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The Art of Blending and Roasting

4 min


Starbucks team of experts is dedicated to sourcing, roasting, blending and brewing high-quality arabica coffee.​ ​


By doing so, we can continue to create exceptional coffee blends crafted to your individual preferences. Let’s take a closer look at blending and roasting and explore some of the steps Starbucks® coffee beans go through to get from farms all over the world to your cup.

Coffee Blending

An important step we take to create delicious Starbucks® offerings is to blend together coffees from different origins or of different roast styles. ​ ​


Blending gives us the flexibility to create new tasting notes not found in one single-origin coffee.


Starbucks small team of master roasters has more than 150 years of combined roasting experience.

Coffee Roasting

By the time coffee leaves a farm and arrives at one of our roasting plants, the next step is to develop its flavor while maintaining the quality of the green coffee beans. 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. ​


​Starbucks small team of master roasters has more than 150 years of combined roasting experience. Their knowledge, expertise and artistry are the reason you have so many roasts to choose from.

Various Coffee Beans

Roast Categories

Starbucks has spent over 50 years mastering the art and science of roasting to bring out the inherent flavor in each coffee.​


​Our coffees come in three different roasts. Starbucks® Blonde Roast, the 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.​

Roasting Process

Within the Starbucks roast spectrum, coffees are roasted to bring out their unique characteristics.



The lightest roast, with a shorter roast time, lighter body and mellow flavors.



These delicious coffees are balanced with smooth and rich flavors.



Enjoy an intense, darker cup, with a fuller body and robust, bold flavors.​ ​


Your coffee goes through many steps before it reaches your cup. A team of Starbucks experts source, roast and blend high-quality coffee from diverse regions all around the world, whether you’re enjoying your Starbucks® coffee in one of our cafés or brewing your favorite coffee at home.​

House Blend Ground 22 s


House Blend

Aroma, body and flavor all in balance. House Blend is a medium roast with notes of toffee and dusted cocoa.



The Starbucks® Coffee Roast Spectrum <p>There’s a vast and rewarding world of coffees out there to enjoy. The more you understand coffee roasting and the delicious nuances it uncovers, the easier it will be to explore outside your coffee comfort zone. Read on to learn about our roast spectrum, from our smooth, light-bodied Starbucks<sup>®</sup> Blonde Roast to our rich, bold Dark Roast—and everything in between.</p> 2 Minutes
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