Why I’ve never tried a Starbucks matcha drink

because it’s greeen, I’m lactose intolerant, and I’m rarely at starbucks

No seriously, that IS why I’ve never gone for it. But, since the newest basic girl trend is a matcha from Starbucks, I decided to do a little research on what it is.

I actually already knew that matcha is a concentrated, powdered form of green tea because my parents raved about it from their trips to Japan. In Japan, they serve matcha with the tinniest little spoons and a cup of hot water. My dad said the first time he tried it he accidentally dumped a heaping teaspoon and had to ask for another cup it was so strong!

Anyways, let’s start with the unbelievable benefits of matcha:

  • Prevents cancer
  • Boosts metabolism
  • Protects the liver to help your hangover
  • Anti-ager
  • Lowers bad cholesterol (LDL) and stabilizes blood sugar
  • Detoxifies the body
  • Promotes concentration and clears the mind with the L-theanine amino acid

However! The Starbucks matcha is NOT pure matcha. The drink itself is originally blended with milk, ice, and is “lightly” sweetened (even if they tell you they didn’t add anything).

Ohhh wait but you’re the one who just get the scoops of matcha and pays $0.87? Well then you’re in the clear right? Wrong! Look at the matcha powder package below that Starbucks uses:

The ingredients list says: “sugar and green tea powder”. Ingredients are always listed is order of volume (the most being at the front of the list). Since sugar is first, that means at least 51% of the powder is sugar. With each scoop containing 5g of sugar and only 1g of “other” carbs, it makes me wonder how much of the powder is actually matcha?

Ultimately, if you want a matcha green tea from Starbucks- go for it! But if you’re only doing it because you think it’s a healthy choice, think again.


Looking for pure matcha? Check out the Matcha Japanese Green Tea from Teavana (which ironically Starbucks recently acquired…)

4 thoughts on “Why I’ve never tried a Starbucks matcha drink

  1. jiy2994 Reply

    This is actually super ironic because I was just in California and girls I became friendly with would always get matcha and water at Starbucks because of how healthy it was! I was going to try it with them, but decided to stick to just regular hot green tea! Thanks for this info though… I had a feeling Starbucks was up to no good lol

  2. New Journey Reply

    Good point…I stopped going to Starbucks after I read somewhere that they put there coffee beans thru some sort of sugar coat or spray or soak….it really can become addicting and its not the caffeine I am talking about….so I went cold turkey and have stopped all Starbucks products and the craving for their coffee went away in about 3 days….crazy but I believe that story I read…I can’t find the article I read it in, it was several years ago…..nothing against SB but no thanks….

    • fitwithdasha Post authorReply

      Did you still drink coffee? It’s likely that it was the caffeine in your coffee, not Starbucks in general?

      • New Journey Reply

        Yes I am a 2 cup in the Am and maybe a home made iced in the afternoon….and your probably right but there was a definite craving for Starbucks in general, my son had it too…we were faith to there coffee everyday sometime twcice a day…I didn’t crave coffee like that after I stopped going…I am currently only drinking at home, Yuban…I do love a good smooth cup of java…LOL I have also stopped all white sugar and fake sugar….I do feel better and my craving urges have subsided a lot….do disrespect to Starbucks…I was once a faithful follower and could return easily…

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