As much as I love the delicious caffeine high of my morning brew, there are days when I want to detox with some decaf options. 

Thankfully, Starbucks has me covered!

Starbucks has plenty to offer when it comes to serving decaf iced coffee versions of my fave drinks. Let's dive into what they are and how to order decaf like a pro.

Yes, iced coffee can, in fact, be decaffeinated coffee at Starbucks. There's a range of decaffeinated coffee options and alternatives you can make to your order. 

Below, I've listed Starbucks' popular coffee menu and added if the option is available as decaf iced coffee drinks.  

Starbucks Iced Coffee Drinks 

Is Decaf Option Available? 

Cold Brew & Nitro Cold Brew coffee

No 

Iced coffee (brewed) 

No 

Iced Caffè Americano 

Yes 

Iced Espresso 

Yes 

Iced Shaken Espresso 

Yes 

Iced Flat White 

Yes 

Iced Latte 

Yes 

Iced Macchiato & Mocha 

Yes 

As you can see, pretty much everyone’s favorite iced coffee can be made into a decaf alternative - including my fave orders of Iced Shaken Espresso and Iced Mocha. 

In fact, it's not just the basic decaf iced drinks, like the decaf iced americano or decaf iced coffee pourover, it's also the more elaborate decaf iced coffee drinks like an iced latte or flat white.

The only drinks you can't get as a decaf iced coffee is brewed iced coffees and cold brew coffee. Why?  

My local baristas told me that this is because brewed coffees and cold brew coffee are made in large batches, and iced coffee and cold brew coffee aren't made decaffeinated for lack of demand. 

The cold brew coffee brewing process involves steeping coffee beans in cold water, and if you used decaf coffee beans for decaf cold brew it doesn't really turn out the same.

That's why they use decaffeinated iced coffee instead of decaf cold brew.  

Starbucks Decaf Iced Coffee

Starbucks Syrups You Can Add To Your Decaf Iced Coffee

Here are some of the Starbucks Classic syrups that you can add to your decaf iced coffee. There’s plenty to choose from and they can bring some plain drinks, like the decaf iced Americano, to life.

Five of the syrups are even available in a sugar-free alternative.  

  • Vanilla (available sugar-free) 
  • Caramel (available sugar-free) 
  • Cinnamon dolce (available sugar-free) 
  • Hazelnut (available sugar-free) 
  • Peppermint (available sugar-free seasonally) 
  • Chestnut praline (available seasonally) 
  • Sugar cookie (available seasonally) 
  • Pumpkin spice (available seasonally) 
  • Funnel cake (available seasonally) 
  • Irish Cream (available seasonally) 
  • Honey Blend
  • Toffee nut 
  • Classic 
  • Brown Sugar
  • Toasted Vanilla
  • Cane Sugar

Choosing a favorite is hard, but I do have some personal preferences when it comes to my coffee syrups. 

Once my fave syrups are added, I really can't taste the difference between the decaf and standard versions of my fave drinks.

Barista HQ Tip: I love adding Irish cream or pumpkin spice to basically everything in the fall and winter seasons, but brown sugar and toasted vanilla are my everyday go-tos.

Milk Alternatives 

There are also alternatives to milk for each decaf iced coffee made at Starbucks. You can choose between soy, almond, coconut, and oat milk. 

They are an excellent choice for those who are vegetarians, vegans, or those who wish to keep their decaf coffee low in fat.

Barista HQ Tip: During different seasons, Starbucks may release new dairy-free alternatives, so keep a lookout in-store and on their website to see what you can add into your decaf iced coffee drinks.

Toppings

One of the most well-known Starbucks toppings is whipped cream, which you can get on any drink you order, even if the drink doesn’t typically come with it.

Another favorite among children and adults alike is cookie crumbles (perfect on an iced decaf Frappuccino). There is also a range of powders to spice up your decaf iced coffee drinks.

You can choose between pumpkin spice, white/milk/dark chocolate, cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, and more.  

decaf coffee drink starbucks

Tip For Ordering In Store & On The Starbucks App

The trick with ordering a decaf coffee is that you have to make sure the barista understands that you want decaf - caffeine free. 

Alternatively, you can order your decaf drinks with one shot of decaf, and the other shot can be either their signature or blonde espresso ranges. In these signature blends, there are ⅓, ½, or ⅔ decaf espresso options, so you can seriously order your coffee to your caffeinated taste.   

As for the taste, add your preferred syrups, topping, and milk alternative (almond milk, oat milk, or coconut milk) to your liking.  

Now that you have your decaf drinks ready to go, you can click and collect your beverage through the Starbucks app and collect Starbuck RewardsYour order will be ready to pick up locally at your preferred time.

I love ordering my midday coffee in the morning via the app so I can make the most of my lunch break.

Iced Espresso

Starbucks Decaf Iced Coffee Nutritional Facts 

You need to think about more than just how much caffeine is in your drink. By adding chocolate sprinkles and whipped cream to your decaf coffee, you know that it isn't very healthy. 

However, there are quick and healthy alternatives for everyone. 

A decaf Iced Caffè Americano is the best choice if you want a quick iced decaf coffee without syrups and creams. One tall serving of this will give you 11 calories, as coffee itself is naturally very low in calories. 

Another healthy iced coffee alternative if you want to drink decaf is the Starbucks new Iced Decaf Shaken Espresso [1].

This decaf iced coffee is pretty much the same drink as a Doubleshot on Ice (no longer listed on the menu). A tall serving of this drink is simply 80 calories - much less than most espresso drinks. 

I recommend staying away from whipped creams and sugar-loaded syrups if you’re ordering your decaf iced coffee from Starbucks every day.

Keep these added iced coffee extras for a cheat day, as the more you add, the more calories your drink will have.

For example, the Starbucks Iced Cinnamon Dolce Latte has 300 calories and over 35 grams of sugar.  


Common Starbucks Decaf Iced Coffee Drink Questions 

What Starbucks cold coffee has the least caffeine? 

In regards to cold decaf coffees, you can go for a classic Iced Decaf Caffè Americano. This is perfectly paired with sugar-free vanilla syrup and skim milk.

The coffee by itself is 11 calories, and the caffeine contents are almost non-existent.  

Can you get half-decaf iced drinks at Starbucks? 

Absolutely! If you order a beverage with one or more shots, you can have one shot decaf, the other shot can be either their signature or blonde shots,  or you can order ⅓, ½, or ⅔ decaf espresso.  

Does Starbucks sell decaf Frappuccinos? 

Yes, as a matter of fact, Frappuccinos were created without caffeine in mind at all.

However, once they started to make caramel, and chocolate Frappuccinos, adding shots of coffee and the cold brew became popular.

Now the baristas typically ask if their Frappuccino should be served with or without coffee.  

Is Starbucks decaf really decaf? 

It's almost impossible for any coffee franchise or establishment to offer absolutely 0mg of caffeine and for it to taste like coffee.

Starbucks, like many other establishments, can't offer completely caffeine-free coffee [2].


Conclusion

Decaf Iced coffees are a great way to perk up your day without perking up your caffeine supply, and Starbucks has a wide range of beverages to suit your needs.

Try out your favorite caffeinated drink with their decaf espresso - but be sure to avoid the cold brew. 

Or, you can simply ask the barista to make you their favorite decaffeinated drink, and you'll be bound to get a delicious surprise.  

References:

1.https://www.starbucks.com/menu/product/2123425/iced

2.https://athome.starbucks.com/learn/what-is-decaffeinated-coffee?utm_campaign=CY22_AlwaysOnSearch&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=is%20there%20caffeine%20in%20starbucks%20decaf&utm_matchtype=e&gclid=CjwKCAjw7vuUBhBUEiwAEdu2pGsg1zSt5yeUFCb4snt4Nw0kYN9CXL0XwlrJjFXFENmI5AtH4wKqnxoC9v8QAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

Chloe Page

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Chloe Page
A lifelong mocha fan, Chloe is an award-winning writer with over eight years’ experience weaving words. Her journey in the coffee industry is highlighted by extensive research and interviews with coffee experts. In her moments of relaxation, you'll often find her sipping on Bird and Blend tea, thoughtfully scribbling in her notebook.

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