10 Starbucks Drinks Worth a Try and 10 Worth Skipping

10 Starbucks Drinks Worth a Try and 10 Worth Skipping

Whether you're a dedicated Starbucks regular or a curious newbie, there's always something new and exciting to try at this coffee giant. From classic favourites to seasonal sensations, let's journey through the top 10 Starbucks drinks that are worth your taste buds' attention! Then, we're going to put a twist on it and give you 10 drinks that maaaybbee you shouldn't spend your $7 on. They're just not worth it. Keep reading to find out which ones we have in mind!

1. Pumpkin Spice Latte

When the leaves start to change, it's time for a Pumpkin Spice Latte! This fan-favourite is a blend of Starbucks' signature espresso, steamed milk, and the rich flavours of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. Topped with whipped cream and pumpkin pie spices, it's literally fall in a cup. It's not just a drink; it's a seasonal ritual that signals the arrival of sweater weather!

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2. Caramel Macchiato

Meet the Caramel Macchiato, a dreamy mix of vanilla-flavoured syrup, steamed milk, and espresso, artfully topped with a velvety caramel drizzle. This drink is a perfect balance of sweet and strong, making it a great pick-me-up any time of the day. The layers of flavour in each sip are a testament to Starbucks' craft. Plus, it's as photogenic as it is delicious - hello, Instagram!

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3. Nitro Cold Brew

For those who like their coffee cold and smooth, the Nitro Cold Brew is a game-changer. Infused with nitrogen, this cold brew coffee has a rich, creamy texture that's incredibly smooth and subtly sweet. It's served straight from the tap, ensuring freshness and a velvety mouthfeel. Plus, it's a great alternative if you're looking for a strong coffee hit without the bitterness.

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4. Matcha Green Tea Latte

The Matcha Green Tea Latte is a soothing, creamy delight that's perfect for those who want a break from coffee. Made with high-quality matcha and steamed milk, it offers a gentle caffeine kick and a boatload of antioxidants. Its earthy flavor and vibrant green color make it a unique and Instagram-worthy choice. It's like a warm hug in a cup, bringing a sense of calm to your busy day.

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5. Strawberry Açaí Refreshers

Energize your day with the Strawberry Açaí Refreshers! This lively drink combines sweet strawberry flavors with notes of passion fruit and açaí, all shaken with ice. It's the perfect balance of sweet and tart, and it's packed with green coffee extract for a gentle caffeine boost. It's not just a drink; it's a vibrant, fruity escape in a cup!

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6. Chai Tea Latte

The Chai Tea Latte is a warm, spicy, and comforting beverage that's perfect for cozying up on a chilly day. It blends black tea with a mix of cinnamon, clove, and other warming spices, topped with steamed milk. Each sip offers a delightful explosion of flavors that's both soothing and energizing. It's like a blanket of comfort with every gulp!

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7. Iced Caramel Cloud Macchiato

Float away on a cloud of coffee bliss with the Iced Caramel Cloud Macchiato. This unique drink features layers of fluffy foam, a hint of vanilla, cold brew coffee, and a caramel drizzle. It's an airy, light, and utterly delicious twist on the classic macchiato. Perfect for those hot days when you need a caffeine fix with a touch of sweetness.

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8. Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew

The Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew is a heavenly concoction for those who like their coffee cold and smooth. It's a custom blend of cold brew coffee, topped with a house-made vanilla sweet cream that cascades through the drink. The result is a velvety, rich coffee experience with just the right amount of sweetness. It's a simple yet sophisticated choice for any coffee lover.

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9. Peppermint Mocha

Celebrate the holiday season with the Peppermint Mocha, a festive blend of Starbucks' signature espresso, steamed milk, sweet mocha sauce, and peppermint-flavored syrup. Topped with whipped cream and dark chocolate curls, it's a holiday party in a cup. This drink is the perfect way to get into the festive spirit and indulge in some holiday cheer.

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10. Java Chip Frappuccino

Last but not least, the Java Chip Frappuccino is for those days when you need a decadent treat. This frappé is a rich blend of coffee, milk, and ice, packed with chocolatey chips and topped with whipped cream and a mocha drizzle. It's a chocolate lover's dream and the ultimate indulgence for a sweet tooth. Every sip is a delightful journey to dessert heaven!

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From overly sweet concoctions to those that just don't live up to the hype, here are 10 Starbucks drinks that you might consider skipping on your next coffee run. 


1. Cinnamon Dolce Latte

The Cinnamon Dolce Latte might sound like a spice-lover's dream, but it often falls short. The heavy-handed sweetness can overpower the subtle spice flavors, leaving you with a sugar rush rather than a cinnamon delight. While the whipped cream and cinnamon dolce topping are nice touches, they add to the overwhelming sweetness. It's more of a liquid dessert than a coffee drink.

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2. Unicorn Frappuccino

The Unicorn Frappuccino was a social media sensation, but taste-wise, it's a bit confusing. This overly sugary drink combines a sweet and souur flavor profile that doesn't quite blend well. The vibrant colors are fun, but they come from a mix of dyes and syrups that might not sit well with everyone. It's more of a novelty than a genuinely enjoyable drink.

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3. Chestnut Praline Latte

While the Chestnut Praline Latte tries to capture the essence of roasted chestnuts, it often falls flat. The nutty flavor is too subtle, getting lost amid the sweetness of the syrup. It lacks the depth and richness you'd expect from a drink with 'chestnut' in its name. It ends up being forgettable rather than a festive favorite.

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4. Iced Green Tea Latte

The Iced Green Tea Latte is a hit or miss. While matcha lovers might enjoy it, the powdery texture and bitter undertones can be off-putting for others. The addition of milk sometimes doesn't blend well with the earthy matcha, leading to a somewhat awkward combination. It's more of an acquired taste than a crowd-pleaser.

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5. Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha

The Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha tries to balance mint and sweet, but often ends up being too sugary. The white chocolate syrup can make the drink cloying, and the peppermint doesn't always cut through the sweetness effectively. It's like drinking a candy cane dipped in melted white chocolate - a bit too much for a coffee beverage.

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6. Iced Lemon Pound Cake Latte

Yes, the Iced Lemon Pound Cake Latte is a real thing, but its combination of lemon and coffee is peculiar. The tangy lemon flavor clashes with the bitterness of the espresso, creating an unusual and not entirely pleasant taste experience. It's like someone dunked a lemon cake into your coffee - interesting, but not necessarily in a good way.

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7. Honeycomb Lavender Frappuccino

The Honeycomb Lavender Frappuccino sounds intriguing, but it's an overwhelming mix of sweet and floral. The lavender flavor is quite strong, and when combined with the sweetness of the honeycomb, it can be a bit much. It's like drinking a bouquet of flowers with a side of honey – not exactly what you want in a coffee.

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8. Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

While the idea of a Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate is appealing, this drink often suffers from an imbalance of saltiness. The salt can overpower the sweet caramel and chocolate, disrupting what should be a harmonious blend. It's more of a salty experience than a chocolaty indulgence.

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9. Gingerbread Latte

The Gingerbread Latte, a holiday special, unfortunately, doesn't quite capture the essence of its namesake. The gingerbread flavor is often too subtle, overshadowed by the espresso and steamed milk. It lacks the warmth and spice you'd expect, leaving you wishing for more gingerbread in your gingerbread latte.

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10. Espresso Frappuccino

For those who love a strong coffee flavor, the Espresso Frappuccino might sound ideal. However, it often ends up being too intense, with the bitter espresso overwhelming the other flavors in the drink. It's less of a balanced frappuccino and more of a cold, bitter coffee punch.

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