Did you know that Starbucks didn’t start out as a coffee shop? Starbucks’ first store actually sold coffee beans, tea, and spices at Seattle’s Pike Place Market. Hence the name “Pike Place roast” for not only my favorite Starbucks roast but probably my favorite roast of all time.
It is one in a line of many medium roast coffees that you can find in Starbucks cafés all around the world. It is 100% Arabica coffee with a smooth balance of flavors. In this post, I will give you my opinion on this roast as well as some recipes to try with it.
Taste of the Roast
The goal that Starbucks had in mind when creating this roast was to make a balanced blend in which none of the characteristics are dominant.
In my honest opinion, their master blenders truly hit the bullseye with this one.
Starbucks’s own description of the coffee states, and I fully agree, that it is “a smooth, well-rounded blend of Latin American coffees with subtly rich flavors of cocoa and toasted nuts”.
This superlative roast gives you the perfect brewed coffee time and again from the first sip to the last bit of coffee in your cup. As a coffee lover, you cannot skip this roast. You simply have to try it.
Recipes with Pike Place Roast
I also used Pike Place roast to make a very delicious mocha macchiato. The subtle notes of cocoa of the roast pair wonderfully with the added chocolate syrup.
Read more on how to make a mocha macchiato.
This coffee is great for making cold brew.
Read more on how I used this coffee to make cold brew in a french press.
Starbucks Recipes Using Pike Place Roast
All of the following recipes use Pike Place Starbucks coffee beans in one form or another.