Starbucks Caffe Verona Blend Review (for 2023)

Want to discover whether the Starbucks Caffè Verona Blend should become a regular addition to your coffee cupboard? Find out with my impartially honest Starbucks Caffè Verona Blend review.

About Starbucks

Everyone knows Starbucks. After all, the Seattle-based company is the most famous chain of coffee houses on the planet. But, in truth, most coffee fans are in one of two very distinct camps; they either love the brand or hate it. Whatever you think about the quality of the coffee offered in their coffee houses, their coffee bean pouches for the home should be judged on their own merits.

In previous reviews, I’ve noted my surprise at the quality of the Starbucks products for the home. So, I was prepared for the Caffè Verona to leave me feeling satisfied – and I’m pleased to say it did.

What Starbucks Says About Caffè Verona

It’s always good to gauge what to expect by reading what the company has to say about its product. Starbucks coffee beans aren’t any different. The company states: Caffè Verona® is a seductive blend of beans from Latin America and Indonesia, with a gentle touch of Italian Roast lending depth, soul, and sweetness.” Starbucks has also suggested that it’s the perfect blend for romance “because this delectable combination pairs so very well with chocolate, it has become a Valentine’s Day favorite – and the coffee we most associate with romance. Bella, Bella!”

Starbucks Caffè Verona has a lot to live up to then, especially when you’re not sharing a mug with your lover…

Starbucks Caffè Verona Coffee Review

Upon opening the packet, the initial hit of rich dark bean smells and aromas is pleasant and exciting without being overpowering. I’d describe it as a nice balance between sweet and roasty tones, while there is a definite hint of cherry mixed in too. So there are a fair few different elements working together. Still, it doesn’t feel like an overly complicated mix, which (in my opinion) is positive.

My biggest fear was that the dark beans would be a little bitter or acidic. Thankfully, the dark cocoa texture and velvety, comforting-tasting notes of ground coffee are not disrupted by any bitter aftertaste, which does the Latin America tones justice. Without being a coffee that you’ll be thinking about for days after consumption, it’s undoubtedly a pleasant-tasting experience. Whether drinking alone, with a friend, or with your partner, as suggested, Caffè Verona is a great option for fans of darker roasts.

The classically comforting velvety tones make the Caffè Verona a blend that I’d happily drink again. However, the 200g option at circa $5 is probably better than splashing out $20 for the full-size packet.

Related: Starbucks House Blend Review

What Other People Say

It’s never a bad idea to hear what other coffee drinkers have to say about a blend, especially when dealing with the divisive Starbucks brand. The customer rating value is very important for coffee lovers. Many noted the same points I had while noting the moist, fresh grains – which I had also noticed.

Most people seem to enjoy the flavor and aromas, which get softer after brewing. The non-acidic flavor is a particularly popular element, especially as this is something a growing number of blends are falling victim to. The traditional approach is highly appreciated.

Who Will Enjoy It?

As with most coffees, the Caffe Verona isn’t for everyone. Anyone that wants a more noticeable bitterness may want to look elsewhere. Likewise, given the strong caffeine hit, a lot of people will seek a weaker brew, and a blonde roast is the better option for those who like a rich, smooth coffee that provides a good kick.

While I do kinda get why Starbucks has made a big deal about Verona being romantic (not least due to Romeo and Juliet), it’s a blend that I’d consider good enough for daily consumption each morning.

Related: Starbucks Espresso Roast Review

Brewing Options

The Starbucks Caffè Verona can be enjoyed through a basic instant coffee method; it’s equally suited to be put through the coffee press or a coffee maker. It should also be noted that dark beans produce a great black coffee, not least because it won’t overpower you. I guess if you have it with your partner, you may wish to leave it percolated in the jug.

Starbucks Caffè Verona Score

Given that it fails to do anything out of this world, I can’t give this Starbucks brew the top score. Still, I feel that it deserves a 4 out of 5 thanks to its pleasant smells, velvety and fresh tastes, and incredible versatility. Even the Starbucks snobs can enjoy the Caffè Verona.

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Nathan is the founder of The Darkest Roast (featured in the NY Times, Yahoo, and Tasting Table). He is a self-taught coffee expert and has tried 100s of coffees from around the world. Nathan's goal is to help you find the best coffee, so you only drink the best.