Here’s What You Need to Know Before You Order Iced Tea at Starbucks

Starbucks has quietly rolled out this change to its iced green tea, black tea and passion tea.

When it comes to coffee shops, there’s no doubt that Starbucks is queen. Wherever you are in the world, whether it’s the United States, Japan or China, there’s something special about walking into one of the cafes. You know, like a shelf full of the adorable cold cups.

It makes sense that we’ve all got our orders down pat when we visit Starbucks. But…that doesn’t mean the menu isn’t subject to change! If you’re a fan of Starbucks iced tea, we’ve got some news for you.

Does Starbucks Have Unsweetened Iced Tea?

Yes! Now, when you order iced tea, the default will just be regular, unsweetened tea. That means just iced tea and ice. Previously, when you’d order iced tea, you would get a few pumps of liquid cane sugar in the mix (unless you stated otherwise). It was the default at Starbucks for a long time, but things have changed.

Currently, this applies to iced green tea, black tea and passion tea. Any drink that includes tea will be made as normal. So, if you’re a fan of the sweetened teas (the sweetened passion tea is my favorite), make sure you remember to ask for extra pumps of liquid cane sugar.

When Did Starbucks Make the Change?

If you’re a Starbucks fanatic that visits daily, this may already be old news to you. The changes were actually implemented back in March, and it was a very quiet change. While some customers may be a little annoyed, it’ll be OK. It may even help us cut down on our sugar intake!

The Best Tea Drinks at Starbucks

It’s hard to go wrong with any of the iced tea lemonade drinks, but we’re fans of the classic Arnold Palmer: black tea shaken with refreshing lemonade and ice. For a caffeine-free drink, check out the Iced Passion Tango. Of course, you can’t go wrong with a beverage from the Starbucks secret menu. Check out the Caribbean Refresher!

Melany Love
Having always wanted a career in writing, Melany couldn't have found a better place than Taste of Home to begin. When she's not scribbling in her notebook or working at her computer, she can be found experimenting with new recipes or relaxing with a book and her cats.