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How Much Caffeine Is In A Starbucks Caffé Americano?

How Much Caffeine Is In A Starbucks Caffé Americano?

Sean Gregory
4 minute read

If you are looking for a caffeinated kick during the day there is a pretty good chance you will find yourself at a Starbucks staring at their menu of espresso and coffee options. The Caffé Americano is a coffee style drink made using espresso shots instead of brewed coffee. 

Since it is made with espresso the caffe americano will often had a bolder and richer flavor profile making this a great option for those who enjoy a stronger coffee taste.

With all that espresso you would assume the caffeine content would be higher than a regular coffee, right? Well you would be wrong. Several of their regular brewed coffee has more caffeine per cup. Why?

Well, a grande Pike Place coffee is made with 16 ounces of brewed coffee while the same size Caffé Americano is made with 3 espresso shots (1 ounce per shot) poured into a cup containing 13 ounces of hot water.

What is the caffeine content of Starbucks Caffé Americano?

A Caffé Americano when ordered as a 16 oz Grande will contain roughly 14 mg of caffeine per ounce for a total of 225 mg of caffeine with zero sugar.

A Caffé Americano is an espresso based drink made with shots of espresso topped with hot water. Starbucks will use 1 shot in their 8 ounce Short and add a shot per size upgrade. 


 Serving Size Caffeine (MG) Sugar (G)
8 oz (Short) 75 0
12 oz (Tall) 150 0
16 oz (Grande) 225 0
20 oz (Venti) 300 0

Is Starbucks Caffé Americano Caffeine Content Considered High?

At 14 mg of caffeine per brewed ounce and 225 mg in just the Grande Size, the Caffé Americano from Starbucks is considered to be one of the higher caffeinated retail chain coffee options.

Their Venti (20 oz) has 300 mg of caffeine before adding any extra espresso shots.

Since the FDA states 400 mg of caffeine to be generally considered as safe for healthy adults, drinking one of these should not be an issue. Any consumption of three or more in one day can cause caffeine related side effects.


Caffeine has a half-life of 6 hours, meaning that half of the amount you consumed will be out of your body within 6 hours. The other half will take another 4-6 hours to leave, so that means you'll need to wait 12 hours for complete clearance from your system. But this is just an average; some people may clear it more quickly than others due to individual factors such as age and genetics.


Ingredients In Starbucks Caffé Americano:

Espresso shots topped with hot water. You can ask to add milk or cream but this will basically turn the drink into a latte.


Comparison to other drinks

Average Caffeine Content MG of Caffeine
Black Insomnia Coffee 1105
Bang Energy 300
Starbucks Cafe Americano 225
Coca-Cola Classic 34

Is Their Sugar or Calories in a Caffé Americano?

Since the drink is made with Espresso and water, their is no sugar in this Starbucks Coffee and only about 10-15 total calories. This makes the Caffé Americano a great option for those looking to avoid the sugar bombs on the Starbucks menu (We're looking at you Mocha Chocolate Chip Frappuccino)




Short (8oz)

Tall (12oz)

Grande (16oz)

Venti (20oz)

Bottled Frappuccino N/A 110 mg (13.7oz) N/A N/A
Breakfast Blend 170 mg 280 mg 375 mg 445 mg
Caffé Americano 75 mg 150 mg 225 mg 300 mg
Nitro Cold Brew 215 mg 280 mg N/A N/A
Pike Place 155 mg 235 mg 310 mg 410 mg
Pumpkin Spice Latte 75 mg 75 mg 150 mg 150 mg
Veranda Blend 180 mg 270 mg 360 mg 425 mg


Where To Buy?

The Caffé Americano is only available at Starbucks retail locations and does not have a pre-made bottled or canned option.

Looking for something else? Check out all the coffee options from Meadow Ridge Coffee.


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