the way, did you know blonde roast has more caffeine than dark? If you’re after a whole lot of caffeine, here’s a list of Starbucks most-caffeinated coffee drinks.
4. Select a type of milk.
Starbucks standard milk option for lattes is 2% dairy milk. However, they have quite a few other milk options, dairy and plant-based.
Keep in mind, lattes are milk-forward drinks, so the milk you select definitely has a big impact on flavor and creaminess.
5. Add a flavored syrup or sauce.
Remember, a Caffè Latte is simply espresso and milk, no syrup.
However, if you want a sweeter and more flavorful latte, then ask the barista to put in some syrup or sauce. There certainly are plenty of options, with vanilla being a favorite of many.
Also, make note, sauces like pistachio or caramel brulee add more calories to a drink compared to flavored simple syrups. Actually the pump size for sauces puts out twice the volume as syrup.
For example, one pump of syrup is equal to 1/2 tablespoon. Whereas, one pump of sauce equals 1 tablespoon.
6. Select latte toppings.
Hot lattes are either topped with a scoop of milk foam or whipped cream depending on what you order. Iced lattes are either plain or come with whipped cream.
Additionally, some lattes like Cinnamon Dolce or Chestnut Praline have crunchy toppings sprinkled on the whipped cream. The thing is, you can get these toppings, or any topping Starbucks has available, on any flavor of latte. So many options, I know!
Skinny Starbucks Lattes
Skinny at Starbucks simply means the drink has no sugar or whipped cream and only uses non-fat milk.
This means it’s a possible to get a skinny latte from Starbucks.
All you have to do is order a Caffè Latte with non-fat milk. Or you could select one of their plant-based milks like almondmilk, soy or oatmilk. As it is, this latte does not come with added sugar or whipped cream. So, now worries there.
A lot of people wonder if you can get a skinny vanilla latte. And the answer is, yes, you absolutely can get a skinny vanilla latte at Starbucks. What makes this possible is Starbucks has sugar-free vanilla syrup. For the record, there’s also sugar-free cinnamon dolce syrup.
Starbucks Latte FAQs
To get a caramel latte at Starbucks order the Caramel Brulée Latte. It’s made with caramel brulée sauce and is topped with whipped cream and a crunchy caramel brulée topping.
In my opinion, the best Starbucks latte is either the Caffe Latte or Vanilla Latte. Both are available in skinny versions, as well. Of course, Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte is a fan favorite every fall season beginning in August.
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