Which roast is used for the Starbucks iced coffee?

Which roast is used for the Starbucks iced coffee?

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  1. Starbucks uses what they call “Terraza Blend” for their iced coffee (they might’ve recently changed the name, but I believe the coffee is still the same blend).
    I often use Starbucks coffee to make a cold-brewed coffee at home, and the one that I’ve found to taste the best is Kenya. It has the bright high citrusy notes and high acidity that make for a really great summer coffee.

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  2. Since this information is a bit dated now, I believe the blend currently used at most stores now is the Pike Place for the iced latte version you would use an espresso ground 17g (whole bean weight) per 8 oz of “brewed”.

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  3. They have prepackaged preground coffee that they use in stores. I believe it is a medium roast. Whenever my store would run out of this iced coffee we would use Kenya (another medium roast) in its place.

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  4. Currently, Starbucks uses their “Iced Coffee Roast” – which is available for retail sale during the summer and which they order and use year round to brew and create the iced coffee base that you drink in store. When this first came out, the roast was called “Terraza Blend.”
    Prior to that, I *believe” we simply used house roast, but don’t quote me on that (I’ve put some messages out to my fellow pre-terraza Starbucks partners for fact checking! will update as soon as I hear back*). My mind’s not as sharp as it used to be pre-babies!
    Iced coffee is brewed with a full batch’s worth of grounds on a half batch setting (read, brewed double strength). Then, it’s separated into two two-liter pitchers and one liter of ice is added to each. Voila! Later, to prepare each drink, the coffee from the pitchers are used and classic syrup (their simple syrup) and ice are added. Or other flavors if desired – some favorites are vanilla, hazelnut, “french vanilla” (which is made by doing 1/2 vanilla 1/2 hazelnut), and caramel.
    Back in the day, if my store ran out of Terraza or House, we used another lighter, Latin American blend or African blend. Our favorite was Kenya.
    **Editing to add: Just heard back from MY former store manager (I was his assistant manager), and he verifies that prior to the Iced Coffee Blend, we could use House Blend, Kenya, or Ethiopia Sidamo (yum, forgot about this one!) to make the iced coffee base. =)

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