Starbucks Coffee

At last, it is time to cover what I referred to on my first coffee review as my measuring gauge, Starbucks. This is because Starbucks is neither gourmet nor vending machine quality, it is simply a good cup. It stands in the middle, and for that reason, it is my point of reference.

Starbucks’ Menu

While at CityWalk, the wife indulged my request to stop for a cup of my favorite roast from Starbucks, their blonde roast — the fact the that wife is blonde is but a fun coincidence. Fun fact: I’ve been a gold member of Starbucks’ rewards program since 2011, but an enthusiastic patron since 2009.

Review: When I bought this cup, I thought I would not even need to try it to write this review. I’ve been ordering this cup (almost exclusively) for at least four years, and drinking Starbucks in general for ten years. And yet, I was conflicted. I tasted it, and there it was, the comforting, smooth, mouth-watering flavor of bright, crisp, coffee. But I wondered, is it it’s familiarity that made it so comforting? Was I biased? Maybe, but I’ve had enough variety in my life to objectively deem it a decent cup of lightly roasted coffee. Like I said, it is a good cup.

At $2.45 a grande (medium), and I know that price by heart (or $2.85 if you’re paying the CityWalk location premium), this cup is a solid choice. After all, there is a reason why Starbucks is a coffee juggernaut around the world. Before I present The Ramdolfi Score, I feel the need to clarify that when this cup is freshly made via pour over, it is closer to a 7/10. Alas, your average morning brew is not always up to par. The Ramdolfi Score: 5/10.

Tell me, are you a fan of Starbucks? Do you prefer dark roasts or light roast? Are you a black coffee or frappuccino type of person?

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(Featured Image by: Mr. Ramdolfi)

6 thoughts on “Starbucks Coffee

    1. Haha that’s how I started 15 years ago! Don’t be ashamed. It took me years before I could appreciate the subtle notes in black coffee. No one should give you a hard time for liking frappuccinos, they’re delicious! Lol 😄 Thank you for your comment!

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  1. Morning! I’ve been a dark roast Starbucks fan since the day began working there-in 1990! Like you, I get a drip coffee most time, but the darker style, or full-city roast, as they called it back in the early days. Shameless plug to follow : check my historical fiction Starbucks novel, Tripio, for a great read about the “coffee juggernaut” before in the year 1992, as it started to take the world by storm. one latte at a time.


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