How Do Starbucks Refills Work? (All You Need To Know)

It’s not surprising that many people consider Starbucks to be their favorite coffee shop. With a varied menu of quality food and drinks, a welcoming ambiance, and a convenient location, it’s an excellent place to meet up with friends or finish a report.

Whether chatting with friends or working hard, having refills of your drink is always lovely to keep you going. If you want to know how Starbucks refills work, you’ll find all the answers below.

How Do Starbucks Refills Work?

Starbucks Rewards members can get free and unlimited refills of brewed coffee or tea in a single store visit if they use their Starbucks Card or the Starbucks mobile app to make the original purchase. When requesting a refill, they must show the same Starbucks Card or Starbucks account in the app. The refill need not be the same beverage.

You may have more questions about how refills work, what kinds of coffee and tea are available, and what to do if you are not a Starbucks Rewards member. So keep on reading!

Do You Get a Refill On Your Coffee at Starbucks?

We found it quite true; you can get free refills during a single store visit.

Even better, your refill can be either coffee or tea, regardless of what the original drink was that you ordered.

There are some conditions, of course, for the free refills. First, refills are only available for in-store visits and not at the drive-thru.

If you think about it, that’s a pretty reasonable condition because each drive-thru visit ends when you are handed your order and drive off.

To get the free refills, you must be a Starbucks Rewards program member and use your registered Starbucks Card or the Starbucks app to make the payment.

When requesting a refill, you must show the barista the same Starbucks Card or your account in the Starbucks mobile app you used to pay.

Also, remember that you can only get unlimited free refills during a single visit. So, if you leave the store for any reason, your visit will be considered to have ended.

Even if you return to the store a few minutes later and need another drink, that counts as another visit, and you have to start with a new purchase.

What Drinks Can I Get For My Free Refills?

What Drinks Can I Get For My Free Refills? Starbucks

The best thing about Starbucks refills is that you’re not limited to the drink that you originally ordered for your refill.

You can get free refills of different types of tea and coffee, regardless of the original drink you ordered.

The brewed coffee can include hot or Iced Coffee or Cold Brew, and the tea can be hot or iced tea (but not including lemonade). The refill size must be the same or smaller than the original drink you purchased.

What If I Don’t Have a Rewards Account?

You can still get refills if you’re not a Starbucks Rewards member and don’t want to sign up for the loyalty rewards program. You will have to pay for the refill, which will be a meager price.

The refills you can get include the same types of brewed coffee and tea available for Rewards members, as listed above.

How Much Does Starbucks Charge For a Refill?

Free refills are only available to Starbucks Rewards members. If you’re not a Starbucks Rewards member, you must pay a small amount for a refill.

The amount you pay for a refill varies from state to state, but it’s just around 50 cents. That’s a reasonable price for a quality drink in a lovely setting.

Will Starbucks Refill Any Cup?

To tackle the problem of pollution caused by single-use disposable cups, Starbucks has reintroduced reusable cups. Starbucks encourages customers to use reusable cups or to bring their own clean cups for their drinks.

They will even give you a discount of 10 cents off the price of your drink if you use a reusable cup or bring your own mug with you.

You can also use Starbucks’ ceramic “for-here ware” if you consume your drinks during the store visit.

To learn more about Starbucks, you can also read our posts on whether you can get a free Starbucks drink on your birthday, whether Starbucks cups are recyclable, and where Starbucks gets its coffee beans.

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Marques Thomas

Marques Thomas graduated with a MBA in 2011. Since then, Marques has worked in the retail and consumer service industry as a manager, advisor, and marketer. Marques is also the head writer and founder of

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