Starbucks Chai Tea Latte Caffeine Content

This article outlines the amount of caffeine in Starbucks Chai Tea Latte for its various cup sizes. Furthermore, you will find its ingredients and a comparison of this tea’s caffeine to other caffeinated beverages. We think some people may be surprised at how much caffeine is in this drink.

Caffeine In Starbucks Chai Tea Latte

Serving SizeCaffeine(mg)
8 fl. oz. (short)50mg
12 fl. oz. (tall)70mg
16 fl. oz. (grande)95mg
20 fl. oz. (venti)120mg

Ingredients

Caffeinated beverages like sodas and energy drinks commonly have added caffeine. This caffeine appears in the ingredients list because it is added and not naturally occurring,

You will notice that the ingredients below for Starbucks Chai Tea Latte do not list caffeine. This is because its caffeine comes naturally from tea so the caffeine is not required to be disclosed separately. To be certain, there is caffeine in this tea as outlined in the table above.

Ingredients: Milk, Water, Chai Tea Concentrate [an Infusion Of (Water, Black Tea, Cardamom, Black Pepper, Ginger, Cinnamon, Cloves, Natural Flavors, Star Anise), Sugar, Honey, Ginger Juice, Natural Flavors, Vanilla, Citric Acid]

Note that the above ingredients may vary based on possible additions such as toppings and flavors.

Caffeine Comparison

The caffeine in Starbucks Chai Tea Latte is higher than most sodas of the same size. However, its caffeine is lower than many energy and coffee drinks.

As a reference, most adults can safely consume up to 400mg of caffeine per day (source). That is equivalent to about 5-1/2 Starbucks Chai Tea Lattes. Most people don’t come close to consuming over the recommended daily caffeine.

BeverageServing SizeCaffeine(mg)
Starbucks Chai Tea Latte12 fl. oz.70mg
Dunkin’ Chai Latte12 fl. oz.84mg
Starbucks Medium Roast Coffee – Pike Place Roast12 fl. oz.235mg
Lipton Hot Tea12 fl. oz.83mg
McDonald’s Coffee12 fl. oz.109mg
Turkey Hill Iced Tea12 fl. oz.45mg
Coca-Cola Classic12 fl. oz.34mg
Pepsi12 fl. oz.38mg
Dr Pepper12 fl. oz.42mg
Mountain Dew12 fl. oz.54mg
Rockstar Energy Drink – Original12 fl. oz.120mg
Monster Energy – Original12 fl. oz.120mg
*The caffeine in brewed beverages is approximate.*

Sources:
starbuck.com
“How Much Caffeine Is Too Much?” Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, 11 Nov. 2022, https://health.clevelandclinic.org/how-much-caffeine-is-too-much/.