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Starbucks K-Cup Coffee Reviews

Updated on November 10, 2013

Starbucks K-cups Blends--My Personal Reviews:

To some, a cup of coffee in the morning is a daily ritual. I love a freshly brewed 12 oz. cup with a tablespoon of organic half and half. My husband also enjoys an EARLY morning, hot cup of java. I am not an early riser (I guess I would be good company at a brunch!), so when he used our drip coffee maker at 5:00 AM, my first cup was usually bitter when I poured it at 7:30. Two years ago, I convinced him to agree to buying a Keurig single cup brewing machine. I explained to him what I perceived as the advantages. The most important of those advantage was that I could have a FRESH mug of coffee!

I purchase my Starbucks K-cups at Costco in bulk. I have found that several Starbucks blends are more suitable for making a 12 oz mug of coffee. Through trial and error, I discovered that lighter roasts (like "breakfast" blends) make a weak 12 oz mug of coffee. I like buying in bulk because I do not have to go to the store as often & because the coffee is less expensive per k-cup. What I do not like about buying in bulk is the fact that if I find out I do not like a coffee blend, then I am stuck with it for a while. When trying a new k-cup blend, I most often purchase a smaller box so I can try it out. Hopefully, I have a coupon or a gift card to use so I can save some money.

To aid the Keurig owners out there who love a cup of Starbucks, I will give you my honest opinion of the blends that I have purchased. I am also asking visitors to this page to make comments on their favorite Starbucks blends.

Read on to get honest and short reviews of the Starbucks blends in Keurig K-cups that I have tried. Thanks for visiting.

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I own a Keurig Coffee Brewer - make a 4 oz., 6 oz., 8 oz., 10 oz. or 12 oz. cup of coffee

Two years ago I finally talked my husband into purchasing a single cup brewing coffee machine. He did not want to because the k-cups were more expensive to use than buying a bag of coffee.

I wanted a single brew system because I was tired of drinking coffee that was brewed 2 hours before I woke up. My husband is an early riser-- 5 AM, while I usually roll out of bed at 7:30 in the morning. He always made the coffee (six 8oz cups) with a drip machine when he woke up and by the time I got my first cup, the coffee tasted like mud because it had been sitting on the warming tray for a while. If you own a drip machine, you will know that making one cup of coffee at a time does not make for a satisfying morning wake-up beverage.

A really nice feature of this model is that you can set it to turn on (and off) in the morning automatically. That means no waiting for the water to heat up when you rise.

My Keurig did not come with a water filter kit. This model on Amazon does. I use filtered water from my refrigerator.

Keurig K75 Single-Cup Home-Brewing System with Water Filter Kit, Platinum
Keurig K75 Single-Cup Home-Brewing System with Water Filter Kit, Platinum

This is my coffee machine. It makes 4 oz., 6 oz., 8 oz., 10 oz. and 12 oz. single cups of coffee. Depending on the roast (light, medium or dark -- extra bold) you like, the 8 oz size choice makes a good cup of coffee. I like the 12oz size myself, so I always use a dark or extra-bold roast so my mug of coffee is not weak.


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My Keurig's Display Window - 4 oz., 6 oz., 8 oz., 10 oz. and 12 oz.

Window Display on a Keurig Coffee Maker
Window Display on a Keurig Coffee Maker

Our Keurig can make the above sized cups or mugs of coffee. The images on the display window are pretty accurate as to the appearance of what your cup might look like. My selection for my mug is the furtherest size to the right.

Being frugal, my husband likes to make two cups of coffee from one k-cup. His first morning cup is brewed using the 8 oz. size, which is in the middle of the cups displayed in the window. Your chosen mug or cup size blinks. I caught my Keurig in the middle of a blink, so the 8 oz mug image is not showing. For his second cup of coffee from the k-cup, he makes a smaller sized brew, typically the 6 oz. which is the second one from the left. Depending on the roast, he might make the second cup using the smallest cup selection. I guess it would be considered a "shot".

BTW, our Keurig has an auto-on setting where you can choose what time of the day you want the brewer to begin and go off. Love it.

If you are wondering about the sticky note on the wall behind the Keurig, it is a quote from Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory. It came from an episode where Penny gave him his first cup of coffee. In Sheldon's mind, he became "The Flash" and set out on the mission to get some supplies for Penny's project. Before he left, he said, "I'll be back before this banana hits the ground!" Oh caffeine, you give us super powers. LOL

Love a Big (10-12 ounce) Mug?

Then choose a dark roast k-cup.

Medium and light roast blends are generally result in a large mug of coffee that is too weak.

Coffee Mugs
Coffee Mugs

Mug Size is important when choosing a k-cup

We brew 8 oz and 12 oz mugs of coffee.

My husband likes to use his Mikasa coffee cup which is on the left. He typically brews the 8oz size and then makes a second cup using the same k-cup. For that second one, he uses the 4oz or 6oz selection on our Keurig.

I like using the tall, 12 oz. size mugs. Most often, I only brew one mug. I choose a dark, bold, or extra-bold roast.

Starbucks Sumatra Reviewed - Dark Roast Ground Coffee: "Earthy and Herbal"

My husband and I usually purchase a coffee that is labeled as "dark" roast. Why? I like to make tall cups of coffee and you need a dark roast to get lots of flavor when you use a k-cup. My husband makes a regular sized cup of coffee (the "cup" in the middle) and likes it strong. Then he makes a second cup from his k-cup that he used to make the first.

Keurig Starbucks Sumatra Dark Roast 16-Count K-Cups, 6.7oz
Keurig Starbucks Sumatra Dark Roast 16-Count K-Cups, 6.7oz

My husband says this makes a weak second cup. I found that the big size cup brewed was a little weak compared to other roasts of Starbucks.

Starbucks House Blend, K-Cup for Keurig Brewers, 16 Count
Starbucks House Blend, K-Cup for Keurig Brewers, 16 Count

This is a "medium" roast so it will not be a strong cup of coffee in an 8 ounce mug. Even a 12 ounce mug is not weak and quite enjoyable. Not bitter or strong flavored; just a good cup of coffee.


Starbucks French Roast Review - Dark Roast Ground coffee: "Intense and Smoky"

Intense and smokey does describe this roast k-cup. As stated on the package,"darker-roasted coffees feature a fuller body and robust, bold flavors." That is true. French roast k-cups make a decent big cup of coffee and a strong flavorful regular sized cup. The second cup brewed for a smaller sized cup decent.

Starbucks dark French Roast, K-Cup Portion Pack for Keurig K-Cup Brewers, 16-Count
Starbucks dark French Roast, K-Cup Portion Pack for Keurig K-Cup Brewers, 16-Count

I find this roast from Starbucks a "smooth" tasting coffee. Makes a good second cup of coffee from a previously used k-cup if you brew the middle size first and go down one size to make the second.


Starbucks Pike Place Roast Decaffeinated K-cup Review - This is a medium roast coffee.

I purchased the Pike Place Roast decaf k-cups at a Starbucks coffee shop. This decaf makes a good 8 oz. cup of coffee. Since it is a medium roast, I have found that a 10 oz or 12 oz mug is weak for my taste. I have not tried a 4 oz shot or the 6 oz cup.

The description on the box is calls this medium roast "balanced with smooth and rich flavors." I have found this to be accurate.

Starbucks Decaf Pike Place Roast, K-Cup for Keurig Brewers, 96 Count
Starbucks Decaf Pike Place Roast, K-Cup for Keurig Brewers, 96 Count

Like most Starbucks coffee roasts, this makes a nice cup of coffee. It is a medium roast so a 8 oz cup is not too strong for most coffee lovers.


I have not tried all the flavors available. Since I shop at Costco -- yes, the price is wonderful -- I am limited to what they have in stock. I also buy the single 10 k-cup boxes before I commit to buying a coffee roast in bulk.

If there is a particular roast of Starbucks you have purchased that is not reviewed here, please feel free to comment. If not, then go to my guestbook at the bottom of the page and leave me a note. Thanks!

Guestbook: What Starbucks K-cup Roast do you prefer?

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