Pink Drink Caffeine Vs Coffee - How Does Pink Drink Weigh Up

Pink Drink Caffeine Vs Coffee – How Does Pink Drink Weigh Up?

Last updated on October 27th, 2023 at 17:39

The comparison of Pink Drink Caffeine Vs Coffee is something that is often asked as many lovers of this iconic Instagram worthy drink want to know not only how much caffeine it has but what it is comparable to in terms of the coffee drink equivalent.

In this article I’ll compare the Pink Drink to coffee in other aspects, namely the sugar content and the calorie count.

Keep reading for the full details!

Starbucks Pink Drink Caffeine Vs Coffee

Let’s see how much caffeine is in a Starbucks Strawberry Acai refresher, better known as the Starbucks Pink Drink.

To be straight and clear, the Starbucks pink drink has 35 mg to 90 mg of caffeine with the amount varying based on the different drink sizes.

Let’s see how that weights up in comparison to some popular Starbucks drinks in a neat and easy-to-read table (see below).

Drink Size Pink Drink Espresso Latte  Cappuccino Mocha Latte Macchiato
Tall 12 Oz (360 ml) 35 mg Solo (single shot) 75 mg 75 mg 75 mg. 95 mg 150 mg
Grande 16 Oz (480 ml) 45 mg Doppio (Double Shot) 150 mg. 150 mg 150 mg. 175 mg 225 mg
Venti 24 Oz (720 ml). 70 mg N/A 150 mg 150 mg 185 mg 225 mg
Trenta 30 Oz (900 ml) 90 mg N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

The caffeine content comes from the green coffee extract which is in the Strawberry Acai refresher base.

The use of the green coffee does not make it a coffee drink or make it taste like coffee at all for two reasons: it’s a green coffee extract, and green coffee is unroasted coffee beans.

Starbucks Pink Drink Caffeine Vs Coffee
A Homemade Pink Drink

Read: How much caffeine is in a venti Pink Drink?

Pink Drink Caffeine Vs Coffee Calories

Knowing how many calories are in the drinks at Starbucks, be it something delicious and appetizing from the Starbucks Refreshers drink list or their coffee beverages, is something to be aware of regardless of whether you are on a diet or not.

They don’t have the reputation of serving liquid cakes for no reason! There is some foundation to that allegation in my opinion!

Let’s see how the Starbucks pink drink compares to other popular coffee beverages at Starbucks in terms of total calories.

Drink Size Pink Drink Espresso Latte Cappuccino Caffe Mocha Caramel Macchiato
Tall 12 Oz (360 ml) 110 Solo (single shot) 5 150 100 290 190
Grande 16 Oz (480 ml) 140 Doppio (Double Shot) 10 190 140 370 250
Venti 24 Oz (720 ml). 200 N/A 250 200 450 310
Trenta 30 Oz (900 ml) 270 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

It is clear that the Starbucks Pink Drink is fairly reasonable in regard to the calorie count and that the pink drink is better than the other popular drinks listed other than a shot of espresso.

Pink Drink Caffeine Vs Coffee Sugar

You don’t need to be diabetic or prediabetic to monitor your sugar intake. Those blood sugar monitor are not just for diabetic people, they are for smart people that take a preventative action against the horrible disease.

I have one, simply because I am well aware of my sweet tooth.

Starbucks, unfortunately, many of their drinks are high in sugar, as indicated in the table below.

Drink Size Pink Drink Espresso Latte Cappuccino Caffe Mocha Caramel Macchiato
Tall 12 Oz (360 ml) 19 g Solo (Single Shot) O g 14 g 14 g 27 g 25 g
Grande 16 Oz (480 ml) 25 g Doppio (Double Shot) O g 18 g 18 g 35 g 33 g
Venti 24 Oz (720 ml). 36 g N/A 23 g 23 g 45 g 42 g
Trenta 30 Oz (900 ml) 50 g N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

To put the amount of caffeine that is in the Pink Drink and other popular coffee drinks at Starbucks, let’s consider what the American Heart Association considers as a safe limit, which is:

  • Women: 27 grams per day.
  • Men: 36 grams per day.

It is clear that many of the drinks can be considered as high in sugar. It is my opinion that any drink with more than 10 grams (2 teaspoons of sugar) is a lot.

You can take positive action and request sugar-free syrup like a sugar-free vanilla syrup and consider alternative sweeteners available like Stevia and honey.

Pink Drink Caffeine Vs Coffee Calories
A More Decadent Homemade Pink Drink

Read: Is the pink drink caffeine free?

How Much Caffeine Is In A Pink Drink Venti?

The caffeine content of a Venti 24 Oz (720 ml) Pink Drink at Starbucks is 70 mg of caffeine, which is more than a single shot of espresso at a regular coffee shop which has 65 mg of caffeine and every so slightly less than 75 mg of caffeine in a Starbucks espresso.

How Much Caffeine In Pink Drink Trenta?

The amount of caffeine that you will find in a Trenta Starbucks Pink Drink is more than what you will get in a single shot of espresso for Starbucks as it has 90 mg of caffeine which is the same as a Short 8 Oz (240 ml) Caffe Mocha.

How To Order Pink Drink Without Caffeine

It is very easy to order a Pink Drink without caffeine. Ask for the drink to be made without the Starbucks Via Instant refresher Strawberry lemonade and ask for either Hibiscus tea or Passion Tango Tea as the replacement ingredient.

Frequently Asked Questions About Pink Drink Caffeine Vs Coffee

Is There A Lot Of Caffeine In Pink Drink?

There is caffeine in the Starbucks pink drink. It is lightly caffeinated as the smallest drink size is 12 Oz (360 ml) and has the same amount of caffeine as a can of coca-cola.

The largest two drink sizes, a Venti 24 Oz (720 ml) has 70 mg of caffeine and a Trenta 30 Oz (900 ml) has 90 mg of caffeine and are high in caffeine due to the volume.

The caffeine content is from the green coffee extract.

Is There Caffeine In Starbuck Pink Drink?

Yes, the Starbucks strawberry acai refresher has caffeine. The amount ranges from 35 mg to 90 mg depending on the drink size.

Is The Pink Drink Considered Coffee?

No, the Pink drink is a Starbucks refresher and is not considered a coffee beverage as it does not contain brewed coffee or the taste of coffee. It does contain green coffee extract, that is all it is an extract.

Read: Pink Drink caffeine

Do Pink Drinks Dehydrate You?

No, you can get good hydration from Starbucks refreshers like the Strawberry acai refresher, which is better known as the Pink Drink. It contains nutrient and coconut milk, meaning it has electrolytes, which are great for hydration.

What Is The Starbucks Pink Drink Equivalent To?

The Starbucks pink drink is the equivalent to the following drinks based on the caffeine content:

  • Tall 12 Oz (360 ml): 35 mg, can of Coca-Cola.
  • Grande 16 Oz (480 ml): 45 mg, Tall Oprah Tea Chai Latte.
  • Venti 24 Oz (720 ml): 70 mg, one shot of espresso.
  • Trenta 30 Oz (900 ml): 90 mg, Short 8 Oz Caffe Mocha.

How Much Sugar Is In Pink Drink?

The amount of sugar in a Starbucks Strawberry acai refresher is as follows:

  • Tall 12 Oz (360 ml): 19 grams.
  • Grande 16 Oz (480 ml): 25 grams.
  • Venti 24 Oz (720 ml): 36 grams.
  • Trenta 30 Oz (900 ml): 50 grams.

Is The Pink Drink Low Sugar?

No, the pink drink, even the smallest drink size, the Tall 12 Oz (360 ml), has an elevated amount of sugar.

The suggested daily maximum intake for women is 27 grams and 36 grams for men as recommended by the American Heart Association.

The 19 grams in a Tall 12 Oz (360 ml) pink drink is a lot in a single drink and leaves very little for the rest of the day and may even put you over the limit depending on what you have consumed in the past 24 hours.

How Many Calories Are In A Pink Drink?

The amount of calories in this Starbucks refresher for all drink sizes is as follows:

  • Tall 12 Oz (360 ml): 110.
  • Grande 16 Oz (480 ml): 140.
  • Venti 24 Oz (720 ml): 200.
  • Trenta 30 Oz (900 ml): 270.

Final Thoughts – Pink Drink Caffeine Vs Coffee

If you have read this far, you know exactly how the Starbucks Pink drink caffeine Vs coffee and measures up against popular coffee drinks in terms of caffeine, sugar and calorie count.

With this information you should be able to decide if this drink is for you or not and how frequently, or infrequently, you should enjoy this beverage.

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