What are the kashrus preferences?
Kashrus is not a black and white issue. There are many opinions regarding what constitutes a kosher beverage. The kashrus preferences allow you to customize your lists based on the kashrus criteria you would like to abide by.
How do the kashrus preferences work
A choice of the three different kashrus filters will appear when you click on the button at the top right of the Lists page. Once you choose one we will remember your choice and filter your lists accordingly. You can change your choice by choosing a different one at any time. When you come back we will remember your last choice.
What is the “Default” level in the kashrus preferences?
This is the list you’ve always seen on Kosher Starbucks. We research each beverage to ascertain if it is made from kosher certified ingredients. We also make sure store procedures don’t affect the kashrus of any utensils. We only rely on orthodox certifying agencies such as the OU and OK.
What is the “Ingredients” level in the kashrus preferences?
With this choice we will recommend beverages that do not contain non-kosher ingredients, even if they are not kosher certified. We rely on the recommendations of Rabbi Yitzchak Abadi, to determine which ingredients are kosher.
What is the “Utensils” level in the kashrus preferences?
With this choice we only recommend beverages that are not processed on store utensils while hot. The exception is espresso, since the espresso machine parts are never washed with any other utensils.
What about the cleaning process?
Those that are concerned that the cleaning process can make all of the utensils non-kosher should choose the “Utensils” level by clicking on the kashrus preferences option at the top right of the lists page.
Is there a difference between crème and coffee Frappuccino beverages?
No, they are both made with the Frappuccino base which is not kosher certified.
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.
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. For those who would like to only drink beverages which do not come into contact with any starbucks utensils while hot, we offer the kashrus preference “Utensils”
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:
- Only two utensils in Starbucks ever come into contact with non-kosher. Therefore, we can rely that any non-kosher is nullified in the cleaning process.
- Even those utensils that are used with non-kosher products are generally separated with wax paper and don’t actually come into contact with non-kosher.
- The non-kosher sandwiches are a davar gush (a hard item). However, many still consider it a kli sheini which does not transfer taste.
- Soap is used in the cleaning process which would allows one to rely on Nosein Taam Lifgam (The non-kosher taste is rendered inedible by the soap so it does not transfer.)
- Many consider the cleaning process to be irui kli rishon (pouring) which will only transfer taste k’dei klipah (a minimal transfer) this minimal taste transfer will subsequently be batul b’shishim (nullified).
- All the equipment is sanitized after being cleaned
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
If you would like to take the stringent view of the cRc please choose the “Utensils” kashrut preference on the top of the list page.