FAQ

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 United States?

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 equiptment 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 the topping on a recommended drink is also recommended?

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 any 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.

Are you affiliated with Starbucks.com?

Nope. While we love Starbucks and are excited to help other enjoy Starbucks products, we are not affiliated or supported by Starbucks.