does a Frappuccino have coffee in it

Since its creation in 1994, the frappuccino has been a favorite among coffee lovers and those who can’t stand the stuff. The drink gets its name from a portmanteau of ‘frappe’, the American name for the french “lait frappé”, and ‘cappuccino’, an apt name for a drink that originated as a blend of coffee and dairy products. But what does that mean for the modern frappuccino?

Do frappuccinos contain coffee? Yes and no. The drink doesn’t have coffee in it by default, but many flavors are made with a coffee base that accounts for about a third of the beverage.

Can you order a Frappuccino without coffee at Starbucks?

Most Starbucks Frappuccinos have little to no caffeine, but if you want to cut out the coffee entirely, it’s easy to order a Frappuccino without coffee at Starbucks.

The Creme Frappuccino section of the menu offers 15 different cream-based flavors that are caffeine-free. Don’t see your favorite flavor? No problem! You can ask for any kind of frappuccino with a cream base instead.

If you prefer you can ask for the frappuccino with no coffee base, it provides the
same result.

What if your favorite frappuccino just happens to be a coffee flavor or you want to avoid all the additional cream? Ask for your drink to be made with decaf instead.

Still not sure what to order? Talk to your barista! They know all the ins and outs of the drinks and can point you in the right direction.

What Frappuccinos have no coffee?

If you’re looking for a quick list of frappuccinos without coffee, we’ve got you covered. Here are all the frappuccinos that don’t contain any coffee:

☕ Pistachio Crème Frappuccino

☕ Peppermint White Chocolate Crème Frappuccino

☕ Toasted White Chocolate Crème Frappuccino

☕ Caramel Brulée Crème Frappuccino

☕Chestnut Praline Crème Frappuccino

☕ Eggnog Crème Frappuccino

☕ Peppermint Mocha Crème Frappuccino

☕ Chocolate Cookie Crumble Crème Frappuccino

☕ Caramel Ribbon Crunch Crème Frappuccino

☕ Strawberry Crème Frappuccino

☕ Chai Crème Frappuccino

☕ Double Chocolaty Chip Crème Frappuccino

☕ Matcha Green Tea Crème Frappuccino

☕Vanilla Bean Crème Frappuccino

☕ White Chocolate Crème Frappuccino

This list doesn’t include all of the off-menu modifications you could order, but if you’re looking for something else, try swapping the coffee base of a regular frappuccino with decaf, or just ask for your favorite flavor to be made with a cream base. The possibilities are endless!

What Frappuccinos have coffee in them?

The following drinks are frappuccinos that are made with a coffee base and otherwise contain caffeine:

☕ Coffee Frappuccino

☕ Caramel Frappuccino

☕ Espresso Frappuccino

☕ Mocha Frappuccino

☕ White Mocha Frappuccino

☕ Java Chip Frappuccino

Due to the coffee flavor in so many of these frappuccinos, many cannot be made with a cream base without drastically changing the drink.

If you are trying to avoid or limit caffeine, but you have your heart set on a Java Chip Frappuccino, try ordering it with decaf instead.

What is a Frappuccino essentially made of?

A frappuccino is a drink made of blended coffee or cream, ice, milk, sweetening base, and syrup. Many frappuccinos will include other ingredients, such as fruit, to create the desired flavor.

Finally, it wouldn’t be a frappuccino without the whipped cream topping, which is then adorned with sauce and dry toppings such as cinnamon or chocolate shavings.

What does a Frappuccino have in it?

The drink is mostly made up of sweetener, flavoring, cream, and milk. Most Frappuccinos are made with a ratio of ⅓ coffee and ice and ⅓ milk, with the last third of the drink being made of roughly equal parts flavoring, sweetening syrup, and whipped cream.

The whipped cream is then topped off with syrup or drizzle and any dry toppings which are almost always sweet.

If made with a coffee base, a frappuccino can have regular coffee, decaf, or espresso in it. In both coffee and cream-based drinks, milk can be swapped out for skim milk or heavy cream, depending on your desired texture.

If you prefer a lactose-free option ask for soy milk instead.

Adding additional pumps of the sweetening base will make your drink creamier and sweeter, while additional pumps of flavoring will increase the intensity of the flavor.

If you want to mix things up, you can also get extra shots of other flavors to create new combinations.

Secret Menu Frappuccinos To Try


Harry Potter lovers can’t miss trying the Butterbeer Frappuccino. Order a Crème Frappuccino base of whole milk or heavy cream depending on how thick and creamy you want your drink to be.

Ask for a few pumps of both the caramel syrup and the toffee nut syrup and finish it off with a caramel drizzle.

Birthday Cake

The birthday cake frappuccino is only available for about a week out of each day. Even though it’s off the menu doesn’t mean it has to be out of reach. Order a Vanilla Bean Crème Frappuccino with one or two pumps of hazelnut syrup.

If you want to make it authentic, order a Birthday Cake Pop and ask for it to be
blended into the drink.


If you don’t live in Japan, you’re missing out on the delicious Tiramisu Frappuccino. Luckily, the drink uses ingredients you can order anywhere in the world.

Ask for a coffee Frappuccino with one pump of mocha sauce and a half pump of the caramel, vanilla, toffee nut, and hazelnut syrups. Top the drink off with a shot of espresso and an optional sprinkling of chocolate shavings and a dash of cinnamon.

Is Frappuccino bitter or sweet

Frappuccinos are sweet by default due to the high ratio of milk, cream, flavoring, and sweetener they contain. With only a third of the drink made of coffee (and ice!), the milk products can take the edge off the coffee.

Although they are sweet, Frappuccinos can have a slightly savory flavor to them depending on their flavor.

Drinks like the Chai Frappuccino are sweet but have a strong, spicy flavor comprised of cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, cloves, ginger, star anise, and more.

The Green Tea or Matcha Frappuccino is another must mention when it comes to drinks with a savory twist. The fresh Matcha powder gives the drink a characteristic earthy flavor that balances the sweetness out nicely.

Can you add shots to Frappuccinos?

Yes, if you ask your barista will be happy to add a shot of espresso into your drink. Want a stronger option? Order the shot “Ristretto”, for a more concentrated, syrupy style of shot.

If you want to mix it up, ask for your Frappuccino “Affogato” to have your barista pour a shot over the top of your drink, creating a tasty and beautiful mix of espresso and whipped cream.

By now, you know enough about Frappuccinos you could probably make your own. We’re here to help you do just that.

How to make Frappuccino at home without coffee?

Our recipe will show you how to make your very own Strawberries and Cream frappucino, arguably the most popular cream-based option, but the recipe and ingredients can be used for any frappuccino, just change out the flavorings!

You will need:

  • Strawberry Simple Syrup
  • Ice
  • Whole Milk
  • Heavy Cream or Double Cream
  • Whipped Cream
  • Fresh or Frozen Strawberries


  • Blender or Large Glass Jar with Lid
  • Straw (optional)

With any frappuccino, you’ll start the process by putting all of the base ingredients into your blender or jar. Everything except your whipped cream and toppings should be included.

If you’re using a blender, pulse the mixture to crush the ice and then blend the drink until smooth.

If you’re making your frappuccino with a jar, add your liquid ingredients first before adding five or six ice cubes into the mix. Tightly fasten the lid of your jar and shake it up. Depending on the desired consistency of your drink, you will want to shake the jar vigorously for one to two minutes.

Now all you need to do is pour your frappucino into a glass and top it with whipped cream! It’s that simple.

Since everyone has their preferences, it may take a few tries for you to get the drink exactly as you’d like it.

We recommend experimenting with different brands of syrup, swapping the ice cubes for frozen milk, or replacing the whole milk base with cream for a more decadent treat.

We’ve listed Xanthan Gum as an optional ingredient here, but if you’re after the consistency of the Starbucks frappuccino, it will make all the difference. Look for it in the baking or gluten-free sections of your grocery store.


Frappucinos are a delicious treat that can be made with or without coffee. Despite the decadence of the drink, they are also extremely easy to make and home.

If you liked what you’ve read, why not stick around and check out some of our other articles on coffee? Do you have any other frappucino-related questions we didn’t answer? Leave them in the comments section!

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