Does frappuccino have coffee in it?

In this article, we will answer the question “Does frappuccino have coffee in it?”, what’s a frappuccino, and how much caffeine is in a frappuccino. 

Does frappuccino have coffee in it?

Yes, a frappuccino has coffee in it but this is not always the case. Frappuccinos without coffee are also available. Moreover, you can always request your barista to skip adding coffee or espresso to your favorite frappuccino drink. 

Starbucks frappuccino with coffee: Caffe Vanilla, Caramel, Coffee, Espresso, Java Chip, and Mocha.

Starbucks frappuccino without coffee: Blended Strawberry Lemonade, Vanilla Bean, and Strawberries & Cream.

The Double Chocolaty Chip Frappuccino and tea frappuccinos such as Chai Creme and the Green Tea Creme do not have coffee but contain caffeine due to the presence of chocolate and tea leaves, respectively. 

The former has 15 mg of caffeine while the latter contains about 20 mg of caffeine. The coffee-free frappuccino is also referred to as Frappuccino Blended Creme at Starbucks. 

What’s a frappuccino? 

Frappuccino is an iced drink blended with flavor syrups and topped with whipped cream and/or drizzled with a flavored syrup. Coffee is an optional ingredient of a frappuccino. Milk, sugar, ice, and flavored syrups are the main ingredients of a frappuccino. 

The coffee base or crème base pumps in a frappuccino is thick and concentrated in sugar. It serves to sweeten the iced drink while lending a smooth, milkshake-like consistency to it. You can reduce the number of base pumps to cut back on your calorie intake.

Starbucks introduced the frappuccino back in 1995. Starbucks offers both creme-based and coffee-based frappuccinos. 

The term ‘frappuccino’ is original to Starbucks so you would usually hear its alternative terms such as blended coffee, frozen coffee, or frappe in coffee shops other than Starbucks. 

Do all coffee-based frappuccinos contain espresso?

Only the Espresso Frappuccino contains an espresso shot. All other frappuccino drinks feature a specific number of Frappuccino Roast pumps. The frappuccino roast pump or Frap Roast is simply instant coffee powder dissolved in water in a specific ratio.

Increase the number of Frap Roast Pumps if you like strong coffee. You can also request your frappuccino made with an espresso shot instead of the roast pump. But you should be mindful that any tweak you make to the original recipe will impact the flavor and consistency of the final drink.

For example, mixing a hot shot of espresso with the icy smooth frappuccino will yield a rather watery drink. 

What is the calorie count and caffeine content of frappuccino drinks?

Drink Has coffee Caffeine Calories 
Caramel Ribbon Crunch FrappuccinoYes 85 mg470
Caramel Ribbon Crunch Crème FrappuccinoNo 0 mg420
Caramel FrappuccinoYes 90 mg380
Strawberry FrappuccinoNo 0 mg370
Caffè Vanilla FrappuccinoYes 95 mg400
Vanilla Bean Crème FrappuccinoNo 0 mg380
Coffee FrappuccinoYes 95 mg230
Chai Crème FrappuccinoNo 40 mg 340
Espresso FrappuccinoYes 155 mg210
Matcha Green Tea Crème FrappuccinoNo 70 mg 420
Java Chip FrappuccinoYes 105 mg 440
Double Chocolaty Chip Crème FrappuccinoNo 15 mg 410
Mocha Cookie Crumble FrappuccinoYes 95 mg 480
Chocolate Cookie Crumble Crème FrappuccinoNo 15 mg 460
Mocha FrappuccinoYes 100 mg 370
White Chocolate Crème FrappuccinoNo 0 mg 380
White Chocolate Mocha FrappuccinoYes 95 mg 410
Strawberry Funnel Cake FrappuccinoYes 85 mg 410
Strawberry Funnel Cake Crème FrappuccinoYes 0 mg 380

The calorie and caffeine content of the frappuccino will change if you customize your frappuccino. For example, if you request skim milk instead of whole milk for your frappuccino, the calorie content of the drink will decrease. 

Similarly, if you order the Java Chip Frappuccino with decaf espresso, your drink will have a reduced caffeine content than the standard Java Chip Frappuccino.

How much caffeine is in a Frappuccino? 

The ingredients and composition of every frappucino drink are different. Therefore, the caffeine content of every frappuccino will also vary. Whatever frappuccino you order, it is going to have less caffeine than black coffee. 

For example, an 80z serving of black coffee offers 95 mg of caffeine while a 16oz serving of a Tall Caramel Frappuccino contains about 65 mg of caffeine.

How does the taste of a caffeinated frappuccino differ from the non-caffeinated one?

Taste is a subjective perception. Caffeinated frappuccino is not superior in taste to the non-caffeinated one. Basically, it all comes down to personal preference. 

Go for a caffeinated frappuccino if you are low on energy and opt for a  coffee-free, cream-based Frappuccino for your daily dose of a tasty frozen drink.


In this article, we answered the question “Does frappuccino have coffee in it?”, what’s a frappuccino, and how much caffeine is in a frappuccino. 


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