My Experience With Starbucks Reserve Roastery
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?
The box for Starbucks Reserve Roastery is definitely nothing impressive or special. It’s a standard box with nothing other than a shipping label.
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.
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.
On the side of the bag you’ll find Starbucks history.
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.
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.
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.
It is hard to tell in the picture, but the peaberry is smaller than your average Arabica bean.
So, How Did It Taste?
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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