How Many Shots of Espresso in a Venti?

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The Starbucks venti comes in a bigger cup with more liquid, but is a venti a better value than a grande? How many shots of espresso are in a venti?

Most hot venti drinks have two shots, the same as in a grande. Some venti drinks, though, have as many as four shots of espresso, even if you don’t ask for extras.

Whether you want to regulate your caffeine intake or get the most for your dollar, here’s all the info you need about Starbucks venti drinks.

How Many Shots Of Espresso In A Venti?

A venti is usually 20 ounces, but most of that volume is usually milk, not espresso. Your standard venti lattes and other hot venti drinks have just two shots of espresso. The typical espresso shot size is just 1 ounce, so only 2 of those 20 ounces are filled with espresso.

A bit later, I’ll show you some other venti drinks that have more than two shots of espresso, but first, let’s compare these numbers to the next size down—the grande.

How Many Shots Of Espresso In A Grande?

Starbucks grande drinks also have two shots of espresso. That means you are getting exactly as much coffee in a 16-ounce grande as you are in a 20-ounce venti. The extra size (and money!) goes toward steamed milk and flavorings.

As you may have guessed, then, the strongest Starbucks drinks will almost always be the grande drinks, not the venti. And they are also the best value for your money. There is one exception, though, and that’s the Caffe Americano which has three shots in the grande and four shots in the venti.

How Many Shots Of Espresso In Other Venti Drinks?

Okay, so I oversimplified things earlier. Your basic hot venti drink has two shots, but some other venti drinks have as many as four shots. And, of course, you can always pay to have more shots of espresso added to your drink.

Here’s a quick rundown of the espresso shots in each venti drink:

Starbucks drink typeSize (ounces)Espresso shots
Hot venti (latte, cappuccino, macchiato, etc.)202
Iced venti (latte, cappuccino, macchiato, etc.)243
Venti Americano244

Notice that the 3 and 4 shot venti drinks are also larger, so the flavor of the coffee isn’t that much stronger. But by the time you finish the drink, you’ll still have an extra heavy dose of caffeine to keep you awake.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much caffeine is in a venti?

Each shot of espresso at Starbucks has 75 mg of caffeine. Thus, a hot venti latte will have 150 mg of caffeine, an iced venti latte will have 225 mg, and a venti Americano will have 300 mg.

For comparison, a standard cup of coffee has about 95 mg, and the USDA recommends that a typical adult consume no more than 400 mg of caffeine per day.

How many shots are in a venti latte?

A hot venti latte will have two shots of espresso. Iced lattes have three shots, but they are also 24 ounces instead of the 20 for a hot venti.

Grande lattes have two shots, exactly like the venti, and a tall has only one shot of espresso.

How many espresso shots are in a venti cappuccino?

A hot venti cappuccino has two espresso shots, and an iced venti cappuccino has three.

How many espresso shots are in a venti mocha?

A hot venti mocha has two espresso shots, and an iced venti mocha has three shots.

How many espresso shots are in a venti iced latte?

Venti iced lattes have three shots of espresso, just like other Starbucks iced venti drinks.

How many shots are in a venti Americano?

If you are looking for an intense caffeine boost, a venti americano is your go-to venti with four total espresso shots. It’s the only venti drink that is more caffeinated than its grande counterpart.

How Many Ounces Is A Venti?

A hot Starbucks venti is 20 ounces, while an iced venti is 24 ounces.

What’s Next

You’ve now got all the info you need to get your caffeine on at Starbucks. While you’re there, did you know that Starbucks will grind your coffee beans for you? It’s a pretty cool service they offer that’s perfect if you have a home espresso machine, but you haven’t invested in a coffee grinder yet.

And if you want to reduce the cost of your cup of coffee but don’t have an espresso machine yet, there are some pretty cool options, just like Starbucks’ Mastrena espresso machines. Then again, a budget espresso machine will work, too. You could even start making your own frappuccinos!

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