|Roaster Location:||Seattle, Washington|
|Coffee Origin:||Not disclosed|
|Review Date:||May 2004|
Blind Assessment: A thoroughly dispirited coffee, with little sweetness and limited nuance aside from hints of nondescript fruit and a sort of vegetal, slightly charred cocoa. This particular sample appears to consist of green coffees of ordinary to poor quality that were poorly roasted to boot. Presumably nominating reader C. Dowling got luckier than I did when he was inspired to nominate this blend as a "mellow ... all-around coffee."
Notes: Breakfast Blend is one of Starbucks' lighter roasted blends. Starbucks' limited edition wholebean coffees are often outstanding, but the quality-dampening demands of sheer volume appear to have taken its toll on main-menu blends like this one. Visit
Who Should Drink It: I found this particular sample a compromise coffee in the worst sense of the word, displaying neither dark-roast richness nor medium-roasted brightness. Just plain dull.
This review originally appeared in the May, 2004 tasting report: Readers' Nominations