Last Updated on October 12, 2022 by Timothy Byron Smith
For many of us, functioning without caffeine is physically impossible. Although coffee addiction is not the healthiest way of life, you have to do what you have to do, right? So, in most cases, ordering the venti is the best way to consume the most caffeine. But are you even sure of how many shots of espresso in a venti you are getting?
The biggest mistake people make is assuming that a venti is naturally going to have the highest level of caffeine. Since the Starbucks tall contains a single shot and a grande double shot, a venti is bound to contain three. It’s only common sense, right? It is true that that’s how it should be, but it is, in fact, not the case.
If you wish to know the real truth behind the espresso and caffeine content in your Starbucks drinks, you are in the right place to find out! Get ready to unpack the mysteries and secrets hidden in your coffee drinks. You might even end up reconsidering your preferred espresso choices.
What is a Venti?
It is pretty natural to get confused with the Starbucks cup sizes for your espresso drinks. You might think a Grande is the biggest cup but then you find out about a Venti. And what even is the trenta? Your puzzlement is understandable and we are to help things make sense for you.
Starbucks has a range of six cup sizes. They start from very small (the Demi) to the largest cup size (the Trenta). The Venti size comes second only to the Trenta (after the Grande) and it is one of the biggest cup sizes they offer. However, the Venti is a tricky drink: there are two choices to it – iced and hot.
If you want a higher level of caffeine the hack is to order the venti iced drink. There is a huge difference in the beverage quantity and caffeine content of both drinks. The venti beverage ordered hot contains 20 ounces of drink and 150 mg of caffeine. However, the venti iced beverage is a 24 ounces drink with a higher level of caffeine!
How Many Shots of Espresso in a Venti?
The Starbucks Short contains a single shot of espresso and the Tall size contains a double shot. So, it is only logical to assume that the next in line, the Venti, will have three shots of espresso. Well, it does… but it does not at the same time.
So, you know that the Venti comes in two distinct options – iced and hot. The hot Venti beverage contains only two shots of espresso, the same as the Grande. Shocked? We were too! You think the large cup will be packed with caffeine, however, it is filled with extra milk, froth, and syrups. Deceptive, we know!
But don’t get disappointed too soon! If it is the caffeine that matters to you the most and not the temperature of your coffee drink, then the iced Venti will please you. The iced venti stays true to its size and perception, containing three shots of espresso. This is also proven by its increased quantity compared to the hot Venti.
How To Make The Perfect Venti At Home?
What if we told you that you could very conveniently enjoy your favorite Venti drink right at home? It’s super easy and all you have to do is get the proportions right! There are specific proportions of espresso to other ingredients in the Starbucks drinks.
The key point to remember here is that a venti (hot) uses two shots of espresso. Whereas the venti iced beverage uses three shots of espresso. However, if you strictly prefer your beverages hot but still want more caffeine, you can add three shots of espresso to your hot Venti.
Just remember to adjust the proportion of the milk and other ingredients accordingly. With just this little information you can make your cherished lattes and mochas right at home. That too in the Venti cup size!
If the Starbucks drink sizes still perplex you, don’t worry. We have got more answers for you to clear all confusion! Now, you will not pause before ordering your next Venti drink at Starbucks or making your next Venti drink at home anymore.
The caffeine content in a Venti depends on the Venti option you go for. The Venti hot contains two shots of espresso which makes about 150 mg of caffeine content. The Venti iced, on the other hand, contains three shots of espresso. This makes for about 225 mg of caffeine.
Concluding The Tale of Venti
Knowing the caffeine content and how many shots of espresso in a Venti are being served is important for any coffee drinker. You want to know you are getting the worth of your money. So if all this time you were deceived by the trick of the Venti, it is time you wake up!
With this information, we believe it is time for your next trip to Starbuck. This time you will make a better and informed choice. Or maybe, just sit at home and make the Venti favorite of yours yourself!
Tim is the author and webmaster of this blog. He is a coffee aficionado who has always strived to succeed by simplifying the many facets of the coffee business into engaging and informative writing. In addition to helping readers discover their next brew, he intends to educate them about espresso and coffee.