Want to discover whether the Starbucks Caffe Verona Blend should become a regular addition to your coffee cupboard? Find out with my impartially honest Starbucks Caffe Verona Blend review.
Everyone knows Starbucks. After all, the Seattle-based company is the most famous chain of coffee houses on the planet. 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.
I’ve already noted my surprise at the quality of the Starbucks products for the home in previous reviews. So, I was prepared for the Caffe Verona to leave me feeling satisfied – and I’m pleased to say it did.
What Starbucks Says
It’s always good to gauge an idea of what to expect by reading what the company has to say about its product, and 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!”
The product has a lot to live up to then, especially when you’re not sharing a mug with your lover…
Starbucks Caffe 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. There are a fair few different elements working together, but 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 velvety and comforting tastes are not disrupted by any bitter aftertaste, which does the Latin tones justice. Without being a coffee that you’ll be thinking about for days after consumption, it’s certainly a pleasant tasting experience. Whether drinking alone, with a friend, or with your partner as suggested, Caffe Verona is a great option for fans of darker roasts.
The classically comforting velvety tones make the Caffe Verona a blend that’d I’d happily drink again. However, the 200g option at circa $5 is probably the better option than splashing out $20 for the full-size packet.
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. Many noted the same points as I had while additionally noting the moist, fresh, grains – which I had noticed too.
Most people seem to enjoy the flavor as well as the aromas, which do get softer after brewing. The non-acidic flavor is a particularly popular element, especially as this 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. If you 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 & Juliet), it’s a blend that I’d consider good enough for daily consumption each morning.
The Starbucks Caffe Verona can be enjoyed through a basic instant coffee method, it’s equally suited to be put through the coffee press. It should also be noted that the dark beans produce a great black coffee, not least because it won’t overpower you. I guess if you’re having it with your partner, you may wish to leave it percolated in the jug.
Starbucks Caffe 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 does deserve a 4 out of 5 thanks to its pleasant smells, velvety and fresh tastes, and great levels of versatility. Even the Starbucks snobs can enjoy the Caffe Verona.
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