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Our Favorite Starbucks Matcha Drinks to Try

If you’re a fan of coffee, there’s no better place to enjoy the best brews than Starbucks.

Green tea frappe with whipped-cream at Starbucks coffee

I can’t start my morning without ordering a drink that matches my preferences. Regardless if you like hot or iced coffee, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

If there’s something on Starbucks’ menu that keeps me coming back for more, it’s their matcha drinks. Their vegetal, nutty, sweet, and bitter flavor notes blend nicely to create a flavorful sensation in every sip. Matcha has plenty of health benefits, such as being high in antioxidants.

Check out my list of the best Starbucks matcha drinks you should order during your next visit.


Matcha Tea Latte

Starting off this list of the best Starbucks matcha drinks is their Matcha Tea Latte, one of their most popular hot drinks.

Matcha Green tea latte at Starbucks Cafe Coffee

It’s a creative matcha version of the classic latte with the same creaminess.

It contains sweetened matcha powder and hot, steamed milk, enhancing its richness.

Its milk balances out the matcha powder’s earthy flavor, making it the perfect brew for anyone who prefers brews with lower flavor intensities.

The amount of matcha powder scoops per brew depends on the size you order, ranging from one for short and four for venti.

This matcha drink contains 80 milligrams of caffeine per 16-ounce serving.


Cha Cha Latte (Secret Menu)

Curious about trying Starbucks’ secret menu items? Then, consider ordering their Cha Cha Latte.

Flavor-wise, it incorporates the sweet yet bitter taste of a traditional Matcha Tea Latte with the spiciness of Starbucks chai, giving the beverage a bold yet appealing flavor blend.

I like treating myself to this beverage whenever I crave something different to wake me up.

If you want to order the Cha Cha Latte, order your Matcha Tea Latte with chai syrup instead of their classic syrup.

Besides chai syrup, its primary ingredients include milk and matcha powder. The Cha Cha Latte tastes best when served hot.


Green Tea Matcha 

Green Tea Matcha is among the best Starbucks matcha drinks with the most potent flavors.

starbucks iced matcha

Unlike their standard Matcha Tea Latte, it doesn’t contain milk, replacing it with hot water to blend the matcha tea powder.

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Green Tea Matcha isn’t as creamy as Starbucks’ matcha lattes, reducing its sweetness.

This antioxidant-rich, dairy-free beverage is a must-have for anyone looking for a drink they can enjoy if they’re sensitive to dairy.

It’s an excellent, healthier alternative for anyone looking for a menu item with fewer calories than other matcha drinks.

Although many order Green Tea Matcha with hot water, I like ordering mine as an iced drink.


Matcha Crème Frappuccino

Frappuccinos are one of Starbucks’ most well-known coffee menu items, so why not spice up your day with their Matcha Crème Frappuccino?

Starbucks coffee shop is green tea matcha latte

It has a thick layer of whipped cream that enhances its sweetness. Anyone with a sweet tooth shouldn’t skip out on this beverage during their next coffee run.

I prefer ordering a grande Matcha Crème Frappuccino with three pumps of classic syrup as an occasional treat because of its high-calorie content.

Other ingredients include ice, milk, and Crème Frappuccino syrup containing citric acid.

This drink contains 70 milligrams of caffeine, making it ideal for anyone trying to reduce their intake.


Matcha Pink Drink 

The Matcha Pink Drink is the perfect Starbucks matcha drink for anyone looking for colorful drinks to indulge in at any time of day.

Its hints of strawberry make it one of this list’s sweeter and fruitier drink options, overpowering most of the matcha powder’s vegetal and bitter notes.

The only way you can order this drink is by getting a Pink Drink Refresher and topping it with vanilla cold foam blended with a scoop of matcha powder.

Its recipe includes coconut milk, giving it plenty of thickness. I love ordering this cold drink whenever I need to quench my thirst on a hot day.


Green Drink (Secret Menu)

Another secret menu option you should consider trying is Starbucks’ Green Drink.

It’s an iced black tea with coconut milk as a substitute for water and at least one scoop of matcha powder, shaken to perfection.

The coconut milk’s subtle sweetness and nuttiness blend well with the black tea’s bitter flavor profile. 

The matcha powder gives the drink its signature green appearance and an earthy aroma, enhancing its appeal to anyone interested in trying something new.

Like many of Starbucks’ drinks, it has a smooth texture that’s easy to swallow.

Its antioxidant-rich properties make it healthier than many of Starbucks’ most popular drinks.


Iced Matcha Lemonade

One of the best Starbucks matcha drinks, ideal for anyone taking a break from coffee, is Iced Matcha Lemonade.

It’s a simple drink that combines lemonade and matcha powder, but its simplicity enhances its appeal.

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It tastes tangy yet sweet with earthy undertones, making it stand out from drinks with bold, bitter flavors.

This drink has 80 milligrams of caffeine to give you plenty of energy throughout the day without tiring you out too quickly.

I love enjoying an Iced Matcha Lemonade on a warm, sunny summer day to beat the heat. Regardless of the size you order, this drink is under 250 calories.


Iced Matcha Tea Latte

Another refreshing iced matcha drink Starbucks offers is its Iced Matcha Tea Latte.

It’s served with milk over ice, mixed with a matcha tea blend, making it the perfect treat for anyone who prefers iced drinks over hot ones.

It’s sweet and has a smooth texture. Unlike its hot counterpart, you can’t order it with milk foam.

This drink contains 80 milligrams of caffeine, like its hot counterpart, letting you enjoy something tasty and cold while feeling good.

If you’ve got a sweet tooth, you can enhance its flavor with whipped cream or a few pumps of your favorite syrups.


Iced Pineapple Matcha Drink

Finding quality matcha drinks can feel challenging if you’re sensitive to dairy, but Starbucks’ Iced Pineapple Matcha Drink is worth trying.

Its formula includes coconut milk and pineapple ginger syrup. As a fan of sweet, fruity flavors, this drink is the closest thing to a tropical paradise any time of the year.

If you’re not a fan of matcha tea’s earthy notes, the hints of pineapple and ginger counteract its flavors, making it easier for matcha newcomers to get accustomed to its taste.

Consider adding a few pumps of honey blend syrup to enhance its sweetness. I like ordering it because it’s under 200 calories.


Peppermint Pow Frappuccino (Secret Menu)

Wrapping up this list of the best Starbucks matcha drinks is their Peppermint Pow Frappuccino.

Although strong peppermint-flavored drinks might not appeal to some, this secret menu item is refreshing and creamy, encouraging curious Starbucks fans to try something outside their comfort zone. 

You can try this minty matcha drink by ordering a Vanilla Bean Crème Frappuccino with a few pumps of peppermint syrup and a scoop of matcha powder.

Consider topping it with whipped cream to enhance its creaminess. 

Like most Frappuccinos, it contains ice, milk, and syrup. It’s packed with sugar, so you should consider ordering it occasionally if you’re trying to track your calories.

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Written by Brian Nagele

Brian attended West Virginia University, then started his career in the IT industry before following his passion for marketing and hospitality. He has over 20 years experience in the restaurant and bar industry.

As a former restaurant owner, he knows about running a food business and loves to eat and enjoy cocktails on a regular basis. He constantly travels to new cities tasting and reviewing the most popular spots.

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