Starbucks Cold Brew Concentrate Caffeine Content

Starbucks Cold Brew Concentrate Caffeine Content [Find Out Here!]

Last updated on November 22nd, 2023 at 13:37

If you want to know the Starbucks cold brew concentrate caffeine content, this is the article for you as I detail this beverage and the various flavors available, how to make it, how much water to add and the calorie count.

Keep reading to find out how much caffeine is in Starbucks cold brew concentrate.

Starbucks Cold Brew Concentrate Caffeine Content The Details

Starbucks cold brew concentrate contains 16.36 mg of caffeine per fluid ounce (55.33 milligrams per 100 ml). Which means an 11 ounce (330 ml) serving contains 180 milligrams of caffeine.

By calculation, a cold brew concentrate has approximately 20% more caffeine than their cold brew that is available in house as a Starbucks cold brew Tall (12 Oz, 360 ml) has 150 mg of caffeine.

Starbucks Cold Brew Concentrate Caffeine Content
Starbucks Cold Brew Concentrate

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Starbucks Cold Brew Concentrate Nutritional Facts

The nutritional value of Starbucks cold brew concentrate is negligible other than providing you with 10% of your potassium intake per day. Worthy of paying attention to is the caffeine content in relation to the maximum amount as recommended per day.

Nutrient Quantity % Of RDA
Protein 1 gram N/A
Potassium 559 mg 10%
Sodium 0 mg 0%
Calories 15 N/A
Total Fat 0 grams 0%
Caffeine Per 11 Oz serving 180 mg 45%

If you enjoy cold brew coffee, I have great news for you – you can try and enjoy Starbucks cold brew concentrate in a few different flavors, which are:

  • Cold Brew concentrate black (regular flavor)
  • Madagascar vanilla.
  • Caramel dolce
  • Pumpkin spice.

The flavors are limited but…Pumpkin spice cold brew! nice!

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It is, thankfully, incredibly easy to make a great tasting coffee from the Starbucks cold brew concentrate coffee pods.

All it takes is a few simple instructions, which are:

  • 1. Peel the top off of the pod.
  • 2. Pour the contents of the pod over ice.
  • 3. Add 8 fluid ounces (240 ml) of water.
  • 4. Add milk, sugar or cream as desired.
  • 5. Drink and enjoy.

It is that simple, so easy.

Starbucks Cold Brew Concentrate Flavors
Starbucks Cold Brew Concentrate Flavors

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this is because the coffee to water ratio is much more focused than regular cold brew coffee. Typically, a cold brew concentrate will have a coffee to water ratio of 1:4 while a regular cold brew coffee will have a ratio of 1:8.


you cannot drink a cold brew coffee concentrate directly. It is a concentrate for a reason! It should be diluted in a 1:2 concentrate to water ratio to make it equal to a regular cold-brewed coffee.

While there is more caffeine in the concentrate, the end drink when diluted does not contain a greater amount of caffeine than a regular cold brew coffee. It is only the undrinkable concentrate that has more caffeine, not the actual end drink.

Starbucks Cold Brew Concentrate Calories

If you are on a diet, you have no concerns with a cold brew concentrate as the calorie count is very low – 15 calories per 11 ounce (330 ml) serving.

Also, what is worthy of noting is coffee is good for weight loss as the caffeine content helps to accelerate your metabolism and coffee acts as an appetite suppressant.

Just have your coffee as naked as it can be with little to no sugar or milk. If you start to go full hog at Starbucks with flavorings, toppings and sprinklings of cocoa, you start to add to the calorie count and in instances you end up with a liquid cake and not a coffee.

How Much Caffeine Is In Starbucks Cold Coffee?

Cold coffee can be defined in two categories of drinks: iced coffee, which is hot coffee brewed over ice, and cold brew coffee, which is brewed with cold water. Both drinks taste very different as one extracts the high temperature flavor compounds while the other extracts the low temperature compounds.

The amount of caffeine in Starbucks cold brew coffee for all the available drink sizes are as follows:

  • 150 milligrams of caffeine in a Tall 12 Oz (360 ml) serving.
  • 200 milligrams of caffeine in a Grande 16 Oz (480 ml) serving.
  • 300 milligrams of caffeine in a Venti 24 Oz (720 ml) serving.
  • 330 milligrams of caffeine in a Trenta 31 Oz (930 ml) serving.

The amount of caffeine that is in Starbucks iced coffee for all the drink sizes are as follows:

  • 120 milligrams of caffeine in a Tall 12 Oz (360 ml) serving.
  • 165 milligrams of caffeine in a Grande 16 Oz (480 ml) serving.
  • 235 milligrams of caffeine in a Venti 24 Oz (720 ml) serving.
  • 285 milligrams of caffeine in a Trenta 31 Oz (930 ml) serving.

You can clearly see how much caffeine is in Starbucks cold coffee, be it a cup of iced coffee or a cold-brewed coffee.

Frequently Asked Questions About Starbucks Cold Brew Concentrate Caffeine Content


in a comparison with all other drinks available at Starbucks, their cold brew coffee has more caffeine than the other popular coffee drinks at their coffee shops, even more than an espresso, iced coffee and caffe Americano.

The table below gives a comparison of the caffeine content for the most popular drinks at Starbucks and all the drink sizes.

Drink Size Latte Caffeine Content Cappuccino Caffeine Content Caffe Americano Caffeine Content Mocha Caffeine Content Drip Coffee Caffeine Content Flat White Caffeine Content Iced Coffee Caffeine Content Cold Brew Caffeine Content
Tall 12 Oz (360 ml) 75 mg 75 mg 75 mg 90 mg 110 mg 130 mg 120 mg 150 mg
Grande 16 Oz (480 ml) 75 mg 75 mg 150 mg 95 mg 145 mg 130 mg 165 mg 200 mg
Venti 24 Oz (720 ml) 150 mg 150 mg 225 mg 175 mg 180 mg 195 mg 235 mg 300 mg
Trenta 31 Oz (930 ml) 150 mg* 150 mg 300 mg 185 mg 230 mg 195 mg 285 mg 330 mg

Clearly it can be seen that Starbucks cold brew coffee has more caffeine, and how much more than other drinks at the coffee giant.

The Starbucks cold brew coffee that has the most caffeine that is available as a regular order is their Trenta sized drink which has 330 milligrams of caffeine. That is a cup of coffee with a lot of caffeine and is just a shot of espresso short of putting you over the maximum amount of caffeine per person of 400 mg of caffeine per day, as recommended by the FDA.

Starbucks Blond roast coffee beans are the ones that have the most caffeine in them for all the options available at Starbucks.

For the most caffeinated coffee order a drink that is made with these beans in a Venti, which has 475 mg or a Trenta, which has 610 mg of caffeine.

Warning! Both these drinks will put you over the recommended daily amount of caffeine of 400 mg. For this reason I suggest that you stick to a Grande sized drink which has a very ample 360 mg of caffeine, which is the equivalent of almost 5 shots of espresso.

It is in my opinion that a healthy adult should stick to the 400 mg of caffeine per day as set out by the FDA and many health agencies and authorities around the world. For children and pregnant women, the limit is half this amount at 200 mg per day.

Caffeine in extreme amounts can be toxic.

Medics and experts are in agreement that caffeine has a half life of 6 hours. Drinking a caffeinated beverage of 200 mg drink, 6 hours later, you will have 100 mg of caffeine in your system and 50 mg 12 hours later.

How Much Caffeine Is in 4oz Of Cold Brew Concentrate?

Starbucks cold brew coffee has 16.36 mg of caffeine per fluid ounce and thus in 4 Oz has 16.36 mg x 4 = 65.44 mg of caffeine in 4 Oz (120 ml) of cold brew concentrate.

Does Cold Brew Concentrate Have Caffeine?

Yes, cold brew concentrate has 16.36 mg of caffeine per fluid ounce. It has a fair amount of caffeine and is on par with most coffee beverages.

Is Cold Brew Concentrate Stronger Than Espresso?

Yes, cold brew coffee beverages served at Starbucks the smallest drink size has, a Tall 12 Oz (360 ml) has 155 mg of caffeine which means it has more than double the caffeine content of a single shot of espresso which has 75 mg of caffeine.

Final Thoughts – Starbucks Cold Brew Concentrate Caffeine

Just in case you missed it or scrolled down the Starbucks cold brew concentrate caffeine content is 180 mg per 11 oz (330 ml) serving. 

It is more than an adequate amount and bordering on strong – it is more than 2 shots of espresso and will certainly stimulate you. 

Did you try a Starbucks cold brew concentrate? 

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Derek Marshall, a certified barista by the Specialty Coffee Association possesses over two decades of experience in specialty coffee shops. He holds professional certifications for coffee brewing and barista skills. Derek is also an author with authoritative books covering various coffee topics including specialty coffee, sustainability and coffee, coffee brewing, coffee recipes, coffee cocktails and books focusing on Brazilian coffee, Vietnamese coffee, Indonesian coffee and Malaysian coffee. As a barista for over two decades, Derek Marshall has worked in specialty coffee shops across the United Kingdom, Spain, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Indonesia, and Vietnam. His expertise extends to the distinct coffee cultures, specialty beverages, and brewing techniques of each nation. Functioning as a coffee consultant, Derek charges US$50 per hour. To learn more about Derek Marshall and Latte Love Brew, visit his About Me Page. For coffee inquiries, contact him at +34-639-410-375 or, mentioning your name and location

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