Honest Starbucks Pike Place Coffee Roast Review

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”.

My Recommendation

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.

This great coffee is available in many forms including K-cupsground coffeewhole beans and Nespresso capsules. There are even decaf versions of the Pike Place roast.

Recipes with Pike Place Roast

Mocha Macchiato

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.

Cold Brew

This coffee is great for making cold brew.

Read more on how I used this coffee to make cold brew in a french press.

French presses with the ingredients needed for cold brew. Starbucks Blonde Roast and Pike Place roast.

Starbucks Recipes Using Pike Place Roast

All of the following recipes use Pike Place Starbucks coffee beans in one form or another.

​Starbucks Dalgona Whipped Coffee
Maple Cinnamon Macchiato
Shakerato
Coffee Margarita
Iced Irish Coffee
Coffee Peanut Butter Smoothie
Coffee Chia Pudding


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