Frequently Asked Questions
Are you certified by any Rabbi?+
We are not a kashrus certifying agency and we don’t certify Starbucks stores. We provide kosher information about the products offered in Starbucks stores. All the information offered on this website can be verified in any Starbucks store.
Can these lists be relied on outside of the USA?+
No, unfortunately we can only provide information for Starbucks stores in the USA. If you have a question about a specific beverage outside of the USA please contact us.
Who is LKO?+
Lakewood Kasrus Organization (LKO) is run by R' Yosef Tesler of Lakewood under the guidance of Harav Yitzchak Abadi.
Can the rag used to wipe the equipment be a kashrus concern?+
Many kashrus professionals do not consider this to be a kashrus concern because the rags are always saturated with sanitizing solution which deems any leftover food non-edible. Additionally, rags are designated for specific areas of the store.
Can I assume that the topping on a recommended drink is recommended as well?+
No, some of the recommended beverages are prepared with a non-recommended topping unless you specifically request that it not be used. In the list these beverages will contain a note indicating this.
What about the non-kosher flavors, do they affect the kosher status of recommended beverages?+
No, all of the beverages in Starbucks are prepared individually with clean utensils. Flavors and ingredients from another beverage are never mixed in.
Doesn’t the Chicago Rabbinical Council advise against many of the beverages which you recommend?+
The Chicago Rabbinical Council is concerned about the cleaning process in which it is possible that a utensil which was used for non-kosher will be cleaned together with utensils used to prepare kosher beverages. There are many reasons given why this may not be an issue:
Although the cRc recommendation is based on the stringent view they concede that one may rely on many of the reasons given above. For more information on the position of the cRc please see The cRc Guide.