I love coffee, but sometimes I just can't handle the caffeine. Here are some of my favorite Starbucks drinks that don't have any caffeine.
Some of us don't like the taste of coffee. That's okay, although I must say, you're missing out! Here are non-coffee beverages that you will enjoy at Starbucks. Almost all of them are also caffeine-free, but the three exceptions are clearly marked. Let's start with the hot drinks.
One of the most popular non-caffeinated drinks, the traditional hot chocolate is composed of chocolate syrup, vanilla, and milk, topped off with whipped cream. It is the most appropriate drink to battle the cold winter!
- White Hot Chocolate: A creamier variation of the hot chocolate flavored with white chocolate syrup.
- Zebra Hot Chocolate: Flavored with a mix of white and regular chocolate syrups. The ideal hot cocoa variation if you don't like to be overwhelmed by the sweetness of regular chocolate.
- Peppermint Hot Chocolate: Flavored with chocolate and peppermint syrups. Contrary to popular belief, peppermint hot chocolates and mochas are not seasonal. You can get it them all year long.
- Nutella Hot Chocolate: Traditionally flavored with chocolate and hazelnut syrups. It's tasty though it might not exactly taste like Nutella. If you get a zebra hot chocolate with hazelnut, that might be closer to the flavor!
You can always add peppermint syrup to these variations—although it might not go well with hazelnut hot cocoas.
Steamers or Creamers
These beverages are made with milk and other flavors such as vanilla, hazelnut, cinnamon dolce, pumpkin spice, etc. They are frequently topped with whipped cream.
- Vanilla Steamer: An excellent alternative to the traditional hot chocolate. Kids will love it if they like hot drinks. It is flavored with vanilla syrup and topped with whipped cream. Maybe you can ask them to put some vanilla bean powder in it as well. Great to drink with petite vanilla bean scones!
- Hazelnut or Cinnamon Steamer: This drink is very unconventional and an acquired taste. It is sweetened with hazelnut or cinnamon dolce.
Any other seasonal flavors can be made into steamers too. All it means is that the drink will skip the coffee and replace it with steamed milk. You can order a pumpkin spice steamer in the fall and a caramel brulee steamer in the winter.
Stay updated on seasonal flavors. You can sign up for Starbucks' newsletter or read the in-store advertisements.
Some of these teas are caffeinated, but I've selected the ones with calming effects.
- Calm Tea: This caffeine-free drink is the equivalent of a chamomile tea. It contains a blend of lemon, spearmint, chamomile, and other flavors. Very soothing, it is good when you are sick!
- Passion Tea: Another caffeine-free blend, this fruity tea contains mango, passion fruit, and hibiscus flowers with hints of lemongrass. The ideal drink for the apprehensive tea drinker.
- Zen Tea (caffeinated): Tazo's Chinese green tea includes a blend of lemon and spearmint flavors. It is a nice drink for green tea lovers.
The Caramel Apple Spice
If you're not a fan of hot teas, but you're a little under the weather or just freezing to death out there in the winter, the Caramel Apple Spice is the perfect drink. It consists of steamed apple juice, some cinnamon dolce syrup, caramel sauce, and whipped cream. This steaming drink will warm you up though its sweetness isn't good for sore throats. You can always ask for no whipped cream, light caramel, and only a pump of cinnamon dolce if you don't want a lot of flavor in your drink.
Lemonades and Iced Teas
- Strawberry Lemonade: You're sweating and frustrated with the heat. The strawberry lemonade at Starbucks is a must-try. You can also do a raspberry lemonade!
These drinks are popular during the hot season. Make sure that you specify whether or not you like your iced tea beverages sweetened. Some people are disappointed when they get their drink and it turns out flavorless.
- Passion Tea Lemonade: It is a fruity blend of mango and passion fruit with lemonade. It's straight forward but one of the best and most popular drinks at Starbucks, especially when it's hot!
- Black Tea with Strawberry (caffeinated): The black tea at Starbucks has a little hint of citrus. Get it with strawberry concentrate and some sweetener. Beware of the calories, but many say it's worth it!
- Iced Tea Latte: Some people like their iced teas with regular or soy milk. I don't know how well milk would pair with the iced passion tea, but a popular drink is "the iced green tea with soy and sweetened."
Frappuccinos are very popular during the summer and periods of warm weather. You probably know that not all frapps are coffee-based, but did you know that you can order all the frapps on the menu without the coffee? Here are some popular frapps without coffee:
- Vanilla Bean Creme Frappuccino: Vanilla-flavored milk is blended with ice and topped with whipped cream.
- Strawberries and Cream Frappuccino: Strawberries and milk are blended with ice and topped with whipped cream.
- Mocha Creme Frappuccino with Java Chips: This is a regular chocolate frapp with crumbled chocolate chips.
- Green Tea Frappuccino (caffeinated): Green tea matcha powder is used for the green tea flavor.
Smoothies only come in a grande (medium) size. All smoothies have some protein powder and bananas. These are healthy alternatives to the conventional café beverages. If you prefer light drinks, order these smoothies with non-fat milk.
- Orange Mango Smoothie: This smoothie combines a whole banana with orange mango juice, milk, protein powder, and ice.
- Strawberry Smoothie: This smoothie uses strawberry puree for flavor.
- Chocolate Smoothie: Mocha-flavored sauce gives this drink a chocolate twist.
You don't have to be a coffee fanatic to enjoy some drinks at Starbucks. And you don't have to stick with what's on the menu—learn to customize your latté. If you have more drinks to add to this list, please leave them in a comment below!
© 2013 Ron Mariano
Unck42 on August 08, 2020:
My son and I love White Chocolate Raspberry steamers. They taste almost exactly the same as the White Chocolate with Raspberry Swirl Hagen Das Ice Cream. We usually don’t add the whipped cream on top so that we get a little bit more of the drink!
Kylani on May 02, 2020:
Are you allowed to buy just a chocolate frappe
Mad on April 25, 2020:
I think this was helpful because I can't have coffee. I think I might try a frappuccino.
Idyll ( pronounced A-dell) on March 26, 2020:
This is SO helpful because now I have access to different drinks from Starbucks and it only took me a minute when searching the web would take me about five-
About now i think that a Cinnamon steamer or a peppermint hot chocolate sounds scrumptious ☺️ Thank you!
Eli on March 17, 2020:
This is really helpful since I can’t have coffee bc my mom won’t let me bc l’m a kid and it’s bad for me and I get that and I got a Starbucks gift card so I’ll probably use it on one of these drinks or a snack I just hope I don’t try to get something and they tell me they don’t have it and embarrass myself
elena on March 04, 2020:
this was really helpful since i can't have coffee.
Prince Monceaux on February 20, 2020:
I like non-caffeine and coffee bean drinks.The vanilla bean creme latte is good for both!
Naomi on February 11, 2020:
Anything with (non-white) chocolate has caffeine as well. Caffeine is absolutely ubiquitous in our culture. Anyone who avoids it isn’t “missing out” — they’re avoiding harmful stimulant addiction.
Jenna Louis on January 05, 2020:
Wow this really helped thx
Connie patlan on December 27, 2019:
I was at a fresno ca location and I went in and tried to get a strawberry smoothie but they told me that they didn’t make any smoothies
Jillian on November 04, 2019:
I love Starbucks but Can never find the perfect drink. Now I can! Thanks!
Butt on October 21, 2019:
I wanted actually good results instead I got
Unicorn on September 05, 2019:
Anything with Black Tea has caffeine.
Julianna on July 03, 2019:
These Starbucks drinks are perfect for me. I have never been to Starbucks yet but soon I will. I might try the strawberry and cream Frappuccino or the strawberry and raspberry lemonade. This really helped.
Hi on May 12, 2019:
They should made PINK drink without caffeine.
Pink drink on May 09, 2019:
Pink drink has caffeine! Low likr 55 but still has it
L on May 08, 2019:
A on April 30, 2019:
Also the pink drink is non caffeine or coffee related.
Laura Glasgow on April 26, 2019:
The Peppermint Hot Chocolate and Zebra Hot Chocolate both use Mocha instead of Choclate. Mocha is coffee flavored. Plus i have yet to find a Starbucks that is either willing or able to do a blended ice drink that tastes chocolatey and not like chocolate/ coffee mix.
Pippi longstoking on April 15, 2019:
When was this published?
Camie on April 11, 2019:
Thank you, this helped.
Siwanator on March 28, 2019:
This was very helpful great work
BC on March 26, 2019:
All items with chocolate (excluding white mocha) have caffeine.
MB on January 31, 2019:
Thank you! this is helpful
A on September 05, 2018:
I’m a child and I want a drink from Starbucks
MOron exposer on July 16, 2018:
Here is a list of caffeine free drinks ... first one “hot chocolate” - what a MOron!
(And no you did NOT call this out as having caffiene - MOron)
K on July 14, 2018:
U can ask for no coffee if U want
Emma on July 14, 2018:
They said almost caffeine free
L on June 06, 2018:
FYI anything with mocha has caffeine, although it’s a small amount (15-20 mg per 16 oz, give or take). Mocha beverages are NOT caffeine free!
E on May 25, 2018:
This helped I’m gonna try the a passion tea lemonade
Carley on May 08, 2018:
U love Starbucks and this helped me sooo much because I don't prefer the after taste of coffee
Yeah on May 06, 2018:
This helped a lot thanks!
Charity on May 06, 2018:
Best Starbucks in the world
Jessica on April 21, 2018:
They only had the passion fruit tea, nothing else. This post is misleading
Alice Roff on March 19, 2018:
To anyone who says that there is caffeine in chocolate, it is very true. But not all types of chocolate do. For example, for 100 grams of dark chocolate, there are 43 milligrams of caffeine. For 100 grams of milk chocolate, there are 20 milligrams of caffeine and for 100 grams of white chocolate, there are none! I hope this little information helped you!
Amanda Lorenzo from Florida, living in SC on March 13, 2018:
Very informative, and I had no idea about the vanilla steamer! Thanks!
Erika Costell on December 22, 2017:
Goat on December 07, 2017:
I love Starbucks, but now I can make it at home,thanks to this list. I am a kid, so I’m not allowed to have caffeine so this list was very helpful.
Evelyn Lewis on November 27, 2017:
I love the peperment not chocolate
Nicole K on November 21, 2017:
My dad loves vanilla bean and used to always get that one a few years back. When I was pregnant, I would get passion tea often. I do love the caffeinated beverages, though, personally. But, for those who can't have it for one reason or another, this hub offers some great ideas! Thanks for writing it. Great work!
Heartissuesnocaffiene. on October 17, 2017:
Strawberries and Creme Frap here I come! :3
Everyone, please calm down about the chocolate. This site gave me more ideas than any other I've seen so far. Thank you
NoCaffGuest on October 09, 2017:
Anything with chocolate has caffeine. Yes some of these are less caffeine than coffee, but they have caffeine. I cannot have ANY caffeine due to an upcoming medical procedure so this article wasn’t helpful. I feel like I can trust the other information on it now either.
cathm on August 04, 2017:
caffeine is in chocolate
Gregory on July 26, 2017:
DLayne on July 23, 2017:
You did an excellent job of providing relevant information in an easy-to-read, easy-to-understand way. Your formatting is very good. I loved the pictures with descriptions each step of the way.
No thank you on July 14, 2017:
I like carmel frappes
Nunya Buissness on July 05, 2017:
I really recommend a vanilla bean cremè frappe it is kid friendly and is a sweet cold drink to sip on!
Starbucks wokier on July 05, 2017:
My name is kala i love my work
Moo on June 28, 2017:
These are really cool just there is a lot of specific ingrdients and I wish that some of them had easier ingredients like milk ice sugar strawberries and vanilla extract blend them and it's really good;)
Starbucks luva on June 10, 2017:
Green tea frappes are amazing and I definitely recommend them
Guys listen on April 25, 2017:
You guys don't know that yes if you go to the website they say the hot chocolate has caffeine and health reasons and should look more into it. Well this article said ask for it without caffeine if you can't remember if it has caffeine in it or not. So you are the ones that have to read more and not just expect oh they should of told me that. It's the Internet not a 20 page news article on Frappuccino and iced coffees.
Joe on April 23, 2017:
This article is so inaccurate, it's not even funny. This type of information can get someone in the hospital.
HA on March 20, 2017:
If you go on the starbucks website and search up frappuccino it says it does have caffeine
Hi on March 19, 2017:
As a journalist myself, I cringed when reading this article because of how many inaccuracies there are. For example, I simply went on the Starbucks website to look up the hot chocolate which DOES have caffeine. As someone who cannot have caffeine due to health reasons, if I would have taken your article seriously I would have ended up in the hospital with at least three of your recommendations. DO YOUR RESEARCH, that is why good journalism is all about.
Scarlet on March 17, 2017:
Chocolate has caffeine just so you know. As someone who can't have it because of medical reasons this aeticle is ignorant and misleading.
Brinafr3sh from West Coast, United States on March 11, 2017:
My first choice would be herbal teas, second choice fruit smoothie, and last choice mint chocolate drink. Thanks, cool article.
No on March 10, 2017:
Sup on February 17, 2017:
thank you so much!!! I'm a kid and i don't want to drink caffeine. The list helped me A LOT!!! I love the frapps so much and it's hard to find frapps without caffeine. Excellent suggestions. I was also wondering if there is a secret menu and what's on it. I hear lots of people say there is a secret menu and I would love to get something from it! It would be a big help if you can make a list of that without caffeine!
Ivette on February 07, 2017:
I love coffee but sometimes I crave Starbucks at around 8 o'clock and then i can't sleep so these are great suggestions!
Trace on September 22, 2016:
I'm surprised this article didn't mention Chai Tea. Starbucks makes THE BEST Vanilla Chai Latte. Hot, iced or frap, you will fall in love! I don't do coffee either, never acquired the taste so this is my "go to" Starbucks drink. Yum!
Random on August 15, 2016:
How do you order a Frappuccino without coffee because I hate coffe but want a frap
Dee on July 28, 2016:
Green tea frap has caffein.
BP on October 18, 2015:
Allergic to caffine! Heart palpitations. No coffee, tea, chocolate, or colas! Very misleading.
SweetiePie from Southern California, USA on October 12, 2015:
I like coffee, but this is a good list for those who do not.
Toothpik on October 08, 2015:
Excellent suggestions! They are all truly appreciated!! I'm trying to find a way to save it fo future reference!!
Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on February 21, 2015:
Great list of drinks for the non-coffee drinker like me to get at Starbucks. Somehow I don't see how the Iphone cover of a Starbucks drink is related to this article.
Ron Mariano (author) from Orange County, CA on January 29, 2015:
Jesse, I'm sorry for the inaccuracy. I'll make sure to change it to "non-coffee?"
Jesse on January 08, 2015:
The hot chocolate has caffeine in it. If your trying to cut caffeine completely this post isn't accurate.
Sarah on November 17, 2014:
These are awesome ideas! My husband loves coffee, but it's not good for me. Now we can finally "go out for a coffee" together!
steph on November 07, 2014:
This just blew my mind, I never knew this!
neil on October 17, 2014:
Chocolate has caffeine!
Mkerr on September 16, 2014:
I miss the Signature Hot Chocolate!!
Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on September 15, 2014:
I just received a Starbucks gift card and I don't drink coffee, so this is really helpful. Thank you!
Bun on May 22, 2014:
Um, mocha is coffee, and Java chips are cofee, chocolate flavored coffee, but still very much coffee. You should take the mocha frappuccino off of there.
Natallie on January 05, 2014:
If you prefer hot chocolate, try a "salted caramel hot chocolate". the hot chocolate is topped with whipped cream and caramel is then drizzled over the whipped cream, then salt is added. i usually take the salt of you can do this to and you get a choice of more caramel or whippedcream. this is VERY good take my word
Cassie on November 06, 2013:
Caramel Apple Spice is my favorite. Apple pie in a cup. Try it half sweet if your not a fan of the super sweet.
Ron Mariano (author) from Orange County, CA on June 22, 2013:
I'm glad you enjoyed the hub! The strawberries and cream is so good, btrbell!
Randi Benlulu from Mesa, AZ on June 22, 2013:
I only tried strawberries and cream this year! BIG mistake! It's addicting!
Thank you for this fun, informative hub! I happen to be a coofee lover, so I will hop over to the rest of your hubs!
Dil Vil from India on June 04, 2013:
This hub is good, well written and it is very informative. I had a good useful read.
Debbie Carey from Riverton, KS, USA on June 04, 2013:
Lots of information and delicious ideas to try! I LOVE the salted caramel hot chocolate! Voted up and interesting!