My Experience With Starbucks Reserve Roastery

Starbucks Reserve Roastery Experience and tasting notes
Starbucks is a name you already know — and if you drink a lot of coffee, you might even love the sound of it.

But, did you know that there is such thing as a Starbucks Reserve Roastery?

This is where the real magic happens.

Here, reserve blends and single origin coffees are made — and these aren’t something you get at the counter from your local Starbucks barista either.

I ordered up a sample from Starbucks Reserve Roastery to see just how “exclusive” and tasty their reserve selections actually were.

Want to see how they turned out?

What Coffee Did I Receive?

Starbucks Box Exterior

Starbucks Box Exterior


The box for Starbucks Reserve Roastery is definitely nothing impressive or special. It’s a standard box with nothing other than a shipping label.

Starbucks Initial Box Open

Starbucks Initial Box Open


Again, the initial open was not very stimulating. Instead of some creative packaging, I find my coffee just tossed in the box with a return label.

Starbucks Reserve Bagged Coffee

Starbucks Bags of Coffee


The coffee presentation itself is okay though. It’s a sleek black bag with copper wording. They have the tasting notes and information clipped to the bag too.

Starbucks Reserve History

Starbucks Reserve History


On the side of the bag you’ll find Starbucks history.

Starbucks Reserve Coffee Clip

Coffee Bag Clip


All Starbucks Reserve Roastery coffees come with a copper clip. This allows you to seal up your bag properly and keep the beans fresh longer.

Starbucks Reserve Best By Date

Best By Date


All bags also feature a Best by Date. Coffees are roasted and shipped quickly with Starbucks, but it is nice to also know when your coffee will lose its optimum flavor. As you can see, I received this coffee in September 2016 and had more than enough time to drink it.

Starbucks Reserve Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes


This time I received a Brazil Samambaia Peaberry. The peaberry isn’t a well-known coffee by most — and not all clubs even feature it. So, it was nice to see Starbucks Reserve Roastery include it in their options.

The notes discuss the history of the peaberry and also includes detailed tasting notes.

Starbucks Reserve Whole Beans

Starbucks Reserve Whole Beans


It is hard to tell in the picture, but the peaberry is smaller than your average Arabica bean.

So, How Did It Taste?

Starbucks Reserve PeaBerry

Starbucks Reserve PeaBerry


The tasting notes indicated I would get hints of dried fruit with chocolate and a clover-honey sweetness.

I definitely picked up the honey-like sweetness. As for the dried fruit, it was very minor and so was the chocolate flavor. If anything, I got more of the honey notes than the other two notes mentioned.

Would I Try It Again?

Yes, I definitely would.

I was impressed with the smooth flavor, even though I didn’t pick up the tasting notes as much as they made it sound.

Would I Recommend Starbucks Reserve Roastery?

Yes I would.

They are definitely pricey compared to other clubs, but they deal exclusively in rare coffees that are exclusive to Starbucks. These reserves are not available year-round either, so if you want the creme de la creme of coffees that are offered only to you as a member, then the Reserve Roastery is your type of club.



Want to learn more about the Starbucks Reserve Roastery Club? Read our Review and find out how they scored!

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Shailynn is a word slinger, chef, Pinterest addict and adult coloring book collector. As our Operations Manager and Senior Researcher/Editor, you will find Shailynn busy finding new companies and topics to research, but also handling the crazy day-to-day on the backend – and by crazy…we mean all of us. She attended the International Culinary Institute, where she studied pastry arts and she worked as an executive pastry chef before hanging up her chef’s hat and decided to work from home as a writer. She is a fanatic for a great cup of coffee or wonderful glass of wine! Shailynn is a mother of three and married to a handsome firefighter.

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