Strong Coffee at Starbucks

The Strongest Coffee at Starbucks [13 types compared]

I have been at Starbucks multiple times and every time I’ve been I am bewildered with the number of coffee types they serve and have always wondered the strongest coffee amongst them.
In particular, I’m fond of the strong aromatic types and always try to experiment with different types from their menu.

In this post, I’ll share some of the strongest coffee types at Starbucks that you can get at your local store.
The strongest coffee here would mean the amount of caffeine content per serving and not the flavor or the roast level.

The caffeine is one of the prime reasons we all love coffee, true right ?. Let’s deep dive and see a comparison of a few of the Strongest Coffee at Starbucks which should ease out your confusion, next time you are at their store.

Serving sizes at Starbucks

Starbucks tries to cater to varied types of its customer, some of them might require a small drink while some usually prefer a tall cup.
Generally, the portion sizes are :

  • Short (8 ounces)
  • Tall (12 ounces)
  • Grande (16 ounces)
  • Venti (20 ounces)
  • Venti Iced (24 ounces)

For this article, we’ll compare the drinks on 12-ounce cup size.
We’ll use the Starbucks menu as our guide, so to begin you can check here that every solo shot of expresso contains 75 mg of caffeine.

1.Clover Brewed Breakfast Blend (280mg caffeine / 12 fl oz)

This is one gem of a cup and is a premium amongst other types. Out of multiple types of coffee available brewed using this technique, I prefer to choose breakfast blend as its a good to have morning blend that will make sure you are active throughout the day.

Clover brewing technique is itself an art, and if you could find one you must try it. The technique is a perfect mixture of exquisite balance, depth of flavor, and aroma. The brewing is done with the help of vacuum press technology in conjunction with precise control over water temperature and brew time.

Clover Brewed Breakfast Blend is so far the strongest and compared to a plain expresso shot is also around 4 times stronger in caffeine content
This has a lot of character and caffeine content and will keep you hook at work with its 280 mg of caffeine content per Tall.

2.Blonde Roast (270mg caffeine / 12 fl oz)

This is the type that can be enjoyed in plain as well as in flavored form. If you like milk and sugar or enjoy flavors like vanilla, hazelnut or caramel this is your type. It also features a strong caffeine content that will make sure you are active and focussed at work.

Its a lightly roasted coffee that is rich in flavors and aroma. In terms of caffeine content, this type also holds about 270mg of caffeine per 12 fl oz.

It tastes sweeter, less bitter and is also available at most of the stores, unlike the clover brewed ones.

3.Pike Place Roast (235 mg caffeine / 12 fl oz)

This is one type that is Seattle’s favorite. It gets its name from the Pike Place Market at Seattle and is now a worldwide thing. Pike Place Roast coffee is a brewed coffee and thus has a high content of caffeine in it. The coffee is created using a blend of Latin American beans with nuts and chocolate.

The brewed form is rich in caffeine and tastes stronger than the blonde roast. A single 12 fl oz cup can fetch you about 235 mg caffeine content.
You can get this signature form customized as per your liking

4.Nitro Cold Brew (215 mg / 12 fl oz)

This is a batch of surprise drinks that you can enjoy if you like cold brews. Nitro Cold brew is slowly steeped for long hours which allows it to have a sweet, flavorful aroma without the addition of any sugar. The taste is smooth and has a velvety cream texture on top.

The type gets its name from a technique in which the brewed coffee is infused with nitrogen, which gives it a foamy texture and smooth mouthfeel.

It also has a good caffeine content and caters to about 215 mg of caffeine in its Tall variant.

Strong Coffee at Starbucks

5.Nitro Cold Brew with Salted Cream Cold Foam (200 mg / 12 fl oz)

The coffee is brewed for long hours and then nitrogen is infused to provide it a velvety-smooth texture. With the sweetness of caramel and topped with salted cold foam, this is one of the finest forms of cold coffee at Starbucks.

One tall cup of Nitro Cold Brew with Salted Cream Cold Foam fetches about 200 mg of caffeine.

6.Featured Dark Roast (195mg / 12 fl oz)

This is a trademark blend that has a separate fan following and is a popular choice amongst dark roasts.
The featured dark roast is high in caffeine content and is thus more stringent and bitter in taste. The coffee speaks of Starbuck’s roasting and blending artistry and is a prime specimen of a drink that is bold and robust in flavor.

The high amount of caffeine makes it perfect type to be in our list and a single cup of 12 ounces will have about 195mg of caffeine content, quite sufficient to keep you tight all day.

7.Starbucks Blonde Caffe Americano (170mg / 12 fl oz)

Blonde Caffe Americano is a classic hot drink and a popular choice nowadays. It’s a type of Americano which already is a popular preparation.

Its preparation involves the use of Expresso shots which is then poured with hot water to produce a very light layer of creme. Starbucks uses its blonde roast to provide an extra-smooth and a subtle sweet taste.

A 12-ounce cup of Starbucks Blonde Caffe Americano will give you a punch of 170mg of caffeine. Since the drink is made of expresso shots you can always customize it and get an extra boost of 85 mg caffeine by adding one more shot.

8.Starbucks Cold Brew Coffee (155mg / 12 fl oz)

Strongest Coffee at Starbucks

If you find your taste in icy-cold,slowly-steeped coffee, Starbucks Cold Brew Coffee is for you.

This icy brew is a product of extreme patience as its preparation involves steeping it for about 20 hours in cold water. The blend that Starbuck use is made such that it can stand long steep duration and
release super-smooth aromatic flavors.

Its a perfect and refreshing summer drink.If you plan on enjoying Starbucks Cold Brew Coffee you have to consume about 155mg of caffeine for a Tall, 12-ounce cup.

9.Iced Almondmilk Honey Flat White with Starbucks® Blonde Espresso (150 mg / 12 fl oz)

I have not covered flat white coffee since they are generally on a lower side in terms of caffeine but this variant has all the goodness you can think of. It’s an iced flat white that make use of almond milk with 2 ristretto shots. Its topped with hints of honey to create a cool, creamy and nutty sweetness.

If you think the flat white is not good for your caffeine buzz you might have to reconsider. This special one can get you about 150 mg of caffeine in one Tall, 12-ounce cup, amazing right?

10.Cold Brew with Cascara Cold Foam (145 mg / 12 fl oz)

This is for all the coffee lovers who enjoy a bit of sweetness in their drink. Cascara is Spanish for ‘husk,’ and the fruit of the coffee cherry is used to give the coffee a subtle, lightly sweet flavor.
You can consider Cascara syrup as a blend of dark brown sugar and maple syrup in taste.

The Cold Brew with Cascara Cold Foam coffee at Starbucks is prepared by adding sweetened cold foam with cascara syrup along with some iced cold brew which is then finished with some vanilla syrup.
So if you are planning to enjoy a good cold coffee this is a great one to try.

The amount of caffeine in a 12-ounce cup is also on an average side and one serving of it will fetch you about 145mg of caffeine.

11.Espresso Frappuccino® Blended Beverage (125 mg / 12 fl oz)

This list would be incomplete without a mention of Starbucks popular Espresso Frappuccino® Blended Beverage. Frappuccino for those who don’t know is a trademarked brand of the Starbucks Corporation for a line of iced, blended coffee drinks.

The drink is prepared by mixing espresso shot with milk and by blending it with some Frappuccino roast and ice. The final product is a sipping joy of goodness that is rich enough in caffeine.
A single Tall will fetch you about 125mg of caffeine.

12.Iced Coffee (120 mg / 12 fl oz)

This is a classic version of iced coffee which though is very common but has a peculiar taste to it. It generally is served with 3 pumps of classic syrup with lots of ice with the freshly steeped coffee blend.
If you want you can get it customized and have some milk added or try it with some sugar-free vanilla syrup.

Iced coffee also has a humble amount of caffeine with one Tall getting about 120 mg of it which is sufficient to provide an absolutely, seriously, refreshingly lift to any day.

13.Starbucks Double Shot Energy (120 mg / 12 fl oz)

This one is a new addition to Starbucks collection and is different from all the other types listed above. This time Starbucks has tried to penetrate the energy drinks market with this version of the canned coffee variant available in three flavors Vanilla, Coffee, and Mocha.

The product is being marketed with a catchphrase “Wake up with Starbucks Doubleshot, Stay up with new Starbucks Doubleshot Energy + Coffee”, which seems to be doing a pretty decent job so far.
With restricted supply, you might not find it in most of the stores but give a try on Amazon and let us know if it holds up to the hype.

Comparison Chart:

Starbucks Coffee VariantCaffeine Content per Tall

Final Thoughts :

Being a huge coffee fan, I keep experimenting with the various types of drinks that show up in the market. Starbucks, in particular, is one big giant and has a lot of potential drink options that we can try.

In this article, I have tried to put forward the top Starbucks drinks in terms of caffeine content.Out of all the 13 types listed above, you can start with some drink with average caffeine content and then move towards the stronger coffee.
I would, however, advise you to never exceed the recommended dosage of caffeine for a healthy adult which is around 400mg.

If you have tried multiple types from the above list without knowing the amount of caffeine in it, let me know in the comment section about the Strongest Starbucks coffee that you ever drank.
I’ll try to come up with similar comparisons on Starbucks products in my future articles.

Thanks for reading through it.
Stay Healthy, Stay Safe 🙂

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