The One about Starbucks Pike Place Roast K-Cup Coffee

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In 1971, the first Starbucks was founded in Seattle, Washington.

The #1 coffee company and coffeehouse chain in the world, Starbucks is best known for putting taste, quality and customer service as priority.  They are also known for popularizing dark roasted coffee.

In Seattle is Pike Place Market, one of the oldest continuously operated public farmers markets in the United States.  The public market which overlooks Elliott Bay waterfront, happens to be Seattle’s most popular tourist destination and Travel & Leisure Magazine has it ranked 33rd of most visited tourist attraction in the world.

And at the market is Starbucks first store and in 2008, the coffee company released their “Pike Place Roast” coffee which is a smooth, well-rounded blend of Latin American coffees with subtly rich flavors of cocoa and toasted nuts.  And it is a medium roast coffee.

It’s important to note that there are different versions of Starbucks Pike Place K-cups.

The Torrefaction version is for those who want a lighter, less bold version of Pike Place.  They also sell a decaf Torrefaction k-cup version of the Pike Place Torrefaction. But as for what it means, I read it deals with depressurized beans.  Seriously, the more I look it up online, there are different explanations of what the “Torrefaction” means.

But the one that many (including myself) prefer is the good ol’ medium roast “Pike Place Roast” coffee.  And of the Starbucks coffee available in K-Cups, it’s my favorite.

It’s not too bitter, nor too acidic.

Delicious, bold and one of my top 10 favorite K-Cups.


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Dennis A. Amith