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How to Order Different Iced Coffees at Starbucks

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How to Order Starbucks Iced Coffee Drinks Like a Pro

I remember the first time I went into a Starbucks; it was super confusing. The words used were way different than any other shops, and I stumbled my way through my order with a lot of help from the barista. I didn’t even know the difference between grande and tall. 

Don’t be like me, take your time to figure out what you need, and you can order your favorite iced coffee like a regular.

There are a few ways you can make ordering your coffee easier for you and your barista.

 There is a perfect order for the details about your favorite drink you should give. Make sure to give your order in a single statement answering the following: 

  • Hot coffee or cold
  • Tall, Grande, or Venti
  • Is it decaf?
  • Any added shots of espresso?
  • Low sugar?
  • Any added syrup?
  • Type of milk
  • Extras or changes
  • Name of the drink
  • Oh, and your name for the cup 🙂 

Choosing Your Coffee

If you want to add sugar and creamer to your coffee yourself, just order a regular iced coffee. You can try cold brew if that is your preferred coffee. 

There are also many lattes and iced latte options if you want to explore the sugary drinks Starbucks offers. Don’t be afraid to try something new.

Tasty Starbucks Add-Ons

There are plenty of ways to customize your favorite Starbucks drink with add-ons. If you need a bit more of a kick, you can add an extra shot of espresso or two. If you are lactose intolerant or if you just don’t like milk, you can substitute it for coconut milk or soy. If you need a bit of sweetness added, there are plenty of syrups to choose from like peppermint, hazelnut, or vanilla.

Ordering Your Iced Coffee Drink

The biggest tip for ordering your coffee from Starbucks is to know exactly what you are getting before you walk up to the barista. 

Remember the order of information and state your entire order at once to make the whole process smooth. 

If you are in a big hurry, you can order online and then just pick up your drink when you get there.

5 Best Ice Cold Coffee Picks Recommended by Real Starbucks Baristas

1. Starbuck Doubleshot on Ice

This is a hand-shaken espresso drink that is chilled and has a frothy foam top. It features the rich flavor of that double shot of espresso coffee plus the creamy frothy-ness of the milk foam on top. A really delicious choice year-round.

2. Iced White Chocolate Mocha

One of my all-time favorite drinks, so I am excited it made the list! This iced coffee is made with espresso, a bit of white chocolate syrup, milk, and ice. The combination is incredibly good, so I recommend you order one of the larger cups.

3. Cold Brew

This is a handcrafted slow-steeped cold brew coffee that’s relatively new to the Starbucks menu. It is simple and delicious.

What’s the difference between cold brew and iced coffee, you ask? Iced coffee is exactly what it sounds like – coffee that is cold. It is made hot and then chilled after brewing.

Cold brew coffee is made with cold water, which means it takes 12+ hours to extract it. The result is a smoother and often less-acidic coffee (that’s still iced).

4. Iced Americano

A classic drink that’s served chilled. This is made with espresso topped with water and poured over ice. It’s bold, it’s dark, it’s robust, it’s deliscious. Try it, people!

5. Iced Caramel Macchiato

Last, we have a drink made with espresso, vanilla syrup, milk, and ice – topped with a caramel drizzle. It’s a crowd-please and absolutely worth a try next time you o to your lcoal Starbucks.


There are plenty of options for picking the best cold coffee from Starbucks, and now you can walk in and order with confidence.

If you are in a hurry, you can place your order online ahead of time and cut out any confusion.

Make adjustments and experiment until you find your perfect iced coffee combination.

I recommend trying all five iced coffee drinks from Starbucks that are featured above. They all have their unique flavor profile from sweet iced coffee to black iced coffee. Enjoy!

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