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Introducing Starbucks Refreshers™ Iced Beverage

Starbucks refreshers

You know that cool moment, when you come across something head-scratchingly different, new or just plain-old-intriguing? Like discovering a new band, a hidden-gem restaurant, a new app, a genius artist? I love that feeling!

Well, here’s to a new kind of coffee experience that I hope feels a little like that. You have told us you want more thirst-quenching beverages at Starbucks. So we dabbled. We played. We mixed. We tasted. We dabbled a little more. And we created Starbucks Refreshers™, a new line of iced beverages currently available in select stores in southern California and Arizona.

Starbucks Refreshers™ Iced Beverages come in two flavors: Very Berry Hibiscus with real blackberries and Cool Lime with a slice of real lime. Each contains real fruit, fruit juice – and green, unroasted coffee extract. We call it Greenstyle™ Coffee.

Around the beverage department we like to say “the newest thing in coffee tastes nothing like coffee.” Greenstyle™ Coffee is a new ingredient made solely of green coffee beans, so it has a light, subtle taste unlike that of roasted coffee, but it still provides a bit of natural caffeine.

I’m a big fan of these drinks because they are super thirst-quenching. I’m hoping you all in SoCal and Arizona will be fans, too. I’d love to hear what you think.

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    • lopezcasa
    • 7/21/2011 8:09 PM

    I tasted the Hibiscus refresher and it was awesome! Can you give me the calorie stats on this drink, sweetened and unsweetened? Thanks.

      • thebeebe5
      • 7/24/2011 7:11 AM

      In reply to: lopezcasa

      The information I have is approximately 100 calories for the Lime, a little more for the Berry (and that's the venti size). Low sugar - can't remember the exact grams. I want to say 9. No sweetener added unless requested - so the sugar content is only what comes in the juices.

      • pixxiedust4
      • 10/20/2011 10:23 AM

      In reply to: lopezcasa

      Here in Phoenix we also have a Strawberry Lemonade on that is awesome!!!!! I have recently quit drinking soda and the small caffine content in this works well to ward of the caffine headache!

    • lexlilly
    • 7/21/2011 9:48 PM

    The Lime refresher is amazing...but I need to know the calorie/carbohydrate/sugar content. asap....cant start drinking it til I know

    • jenjosh
    • 7/21/2011 10:40 PM

    I had my 1st Very Berry Hibiscus yesterday, and couldn't wait to get another one today. Thought about it all evening yesterday and early this morning. So good!! The weather was in the high 90's today, and this was the perfect drink to quench my Summer thirst!! :) I especially love the fact that there are berries in it to munch on after the drink is gone.

    • YatesAL
    • 7/21/2011 11:41 PM

    We would love to have those refreshers down here in hot southern Texas.

    • LMarshall310
    • 7/22/2011 12:21 AM

    The author mentions that the refreshers are in So. Cal and AZ. I am in No. Cal., and got a taste of the Lime one at the Starbucks at Target. It was tasty and refreshing!

      • amandathemama
      • 7/24/2011 8:13 PM

      In reply to: LMarshall310
      There is only 50 calories!! and if you are on the Weight Watchers points plus program, like's 0 Points! YAY! the link above gives the info about the cool lime, in Tall.

      • hikanteki
      • 8/18/2011 9:53 PM

      In reply to: LMarshall310

      Where in NorCal did you find it? I am up here also and am looking for one.

    • 7/22/2011 12:00 PM

    I tried the Berry hibiscus one yesterday and it was awesome, refreshing. We need drinks like this for AZ. It was 118 degrees here & this is a great replacement from the drink several years ago the, Tazzleberry tea. Great job, great drink!!!

    • riskyt
    • 7/22/2011 3:04 PM

    I love the Berry one.

    Now we just need the weather to match!

    • carolsuefab
    • 7/22/2011 4:37 PM

    I had my first Berry Hibiscus refresher today and really liked it, but I need to know how many grams of sugar are in it, it doesn't taste too sweet, but I still need to know what's in it. When will that info be available?

    • jls272
    • 7/22/2011 9:11 PM

    Had my first Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher today - wow! So mild and subtle, but (and I hate to be redundant) refreshing! I think next time I might go with no classic, though - it was a little sweet.

    • kr1sty
    • 7/23/2011 10:06 AM

    I tried the Lime Refresher yesterday. I only wish I would have gotten a bigger size. It was delicious, lime with a hint of mint. Reminded me of a Mojito. Yummy.

    • azmeltdown
    • 7/24/2011 9:08 AM

    tried them last summer and couldn't wait for Starbucks to bring them back, my favorite is the very berry hibiscus; it would be great if this be a made in to a mix to make at home or work. absolutely love it!

    • lizziefro
    • 7/24/2011 4:20 PM

    I don't like the taste of coffee but I tried the Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher today at the suggestion of my friend. It is fantastic! Please keep this around; I need to try the lime next.

    • 7/24/2011 7:05 PM

    Try the hibiscus and the lime mixed! It is fantasitic!

    • leahpratt
    • 7/24/2011 11:32 PM

    I just tried the lime refresher drink! I was very good and I would so reccomend it!

    • chapman53
    • 7/25/2011 8:20 AM

    Starbucks needs to be A LOT more clear that this drink has only rolled out in a small part of the U.S. On -- no mention until you get to the last sentence of the blog.

    I'm ticked off because I got an email promoting this (I'm in VA), walked a half mile to Starbucks in 95-degree heat -- and of course ended up with no Refresher (only confused looks).

    Please, for the other 90% of the country, make it CLEAR these are only available in a limited area.

      • Iluvsbux24
      • 8/3/2011 7:58 PM

      In reply to: chapman53

      Don't worry... they are going national next year along with the Ready to Drink version in supermarkets and convenience stores, right now testing only in Arizona
      . Right now Refreshers in retail stores are available in Southern California and Arizona.

    • AlaynaGT
    • 7/25/2011 12:25 PM

    My big question with this is what other sweeteners are in the drink? The bottled ones have erythritol, an artificial sweetener, but I have not been able to find the information on the ones made in the store. Anyone know?

      • vickiimidwife
      • 7/31/2011 2:36 PM

      In reply to: AlaynaGT

      Unfortunately, erythritol in the ones from the counter as well. Artificial sweeteners are really not healthy. I wish they'd have considered stevia instead. Or just stuck with sugar.

    • starbucks starbucks
    • 7/25/2011 2:04 PM

    Thanks for your comments. Some of you have asked for the calorie counts for the beverages. The Berry Hibiscus Refreshers has 60 calories for a Tall (12 oz.), 70 calories for a Grande (16 oz.), 100 calories for a Venti (24 oz.), and 130 calories for a Trenta (31 oz.). The Cool Lime Refreshers has 40 calories for a Tall (12 oz.), 50 calories for a Grande (16 oz.), 80 calories for a Venti (24 oz.), and 100 calories for a Trenta (31 oz.).

      • CreepyGnome
      • 8/11/2011 1:33 PM

      In reply to: starbucks

      Thanks for the Calories, but I really want the full Nutrition Info including ingredients used. They currently are not listed on your Drink Nutrition area of the site yet.

    • thustana
    • 7/25/2011 6:32 PM

    The Cool Lime drink is delicious. How much caffeine is in a tall/grande/vente cup?

    • Mindyruns
    • 7/26/2011 1:16 PM

    Well it's HOT here in Charlotte, NC, too! And again disappointed to be left out of the newest offerings - first it was the bistro boxes we don't have and now its the refreshers. is there any hope? Thank you!

    • bstarrzz
    • 7/26/2011 1:58 PM

    Tried the iced berry hibiscus for the first time today. Loved it!!

    • DanielleMarie2011
    • 7/26/2011 4:19 PM

    I love the Very Berry Hibiscus and I am going to be so upset in the winter and I can't have one. I live in Arizona and I would love to have a refresher year round! Any idea how long I have to enjoy the Very Berry or other drink suggestions if I love the Very Berry?

    • jennylazaroff
    • 7/26/2011 4:37 PM

    Today, the barista at Starbucks swayed me from my favorite Unsweeted Passion Fruit Shaken Iced Tea to trying the Very Berry one! I was worried that it would be high in calories/sugar but I am SO glad it's not! I will definitely be getting this again. I was so excited that I told all of my sisters in Nashville, Denver and Michigan that they had to run to Sbux to try it. Oops...

    You need to expand this to all stores before summer is over!!

    • rmadiaz
    • 7/26/2011 5:45 PM

    I tried the Very Berry Refresher at a Starbucks in Escalon, CA for the first time last week but when I tried to order one from the Starbucks near my work (Pleasanton, CA) they did not carry it. Is there some way that we can find out which stores carry the Refreshers, so that I can stop in and get one? I live in Manteca, CA but would prefer not to have to stop at every store along the way to work to see if they have this drink.

    • alexcassidy
    • 7/26/2011 5:55 PM

    I'm not someone who uses Caps Lock loosely, but these are FRIGGIN DELICIOUS!!!! The lime one tastes exactly like a mojito.

    • katharinc
    • 7/26/2011 8:49 PM

    I have ordered both the lime and the berry a few times now and absolutely love them! I am hoping this is an item you will keep on the menu. It would be great if you could post calories and sugar content directly to the main "refresher" page. I see information on this in mutliple comments, but would be helpful if listed on main page.

    • aywang87
    • 7/27/2011 3:54 PM

    LOVE. please don't take these away from me again this year!

    • dorazio21
    • 7/28/2011 1:33 AM

    I would like to to know if maybe Las Vegas going to get to try the new refreshers I almost want to travel out of state just to try it so excited does any one know if starbucks will release this drink any where else?

    • JLTyszka81
    • 7/28/2011 11:44 AM

    Why aren't these available across the country? I purchased several blackberry hibiscus refreshers for my boyfriend and I out in California. They are delicious! Can you make these available in CT and NY too? I have told my friends about these as well and they are dying to try one!! They might be the next new thing for Starbucks!!

    • PCoxMama
    • 7/28/2011 1:00 PM

    LOVE these! I LOVED them last year and was super excited to see them back! Would love to have these permanently on the menu! I do miss the mint leaves in the Lime Refresher from last year.

    • carolinekwak
    • 7/28/2011 2:39 PM

    Ask people who know me, I'm always on the hunt for a "refreshing" drink. So imagine my delight when I discovered the lime refresher at the local Starbucks while I was back home in California (I currently live in Chicago). Amazingly refreshing with a hint of a unique flavor in the finish. Much to my disappointment, when I asked about the Refresher in Chicago, they had no idea what I was talking about. Found my perfect refreshing drink only to find out it's out of my reach! Come to Chicago!

    • JJ8809
    • 7/28/2011 4:11 PM

    I LOVE these. Had them last year in San Diego and have been waiting for them to come back. I hope they become a permanent item. Just wondering what the caffeine content was...anyone know?

    • shaundi628
    • 7/28/2011 5:08 PM

    can you provide a breakdown of the grams of fat/carbs/protein/fiber is in both drinks?

    • buhknee
    • 7/28/2011 7:01 PM

    I was just in SoCal and tried the Cool Lime was seriously amazingly favorite Starbucks drink yet! I was incredibly sad to go to my local (Seattle area) Starbucks to learn it's not out here. I'm hoping that you offer it in this area soon! <3

    • scott.k
    • 7/28/2011 8:02 PM

    I'm in Arizona, and my visits to Starbucks dramatically decrease during the summer because, outside of the morning, it's just too dang hot to drink coffee. I'm just not a huge fan of the iced coffee drinks.

    At my Target tonight, I saw a banner at the Starbucks there promoting these. Intrigued, I tried the Very Berry Hibiscus. It was really great. It wasn't overly sweet but very refreshing. I felt like I was drinking an adult drink.

    Well done! Please bring them back next summer!

    • castenontwinsmommy
    • 7/29/2011 8:46 AM

    I tried the Berry hibiscus and I LOVED IT! Not only is it refreshing but it's good for you too; what more can we ask for from a Starbucks drink. No guilt in drinking this drink! :-) However, I wish that Starbucks would come out with coupons for their introductory drinks, especially for "Cardholders." I would be more willing to try new things if given a discount on new merchandise or drinks.

    • courtney223
    • 7/29/2011 11:34 AM

    hey I live near Sacramento, CA and I can't find a starbucks store that has the new Refresher yet. Know any starbucks that has any?

    • kbaccellia
    • 7/29/2011 12:43 PM

    I love these drinks! I thought I'd have to add Splenda to them but they're sweet enough. I did try adding Passion ice tea to it and that wasn't that great. But by itself this Refresher tea is very yummy.

    • jckettwig
    • 7/29/2011 2:54 PM

    How about the SF bay area please

    • mlwake
    • 7/29/2011 6:04 PM

    I had an extended layover in the Phoenix airport & tried both the Cool Lime and Very Berry Hibiscus. They were so light and refreshing. I was so disappointed the next day when I went to Starbucks in El Paso, TX and found they were not available. Please bring them to Texas!!!

    • joodge
    • 7/29/2011 6:31 PM

    I see the calories for the Hibiscus & Lime drinks are posted, however I am allergic to artificial sweeteners and need to know if the calories are from regular cane sugar, Splenda, Stevia or.......
    I tried a sample of the Hibiscus & it was AWESOME !!

    • geokissi
    • 7/31/2011 10:06 AM

    I absolutely love both of these drinks! Please make them a permanent fixture on the menu here in Arizona!!!!

    • vbustamante
    • 8/1/2011 2:28 PM

    can you PLEASE let me know what the Calories,sugar, carbs content of the Very Berry Hibiscus refresher is if I order it "UNSWEETENED" ! Does that mean zero calories and zero sugar?????

    • fosutinen
    • 8/2/2011 9:20 AM

    The baristas introduced me to the new refreshers. They Very Berry Hibiscus is great, especially in the Arizona heat.
    I now have my mother hooked on them too.
    Please don't take these drinks away.
    Only wish I could get them in other parts of the country, since I travel alot.

    • Tdawg86
    • 8/2/2011 12:37 PM

    I love the very berry hibiscus. My barista put coconut in it and it was awesome!

    • Dunsrule67
    • 8/3/2011 11:56 AM

    I was in Southern California last week, and went in a Starbucks in San Marcos. My husband and I asked about the new Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher, and was offered a sample. It was awesome! My husband has diabetes type 2, and has to watch his sugar intake. He was please to find out that your new refreshers are so low in sugar, but sad to find out that it is only available in certain locations. We live in Washington state, and would love it if we could buy it here!!! Is there any hope????

    • Michellephelan
    • 8/3/2011 7:27 PM

    The new lime refreshers are great!! I hope they stay around forever!!!
    Is there a way to find out the carbs in a venti and trenti ?

    • NattySugarB
    • 8/5/2011 12:47 PM

    Just wondering what the caffeine content is? They are yummy and low carb and tasting good here in Fresno

    • dnguyen283
    • 8/5/2011 1:26 PM

    addicted to the cool lime! it's become a daily habit when i'm traveling down in southern ca. please bring this to the rest of CA! I went to a starbucks in northern CA and was so disappointed that it was just a promo!

    • caligirl77
    • 8/5/2011 2:17 PM

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Very Berry Hibiscus refresher! I tried it a few weeks ago in Hollywood and I have replaced my daily Caramel Macchiato with this drink! Less calories, very refreshing, and really tasty! Please add it permanently! :)

    • 8/6/2011 3:48 PM

    I think the refreshers are the BEST!!! I wish they would come to Colorado!!!! Please Please!!!!

    • GwenArdizzone
    • 8/8/2011 10:43 AM

    The cool lime is excellent! I had one of these while visiting some friends in Madera, CA. I went into my local store at Landana in Concord, CA and they didn't have it :( They told me it is a test product and to let Starbucks know I enjoyed it so that it can make it onto more store menus. I would LOVE to try the berry one so PLEASE bring it to Concord ;)

    • grstafford
    • 8/11/2011 5:27 AM

    The lime refresher tastes absolutely amazing! I hope it stays around forever!

    • alisotim
    • 8/13/2011 3:05 PM

    These are very tasty but I very surprised no one mention how little value you get in one these drinks. Way to small for the price especially they pack it with so much ice. Maybe charge a tad less or give more. Even better give more and blend the ice and the refresher in a blender before you give to me and it will be like Magarita without the alcohol. Seriously think about it.

      • alisotim
      • 8/13/2011 3:08 PM

      In reply to: alisotim

      Oh one last thing I could've swore when I first hand this drink many months ago it came with a sprig of mint. The mint was such a tasty touch, just like a mojito. But since then the ones I have had lately just have a lime.

      • edhender
      • 8/24/2011 2:11 PM

      In reply to: alisotim

      Since when is Starbucks about value? You pay a higher price for a quality product. You want value? Try McDonalds.

    • clem50
    • 8/13/2011 8:25 PM

    I would like to try the new refresher but I do not use sugar or any sweetener. Do you have an unsweetened version?

    • spots001
    • 8/13/2011 9:28 PM

    Both flavors are fantastic. And what a great low cal option that is truly refreshing for summer. Please make this a standard menu item.

    • Jandell
    • 8/16/2011 11:21 AM

    Love the Cool Lime, it really is refreshing! Sure wish we could get an unsweetened version, 9 grams of sugar for tall, 16 for Grande, 20 for Vente and 24 for Trenta is WAY TOO MUCH for me.

    • stephmcgee
    • 8/18/2011 2:34 PM

    Yesterday I was hot and decided I wanted an iced coffee. I went into Starbucks and saw these new refreshers on the menu. I decided to try the Cool Lime with a twist by adding in blackberries!!! I was sooo impressed with the flavor and refreshing nature of this drink that I went back when I was done with that and ordered another one only Trenta this time!!! Yummy and refreshing!!! Spot on Starbucks!

    • hikanteki
    • 8/18/2011 9:56 PM

    Does anyone know which stores, if any (even Licensed), in NorCal specifically have these?

    • tsantee
    • 8/22/2011 1:26 PM

    Tried the berry for the first time today, been watching a couple of coworkers of mine drink it everyday for about the last month so I had to try it. Loved it. Very refreshing!

    • esavino
    • 8/23/2011 9:29 AM

    I've been drinking the refreshers, especially the Cool Lime, for weeks in AZ. I came up to WA for a visit and got my family all excited to try them....big disappointment when we found they don't have them here!
    Also, I'd love to be able buy the Greenstyle beans. Any chance they'll be available at stores or online?

    • kokakolagirl
    • 8/23/2011 5:16 PM

    I have looked all over your site and I can not seem to find the caffeine amount anywhere. What is it please????????

    • edhender
    • 8/24/2011 2:09 PM

    I just tried a Trenta Very Berry Hibiscus and it was amazing. Heading back out to try the Cool Lime.. Please don't make this a seasonal drink. Especially in Arizona.

    • stephysp
    • 8/24/2011 6:38 PM

    I spent 2 weeks in San Diego and I promise you I hade 2 trentas a day. I LOVE these things. I so wish we could get them in the south. They are wonderful. I tried both flavors and the cool lime was my favorite. Please hurry and get these out to more stores!!! Your customers will not be disappointed one bit!!!

    • frankiekitty1972
    • 8/24/2011 6:39 PM

    I liked the lime beverage, but the barista said it had no sugar. With 116 degree temps here in Yuma, I could **** these down all day, but not it they contain sugar as I try to avoid that.

    • kbplus2
    • 8/26/2011 7:16 PM

    I Absolutely Love the Refreshers. We put an adult spin on the cool lime by adding pineapple rum to it. It was amazing. One thing I do and may suggest to other is to 1. Get it with out water or very little water, 2. substitute Lemonade for water! The water in the recipe makes the drink average and impedes the flavor. Plus with the drink being on ice and as the ice melts, it really make the drink seem less the average and undrinkable disappointing.

    • zanetalin
    • 8/27/2011 2:12 PM

    I'm at a starbucks right now, but they discontinued their very berry hibiscus refresher. I was very disappointed. Why did they discontinue it? I loved that drink!

    • knilsen63
    • 8/29/2011 3:02 PM

    I recently had the pleasure of finding this wonderful Lime Refresher at Anaheim, CA. Please bring it to the rest of the country. It is hot everywhere and I want it!!

    • wildflower_eyes
    • 9/2/2011 9:16 AM

    I have a question about the canned version of the Refreshers. Of course I can see the detail on the nutrition facts and I see it is being marketed as an energy boost beverage. But I cannot see the caffeine contect anywhere on the can. What is the caffeine content of the canned refreshers?? Thanks!

    • jeanmarieis
    • 9/3/2011 10:18 AM

    Once each store runs out they are out. This was only a limited time offer. Its very sad. I used to be a #1 Starbucks fan but slowly drifted away until this drink. Now its going to be gone :(

    • caitlinmickey
    • 9/3/2011 11:23 AM

    I was in California earlier this month and had a Lime Refresher every morning I was there! They are soooo delicious. Now I'm back home in St. Louis, Missouri and cross my fingers every time I go to Starbucks that they'll be on the menu. Please branch this awesome drink out across the country!!!

    • jodeejo
    • 9/3/2011 12:15 PM

    I have fallen in love with the Very Berry Hibiscous and have even converted some Non-Starbuckers to giving it a try and they have loved it. And then today the sad news that they are out of it here in Visalia and will no longer carry apparently is a promo deal and they aren't going to carry year round.
    STARBUCKS, don't make the mistake of getting rid of these, they are an amazing option for those who don't like 'coffee' (or the taste of coffee). Important market for you to touch!!!

    • gbunny64
    • 9/3/2011 3:25 PM

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE DO NOT get rid of the refreshers! I love them!! I live in SoCal and several of us are hooked on these drinks. Due to their lower calories, they are a hit. Please don't get rid of a good thing!

    • LMCummings
    • 9/6/2011 4:32 PM

    I had one of the berry ones not to long ago and it was so good. I had time to get another one not long after. This weekend however, my mom and I went to Starbucks our mouths all ready only to find they no longer carry the berry one, only the lime. Nothing really special about the lime. The refreshers are a great idea, specially here in California where is is 100plus right now. I like iced coffees fine but it isn't particularly refreshing when it is hot and won't help you if you are thirsty.

    • veryberryrefresh
    • 9/6/2011 4:36 PM

    Bring back the Refreshers please. I'm not a coffee or tea person. My sister had me try the Very Berry Refresher. I visited 3 Starbucks over the weekend looking for one. Finally the last store told me it was a test drink and sold out statewide. So when I returned home today my first stop was Starbucks, to be told they were also sold out. When will the Very Berry Refresher be back? I'm a dedicated fan to this new beverage. Please don't take it away. I'll have no reason to visit Starbucks.

    • camarofanatic2003
    • 9/9/2011 12:23 PM

    I had the Refresher when I was visiting Phoenix at a Conference. After finding them, I went back for one (or more) every day. On my way home, I tried to get one just to find out that they are not being sold outside of the test market area. I was not very happy to find this news out. I have been craving one ever since! You guys have to make this an option at all Starbucks all over the U.S. I NEED ONE! Thanks. :)

    • crzyhckyfn
    • 9/10/2011 12:46 PM

    I'm really upset to find the very berry hibiscus is not on the permanent menu. Please bring it back. It was very delicious and as the name says, refreshing!! Thank you Starbucks :)

    • 12/31/2011 7:00 AM

    artificial sweetener is a no go for me because I get migraines! Can't drink it if there is artificial sweetener.

    • ebarnes78
    • 2/26/2012 10:27 AM

    I discovered the canned versions while living in AZ for a couple of months & made sure my fridge was never without them. I just moved to Claremont, CA & have been searching frantically for them, only to discover that they're only available in select areas/stores. This breaks my heart! If I'd have known this before moving, I'd have cleared out every store in AZ & brought them with me to CA... despite the airline's overweight baggage fees! As it is, I'm going to see if someone in AZ will ship to me

    • coachbodie
    • 4/14/2012 3:50 PM

    Enroute from CA to WA ... I went to a Starbucks in Safeway to charge up in Eugene, OR. It was closed ... uggh. Hit the energy drink aisle and there was the Starbucks Refresher. It hit the spot and did the job!!!

    Now if only I could find them here in Nor Cal!!!

    • Janae22
    • 1/21/2013 10:57 PM

    Please bring these drinks AND the Green Coffee to Northern CA (Sacramento) ASAP!

    • 8/11/2013 2:39 AM

    I just love the Valencia orange and the hibiscus refreshers!

    • 3/2/2014 7:14 AM

    Are these drinks supposed to be "energy' drinks???

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