[VIDEO] A Simple Guide to Ordering Vegan Beverages at Starbucks India

Starbucks launched in India in 2012 and has since come a long way in satisfying the demands of their plant-based customers. From introducing vegan cold brew to adding Oatly oat milk to accompany the existing soy and almond milk options, Starbucks India has made significant strides in vegan offerings.

Since India has many plant-based coffee lovers, we wanted to share a video featuring the latest plant-based additions to the Starbucks menu.

We’ve also put together a simple guide for ordering a vegan beverage at Starbucks.

Avoid beverages like the White Chocolate Mocha, White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino, and Caramel Frappuccino. These contain milk solids in their base ingredients. Although Starbucks gets vegan-friendlier by the day, many beverages can’t be made dairy-free even with plant-based milk. Besides, the caramel sauce is not vegan. Also avoid the Pumpkin Spice Latte. The pumpkin spice creamer (a base ingredient) contains condensed skim milk. While Starbucks offers a vegan version in certain parts of Europe, it isn’t available in India yet.

The following beverages are or can be made vegan:

Strawberries and Crème Frappuccino

Caffè Mocha

Crunchy Red Hat Mocha Cream Frappuccino

Espresso Frappuccino

Hazelnut Latte

Crunchy Red Hat Mocha

Signature Hot Chocolate

Cold Brew Black

Matcha and Espresso Fusion

Coffee Frappuccino

Iced Shaken Hibiscus and Passion Lemonade

Mocha Frappuccino

Cold Brew BlackOnce you choose from the list above, follow these steps to veganise your beverage:

Ask the barista to skip the cream. This one is easy. Starbucks doesn’t offer vegan whipped cream.

Choose plant-based milk. Available options are soy, almond, and oat milk.

Skip the java chips, cinnamon dolce, toffee nut sprinkles, and protein powder. These are not vegan.

And for people who like their coffee black, Americano is always a safe bet. An Americano is simply full-bodied espresso with hot water. Americano and espresso are the easiest vegan options.


Want even more vegan options at Starbucks? A little praise and encouragement go a long way, so please take a moment to thank Starbucks India and ask for more dairy-free and meat-free options! You can leave a comment on their Instagram posts by visiting their page here.