Starbucks Information

Please be advised that Starbucks corporation has decided to end the expanded STAR-K kosher information program.
Consumers are advised that effective immediately the STAR-K can only recommend a limited number of drinks and can no longer vouch for the kashrus of many of the flavored items previously listed.

In general Starbucks stores serve hot treif meat and cheese. Therefore, since 2011, Rav Moshe Heinemann Shlit”a, STAR-K Rabbinic Administrator, suggests that one should avoid if at all possible, buying drinks prepared with equipment that may have been washed with treif equipment. There are drinks (see list below) that are prepared without any contact with questionable equipment and are acceptable at any store.

When one is traveling, (traveling means when one is away from home and no other viable kosher certified coffee option is readily available),  this creates a situation of sha’as hadchak – i.e., a difficult situation and one need not be concerned with the restrictions on the beverages listed below (based on the Psak of the Noda B’Yehuda quoted in Yad Ephraim, Y.D. 122-6, D’H’ Shelo’ it can be found in Shu”t Noda B’Yehuda Kama 36) . One does not need to be driving on the highway to fit into the category of traveling.

We cannot recommend syrups, sauces, toppings, powders, soy or almond milk or other items not listed below unless customer confirms that they bear a reliable certification.

Please note: Starbucks stores serve cholov stam.

 The following recommendations are for the USA and Canada only.
HOT BEVERAGE ACCEPTABLE AT ANY STARBUCKS ONLY ACCEPTABLE WHEN TRAVELING
Bottled Starbucks Drinks

(Cholov Stam). with a KD
Yes Yes
Caffe Americano

Avoid using the “shot” glass.
Yes Yes
Cappuccino

(Cholov Stam)
Yes
Coffee, Regular and Decaf No Yes
Espresso

Avoid using the “shot” glass.
Yes Yes
Espresso Macchiato

(Cholov Stam)
No Yes
Hot Tea Yes Yes
Hot Tea

Flavored with kosher symbol on box
Yes Yes
Latte Hot/Caffe Latte

(Cholov Stam)
No Yes
ICED BEVERAGES ACCEPTABLE AT ANY STARBUCKS ONLY ACCEPTABLE WHEN TRAVELING
Cold Brew Yes Yes
Iced Coffee No Yes
Iced Caffe Americano

(Cholov Stam)
Yes Yes
Iced Caffe Latte

(Cholov Stam)
Yes Yes
Nitro Cold Brew Yes Yes
Teavana Black Iced Tea No Yes
Teavana Green Iced No Yes
Teavana Iced White Tea No Yes
SYRUPS, SAUCES, TOPPINGS, MILK SUBSTITUTES ETC…
CONSUMERS MUST CHECK FOR RELIABLE KOSHER SYMBOLS
Whipped cream found in most Starbucks stores is made from heavy cream (Cholov Stam) and vanilla syrup that carry a reliable Kosher certification. Before adding it to the product, consumers must first verify its kosher status by checking the original containers for a reliable kosher symbol.