If you have yet to jump on the matcha train, you may just be missing out on your favorite Starbucks drink.
Although green tea has been around for several millenniums, it has risen to great popularity in America and other Western nations in recent years. This is thanks in part to the newfound popularity of matcha, a green tea whose leaves are dried and crushed until they reach a powdery form.
The rise of specialized coffee and coffee stores is primarily responsible for green tea and matcha’s newfound popularity. You now can find many varieties of green tea drinks at most coffee stores.
In true capitalist fashion, Starbucks has taken this trend and run with it, and their menu now has green tea staples that are listed year-round, along with seasonal drinks featured for brief periods.
Below, we’ll break down the different green tea options available at Starbucks while also answering some commonly asked questions to new tea drinkers, so keep reading!
Iced or Frozen Green Teas and Matchas
Having a chill, sweet iced tea is so refreshing and cooling on a hot summer day. Starbucks offers multiple varieties of green tea you can get iced, while also offering iced lattes and frappuccinos that give green tea a whole new makeover.
Iced Green Tea
Iced Green Tea – With mint, lemon verbena, and lemongrass shaken in, this smooth and sweet-tasting tea offers a very refreshing drink!
Iced Matcha Lemonade
Iced Matcha Lemonade – Green tea powder mixed with lemonade is a delightful combo that is refreshingly sweet and sour.
Iced Green Tea Lemonade
Iced Green Tea Lemonade – The green tea mixed with lemonade brings a different flavor profile than the matcha as the green tea brings flavors of mint and lemon that help enhance the freshness of the lemonade.
Iced Peach Green Tea
Iced Peach Green Tea – Get a staple favorite mixed with a seasonal fruit syrup and juice blend. You may see peach, strawberry, or pineapple featured throughout the summer and mixed with the green tea classics.
Iced Peach Green Tea Lemonade
Iced Peach Green Tea Lemonade – Add the peach green tea combo with lemonade to add more layers of refreshing flavors.
Iced Matcha Tea Latte
Iced Matcha Tea Latte – With a milk base, green tea powder is finely whipped and poured over ice to create a creamy and delicious umami drink with an earthy flavor.
Matcha Creme Frappuccino
Matcha Creme Frappuccino – In their popular frappuccino style, you can get a blended frozen version of matcha and milk that is topped with whipped cream and sweetened to perfection.
Creating Your Own Iced Matcha Drink – Matcha is now available as an additive to almost any Starbucks drink when you customize it. If you’re a fan of Starbucks Matcha, try mixing it in with other refreshing iced drinks such as the Iced London Fog Latte with Matcha, Iced Passion Tango Tea with Matcha, or even an Iced Chai with Matcha.
Hot Green Tea and Matcha
Starbucks offers hot tea options that are delicious and flavorful and will warm you up on a cold day.
Jade Citrus Mint Green Tea
Jade Citrus Mint Green Tea – With tasting notes of lemongrass, spearmint, and lemon verbena, this tea brings a citrus haven to your taste buds that is simply delightful and refreshing.
Emperor’s Clouds & Mist
Emperor’s Clouds & Mist – cultivated high in the mountains, this tea lives up to its name by bringing a smokey undertone to its flavor profile that is sweet and musky.
Honey Citrus Mint Tea
Honey Citrus Mint Tea – Mixing the Jade Citrus Mint tea, Peach Tranquility tea, and steamed lemonade, this hot drink combines so many delicious flavors for a sweet and citrusy blend of perfection.
Matcha Green Tea Latte
Matcha Green Tea Latte – This is a very popular drink for Starbucks customers during autumn and winter. Much like its iced counterpart, a Matcha Latte has a steamed milk base with a Matcha blend mixed in and is finished off with a few pumps of vanilla syrup. It’s a flavorful latte that is delicious and unique. Add flavors like lavender or rose for a nature-inspired drink.
Here is a layout of Starbucks’ Green Tea and Matcha drinks for a quick reference guide. (Information is based on a Grande size.)
|Milk Based?||Caffeine||Calories||Starbucks Stars|
|Iced Matcha Tea Latte||Yes||80mg||200||200|
|Iced Matcha Lemonade||No||80mg||120||200|
|Iced Green Tea Lemonade||No||25mg||50||200|
|Iced Green Tea||No||25mg||0||100|
|Iced Peach Green Tea||No||25mg||60||200|
|Iced Peach Green Tea Lemonade||No||25mg||80||200|
|Matcha Green Tea Latte||Yes||80mg||240||200|
|Emperor’s Clouds & Mist||No||16mg||0||100|
|Honey Citrus Mint Tea||No||16mg||130||200|
|Jade Citrus Mint Green Tea||No||40mg||0||100|
|Matcha Creme Frappuccino||Yes||70mg||420||200|
Green Tea and Matcha for at Home
Obsessed with all things green tea and matcha now? Make some of these delicious drinks at home yourself with our Starbucks-copy-cat recipes!
Check out these recipes for making at home:
- Iced Strawberry Oat Milk Matcha Latte
- Earth Day Matcha Latte
- Iced Vanilla Matcha Latte
- Matcha Latte
- Green Tea Latte
What kind of green tea drinks does Starbucks have?
Starbucks has a variety of green tea drinks available, from hot teas to iced teas to matcha lattes. See the lists above for an overview of all Starbucks green tea drinks.
How healthy is Starbucks green tea?
Green tea has a variety of health benefits and is considered a superfood due to its high volume of vitamins and antioxidants that help fight infection and disease.
Although green tea has many great health benefits, keep in mind that many Starbucks green tea drinks have added sugars and other ingredients that may not be as beneficial. Drinking one of Starbucks’ hot green teas is the best way to maximize the health benefits of green tea.
Is Starbucks green tea the same as matcha?
Starbucks has both green tea drinks and matcha drinks available. Matcha is a type of green tea that is ground into powder form for a better flavor profile and health benefits. However, matcha tends to be more bitter than loose-leaf green tea, and Starbucks often adds sweeteners to counter its bitter taste.