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Blending & roasting

4 min

COFFEE'S JOURNEY

Before you can brew and sip your favourite Starbucks® coffee, the coffee beans go through many steps, including blending and roasting.

FARM TO CUP The journey to your cup

Starbucks team of experts are 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.

QUICK FACT

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 and maintain its flavour. 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 flavour.

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

ROAST CATEGORIES

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

Our coffees come in three different roasts. Starbucks® Blonde roast, the lightest, has a shorter roast time, lighter body and mellow flavours. Medium-roasted coffees are balanced with smooth and rich flavours, while dark-roasted coffees feature a fuller body and robust, bold flavours.

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ROASTING PROCESS

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

STARBUCKS® BLONDE ROAST

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

 

MEDIUM ROAST

These delicious coffees are balanced with smooth and rich flavours.

 

DARK ROAST

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

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 coffeehouses or brewing your favourite coffee at home.

CRAFT

The roast spectrum <p>Which roast profile do you prefer? Starbucks<sup>®</sup> Blonde Roast, Medium Roast or Dark Roast? These three make up the Starbucks<sup>®</sup> roast spectrum.</p> 4 min

COFFEE JOURNEY

Why Arabica Coffee? <p>The most essential ingredient in your cup of coffee? The beans. Here’s why we choose to use 100% arabica beans.</p> 3 min

CRAFT

Where does coffee comes from? <p>Where a coffee comes from – its origin – makes a difference to its flavour. It’s like wine or tea. A region’s soil, climate and other conditions all have an impact on how your coffee tastes.</p> 3 min