Starbucks Coffee (Costco)

Veranda Blend Blonde

Location: Seattle, Washington

Origin: Not disclosed.

Roast: Medium

Est. Price: $14.80/40 ounces

Review Date: November 2012

Agtron: 50/58

Aroma: 6

Acidity: 6

Body: 7

Flavor: 6

Aftertaste: 5

Blind Assessment:

Sweet-toned, clean, neutral. Grainy sweetness, faint nut and chocolate hints in aroma and cup. Delicately brisk, muted acidity. Fullish though rather inert mouthfeel. Some chocolaty sweetness persists in a clean though rather empty finish.


Purchased in whole bean format at Costco in San Leandro, California for an equivalent of $5.99 per pound. With this, one of four “Blonde” or medium-roasted blends, Starbucks breaks with its long commitment to dark-roasting. This blend, described as “Mellow & Soft,” is apparently aimed at those who prefer a brisker, more delicate cup than presented by any of Starbucks’ usual offerings. Visit www.starbucks.com or call 800-782-7282 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Those looking for Starbucks’ version of “mellow and soft” (very) at an attractive price.

This review originally appeared in the November, 2012 tasting report: Big Box Value Coffees

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