What’s the best coffee in Starbucks?

What’s the best coffee in Starbucks?

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  1. 10 years ago I resigned my comfortable six figure income management job to pursue my dream of having my own business and since I had three children in private schools and a stay-at-home mom for a wife, money was course tight. But I love my morning Starbucks fix (and my local store is often a good place for networking, critical for my start up business.) It was during that first year when the barista at my local Starbucks turned me on to a really tasty, and by Starbucks standards, low cost option. I had favored the popular, high priced and slow to be made espresso drinks while I was gainfully employed and discretionary income was less of a concern, especially the mocha latte! We were chatting about my new fledgling business and subsequent new found attention to expenses when she suggested for faster service, more caffeine and about half the price, try a brewed coffee! Chocolate is a staple food in my world and before I could roll my eyes with doubt, she explained, order a tall in a grande cup (no extra charge) so there’s room for whipped cream and mocha drizzle on top, then add a splash of coffee at the end to make a melty, chocolatey, whipped creaminess. It has all the yummy satisfying creamy, chocolatey, awesomeness of an espresso based drink at the lowest price point offeres and during busy times, it comes out in half the time as it does not require a barista… (hmmm… maybe that kind over worked barista was cleverly off-loading a daily order to the rest of the crew…) Anyway, she also informed me a tall coffee has significantly more caffeine than an espresso drink (bonus!) and if you are a Starbucks card member you get free refills too! (double bonus!)
    And then ordering it is fun too. As the drink has no name you have to describe it each time and consequently I’ve found that if you go to the same Starbucks they tend to get to know you pretty quickly. “I’ll have a tall Pike in a grande cup topped with whipped cream and copious amounts of mocha drizzle. And then a splash of coffee on top to melt it a bit.” (smile) and if the cashier is cute I’ll adjust my order to, “I’d like a tall Blond in a grande cup covered in whipped cream and covered in copious amounts of mocha drizzle, with a splash a coffee on top to melt it all a bit” (head tilted down, look up to make eye contact with knowing closed lipped smile)

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  2. What's the best coffee in Starbucks?


    Anything that is labeled Starbucks Reserve. It is a specially made, super high quality coffee. Have it made for you from a clover machine and it will change your Starbucks experience forever.

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  3. Venti caramel macchiato, half sweet, easy drizzle with lactose free milk. I love the fact that they have a lactose free option that isn’t soy :p and I love the flavour of the espresso added after the milk not before (like a latte)

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  4. My favorite Starbucks coffee is espresso roast! As espresso or brewed as a regular coffee!! Not many people know this is possible but it’s damn tasty!!

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  5. I’ll add another ‘Olson’ opinion here!
    Like he said, what grows best and is freshest is different than what is best. Also are we talking just straight brewed coffee or are we going into lattes, macchiatos, mochas, etc..?
    Personally I love Willow, with Komodo Dragon being a close second!

    Eight O’Clock

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  6. Well, here are my favorites and best recommendations:
    Toasted White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino (Seasonal) with extra holiday sugar topping
    Caramel Brulee Frappuccino (Seasonal) with extra brulee topping
    Maple Pecan Frappuccino with extra maple flavoring and extra maple sugar
    Matcha Frappuccino
    Black and White Mocha Frappuccino
    Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino (Seasonal)(For all of my Frappuccinos, I always get extra whipped cream on top!)
    Iced White Chocolate Mocha with extra whipped cream on top
    Matcha Iced Latte

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  7. First of all, taste is subjective. So what is best for me, might not be best for others.
    Most Starbucks coffee is dark roasted coffee. I mean their medium roast is dark compared to other coffee roasters. So, i like Starbucks for their smoky, traditional coffee taste, not for the sweetness that you get from actual medium roast.
    So my favorite is pike place and Verona. I like Verona specially for milky drink (i mostly drink black). One strange/good part of Verona is, it gets sweeter as it gets older. I actually like expired Verona. Since i hardly drink Milk based coffee, often it gets expired.

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  8. Many different ways to parse that sentence…think I’ll go with the spare and “pungent” one.
    For a satisfying cup of coffee at Starbucks, one that will get you served quick and the cost is reasonable…medium sized carry-cup of their House Blend. That is my standard order.
    On occasion, I’ll ask for a cup of …

    Victor Allen’s

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  10. Honestly, It depends on what you are looking for.
    It depends on taste, caffeine amount, acidity (so initially) the region needs to be included as well. Everyone taste are very different so the best coffee in terms of sale varies from store to store.

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  11. I have been a part time barista off and on for years. Most of us in the field grow tired of the sticky sweet stuff pretty fast and lean towards bold earthy beans like sumatra or columbian. I drink straight blonde espresso and sometimes have heavy cream or even butter in it as it smooths out and amps the caffeine buzz.

    Dunkin’

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  12. If we’re talking just the brewed coffee, I’m partial to the Christmas Blend, as well as the Espresso Roast.
    When it comes to coffee drinks at Starbucks in general, my current favorite has got to be the salted cold foam cold brew. Starbucks’ cold brew tends to be a bit too bitter for me even though I drink most cold brew black, but the salted cold foam balances out the amount of syrup they use in the drink and makes for a really smooth, delightful drink.
    Otherwise, I’m partial to the salted caramel mocha (half-sweet, extra salt) during the fall. During the summer, I’ll do cold brew with the marshmallow syrup from the s’mores frappucino (and a single pump of mocha syrup), and during winter, a half-sweet caramel brulee latte with a scoop of the holiday spice powder is heavenly, if a bit sweet. (Starbucks seems to have discontinued the holiday spice flat white, so if it doesn’t come back, a caramel brulee latte with cinnamon steamed into the milk works almost as well.)
    All of the flavors work the best for me as cold brew; basically, use the same flavors, but cold brew coffee instead of espresso. The latte form is totally fine too, but I find cold brew much smoother.

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  13. I’ve been a fan of Starbucks, their coffee and latte drinks and the atmosphere working within one of their stores for over a decade now.
    For the longest time I drank Pikes Place coffee, with a little cream and one raw sugar.
    About 2–3 years ago I had a bad cup of Pikes. It was bitter, tasted old even though it’s brewed continuously and to top it off it was slightly “chewy”, my term for times that grounds have made it into the cup.
    S…

    Peet’s

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  14. Pike Place coffee which is a medium roast coffee. It is the only brewed coffee that a customer can buy year round. The dark roast brewed coffees rotate through the year.
    A select variety of dark roast can be bought in whole bean and/or VIA packets.
    ~L

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  15. I LOVE the Iced White Chocolate Mocha, but reducing the amount of white mocha pumps from 6 to 3 (in a venti), skim milk, and no whip. I wish Starbucks had “skinny” versions, but without “sugar-free” as those all taste way too sweet. My version still have too many WW points, so I can only get it once in a blue moon. *insert sad face here*

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  16. Personally, I don’t care for Starbucks coffee. The beans are roasted too much which makes it taste too strong in a harsh way. I like strong coffee that comes from a properly roasted bean that produces naturally strong flavor and still has the depth and subtlety of a good coffee. Over roasting destroys this flavor. There are some coffees, such as expresso that are roasted heavily, but that’s a different type of coffee.

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  17. Their few seasonal launches are a delight like pumpkin spice.
    Other than that is upto your personal preference , for a person who enjoys black cup of coffee with a profound robust flavour I’d suggest a sumatra pour over.

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  18. It depends on the weather that day, but here’s a few of my favorites, taking into account both seasonal drinks and ones available year-round:
    a hot White mocha with 7 pumps of whipped cream
    Java chip Frappuccino, to satisfy my inner chocoholic
    the internet-famous pumpkin spice latte or PSL for short
    The caramel macchiato
    The smoked butterscotch latte that I apparently didn’t know existed until now.
    the peppermint hot chocolate

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  19. One could research into which coffee tends to be freshest or best-grown–I’d be interested to know.
    Ultimately it’s a matter of taste. My favorite for years has been the Sumatra.

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  20. Best Starbucks Coffees
    Caffe Mocha.
    Vanilla Latte.
    Venti Coffee.
    Cinnamon Roll Frappuccino.
    Iced White Chocolate Mocha.
    Chai Latte.
    Strawberry Frappuccino with a Twist.
    Salted Caramel Cold Brew.

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  21. HERE ARE 9 BEST STARBUCKS DRINKS YOU WILL LIKE
    1. Iced white chocolate mocha
    “White Chocolate Delight” is perhaps one of Starbucks best cold drinks based on flavor.
    However, iced white chocolate mocha has two different sweetening methods, including white chocolate mocha sauce and vanilla syrup. This likens to 49 grams of sugar per 16 ounces.
    How to be healthy: Ask for less white chocolate mocha sauce and replace it with unsweetened vanilla to reduce the overall sugar content.
    2. Pumpkin and spice latte
    Pumpkin Spice Latte, or more commonly known as “PSL”, is one of Starbucks’ most popular drinks. And made with real pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves, what’s not to love? (In addition to the 50 grams of sugar …)
    How to do it healthily: Limit the pumpkin spice and sugar sauce and ask for more pumpkin pie spice. But since it’s a limited edition Christmas drink, you can still enjoy PSL in its traditional form without a change. Simply reduce the size of the original while enjoying the fall flavors in moderation.
    3. Vanilla latte
    For keeping health goal in check, vanilla late may be one of the best Starbucks drinks.
    And not to mention, while satisfying the craving for brewed coffee!
    How to Healthify: Starbucks Vanilla Latte health can be achieved simply by switching to sugar-free vanilla syrup!
    4. Java Chip Frappuccino®
    Mocha sauce and Frappuccino® chips are mixed with coffee, milk and ice. Then the baristas garnish with whipped cream and a drizzle of mocha to bring you endless java joy!
    While it might be fun for now, keep those Java chips in circulation and the weight can easily add up.
    How to be healthy: Order a Java Chip Light Frappuccino® blend from the Starbucks menu. The blended coffee is “a lighter chip of the original Java block” and uses more ice, skim milk and light Frappuccino syrup. Equals 40 grams of total carbohydrate compared to the original 72 grams.
    5. Coffee roll mixed with Frappuccino® cinnamon
    One of Starbucks best cold drinks is described as “cinnamon dolce syrup mixed with coffee, white chocolate vanilla mocha sauce, topped with whipped cream and a hint of cinnamon dolce.” Sweet and spicy … that’s how we roll. “
    So should it be “rolling” with the mixed coffee drink? With a whopping 85 grams of sugar per 16 ounces, you might want to think twice about the cinnamon spice.
    How to be healthy: Limit added sugar by opting for the free cinnamon Dolce sugar free flavoring or reducing syrup bombs. Moving on to this Dolce Latte Icy Slim Cinnamon, which only provides 10 grams of sugar!
    6. Hot chocolate
    For chocolate lovers, hot chocolate is described as “steamed milk with vanilla and mocha flavored syrups. Topped with sweet whipped cream and a chocolate flavored drizzle. “
    But a Big one can cost you 400 calories, 16 grams of fat and 43 grams of sugar!
    How to improve your health: Go for a shorter size and switch from whole milk to skim milk. Also throw in the whipped cream and ask for a little chocolate on top.
    7. Chai Latte
    Chai latte is a black tea with cinnamon, cloves and other hot spices. It is combined with steamed milk, all covered with foam for the perfect balance between sweet and spicy!
    How Healthy: Combine the convenience of Chai Latte by ordering a lightly sweet Chai Tea Latte. This reduces the sugar content by 11 grams!
    8. Cream mixed with Frappuccino® green tea
    Green Tea Crème Frappuccino® Blended Crème contains premium matcha green tea.
    However, don’t be fooled by the marketing of green tea. The ingredients contain two different syrups and provide 65 grams of sugar per 16 ounces.
    How to Healthify: Cut down on syrup pumps. Opt for a Teavana® iced green tea shake, which also provides 11 grams of sugar per 16 ounces.
    9. Frappuccino® blend coffee with cocoa bean and caramel
    The temptation of Starbucks Caramel Cocoa Cluster Frappuccino® Blended Coffee is in its title. And the attraction only magnetizes with its tale of “a collision of flavors of chocolate, nuts and caramel.”
    But with the use of two different syrups and two different sauces, the sugar content increases rapidly. (And that’s 68 grams for 16 ounces …)
    How to prepare healthily: With such specific drink flavors, it’s hard to cut corners without compromising on flavors. Finally

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  22. I agree with Drew, Clover-made coffee using Starbucks Reserve. This isn’t just the best, it’s the only coffee I’d drink at Starbucks. In general, their new “Reserve” stores look to produce other high quality coffees as well.

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  23. A French press of nearly any single-origin or Reserve coffee from Starbucks is far and away superior to every other drink on their menu. Most Starbucks menu items are more about sugar than good coffee, which is why the espresso is so strong. (The espresso is pretty good if the baristas are paying attention. Try ordering an undertow- it’s not on the menu, but some good baristas will know how to make it anyway.)

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  24. Many many years ago I was in a Starbucks. I did not see any [spiked] coffees on the menu. I left promising only to check them out again whenever they had a liquor license to spike my coffee. Up until today I had no reason to go back.

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  25. I really love our blonde roast: Veranda Blend. It’s mellow with soft notes of cocoa. Great way to perk up in the morning, especially great when brewed in a French Press.

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  26. My recommendation is to try some of the Rerserve coffees. The price of the bag is about $12–16 for half a pound. We usually offer about 4–6 reserve coffees at a time and they are very good. Some stores have a clover machine. The Clover will brew the coffee to the scientifically best temperature and steeping time. The barista then weighs the coffee beans for your size cup, then grinds the beans to ensure freshness. The machine is programmed with all of the current and recently past coffees, so it will brew your coffee using the set parameters. The coffee is then filtered through a SUPER fine metal screen and is pressed in to the cup by creating a vacuum. Voila! You can check the Starbucks App to find stores with the clover machines. Not all stores will have them. But if you find a store with one, you will not be disappointed.
    Cheers.

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