Starbucks with a Twist – Natural Energy Refreshers


If you’re a regular reader of A Helicopter Mom, you’ve probably noticed that a common theme in my life stories and posts is being tired, being busy and being rushed.  I never seem to have enough time in the day and I certainly don’t ever have enough time to sleep at night. To help me get by, I’ve had my favorite pick-me-ups over the years, including lots and lots and lots of Starbucks coffee.

So when I heard that Starbucks had created drinks called “Refreshers” I was so, so, so onboard before I even knew what they were.  :)


Starbucks Refreshers


Starbucks Refreshers


I soon learned that Starbucks Refreshers are low-calorie drinks made from fresh, natural ingredients like blackberries and lime slices, then mixed with fruit juice and green coffee extract. The result is a thirst-quenching boost in a delicious fruity drink. Starbucks Refreshers come in cans (Sparkling Beverages), in powder form to add to cold water (Instant Beverages) and as handcrafted beverages at your local Starbucks location.

I wasn’t sure what to expect. I couldn’t imagine a coffee drink that had fruit in it and wasn’t really sure what Green Coffee was. I learned that all coffee starts out as a green bean. (Didn’t know that, did ya?).  Instead of using beans that are roasted and have a bold flavor, Starbucks is using an innovative process to pull natural caffeine and other good stuff from the coffee beans before they are roasted. That means the Green Coffee Extract contains the natural energy of coffee without any coffee flavor. Pretty cool!


Starbucks Refreshers


I was able to try the Sparkling Beverages in three flavors, Raspberry Pomegranate, Strawberry Lemonade and Orange Melon.  They each have fewer than 60 calories per can and are made with real fruit juice, ginseng, B vitamins and antioxidants from Vitamin C.

I really like them. They’re sweet and fruity, but not heavy. I definitely thought I felt a little energy buzz after drinking them, but not too much. They’d be great late in the day when I’m running out of steam and need a boost, but don’t want too much caffeine that will keep me awake all night.  I actually like that the Refreshers don’t taste like coffee. I drink coffee most mornings, so these will be a nice change in the afternoons.


Starbucks Refreshers


My favorite was the Raspberry Pomegranate, then the Orange Melon and then the Strawberry Lemonade. I liked them all, but will definitely reach for the Raspberry Pomegranate or Orange Melon when I’m in the store.  I’d recommend trying them, whether you love coffee or not. They’re a great natural boost and a completely different taste than the Starbucks you’re used to.


Starbucks Refreshers

Each beverage is a sparkling, delicious boost of natural energy from Green Coffee Extract you can enjoy anytime. With real fruit juice, B vitamins, ginseng, antioxidants from vitamin C and only 60 calories per can, it’s a pick-me-up you can feel good about.


This is a sponsored post, produced in collaboration with Bliss and Starbucks. I received a Starbucks Refreshers sample to review. The opinions shared in this post are my own.



  1. Jill A. Collins says:

    I got to sample these when they first came out at Starbucks. I was really surprised how good they were. They’d be great for that 3pm pick-me-up!

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