Starbucks House Blend Coffee Review (for 2023)

Looking for an honest Starbucks House Blend review? Here you can find everything you want to know about this Starbucks product.

About Starbucks Coffee

As far as brands in the coffee world go, Starbucks is one of the most famous. But, of course, that doesn’t make it the best. In fact, most of the people I speak to are Starbucks Coffee snobs and wouldn’t go to a store if I paid them good money. Over the years, the chain has developed a stigma for ruining coffee and serving watered-down gas station java.

As you might expect, I didn’t know what to think before tasting this one because I couldn’t help but think of my past experiences. Finally, however, I decided to try it, and I’m glad to report that the results were something of a shock (to me).

What Starbucks Says

Before we get into the Starbucks House Blend review, let’s look at what the coffee shops have to say about this product. According to their website, “One sip and you immediately recognize the characteristics that make this coffee so distinctively Starbuckian.” Thanks to the level of detail in sourcing the beans in Latin America, the roast has “flavors locked within the beans” and brings a smile to your face.

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That is high praise indeed, so does the blend live up to the hype?

Starbucks House Blend Coffee Review

As soon as I opened the packet, I could smell a sweet and straightforward aroma, which excited me. I like all types of coffee, but it’s always good when it has an uncomplicated setup because it means it’s not too complicated. Sometimes, companies go overboard, and it ruins the final product. For me, this wasn’t the case whatsoever, and I could tell by the delicate, dry grains.

As soon as the brew hit my lips, I could taste a simple flavor as well as a smooth texture. The velvety texture brought out the essence of the coffee and did the beans justice. But, I have to admit, it wasn’t mind-blowing by any means. I’ve tasted lots of coffee in my time, and only a couple take my breath away (Seattle’s Best Coffee), and this didn’t make my list. Still, I was pleasantly surprised by the taste and the experience as a whole.

I would definitely recommend this brand, and I would repurchase it. However, at $20 a packet, I’d consider waiting until it was on sale at half or a third of the price, although the 200g option is a lot cheaper at around $5.

What Other People Say

I like to research what other respected coffee drinkers have to say about the products I try, and Starbucks House Blend was no different. So I wasn’t surprised to see that most people agreed with me and loved their experience too.

Like me, they weren’t blown out of the water by this medium roast ground coffee blend, but they did enjoy the flavors and the dark chestnut color. One thing that kept coming up was that it has a strong, robust taste yet isn’t acidic. Lots of companies are developing coffees with acidic flavors, and they aren’t for the faint-hearted. This Latin American House Blend is old-school in this regard, and it’s a nice change.

Who Will Enjoy It?

Not every roast is going to hit the spot; it depends on what you like and dislike. In this Starbucks House Blend review, I’ve noted how the product isn’t overpowering or too strong, so those who like it robust might find it weak. However, people who like their coffee rich, lively, smooth, and balanced will love this option.

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Remember: it’s a medium roast ground coffee blend, so it’s a middle-of-the-road mug of Joy in many ways. But that’s why I like to call it a Goldilocks roast.

Brewing Options

The great thing about a Starbucks product is that you can make it in a variety of ways. You can try instant if you like, but, like me, this might feel as if it’s a little too basic. So instead, I like to put it through the coffee maker or the French Press because it feels proper. Don’t worry because the flavor never changes, which is a shout-out to the quality of the blend.

Starbucks House Blend Review (Final Verdict)

I have to give this ground coffee 4 out of 5 stars because, although it wasn’t unique, it was very pleasurable and made me feel good. Not every arabica coffee can do that, and it’s a massive tick in the pro column from my point of view.

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Nathan Gotch

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.