What are opinions on Starbucks' coffee tasting better than coffee from other cafes?

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January 10, 2009 10:03AM

New Answer: Its simple.... They buy low quality coffee, regardless of where it comes from. Over roast it to disguise that fact the coffee is low quality... + you get more (liquid) coffee pound per pound when you over roast... The trouble is it causes the coffee to be bitter... The more you over roast the more bitter it becomes... Tasting "better" is most definitely not. Only "bitter". Why I know this ... I lived on a Coffee farm for 19 years.. My father still runs a coffee farm in Kenya. I don't like Starbucks coffee at all its too bitter and up until just a month ago Starbucks didn't pay their coffee bean growers in other countries a decent price for their coffee. Also it tastes burnt. I prefer Kenya Coffee beans. First off, "In conjunction with Conservation International, Starbucks developed socially responsible coffee buying guidelines called C.A.F.E. Practices (Coffee and Farmer Equity Practices) in 2001" Secondly, Starbucks uses Kenyan beans in several of their coffees so the two are not mutually exclusive. In fact one of Starbucks bean blends is called " Kenya". Thirdly, everyone has different preferences for the flavor of their coffee. Starbucks brews very strong coffee, using premium quality, freshly ground beans, once an hour. This can produce a very bold flavor but it is never burnt.

New Answer: Starbucks coffee is freshly ground and brewed many times throughout the day. However, when the Starbucks company roasts its beans, whether Kenyan or not, they use a method of "flash roasting" which causes the beans themselves to become overdried, thus giving the subsequent brewed coffee the burnt flavor that people speak of so often. The actual opinions on Starbucks coffee being better than other cafes will clearly differ from person to person, and depending on which "other cafes" you are referring to.

Additional Answer: The large majority of Starbucks serve the House blend, Yuck! It's their cheapest coffee and in my opinion is mediocre in quality. However, some of the other blends are decent. The new Pike's Place is not bad and I have always enjoyed their Verona. But in general most of the Starbucks coffees do taste a bit over roasted. I am a big fan of the Caribou Coffee chain for their wide selection of blends.