Most coffee fans know Starbucks’ Frappuccino – aka Starbucks’ frappes – and of the most asked questions about these beverages is the amount of coffee or caffeine in them. Read on to learn more about these drinks and their recipes.
What is a Frappuccino?
The tasty drink is sold by Starbucks consisting ice and brewed coffee. Whipped cream, flavored syrups, sugar and milk are among other ingredients added to the drink to give it a unique taste.
Other than Starbucks stores, there are various places which provide access to these beverages (in the bottled form) such as vending machines, convenience stores and groceries.
Users could also order Frappuccino drinks from online retailers such as Amazon and Walmart as well.
You could find lots of flavors – which are constantly being added by Starbucks – with different ingredients and additives. Strawberry Frappuccino, Chocolate Cookie Crumble Crème Frappuccino, Mocha Frappuccino, Caramel Frappuccino and S’mores Frappuccino are among the most popular flavors, for instance.
Frappuccino vs frappé
Depending on where you are these drinks could be different, although some similarities exist in their recipes. Blended ice, ice cream, espresso, cream and syrups are the typical ingredients of frappé which could be topped sometimes with sprinkles, nuts, syrups, cream or other different treats: tasty, but not necessarily healthy.
In other parts of the world, they could use sugar, a little water and instant coffee to make frappé. And some ice could be used next to be mixed with it. And sometimes, for an extra bit of body and smoothness, they could add some milk to the drink too.
How much coffee/caffeine per cup?
The amount of caffeine or coffee in this drink really depends on the flavor and type of the Frappuccino.
For instance, in a Mocha Frappuccino beverage, the caffeine amount is 100mg per serving size (16 fl oz). This information is based on the nutrition data extracted from the Starbucks official website.
However, there is an 80mg of caffeine in the same serving size for S’mores Frappuccino, which is another popular drink in this category.
You could learn about other nutrition facts for these beverages, including the amount of caffeine in each flavor of Frappuccino, using the Starbucks Coffee Company page dedicated for these drinks.
An interesting thing is that, based on the same resource mentioned above, some of the beverages in the Frappuccino family doesn’t contain caffeine at all. Almost always, these are the same beverages with no amount of coffee (or espresso or tea) in them.
As an example of these drinks we could mention S’mores Crème Frappuccino® Blended Beverage which has been categorized in the “Crème” section of the page in Starbucks website. According to its nutrition information, it has no caffeine in it.
Other beverages with no caffeine include White Chocolate Crème, Vanilla Bean Crème and Strawberry flavors.
As you could see, the best action is to see the menus, if available, to be sure of the caffeine amount in each cup – or bottle – of Frappuccino, no matter where you get it. And remember that, it’s not a good idea to just rely on the name; for example, if it contains the word “crème” then you could conclude that there is no caffeine included – because of no espresso or coffee.
Because that method doesn’t work always we mentioned earlier. Double Chocolaty Chip Crème Frappuccino, is a good example, which include 15mg of caffeine, according to its nutrition facts page; Or, Matcha Green Tea Crème Frappuccino, with 70mg of caffeine.
So, it’s important to always check the nutrition facts – if possible.