It’s no secret that people love Starbucks, but sometimes, going there can feel a little overwhelming. Between the regular menu, the “secret” menu, and the seasonal items that pop up now and then, it’s hard to know what to choose. That’s why I created this comprehensive Starbucks latte guide.
Including two “secret” options, three mochas, nine of our favorite seasonal drinks, and 11 regular menu items, Starbucks has a total of 25 delicious lattes from which you can choose—50 if you count their iced counterparts separately! All options may not currently be available at every store.
For this comprehensive guide, I’ll tell you about all 25 of these different lattes, including which ones are on the secret menu and which ones you can only get at certain times of the year. I’ve also included information on Starbucks’ mocha offerings since mochas are just lattes with chocolate in them. So keep reading to find out more.
All 25 Starbucks Latte Options
Although not all of these options are available throughout the year, Starbucks has a whopping 25 different lattes (or mocha lattes). Since you can get any of these on ice, there are technically 50 options from which to choose. However, I won’t list hot and iced versions of the same drink separately.
I’ll break them down into the following categories:
- Regular Menu Lattes
- Regular Menu Mocha Lattes
- “Secret” Menu Lattes
- Seasonal Lattes
- Seasonal Mocha Lattes
Let’s get to it.
What Kinds of Lattes Does Starbucks Have?
Starbucks has more lattes and mocha lattes than most people realize. However, not all Starbucks locations sell the same items, and none of them constantly sells all these lattes year-round.
Luckily, there are plenty of copycat recipes all over the internet. So if you find one that sounds delicious and it’s not available at your local Starbucks, you can always make it at home.
Regular Menu Lattes
These lattes are ones that pretty much hang around most of the year at most Starbucks. You can also find most of them on the Starbucks’ website, although a few, such as the Caramel Brulée Latte, only show up there if you search for them on Google first.
Honey Oatmilk Latte
This latte features Starbucks’ signature espresso, but instead of using whole milk, it contains oatmilk. Oatmilk is an alternative, plant-based milk made from whole oat grains.
The oatmilk gives the drink a bit of an oatmeal-like flavor. But a dollop of honey, a dash of brown sugar and cinnamon, and toasted honey whipped topping mask most of the oaty taste. The drink is rich, sweet, and creamy, with just a hint of salt.
If you’re a fan of sweet and salty, you should enjoy this yummy latte.
Matcha Green Tea Latte
The Matcha Green Tea Latte is one of Starbucks’ healthier lattes. The matcha, a stronger, more potent form of green tea, is sweetened and mixed with steamed milk. It’s the smoothest, creamiest way you’ll ever drink tea.
I also enjoy it because of its lovely, minty green color. It’s just a soft, pastel, pretty way to start the day.
The Caffè Latte is Starbucks’ most “traditional” latte. In fact, if you order a “latte,” this is what you’ll get. It contains the most basic ingredients: espresso, steamed milk, and a foamy layer on the top.
It has a nice creaminess but isn’t very sweet. If you prefer a sweeter drink, you may need to ask for a few additional ingredients or choose one of the flavored lattes instead.
Starbucks Reserve Hazelnut Bianco Latte
Made with a double shot of Starbucks Reserve Espresso, this latte packs quite the caffeinated punch. The coffee taste isn’t as strong as you might think, however. The drink also contains house-made hazelnut-praline-infused milk and an optional frothy, foamy vanilla sweet cream topping.
If you get the drink iced, you can also get whipped cream and crunchy praline crumbs on top. This latte is for those who love super sweet drinks. It has quite a few carbs and calories, though, so it might not be the best option if you’re dieting.
Starbucks Reserve Latte
This latte is quite similar to the original Caffè Latte, but your barista will make it with a Starbucks Reserve Espresso shot and top it with a much smaller layer of foam than the one in the Caffè Latte. The coffee flavor in this one is pretty strong, and there’s not much sweetness to it.
Starbucks Blondie Vanilla Latte
The Blondie Vanilla Latte is for those who prefer a lighter coffee roast and a smoother overall flavor. It features Starbucks’ signature espresso, but the taste is smoother and not quite as strong. The steamed milk, vanilla syrup, and frothy milk topping add even more sweetness to the drink.
Cocoa Caramel Latte
If you’re one of those people who believe “the sweeter, the better,” then you’ll love the cocoa caramel latte. This latte has a lot going on, including the standard espresso, steamed milk, and frothy foam topping.
However, it also features simple syrup, vanilla flavoring, and caramel flavoring. The top is also jazzed up with double drizzles of mocha and caramel sauce. It’s rich and sweet but incredibly yummy.
Caramel Brulée Latte
This latte is full of fat, carbs, and calories, but that’s also what makes it taste soooo good!
If you’re getting this latte, though, you’re getting it for the taste, not the health benefits. And the taste is excellent. The things that make it different from every other latte are:
- Rich, caramel brulée sauce
- Thick, silky whipped cream topping
- Additional caramel brulée in the topping
- A little bit of extra crunch
This latte might send you on a sugar high, but you’ll love every second of it. If you want to make it even better, ask the barista to add a dash of sea salt.
London Fog Tea Latte
This tea-based latte has an almost citrus taste that’s hard not to like. It has a distinctive mix of ingredients, including vanilla syrup, bergamot, and lavender. Instead of espresso, the caffeine in this one comes from Earl Grey tea.
It’s a lighter, brighter latte that’s low in fat and relatively low in calories. The carb count is still pretty high, though, so if you’re on the keto diet, you might still need to make a few adjustments to the recipe before it’s keto-friendly.
Royal English Breakfast Tea Latte
Another tea-based latte, this one is also low in fat and low in calories (110 for a tall). The barista will construct it on a blend of numerous black teas.
It features the same steamed milk and velvety foam topping as most of the other lattes, but this one also contains liquid cane sugar as a sweetener.
If you’re a sweet tea person who also enjoys lattes, this is the ideal drink for you.
Chai Tea Latte
In my circle of friends, the Chai Tea Latte is one of the most popular drinks on the Starbucks menu.
It features a strong base of black tea, along with a delightful mixture of “warm” spices, such as cloves, cinnamon, and more. The steamed milk and foam topping round out the drink for a slightly sweet, somewhat spicy drink.
Regular Menu Mocha Lattes
Technically, these drinks are listed as “mochas” on the Starbucks menu, but mochas are just lattes with chocolate added. Just like the “regular” lattes, you can also get these iced. Some of them have sugar-free versions, as well.
This drink is practically the same as the Caffè Latte. The only difference is that this one, like all mochas, contains a generous serving of mocha (cappuccino and hot chocolate) sauce. There’s also a sweet and silky whipped cream topping made even sweeter with added sugar.
In essence, mochas are just lattes that contain mocha sauce and are infinitely sweeter.
White Chocolate Mocha
Made with light roast coffee, Starbucks’ signature espresso, steamed milk, and a delicious white chocolate sauce, the White Chocolate Mocha also features a nice, creamy dollop of whipped cream on top.
It’s similar to the Blondie Vanilla Latte above, but the white chocolate sauce takes the place of the vanilla.
Starbucks Reserve Dark Chocolate Mocha
If you’re more of a dark chocolate lover, this is the mocha for you. It features the high-quality Starbucks Reserve Espresso, along with ground chocolate, mocha sauce, cocoa, and steamed milk.
You can also get it with whipped cream and, where available, a handful of rich, dark chocolate shavings.
“Secret” Menu Lattes
It’s probably one of the worst-kept secrets in the world that Starbucks has a “secret” menu. The items on this menu were created by customers and Starbucks baristas experimenting with the different syrups and other available ingredients.
As a result, there are hundreds of “secret” drinks and dozens of “secret” lattes.
However, some of them have become so popular that Starbucks might as well add them to the menu! I’ve included two of them here.
French Vanilla Latte
While you can still find the Iced Vanilla Latte on some Starbucks menus, the French Vanilla Latte (hot and iced) is no longer available. Many Starbucks baristas will still make one for you, though, if you ask for one.
It’s a simple drink to make. Baristas usually take the original Caffè Latte and add vanilla and hazelnut syrups to it. If you want it iced, they stick it on ice. It’s as simple as that.
Starbucks has a Skinny Cinnamon Dolce Latte on the menu. However, you can get a Skinny Latte, which is the Caffè Latte made with nonfat milk and other health-conscious ingredients. (More on skinny latte options in a later section.)
Additionally, the barista can make just about any Starbucks drink a “skinny” drink if you ask for it.
These lattes are hugely popular, but they’re not available all year long. Some, like the much-beloved Pumpkin Spice Latte, pop up sometime around fall. Others come along with the winter holidays. Still, others are summertime favorites.
Whenever they show up, one thing is certain: People go nuts for them.
Cinnamon Dolce Latte
The Cinnamon Dolce Latte usually comes out sometime in the summer months. It’s a super tasty drink that includes steamed milk and espresso, along with the cinnamon dolce-flavored syrup, and a topping of sweet whipped cream and more cinnamon dolce.
It’s a delightfully sweet and spicy drink that’ll have your taste buds jumping for joy. There’s also a “skinny” version of this drink on the menu.
Pumpkin Spice Latte
Does the Pumpkin Spice Latte even need a description? It’s so popular that many people, including Starbucks employees themselves, simply call it the PSL. It even has its own hashtag! It’s a fall drink that usually returns at the end of August.
It includes espresso, pumpkin pie sauce, pumpkin pie spices, and steamed milk. The whipped cream topping also features more of the pumpkin pie spices – cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon – and is extra creamy.
Even though it’s only on the menu a few months out of the year, it’s probably one of Starbucks’ most famous drinks.
Unsurprisingly, the eggnog latte comes out every year during the winter holidays.
It’s your basic latte with just a couple of additional ingredients – eggnog and nutmeg – added in for a more festive drink. It’s not one of Starbucks’ best-selling options, but it has a small niche of dedicated fans.
The Juniper Latte is another wintertime drink. Its flavor evokes images of pine trees and yule logs.
In addition to the standard latte ingredients – espresso, steamed milk, frothy whipped topping – it also contains sage and juniper syrup-infused milk. The topping has notes of pine and citrus.
It’s a unique, earthy latte that most people either really love or really hate.
Chestnut Praline Latte
With a whipped topping covered in praline crumbles and caramelized chestnuts scattered throughout the drink, it should come as no surprise that this sweet and slightly spicy drink is a winter favorite of many Starbucks customers.
There’s also steamed milk and brown sugar. It tastes even better on ice.
As much as people love the seasonal Gingerbread Latte, most of them don’t know how simple it is to make. It contains only five ingredients:
- Steamed milk
- Gingerbread syrup
- Whipped cream
- Ground nutmeg
It’s probably one of the easiest seasonal lattes Starbucks sells. It’s also, in my opinion, one of the tastiest.
Seasonal Mocha Lattes
Like the other seasonal lattes, these are only available at certain times throughout the year. However, the difference between these and the ones above is, once again, the chocolate!
Toasted White Chocolate Mocha
The Toasted White Chocolate Mocha is another one of those supremely sugary drinks that’s high in fat, calories, and carbs. It’s not healthy by any stretch of the imagination, but it is insanely tasty.
It contains espresso, steamed milk, and white chocolate mocha sauce. The topping is a generous helping of soft, smooth whipped cream and candied sugar. Yes, candied sugar. This drink is more like a dessert than a coffee.
Even so, if you have a sweet tooth, you can’t go wrong with this one.
Salted Caramel Mocha
This particular mocha has been on the menu for so long now that it might be time to transition it over to the Regular Menu Mocha list. However, it started as a seasonal item, so that’s where I’ll leave it for now.
If you’re a sweet and salty lover, it doesn’t get much better than this. The sea salt, caramel drizzle, mocha sauce, and toffee nut syrup were all I needed to know about this drink to know that I would love it, and I do. Trust me; if you’re a sweet and salty fan, you will, too.
This wintertime favorite is just what it sounds like it would be – a sweet, delicious drink that combines mint and mocha. The actual ingredients are:
- Steamed milk
- Peppermint syrup
- Melted chocolate
- Vanilla whipped cream (topping)
- Dark chocolate shavings (topping)
This is another seasonal item that pretty much stays on the menu all year long. Even so, it doesn’t get much more Christmasy (or Hanukkahy, Yuley, etc.) than the Peppermint Mocha.
What Is the Best Latte at Starbucks?
I don’t think there’s any more difficult question to answer than one that starts with, “What is the best…?”
Determining “the best” anything is such a subjective task. For example, if you poll 100 people and there are at least 100 potential answers, it’s entirely possible that no two of those people will answer in the same way.
With that in mind, I can’t tell you what the best latte at Starbucks is; I can only tell which Starbucks latte is the best one for me. And as much as I like Starbucks, even that question is difficult for me to answer!
I suppose if I had to pick just one, I’d have to go with the Caramel Brulée Latte.
I’m a huge caramel fan anyway, and when you add the toasted deliciousness of caramel brulée sauce on top of the signature espresso and whipped cream goodness… It just doesn’t get much better than that for me.
Is a Latte Unhealthy?
Lattes are delicious; any latte lover can tell you that. However, they aren’t necessarily the healthiest thing you can drink. It isn’t just the caffeine in them that’s the problem, either. Traditionally, baristas make lattes with whole milk, milk foam, and sugary syrups for flavoring.
That adds up to a lot of fat, sugar, and calories. Some lattes contain a third of the recommended daily fat intake for women. So the short answer is yes; lattes can be unhealthy.
However, they don’t have to be. There are healthier latte options at Starbucks, and you can make those even healthier by ordering a “skinny” version.
If you order a skinny drink, the barista will make it with nonfat milk and sugar-free syrup if possible. There won’t be any whipped cream on it, either.
What Is the Healthiest Latte at Starbucks?
Believe it or not, there are a few healthy lattes at Starbucks. The tea lattes—Chai Tea Latte and Iced Matcha Green Tea Latte—are some of the best. Iced Skinny Lattes aren’t bad either; the tall size has only 60 calories and contains six grams of protein!
Skinny Vanilla Lattes and Nonfat Café Mochas are also somewhat healthy. And even if you can’t give up your Pumpkin Spiced Lattes, you can at least order them Skinny. It’ll save you over 100 calories!
Hopefully, this comprehensive list of Starbucks lattes has helped you narrow down your choices for your next trip. If you’re a latte lover, now you can decide on your order before you ever leave your house!
With 25 lattes from which to choose—50 if you include the iced versions—picking the perfect drink can be challenging.
Maybe, though, this guide has helped you, only if just a little. And remember, if your favorite Starbucks latte isn’t currently in season, you can always find a copycat recipe for it online!