Even after publishing multiple articles on the subject, I’m still often asked about the kosher status of drinks at Starbucks. So, I compiled all kosher starbucks information here.
Since 2009 or 2010, I’ve been keeping up with the kashrut status of drinks at Starbucks. It really hurts me when I see otherwise kosher-keeping Jews ordering completely non-kosher drinks, simply out of ignorance. I know they wouldn’t have wanted to if they knew!
So what exactly can you order kosher at starbucks?
I have a lot of gratitude for Rabbi Sholem Fishbane of the CRC of Chicago for his in-person and in-depth research in this area over the past seven years plus years.
Because I constantly receive questions, I’ve compiled all the chronological information here so you can read and look up whatever you like!
In a nutshell, you want to know what I order at Starbucks (mostly when I’m traveling or on summer days when I want a treat), since I’m well-versed on all this information?
My drink is an Iced Grande Soy Latte, with the shot divider removed. The shot divider is the only removable piece of the espresso machine that could have possibly been washed in the dishwasher with trief utensils. Espresso straight from the machine; cold soy milk straight into my cup.
What if you want a hot drink? Request a your cappuccino or latte at 115ºF or “Kiddie Temperature.” Trief “blius” doesn’t transfer at temperatures under 120ºF. And yes, it’s best to ask for the shots to be pulled without the shot divider.
What about the recent addition of chalav Yisrael milk being offered at certain Starbucks locations? My response to this is that, if you don’t know the kashrus status of the keilim (utensils used to prepare the drinks) and other factors, CY milk doesn’t make your drink more kosher. Unfortunately, many people think that Starbucks must be OK because some locations use CY milk. That’s not the case. The only benefit is if you keep chalav Yisrael and happen to not like soy or coconut milk (I love soy milk so this was never an issue for me). You still need to know the information in the drink guide below if you frequent the coffee shop.
A Complete History of Kashrus Issues in Starbucks:
2013: “What Could Be Wrong with My Little Latte?” by Victoria Dwek. An update to the new kashrus developments at Starbucks, published in Ami Magazine’s Whisk in 2013.