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Uncovering The Latest Starbucks Tea Latte Menu

December 10, 2021

If you are a tea aficionado, Starbucks still has plenty to offer you. The Starbucks tea latte menu offers delicious and decadent tea drinks that are just as good - if not better - than the coffee ones. Here is your guide to the top options:

What Kind of Tea Lattes Does Starbucks Have?

Here is a list of the Starbucks tea lattes that you should check out:

Chai Tea Latte

The Chai latte is certainly one of the more flavorful tea lattes. The base consists of black tea, cinnamon, cloves, and other warming spices. The chai tea latte is topped off with steamed milk and foam. The flavor of the spices and the sweetness of the sugar is perfectly balanced out in this drink.

This concoction is sweeter than other chai drinks that you have tried, so proceed with caution. Always take a sip of your drink first before making any alterations to your brew.

Prefer something cold and refreshing instead? Well, the iced chai latte will fit the bill nicely. Here, the flavors of the drink are complemented by cold milk and ice.

London Fog Tea Latte

Although you may not be familiar with the name, you probably have come across this drink before. It is also known as an Earl Grey tea latte.

If you are in the mood for something light, citrusy, and floral, then you will love the taste of the London Fog tea latte. Although the black tea, bergamot, and lavender are noticeable, they blend well with the steamed milk and vanilla syrup.

The floral and milky flavors are certainly unique but lovely. Be prepared for an unusual pairing, but this taste test is sure to pay off for and this may just become your new favorite drink!

Yes, there is also an iced version which is just as lovely!

Royal English Breakfast Tea Latte

If you enjoy a stronger brew, the Royal English Breakfast tea latte will be right up your alley. The teas used for this blend are sourced from India and Sri Lanka, sweetened with liquid cane sugar. This results in a smokier and more robust tea latte.

The finishing touches on the tea latte is steamed milk and foam. The cold drink is strong, sweet, and delicious too!

Matcha Green Tea Latte

Although it is sometimes referred to as a green tea latte, this tea drink only contains matcha powder. Now, the thing to remember about this drink is that it is made from Starbucks matcha powder.

As such, it is sweetened matcha, quite unlike most traditional drinks. This matcha green tea latte may not be the healthiest option for you out there, but it is delicious. Combined with steamed milk, it is one of the creamiest drinks out there!

Do bear in mind that matcha can be an acquired taste. While the Starbucks version is certainly sweeter and creamier, it may take some getting used to. You may want to take a sip of your friend's drink before you go ahead and order this drink for yourself!

The iced matcha green tea latte is an absolute must-try as well!

How are Starbucks Tea Lattes Made?

If you want to order or customize your Starbucks tea lattes, you first need to know how they are made.

Starbucks uses Teavana tea bags for all of its tea lattes. The hot water is filled halfway and the tea bags are added. Once the tea has steeped for the appropriate amount of time, the tea bags are removed.

Then, steamed milk is poured onto the hot tea until it reaches the brim. The barista will often spoon some foam on top as well.

The process is a little different for the Starbucks matcha latte, though. This is because the barista adds scoops of the Starbucks matcha to milk and blends it well.

Some tea latte drinks are sweetened according to the recipe while others aren't. It is up to you to adjust the sugar or syrup according to taste.

How to Customize Your Starbucks Tea Lattes?

The best part of Starbucks is that you can alter and customize the Starbucks tea lattes any way that you like. Here are some suggestions on how to get the most out of your drink.

Consider Different Milk Choices

By default, your tea latte will be made with 2 percent milk. Therefore, one thing that you can try is other types of milk. If you prefer dairy milk, then opt for full fat milk or even heavy cream. This will make the tea drinks extra creamy. In particular, it will work well for the chai latte and even the breakfast tea.

Plant-based drinks are pretty great too. For instance, soy milk and Starbucks matcha work beautifully together. In general, green tea is best with non-dairy milks.

Almond milk is a great way to add a touch of nuttiness to any tea latte.

Mix and Match with Starbucks Syrup Flavors

Sauces and syrups are a great way to elevate your Starbucks tea beverage.

For chai tea latte, brown sugar, caramel, or cinnamon dolce syrup will work splendidly. With matcha, white chocolate mocha will add an interesting twist!

Classic syrup and vanilla syrup will go well with almost any tea latte. For the healthier, sugar free version, then you can opt for the sugar free vanilla syrup instead.

There are some who quite like chai tea and peppermint syrup together. You should be warned that this can be a bit of an acquired taste, however, so you should proceed with caution.

When asking for syrups, you do have to keep in mind how many pumps you want. Typically, the number of pumps will have to increase with the size of the cup - a venti cup will have one or more pumps than the grande.

At the same time, this is largely down to personal taste. Some may prefer a stronger flavor while others may enjoy gentler notes. Add accordingly.

Opt for Seasonal Syrups

There are some options that are only available during certain times of the year - usually around Christmas. These can add an interesting spin to your tea latte.

For instance, both the pumpkin spice and gingerbread syrup can be an excellent partner for chai. Of course, any of the tea lattes can be dressed up with the spiciness that these accompaniments have to offer.

If you aren't sure what kind of flavor explosion to expect with these additions, start off slowly. Add a pump, taste, and then adjust from there. This will ensure that the flavors will be well-balanced throughout the drink.

Top Iced Drinks with Cold Foam

As mentioned, each of the hot tea lattes have a cold counterpart. You could try topping these off with sweet cold foam. Salted caramel and sweet vanilla cold foam options already exist and will work with a number of the tea lattes.

At the same time, you can ask your barista to mix the syrup and cold foam together to create an entirely new level of decadence. Go ahead and try it, it will boost your drink immeasurably.

Add Espresso

Did you know that tea and coffee can work together? For this combination, ask for a shot off espresso in your chai to make a dirty chai latte. It is a fan favorite and after one sip, you will see why!

Tea Latte on top of wooden table top

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about Starbucks tea beverages:

How Do You Order a Tea Latte From Starbucks?

Simply order one of the hot or iced teas off the Starbucks menu. You can then customize it as you like.

What are the Teavana Tea Lattes at Starbucks?

Starbucks uses Teavana tea bags for all of its tea-based drinks.

Are Tea Lattes Caffeine Free?

No, as all of the tea lattes are made from true teas and full leaf black teas, they all have a moderate to high caffeine content.

Starbucks tea lattes aren't anything new, but they have been getting more attention recently. And, they should! They are tasty concoctions and each one offers a new and exciting flavor profile. Not to mention, they can each be customized to suit your taste buds!

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About the Author
Dr. Dheena Sadik
Dr. Dheena Sadik is a consultant Nutritionist and Dietician. She has over a decade of experience in the health and fitness industry.
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