There is a surprising amount of sugar in Starbucks' drinks. Peppermint hot chocolate? 61 grams. White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino? 67 grams. Caramel apple spice? 68 grams. But Starbucks also sells some sugar-free drinks, including a few coffee and tea drinks that you're sure to enjoy.
Sugar-Free Starbucks Coffee
When it comes to sugar-free coffee, you want to order something with no additives. Cream and milk will add sugar to a standard cup of coffee, which alone is naturally sugar-free.
At Starbucks, you also want to avoid ordering the regular iced coffee. They add syrup to sweeten that drink so it actually has 20 grams of sugar. When in doubt, ask your barista if they add syrup to drinks such as that one.
However, you can enjoy some great cups of black coffee at Starbucks, including these:
- Blonde Roast
- Clover Brewed Coffee
- Nitro Cold Brew Coffee
- Pike Place Roast (regular and decaf)
- Starbucks Cold Brew Coffee
Sugar-Free Starbucks Espresso Drinks
Espresso drinks are often made with milk, cream, or similar ingredients that contain sugar. Unfortunately, your choices here are limited, but if you stick to one of these drinks, your trip to Starbucks will remain sugar-free.
- Blonde Caffè Americano
- Caffè Americano
- Espresso Macchiato
- Iced Caffè Americano
- Iced Blonde Caffè Americano
The espresso macchiato may throw you off because it's a cup of espresso topped with a little foam milk. Starbucks' website says that this drink has no sugar, no matter what type of milk you request. A number of other online nutrition calculators also say that the drink (not specifically from Starbucks) also has zero grams of sugar; at least one website says it has 1 gram.
In general, 2 percent milk has 12 grams of sugar per cup. Since only 1 to 2 teaspoons of foamed milk are used for the espresso macchiato, what tiny amount of sugar the milk would contribute does not register in nutrition information.
Sugar-Free Starbucks Teas
As with coffee, the sugar-free tea drinks found at Starbucks are going to be those without sweeteners or additives. Tea lattes, lemonades, and even most of the iced tea drinks will all have sugars from milk, cream, or syrup. Your best bet is to order a classic cup of brewed tea.
- Comfort Wellness Brewed Tea
- Emperor's Cloud and Mist Green Tea
- Jade Citrus Mint Green Tea
- Mint Majesty Herbal Tea
- Passion Tango Herbal Tea
- Peach Tranquility Herbal Tea
- Rev Up Wellness Brewed Tea
- Royal English Breakfast Tea
- Teavana Earl Grey Brewed Tea
- Teavana Organic Chai Tea
- Youthberry White Tea