Starbucks Steamers (What Are They, Types + Other FAQs)

Did you know that Starbucks offers additional products beyond normal espresso and coffee beverages? One of these other products is called Starbucks Steamers.

So, do you know what Starbucks Steamers are or who they’d be good for? If not, keep reading because I’ve found out so much information from my research that I want to share with you!

What Are Starbucks’ Steamers In 2024?

Starbucks Steamers are cups of steamed milk that you can sip and enjoy regardless of your age. You also can add syrups to them for an even more interesting flavor. You can also choose to add whipped cream topping to your Starbucks Steamer. Additionally, steamers can be prepared with alternative and non-dairy milk in 2024.

Do you want to know more about Starbucks Steamers, such as what your milk options are and whether this drink comes with coffee? If so, continue reading and I’ll tell you all you need to know!

What Milk Is Used in Starbucks Steamers?

You can customize your Starbucks Steamer with several different milk choices, including the following:

  • Whole milk
  • Skim milk
  • 2% milk
  • Nonfat milk
  • Almond milk
  • Soy milk
  • Coconut Milk
  • Half & Half (Breve)
  • Oat milk

Note that the default option is 2% milk, so if you want a different milk choice, then you’re going to have to specify that when you order the drink.

What Are the Steamers From Starbucks?

Starbucks has a few different Steamer beverage options available for customers to choose from, including:

  • Cinnamon Dolce Crème
  • Vanilla Crème
  • Steamed Milk

However, Starbucks also rolls out special seasonal Steamers, including the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Steamer and Pistachio Crème for a limited time throughout the year.

Your local Starbucks might have additional Steamer drinks available during other times of the year as well, so make sure you keep an eye on your menu to see what other cool flavors to get!

What Comes with Starbucks Steamed Milk?

If you get the Starbucks Steamed Milk drink, you can choose to add any sauces and syrups into the drink that you want, so it’s customizable to your flavor preferences.

For example, Starbucks offers the following syrup options for the Steamed Milk drink:

  • Sugar-Free Vanilla
  • Vanilla
  • Raspberry
  • Hazelnut
  • Toffee Nut
  • Brown Sugar
  • Cinnamon Dolce
  • Peppermint
  • Caramel

Additionally, you can choose to add one of the following sauces to your Milk Steamer for even more flavor, including the following:

  • White Chocolate Mocha
  • Mocha
  • Dark Caramel
  • Pistachio

Can You Get Toppings on Starbucks Steamers?

Can You Get Toppings on Starbucks Steamers?

Starbucks Steamers can come with toppings, and you can choose the types of toppings you want on your drink and the amount of the topping you want, including the following:

  • Cinnamon Dolce sprinkles
  • Caramel drizzle
  • Mocha drizzle
  • Cinnamon powder
  • Whipped cream topping

Do Starbucks Steamers Have Coffee?

Starbucks Steamers don’t contain any coffee since it’s just a steamed milk beverage, so think of it as more like a coffee-free latte in terms of the foamy milk you find at the top of a latte.

Similarly, Steamers don’t contain espresso either, which a lot of people who’ve never heard of this drink were unaware of.

Who Are Starbucks Steamers Good For?

Starbucks Steamers are marketed as a kid-friendly drink option at Starbucks, although anyone can order one.

Additionally, if you don’t like coffee or want to stay away from high amounts of caffeine, then you may want to opt for the Starbucks Steamer instead of espresso or coffee drinks.

Furthermore, if it’s late at night and you want a hot drink to help you sleep, a Starbucks Steamer is the perfect option, especially if you don’t want to drink caffeine late at night.

Are Starbucks Steamers Sweet?

Starbucks Steamers are sweet if you decide to add syrup or sauce into them and then choose to get the toppings, such as whipped cream and drizzle.

Furthermore, if you opt for one of the seasonal flavored steamers and then add sauce, syrup, drizzle, whipped topping, and sprinkles, you’re going to have an immensely sweet drink.

However, the Steamers don’t have to be overly sweet if you just opt for a milk steamer with a hint of flavorings, such as one pump of vanilla or caramel.

You also can choose just a milk steamer without any additional flavors or toppings, which would be a good idea if you’re purchasing this kid-friendly drink for a child.

How Much Are Starbucks Steamers?

Starbucks Steamers range in price depending on which kind of Steamer you get and the size you choose but can range from $1.95 to $3.65.

For example, a Kids or Short Milk Steamer is $1.95, but if you order a Short Vanilla Crème, it will be $2.85 or a Venti Vanilla Crème will cost you $3.65.

Do Starbucks Steamers Have Caffeine?

Starbucks Steamers don’t contain caffeine and the milk used is caffeine-free, which is why it’s one of the best options for kids.

In addition, since the Steamers don’t contain caffeine, they aren’t as addictive as other Starbucks drinks, and won’t give you a headache when you’re coming off the caffeine buzz.

Are Starbucks Steamers Good?

Starbucks Steamers are amazingly good if you like steamed milk, especially if you add in some syrup or sauce and then add sprinkles or whipped cream on top.

However, if you just get steamed milk with nothing extra added to it, then you may not like the Starbucks Steamer very much unless steamed milk is what you’re into.

To learn more, you can also read our posts on Starbucks sauce vs syrup, what oat milk does Starbucks use, and what coffee does Starbucks use.


The Starbucks Steamer is a steamed milk drink that doesn’t contain any coffee or espresso, so it’s marketed as a kid-friendly drink. Additionally, it comes in Cinnamon Dolce Crème, Vanilla Crème, or just steamed milk, although seasonal flavors such as Pumpkin Spice are offered.

However, it’s a sweet treat for anyone of any age that likes steamed milk, and you can add flavored sauces and syrups, or add sprinkles and drizzle for an even sweeter treat! 

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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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