In addition to roast spectrum, another step we can take to change the flavor of coffee is to blend together coffees from different origins or of different roast styles. Blending gives us the flexibility to create new flavors not found in one single-origin coffee.
By the time coffee leaves its farm and arrives at one of our roasting plants, the next step is to develop and maintain its flavor. Each coffee requires a slightly different amount of time and temperature during the roasting process to create a cup of coffee with peak aroma, acidity, body and flavor.
Our small team of master roasters has more than 150 years of combined roasting experience. Their knowledge, expertise and artistry is the reason we have so many roasts to choose from.
We’ve spent almost 50 years mastering the art and science of roasting to bring out the inherent flavor in each coffee. Within each roast category, coffees are roasted to bring out unique characteristics.
Our coffees come in three different roasts. Starbucks Blonde roast, our lightest, has a shorter roast time, lighter body and mellow flavors. Medium-roasted coffees are balanced with smooth and rich flavors, while dark-roasted coffees feature a fuller body and robust, bold flavors.
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Starbucks Ethical Sourcing
How we buy our coffee and knowing where it comes from is as important as the roasting process itself. Learn more about our ethical sourcing practices here.