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15 Best Decaf Options: Top Caffeine-Free Drinks at Starbucks

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The Vanilla Bean Crème Frappuccino is a top decaf Starbucks choice due to its caffeine-free, creamy vanilla flavor that's refreshing and customizable. Its broad appeal and pairing versatility makes it a favorite for many.

A lot of people visit Starbucks to get their caffeine fix, while enjoying a rich flavor of coffee mixed with all the things that make Starbucks great. 

However, as strange as it may sound, you don’t necessarily have to get the strongest Starbucks drinks. Starbucks is all about customization. 

That’s why if you can’t have caffeine due to pregnancy or other reasons, you have lots of caffeine-free Starbucks drinks to choose from, which we will explore in this article.

Key Takeaways

  • Decaf drinks at Starbucks still contain some caffeine, typically around 20 mg.
  • Except for white chocolate, all other chocolates contain caffeine.
  • Steamers, most Crème Frappuccinos, and certain herbal teas are caffeine-free at Starbucks.
  • All espresso drinks can be ordered decaf, but they’re not completely caffeine-free.
  • Starbucks offers a wide range of completely caffeine-free drinks, including steamers, hot chocolates, and various teas and juices.

What To Consider When Ordering Caffeine-Free Starbucks Drinks

Here are some things you should consider when ordering caffeine-free Starbucks drinks.

1. Decaf doesn’t mean zero caffeine

Yes, you have read that correctly. Decaf actually has caffeine, but much less. As an example, if you got a Tall Pike Place Roast coffee at Starbucks, which means 12 ounces, you could expect a caffeine content of 235 mg. 

However, if you get a Tall Decaf Pike Place Roast, it contains 20 mg of caffeine. This caffeine content depends on the Starbucks cup sizes, too. 

That is why, if you want non-caffeinated Starbucks drinks due to medical reasons, do not count on coffee drinks, as they all have some amount of caffeine, however small. [1]

2. Chocolate has caffeine except white chocolate

This is a very common myth, and most people think that they can drink hot chocolate and chocolate bars because they have no caffeine. 

However, that is a misconception. Dark chocolate actually has 16 mg of caffeine per ounce. 

The only type of chocolate that has no caffeine is white chocolate. That is why you can drink white chocolate drinks and not worry about the caffeine content. [2]

3. There is no caffeine in Steamers

Steamers are basically lattes without espresso, or you could say they are just steamed milk. They can have other flavors added to them, but in any case, they don’t have any caffeine.

4. There is no caffeine in Herbal Tea

Black tea and green tea have caffeine, but other herbal teas, such as Mint Majesty and Peach Tranquility don’t have any caffeine in them. 

5. Most Creme Frappuccinos don’t have any caffeine

Creme Frappuccino does not have coffee in it, so it naturally has no caffeine. However, if you get some type of Frappuccino with chai or matcha, they are going to have caffeine.

Starbucks Decaf Drinks

If you are looking for some decaf Starbucks coffee drinks, and you don’t necessarily want a non-caffeinated Starbucks drink, you always have the option to order the same coffee drinks in decaf. The list below is the decaf options you have at Starbucks.

1. Espresso Drinks

Basically, any espresso drink can be ordered decaf. This includes all mochas, cappuccinos, lattes, etc. 

However, keep in mind that it is not going to be completely caffeine-free. Caffe Americanos are also in this list, because they only include decaf espresso with hot water. 

Another great option, if you are having lots of guests who want decaf coffee, is the Starbucks coffee traveler with a Decaf Pike Place Roast. There is always so much room for customization at Starbucks.

2. Pour-overs

If you want even less caffeine, you can always get a cup of pour-over coffee with decaf coffee grounds. 

They pour water over these decaf coffee grounds and you get one cup of coffee with as little amount of caffeine as possible.

3. Starbucks Decaf Iced Coffee

The same way that you can get a decaf espresso drink, you can order the iced version of it, which is again made with decaf coffee. 

These Starbucks decaf iced coffee drinks include Decaf Iced Americano, Decaf Iced Mocha, Decaf Iced Espresso, etc.

4. Decaf Frappuccino Starbucks

The same way that the Creme Frappuccinos mostly have no caffeine, the coffee Frappuccinos can have no caffeine, as well. 

This means that instead of Coffee syrups, they are going to put decaf espresso shots in those decaf Frappuccinos at Starbucks.

If you are not in for the Starbucks decaf drinks, and you cannot get any caffeine, but omitting Starbucks from your life is too much, you still have lots of options that have absolutely no caffeine in them.

List of 22 Starbucks Drinks without Caffeine

Below, you can see a table of Starbucks drinks without caffeine in them. 

We found them by searching through the entire Starbucks menu, and taking note of the Frappuccinos, Steamers, Hot chocolates, teas, milks, juices, and smoothies that have no caffeine whatsoever. 

Drink NameTypeCold/Hot
Vanilla Bean Crème FrappuccinoFrappuccinoCold
Caramel Ribbon Crunch Crème FrappuccinoFrappuccinoCold
Strawberry Crème Frappuccino Blended BeverageFrappuccinoCold
White Chocolate Crème Frappuccino Blended BeverageFrappuccinoCold
Pistachio Crème Frappuccino Blended BeverageFrappuccinoCold
Pumpkin Spice Crème FrappuccinoFrappuccinoCold
Vanilla CrèmeSteamerHot
Pistachio CrémeSteamerHot
Cinnamon Dolce CrèmeSteamerHot
Steamed MilkSteamerHot
White Hot ChocolateHot ChocolateHot
Mint MajestyTeaHot
Peach TranquilityTeaHot
Iced Passion Tango TeaTeaCold
Iced Passion Tango Tea LemonadeTeaCold
Steamed Apple JuiceJuiceHot
Caramel Apple SpiceJuiceHot
Iced Guava Passionfruit DrinkJuiceCold
Pineapple Coconut Green SmoothieSmoothieCold
Blended Strawberry LemonadeSmoothieCold

1. Vanilla Bean Crème Frappuccino

This Frappuccino is made with vanilla scoops, milk, and ice, and topped with whipped cream. There is no coffee in that, so there is no caffeine in it either. This is essentially the cold version of a vanilla steamer.

2. Caramel Ribbon Crunch Crème Frappuccino

This one is actually one of the sweet Starbucks drinks for the high amount of caramel sauce and caramel crunch in it. Considering the fact that it has absolutely no coffee or caffeine, help yourself with it if you like sweet drinks.

3. Strawberry Crème Frappuccino Blended Beverage

This one is simply made with strawberry puree milk, ice, whipped cream and more strawberry puree on top. As apparent, there is no coffee in this one either. It is a very nostalgic choice for kids and teenagers.

4. White Chocolate Crème Frappuccino Blended Beverage

This one is a very basic type of Frappuccino that you can get at Starbucks. It is just simply made with white chocolate mocha sauce, milk, ice, and whipped cream. As discussed before, white chocolate has no caffeine in it, so don’t worry and try this one.

5. Pistachio Crème Frappuccino Blended Beverage

For this one, simply replace the white chocolate of the previous one with sweet pistachio sauce. Then add milk, ice, and whipped cream with salted butter on top. It offers a simple yet strange taste.

6. Pumpkin Spice Crème Frappuccino

This is a perfect drink for cold times. It is basically steamed milk with pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove, giving it all those spicy-sweet holiday tastes. They add whipped cream on top, as well. 

7. Vanilla Crème

At this point, we will move to other types of drinks after Frappuccinos. Vanilla Creme is simply steamed milk with vanilla flavor. Starbucks just can’t get enough of vanilla, so this steamer is blessed with this flavor.

8. Pistachio Créme

This one is again a steamer with pistachio sauce flavor. Of course, they add salted brown butter on the top as well. This is the hot version of the Pistachio Creme Frappuccino for people who don’t like this flavor cold.

9. Cinnamon Dolce Crème

Dolce in Italian means sweet, so you can expect this drink to have that sweet-spicy taste again. They make it by combining steamed milk with cinnamon dolce syrup, and topping it off with whipped cream and cinnamon dolce sprinkles. It might look like a brown drink, but it has zero caffeine.

10. Steamed Milk

This one is very simple. Just steamed milk with no flavors. You can also get it in the form of any milk that you want, including almond and coconut milk. So if you are vegan, you don’t have to drink cow milk.

11. White Hot Chocolate

This hot drink has white chocolate sauce and steamed milk in it topped with whipped cream. The white chocolate sauce basically consists of condensed skim milk, sugar, cocoa butter, and coconut oil, which obviously has no caffeine.

12. Mint Majesty

Enough with the chocolates and milk and heavy cream. Moving on to the tea section, we have this hot mint drink, perfect for the times you catch a cold. It also has lemon verbena, adding to the great healing effect.

13. Peach Tranquility

This herbal tea with no caffeine is made with peach,pineapple, chamomile, lemon verbena and rose hips. It is the perfect combination for a peaceful afternoon.

14. Iced Passion Tango Tea

This cold tea drink is made with hibiscus, lemongrass, and apple. Beware that even though it doesn’t have caffeine, it might not be the best choice for you if you’re pregnant.

15. Iced Passion Tango Tea Lemonade

This drink is the same as the previous one, except it has lemonade in it. Again, pay attention that it has hibiscus in it.

16. Steamed Apple Juice

This one is basically just apple juice but hot. Obviously it has no caffeine in it, but it is one of the drinks that has no milk or cream in it either. So, if you don’t want all that cream and dairy, this is your juice option.

17. Caramel Apple Spice

This is the same drink as the one above, except it has cinnamon dolce syrup,whipped cream, and caramel drizzle added to steamed apple juice.

18. Iced Guava Passionfruit Drink

This summer drink is made with guava juice, pineapple, pineapple ginger syrup, coconut milk, and ice. No caffeine, just fruits and juice.

19. Lemonade

This fruity drink is made with lemon juice, sugar, water, and ice. As simple as it can get.

20. Pineapple Coconut Green Smoothie

This smoothie has pineapple, coconut, kale, spinach, ice, and coconut milk in it, making it a very distinct taste.

21. Blended Strawberry Lemonade

This one looks like a Frappuccino but it’s just simply juice and puree. Mix strawberry puree and lemonade together, and you’ve got this fantastic summer blend.

22. Milk

On the bottom of the list of the caffeine free Starbucks drinks, we have milk, which is as simple as it can get. You can just get a cold cup of milk with any flavor that you want, as long as it has no coffee or chocolate in it.


How much caffeine is in decaf espresso starbucks?

Depending on the Starbucks cup size, it can have anything between 20 to 30 mg of caffeine in a Pike Place Roast cup of coffee.

Does Hot Chocolate have caffeine in it?

Yes. Coffee has caffeine in it. The darker the coffee, the more caffeine. That is why if you fancy no caffeine, then white hot chocolate is your solution with no caffeine.

Can you get a decaf cold brew?

No, cold brews have coffee in them. If you want a cold decaf coffee, you can get a decaf iced espresso drink instead.


Starbucks allows for lots of customization, and it truly cares about people who don’t want any caffeine intake. 

That is why you can find a long list of caffeine free Starbucks drinks, which would mean you can either get steamers, white hot chocolates, juices, and smoothies, or some decaffeinated coffee drinks.

In any case, Starbucks doesn’t have to be just about coffee, and they want you to feel comfortable, as well.

Now that you know this, you might want to find the sweetest Starbucks drinks

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Hi, I'm Yurii Brown, a certified coffee expert with a fervor for coffee. I've explored coffee intricacies, from brewing methods to equipment, and I'm eager to share my insights to help coffee lovers appreciate high-quality brews.
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