We’ve got to be real here: Starbucks is not really considered to be outstanding by people who work with coffee professionally.
When Consumer Reports recently surveyed a bunch of coffee blends, the mermaid-brand only got middling marks.
Their “House Blend” was their top performer with a 63 score out of 100.
While that’s not impressive, it’s still better than a lot of supermarket coffees out there.
So if you like the darker roasting style that Starbucks is a proponent of, then check out some of these beans here.
If you want to learn more about legit top-notch coffee, then check out my guide to the best beans in the world.
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1: Starbucks House Blend Whole Bean Coffee
This is the original blend from Starbucks that has remained almost the same for decades.
In Consumer Reports big round-up of blends, this was the highest scoring Starbucks coffee.
A user praised the blend, saying it makes the prefect cup every time. Another reviewer said that they were happy to see the house blend coffee beans being available online, since it lets them enjoy the signature taste at home without having to overpay.
One person did add that the coffee was simply too dark even though it’s labelled as a medium roast.
Given Starbucks’ reputation this is hardly a surprise.See more reviews
2: French Roast Dark Roast Ground Coffee
This French Roast ground coffee is smoky and singular. Darker roast coffees have fuller body which gives them a robust and bold taste.
A user said that they were impressed with the freshness and quality of this coffee, although they don’t usually like darker roasts. Another used added that love that they can have this rich Starbucks taste without having to leave their house.
People also praised the well-balanced taste of this coffee, and added that it had a great value for its price, as it is much cheaper than actually going to Starbucks.See more reviews
3: Starbucks Pike Place Roast Ground Coffee, Medium Roast
The Pike Place medium roast coffee has a smooth and balanced taste, which is well rounded by the subtle hints of cocoa and toasted nut flavors.
Reviewers have said that this provides the real Starbucks taste no matter where you are. One user also added that one can never go wrong with Starbucks, and this was the next best thing that you can make at the comfort of your own homes. They also added that it is a good price for the amount of coffee it makes.
A few people had issues with delivery of the products, saying that the package came torn or that they were delivered a different product than what they ordered. But nobody had anything bad to say about the actual coffee.See more reviews
4: Breakfast Blend Medium Roast Ground Coffee
This medium roast by Starbucks is lively and lighter in taste, and lets you enjoy their famous breakfast blend at home. The medium roast gives it a smooth and balanced taste, with rich approachable flavors.
A valuable reviewer on Amazon said that this this ground coffee has a great flavors and provides that authentic Starbucks taste. They also added that they always get fresh products whenever they order.
Some users, however, were complaining that the coffee was stale when it arrived, or that it was ground instead of whole bean. Make sure that you order the correct one.See more reviews
5: VIA Instant French Roast Dark Roast Coffee
This easy to make instant coffee only takes 10 seconds to brew; all you have to do is tear open the packet, add hot water, wait 10 seconds and stir.
The dark roast gives it an explosive flavor. It also comes in other flavors like Caramel Latte, Columbia Roast, Pike Palace, Vanilla Latte and so on.
The French Roast seems to be the most popular one. It comes in a box of 8 sachets that you can carry on the go.
A user on Amazon said that this was a great coffee if you were looking for a quick brew that also tasted great. They added that they had been looking for instant coffee for camping and hiking, but they rarely came across something that actually tasted good.
They said that this is the best instant coffee they have come across, and will continue using it for as long as they can.
One user had issue with Starbucks increasing the price of these sachets.See more reviews
6: Starbucks Flavored Coffee Caramel and Vanilla
This coffee comes in a set of two flavors; coffee caramel and vanilla. Both the flavors are a blend of high quality coffee beans. The Latin American beans combined with the specially blended caramel and vanilla flavors give the coffee a toasty perfection.
One user praised this coffee saying that Starbucks had hit a home run with both these flavors. They added that this is the perfect ‘good morning’ coffee, although you can enjoy it throughout the day. Other users added that it reminded them of the great Starbucks taste at home.
Some people had issues with the price being slightly expensive, but added that the final result was almost worth the expense.See more reviews
7: Caffe Verona Ground Coffee
This gourmet coffee is a full-bodied, multi-regions blend of coffees. It has a sweet touch of the Italian roast with hints of dark cocoa flavors.
People praised it for its attractive price, while one user added that it had a great taste that was perfect to wake you up in the morning but also something you can unwind with in the evenings. People also praised its bold flavor, and one said that they will continue buying it as long as they don’t increase the price of the product.
In a more critical review, a user questioned the authenticity of the product, saying that something seems off about the coffee. They said that they do not get the same Starbucks taste from this coffee, like they did from other Starbucks coffee beans and ground coffee.See more reviews
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