Espresso is my lifeblood, and some of my favorite espresso drinks are served up at Starbucks. As it’s the base of so many of their most popular drinks, there are a ton of options to choose from. 

Starbucks has a massive menu, and it can be difficult trying to stay on top of everything they have to offer. 

You may struggle to find the best espresso drinks, but don't worry because we're here to make it simple, and in this guide, I'll introduce all the best Starbucks espresso drinks for you to try on your next visit.  

For espresso drinks for any day, check out my handpicked arsenal below: 

1. Espresso (Regular Style) 

Starbucks Espresso

Espresso (Regular Style) Nutritional Breakdown 

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Nutrients

Solo

(0.75 fl oz)

Doppio

(1.5 fl oz)

Triple

(2.25 fl oz)

Quad

(3 fl oz)

Calories

5

10

15

20

Total Fat

0 g

0 g

0 g

0 g

Total Carbs

1 g

2 g

3 g

4 g

Sugar

0 g

0 g

0 g

0 g

Protein

0 g

1 g

2 g

2 g

Caffeine

75 mg

150 mg

225 mg

300 mg

Espresso (Regular Style) Standard Ingredients
  • Brewed Espresso

This classic Italian coffee is brewed by forcing pressurized hot water through very fine coffee beans.  

It's typically served as a solo (single), doppio (double), triple, or quad size if I really want to risk it all.

With no calories, no sugar, and 75mg of caffeine in a single shot, it’s one of my favorite ‘keto’ drinks.

I like both regular and blonde roast espresso, as they’re both so different yet still deliver an earthy, slightly-bitter punch. 

2. Espresso Macchiato 

Starbucks Macchiato

Espresso Macchiato Nutritional Breakdown 

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Nutrients

Solo

(0.8 fl oz)

Doppio

(1.6 fl oz)

Triple

(2.3 fl oz)

Grande

(16 fl oz)

Calories

10

15

20

25

Total Fat

0 g

0 g

0 g

0 g

Total Carbs

1 g

2 g

3 g

4 g

Sugar

0 g

0 g

0 g

0 g

Protein

0 g

1 g

1 g

2 g

Caffeine

75 mg

150 mg

225 mg

300 mg

Espresso Macchiato Standard Ingredients
  • Brewed Espresso
  • Milk

What I love about the Starbucks espresso macchiato is that it’s simple yet still feels like a treat.[1]

It’s decadent and bold, yet won’t derail me from my health goals. 

Made with a double espresso base and a dollop of steamed milk on top, it is one of the most well-balanced drinks and wakes me up instantly with that caffeine straight to the bloodstream!

The espresso macchiato is available as a solo, doppio, triple, or quad, as well.

Espresso Macchiato Alternatives

I know the espresso macchiato may be too strong for me occasionally, so I always recommend alternatives like the caramel macchiato!  

A caramel macchiato is a sweet and creamy coffee made with caramel sauce. 

The caramel and espresso flavors blend beautifully, and give the caramel macchiato a bold, but sweet taste. 

For a similarly bold flavor but less diluted with thick milk, a Cortado is another great alternative to a macchiato. 

It’s almost like a Flat White, with less foam. 

3. Espresso Con Panna 

Starbucks Espresso Con Panna

Espresso Con Panna Nutritional Breakdown 

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Nutrients

Solo

(0.75 fl oz)

Doppio

(1.5 fl oz)

Triple

(2.25 fl oz)

Quad

(3 fl oz)

Calories

30

35

40

45

Total Fat

2.5 g

2.5 g

2.5 g

2.5 g

Total Carbs

1 g

2 g

3 g

3 g

Sugar

0 g

0 g

0 g

0 g

Protein

1 g

1 g

1 g

1 g

Caffeine

75 mg

150 mg

225 mg

300 mg

Espresso Con Panna Standard Ingredients
  • double espresso
  • dollop of Heavy cream

For a richer version of an espresso macchiato, I always go for the espresso con panna. 

The espresso con panna is made with a double espresso and topped with a dollop of cream (heavy cream, not whipped cream) for an indulgent, smooth top layer. 

The combination of espresso and cream in the espresso con panna is heavenly, with a more ‘sophisticated' take on a regular Starbucks espresso or espresso macchiato.  

It's only available in one size, and there's about 100mg of caffeine in a serving.

4. Caffe Americano 

Starbucks Iced Americano

Caffe AmericanoNutritional Breakdown 

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Nutrients

Short

(8 fl oz)

Tall

(12 fl oz)

Grande

(16 fl oz)

Venti

(20-24 fl oz)

Calories

5

10

15

15

Total Fat

0 g

0 g

0 g

0 g

Total Carbs

1 g

1 g

2 g

3 g

Sugar

0 g

0 g

0 g

0 g

Protein

0 g

1 g

1 g

1 g

Caffeine

75 mg

150 mg

225 mg

300 mg

Caffe Americano Standard Ingredients
  • Water
  • Brewed Espresso

The Starbucks Caffe Americano is my old faithful. It’s robust yet tasty, consisting of espresso shots with hot water poured over.

Even though it’s literally ‘watered-down’ it still tastes very strong, with full-spectrum flavor notes. 

Just be careful, as when I drink it too fast I get a bit jittery!

A Caffe Americano is a low-calorie Starbucks drink and actually has 0 calories black! 

Tips From a Barista:
  • I love adding a splash of cream or oat milk, but it’s highly customizable to suit any taste.

5. Latte 

Starbucks Latte

Caffè Latte Nutritional Breakdown 

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Nutrients

Short

(8 fl oz)

Tall

(12 fl oz)

Grande

(16 fl oz)

Venti

(20-24 fl oz)

Calories

100

150

190

250

Total Fat

3.5 g

6 g

7 g

9 g

Total Carbs

10 g

15 g

19 g

24 g

Sugar

9 g

14 g

18 g

23 g

Protein

6 g

10 g

13 g

16 g

Caffeine

75 mg

75 mg

150 mg

150 mg

Caffè Latte Standard Ingredients
  • Milk
  • Brewed Espresso.

The Latte is one of the most popular Starbucks orders, essentially replacing the water in an Americano with milk.  

There are tons of different flavor possibilities, but at the heart of every Starbucks latte is a double espresso shot which is topped with steamed milk and a small amount of textured milk foam for a silky smooth and indulgent coffee. 

If you enjoy milky coffee drinks, then a Starbucks caffè latte is the perfect espresso drink for you.  

It’s a very easy to drink coffee, as the espresso flavor is present, but the drink still mostly consists of soft milk and foam. 

6. Cappuccino 

Starbucks Iced Cappuccino

Cappuccino Nutritional Breakdown 

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Nutrients

Short

(8 fl oz)

Tall

(12 fl oz)

Grande

(16 fl oz)

Venti

(20-24 fl oz)

Calories

70

100

140

200

Total Fat

2.5 g

4 g

5 g

8 g

Total Carbs

7 g

10 g

14 g

20 g

Sugar

6 g

9 g

12 g

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Protein

4 g

7 g

9 g

13 g

Caffeine

75 mg

75 mg

150 mg

150 mg

Cappuccino Standard Ingredients
  • Milk
  • Brewed Espresso

I can never go wrong with a Starbucks cappuccino! It’s creamy, luxurious, and has a mouthfeel like no other drink. 

The espresso-based beverage is made with 1/3 espresso, 1/3 steamed milk, and 1/3 frothed milk, so it's similar to a latte but stronger and richer. 

Probably the only thing I’m not a huge fan about is that the foam takes up a large part of “drink” space.

7. Flat White 

Starbucks Flat White

Flat White Nutritional Breakdown 

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Nutrients

Short

(8 fl oz)

Tall

(12 fl oz)

Grande

(16 fl oz)

Venti

(20-24 fl oz)

Calories

50

170

220

290

Total Fat

5 g

9 g

11 g

15 g

Total Carbs

9 g

14 g

18 g

24 g

Sugar

8 g

13 g

17 g

22 g

Protein

6 g

9 g

12 g

15 g

Caffeine

130 mg

130 mg

195 mg

195 mg

Flat White Standard Ingredients
  • Milk
  • Brewed Espresso

The Flat White is an espresso drink that is halfway between a latte and a cappuccino. 

I remember trying it for the first time a decade ago or so, and thinking it was quite milky. However, it’s still strong with ristretto shots, which are basically concentrated espresso. 

The two shots of ristretto in the base of the Flat White are topped with steamed milk and a dot of foam.

It has steamed milk, but much less than a latte, and the signature two shots of espresso make the Flat White taste quite different. 

8. Caffè Mocha 

Starbucks Iced Caffe Mocha

Caffè Mocha Nutritional Breakdown 

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Nutrients

Short

(8 fl oz)

Tall

(12 fl oz)

Grande

(16 fl oz)

Venti

(20-24 fl oz)

Calories

200

290

370

450

Total Fat

9 g

13 g

15 g

18 g

Total Carbs

22 g

33 g

43 g

54 g

Sugar

18 g

27 g

35 g

45 g

Protein

7 g

11 g

14 g

18 g

Caffeine

90 mg

95 mg

175 mg

185 mg

Caffè Mocha Standard Ingredients
  • Milk
  • Brewed Espresso
  • Mocha Sauce 
  • Whipped Cream
  • Vanilla Syrup

I love chocolate and I love coffee, and Starbucks’ Mocha is the perfect melding of the two.

It’s rich, decadent, and I appreciate that it’s not as sweet as many other mochas I’ve tried from other chains.

Starbucks mochas are so sweet and chocolatey that you can barely taste the espresso, but it is there. 

The Caffè Mocha is a mixture of coffee and hot chocolate made with an espresso base, chocolate syrup, steamed milk, and whipped cream topping. 

It’s a nice way to treat myself and break up my normally stronger coffee drink pattern.  

9. Iced Espresso 

Starbucks Iced Espresso

Iced Espresso Nutritional Breakdown 

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Nutrients

Solo

(0.75 fl oz)

Doppio

(1.5 fl oz)

Triple

(2.25 fl oz)

Quad

(3 fl oz)

Calories

5

10

15

20

Total Fat

0 g

0 g

0 g

0 g

Total Carbs

0 g

2 g

3 g

4 g

Sugar

0 g

0 g

0 g

0 g

Protein

0 g

1 g

2 g

2 g

Caffeine

75 mg

150 mg

225 mg

300 mg

Iced Espresso Standard Ingredients
  • Ice
  • Espresso

The iced espresso is a nice shot of energy for the warmer months, and I love grabbing one before the gym.

After all it’s close to no calories and serves up a hefty amount of caffeine! It’s weird how much different the experience can be, just by varying temperature.

It’s made by pouring hot espresso over ice, and I found that even as the ice melts throughout the day, it still tastes quite nice. 

Tips From a Barista:
  • Adding a splash of cream or even a pump of sugar-free syrup makes a big difference!

10. Iced Shaken Espresso 

Starbucks Iced Shaken Vanilla Almondmilk Espresso
Iced Shaken Espresso Standard Ingredients
  • espresso
  • milk
  • classic syrup
  • Ice

I have to say, the Starbucks iced shaken espresso is one of my favorite iced beverages from the chain.  

It’s super easy to make, too.

Take espresso shots, 2% milk, 4 pumps of classic syrup, and ice. 

The barista then hand-shakes it, giving it a frothy texture that I’m obsessed with (I actually bought a handheld frother because of it!). 

The drink is quite sweet, but I can still taste the dominant espresso with every sip.

An iced shaken espresso is a favorite with coffee purists and sweet coffee drinkers alike. It can be ordered in a Tall, Grande, or Venti, and there are 100 calories and 14 grams of sugar in a serving. 

As a Grande contains 3 shots of espresso, it clocks in at a whopping 225mg of caffeine!

11. Iced Latte 

Starbucks Iced Vanilla Latte

Iced Caffè Latte Nutritional Breakdown 

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Nutrients

Tall

(12 fl oz)

Grande

(16 fl oz)

Venti

(20-24 fl oz)

Calories

100

130

180

Total Fat

3.5 g

4.5 g

6 g

Total Carbs

10 g

13 g

18 g

Sugar

9 g

11 g

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Protein

6 g

8 g

12 g

Caffeine

75 mg

150 mg

225 mg

Iced Caffè Latte Standard Ingredients
  • Milk
  • Ice
  • Brewed Espresso

I actually prefer the Iced Latte as the coldness almost makes the milk slightly denser, which I like.

It’s smooth, milky, yet still has a strong espresso flavor perfect for a hot day.[2]

It’s made up of frothy milk and espresso shots, and is highly customizable.

 It has 130 calories, 11 grams of sugar, and 150mg of caffeine in a Grande, which actually isn’t too bad. 

Tips From a Barista:
  • Try adding an extra shot for a stronger taste. 
  • Add 1 pump of hazelnut and 1 pump of vanilla for a more dessert-like experience.

12. Iced Chocolate Almond Milk Shaken Espresso 

Starbucks Iced Chocolate Almond Milk Shaken Espresso

Iced Chocolate Almond Milk Shaken Espresso Nutritional Breakdown 

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Nutrients

Tall

(12 fl oz)

Grande

(16 fl oz)

Venti

(20-24 fl oz)

Calories

80

110

150

Total Fat

2 g

3 g

4 g

Total Carbs

14 g

20 g

27 g

Sugar

11 g

16 g

21 g

Protein

1 g

2 g

3 g

Caffeine

170 mg

255 mg

340 mg

Iced Chocolate Almond Milk Shaken Espresso Standard Ingredients
  • Ice
  • Almond Milk
  • Brewed Espresso
  • Chocolate Malt Powder

The combo of chocolate and nuts is seriously one of the best in the world, in my opinion.

Chocolate and nuts work perfectly together, as they have similar flavor profiles.

This is like some beautiful concoction lying somewhere between a shaken espresso and a chocolate milkshake!  

This Starbucks drink uses the more potent blonde espresso roast, together with cocoa powder and almond milk. 

It's then hand-shaken over ice to give it a frothy and smooth texture.   

In a typically serving there are 110 calories, 16 grams of sugar, and a massive 255mg of caffeine. 

13. Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Espresso 

Starbucks Iced Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso

Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Espresso Nutritional Breakdown 

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Nutrients

Tall

(12 fl oz)

Grande

(16 fl oz)

Venti

(20-24 fl oz)

Calories

100

120

190

Total Fat

2.5 g

3 g

5 g

Total Carbs

17 g

22 g

34 g

Sugar

9 g

12 g

18 g

Protein

1 g

2 g

2 g

Caffeine

170 mg

255 mg

340 mg

Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Espresso Standard Ingredients
  • Ice
  • Oatmilk
  • Brewed Espresso
  • Brown Sugar Syrup

I’m not even a big brown sugar fan, but one of my local baristas recently turned me on to the Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Espresso and I could not believe how good it was. 

The nutty oat milk combined with the brown sugar syrup tasted like my favorite oatmeal as a kid, evoking instantly cozy and comforting vibes. 

Starbucks makes it by mixing blonde espresso, brown sugar syrup, and cinnamon flavorings. It’s then topped with oat milk and hand shaken over ice. 

There are 120 calories, 13 grams of sugar, and 255mg of caffeine in a Tall.

14. Iced Toasted Vanilla Oat Shaken Espresso 

Starbucks Iced Toasted Vanilla Oatmilk Shaken Espresso

Iced Toasted Vanilla Oat Shaken Espresso Nutritional Breakdown 

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Nutrients

Tall

(12 fl oz)

Grande

(16 fl oz)

Venti

(20-24 fl oz)

Calories

100

140

190

Total Fat

3.5 g

4.5 g

6 g

Total Carbs

17 g

23 g

32 g

Sugar

8 g

11 g

16 g

Protein

1 g

2 g

3 g

Caffeine

170 mg

255 mg

340 mg

Iced Toasted Vanilla Oat Shaken Espresso Standard Ingredients
  • Ice
  • Oat milk
  • Brewed Espresso
  • Toasted Vanilla Flavored Syrup

This one is a close second for me in terms of shaken espressos.

It combines Starbucks blonde espresso with caramelized vanilla flavorings, oat milk, and ice to give you a high-energy treat. 

The espresso isn't as prominent in this iced coffee, and while you can still taste some of the bold flavors, it's definitely sweeter than the other shaken espresso drinks Starbucks offers.  

There are 140 calories, 11 grams of sugar, and 255mg of caffeine in a single serving, so it definitely packs a punch.

15. Espresso Frappuccino 

Starbucks Espresso Frappuccino

Espresso Frappuccino Nutritional Breakdown 

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Nutrients

Tall

(12 fl oz)

Grande

(16 fl oz)

Venti

(20-24 fl oz)

Calories

140

210

290

Total Fat

1.5 g

2.5 g

4 g

Total Carbs

29 g

43 g

58 g

Sugar

28 g

42 g

56 g

Protein

2 g

3 g

4 g

Caffeine

125 mg

155 mg

185 mg

Espresso Frappuccino Standard Ingredients
  • Ice
  • Milk
  • Coffee Frappuccino Syrup 
  • Coffee
  • Brewed Espresso

Frappuccinos are known for being one of the most indulgent Starbucks drinks on the menu, and the Espresso Frappuccino is the only one with espresso as the base. 

This gives it a bolder taste, blending espresso, ice, and milk, giving it a thick and frothy texture that tastes similar to a coffee milkshake.  

A Tall has 210 calories, 46 grams of sugar, and 155mg of caffeine. 

16. Affogato Frappuccino  

Starbucks Almondmilk White Chocolate Affogato Frappuccino
Affogato Frappuccino Standard Ingredients
  • espresso
  • Ice
  • Milk
  • Crème Frappuccino Syrup
  • Whipped Cream
  • Vanilla Syrup
  • Vanilla Bean Powder
  • java chips

An Affogato is a classic Italian dessert that mixes ice cream and espresso to create a rich and sweet drink.[3]

The Starbucks Affogato Frappuccino is a secret menu espresso drink, not found on the regular menu. 

It doesn't mirror the traditional Affogato exactly, but the ingredients blend together to give you a sweet, creamy, coffee delicacy.  

I definitely wouldn’t order it every day or even every week, but I love ordering it when I’m craving dessert! 

There are about 250 calories in a serving, 50 grams of sugar, and 85mg of caffeine from the mixture of whipped cream, chocolate, and sweetened milk. 

How To Order Affogato Frappuccino
  • Ask the barista for a vanilla bean Frappuccino, with a single shot of espresso poured in, 1 scoop of java chips, and whipped cream on the top.

17. The Happy Shot 

Starbucks Hot Blonde Americano with Milk
The Happy Shot Standard Ingredients
  • Choice of Syrup
  • espresso
  • heavy cream

This secret menu espresso drink is a quick way to put a smile on my face and some energy straight to the bloodstream! 

The cream adds a bit of richness to the drink, and the syrup adds some sweetness. 

This helps to balance out the slight bitterness of the rich espresso and makes the Starbucks happy shot much easier to drink. 

There are typically around 80 calories, 25 grams of sugar, and 150mg of caffeine in this secret menu espresso drink, and it’s a popular alternative to a caramel macchiato. 

Plus, it only costs $2, so it’s a more affordable way to get a big hit of caffeine.  

How To Order The Happy Shot
  • Ask  barista for 2 pumps of your favorite syrup (vanilla syrup works well), two shots of espresso, and cream (heavy cream not whipped cream). 

How To Order Starbucks Espresso Drinks

Starbucks uses espresso as the base for most of their most popular coffee drinks.

The espresso itself comes in different sizes, and Starbucks espresso-based drinks are typically offered in demi, short, tall, grande, and venti.

All of them can be customized with syrups, toppings, milk alternatives, and so on.

Hot Starbucks espresso drinks can be enjoyed with a decaf blend, but this isn’t an option for the cold espresso drinks.  

Starbucks espresso beverages tend to cost between $2 and $4 depending on the size and style of drink. 

Extra syrups and toppings cost around $0.30 more, and an extra espresso shot is about $0.50. 

I often order my favorite espresso beverages through the Starbucks app to skip the lines, and I can also check the price and calorie content beforehand, which I love. 

Common Starbucks Espresso Drink Questions 

What Starbucks drink has 2 shots of espresso? 

A Starbucks Dopio Espresso has 2 shots of espresso.

What is the sweetest espresso drink? 

The sweetest espresso drink is the Espresso Frappuccino or the Caffe Mocha. 

How much extra is 3 shots of espresso at Starbucks? 

3 extra shots of espresso at Starbucks will cost around $3.75.

Conclusion - Try These Espresso Drinks Today!

I’m such a fan of Starbucks espresso drinks, and these 17 are at the top of my list. 

There’s really something for every mood and preference, from sweet and blended to hot and bold. 

My favorites are the Shaken Iced Espresso as it’s low in calories and tastes great, as well as the Cappuccino which is creamy, comforting, and heavy in caffeine!

References:

1. https://www.starbucks.com/menu/product/412/hot

2. https://www.starbucks.com/menu/product/407/iced

3. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/affogato

Caitlin Shaffer

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Caitlin Shaffer
Caitlin Shaffer, is a knowledgeable coffee expert and passionate writer. Her articles are a mix of personal experiences, insights gained from her travels, and interviews, offering an extensive view of the global coffee scene. Caitlin enjoys embarking on new travel adventures, often to destinations celebrated for their unique coffee offerings, from Indonesia to Italy and Colombia, adding a worldly flavor to her articles. Her go-to coffee? Cold brew with homemade vanilla syrup – a personal favorite that keeps her love for coffee fresh and exciting.

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