Do you want to know whether you should make your coffee pit stop a full-time thing? Find out more about this Starbucks product by checking out my Starbucks House Blend coffee review.
As far as brands in the coffee world go, Starbucks is one of the most famous. Of course, that doesn’t make it the best. In fact, most of the people I speak to are Starbucks 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. However, I decided to give it a try and I’m glad to report that the results were something of a shock (to me).
What Starbucks Says
Before we get into the review, let’s take a look at what the coffee shop themselves 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 sourcing the beans in Latin America, the roast has “flavors locked within the beans,” and brings a smile to your face.
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 made me excited. 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. 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 buy it again. 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. I wasn’t surprised to see that the majority of people agreed with me and loved their experience too.
Like me, they weren’t blow out of the water by the blend but they did enjoy the flavors. One thing which kept on coming up was the fact 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. 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 coffee 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 and smooth will love this option.
Remember: it’s a medium blend so it’s a middle-of-the-road mug of Jo in many ways. But, that’s why I like to call a Goldilocks roast.
The great thing about a Starbucks product is that you can make it 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. What I like to do is 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 Score
I have to give it 4 out of 5 stars because, although it wasn’t special, it was very pleasurable and made me feel good. Not every coffee can do that and it’s a massive tick in the pro column from my point of view.