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Let’s start with Starbucks’ description of the Starbucks Blonde Cappuccino:

“Our seriously smooth and subtly sweet Starbucks Blonde Espresso lies in wait under a smoothed and stretched layer of thick foam. With less milk than a latte, a Cappuccino offers a stronger espresso flavor, a luxurious texture and a velvety, frothy foam with a crisp, cool undercurrent.”

What this doesn’t tell you: Cappuccinos are meant to be consumed quickly, so they are much foamier (lighter) and are steamed to a lower temperature (141 Fahrenheit if I recall correctly) than other Starbucks espresso drinks.

My Recommendation

I recommend getting any and all hot Starbucks milk-and-espresso beverages with breve and extra shots of espresso. Breve is especially important in this drink, because it’s supposed to be foamy and creamy, and you definitely taste the milk.

As this drink is just milk and espresso, you don’t need to go crazy with the extra shots here. That being said, the Venti size does contain a ton of milk, so if you don’t want your espresso tasting too muted try adding a shot at a time until you get it just right.

My Experience 

I already tried the Blonde Flat White, which, like this drink, is composed only of espresso and milk, with no additions. Here’s the difference between the Blonde Flat White and the Blonde Cappuccino: This one has regular espresso shots instead of ristretto ones, is heated to a lower temperature, and contains a lot more foam. So how do these differences affect the drinking experience?

It’s a little less sweet than the Blonde Flat White, and is quicker to drink. I tasted fewer flavors in the espresso, leaving me with just a slight creamy caramel flavor. In a cappuccino, there is a lot of milk foam on top that hasn’t been mixed with the espresso (as you can see in the photo above), so your drinking experience ends up being milkier at the start and more espresso-y at the finish.


It’s good, but if I’m getting a simple milk-and-espresso drink, I’d rather get a Blonde Flat White next time. The two drinks are very similar, but the Blonde Flat White was just more flavorful for me.

Feel free to give this one a shot, though, especially if you love foam and want to drink your beverage quickly.

Nutritional Information (Courtesy of For the Standard-Recipe Blonde Cappuccino:

Nutrition Facts Per Serving (16 fl oz)
Calories 120Calories from Fat 35
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 15mg5%
Sodium 100mg4%
Total Carbohydrate 12g4%
Dietary Fiber 0g0%
Sugars 10g
Protein 8g
Caffeine 170mg**
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
**Each caffeine value is an approximate value.

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