Tis the season to study your face off. I secretly think that Fall activities in the northeast are just another form of procrastination for college students. How on earth can I write a 10-page paper when there are leaves to play in and instagrams to take?? We’re drinking more caffeine than apple cider at this time of year. At a city university with more than three Starbucks on campus this begs the question: what Starbucks drinks are vegan?
I’ve aggregated suggestions both from already existing lists and from some of my vegan friends, one who was a Starbucks barista himself. Feel free to comment if anything’s changed or is inaccurate!
For all drinks soy milk is your best friend.
The basic drinks are vegan (e.g. hot or iced tea; hot or iced coffee with soy milk) and any flavored syrup like vanilla, hazelnut, or caramel.
The only syrups that contain dairy ingredients are White Chocolate Mocha, Pumpkin Spice, Caramel Brûlée (Surprise: Mocha sauce is vegan!)
Caramel drizzle is not vegan (Caramel macchiato and caramel frapp)
Chocolate shavings on peppermint mochas & the caramel brûlée toppings have labels that read, “processed on machines that share dairy ingredients” so you can decide for yourself how you feel about it.
Ask for soy milk. Avoid whipped cream, java chips, protein powder (in smoothies), caramel drizzle. Avoid all drinks with pumpkin spice, white mocha, caramel brûlée, and any light frapp.
List of drinks:
Café Misto with soy
Espresso Macchiato with Soy
Café Americano black or with soy
Soy hazelnut frapp
Hot chocolate with soy