My short view – Pike Place Roast is light, nutty and smooth. Starbucks must have listened to the complaints of burnt, bitter flavors in their other coffees because It’s not bitter. Although it could use a little more body, it’s a great every day coffee.
Other takes –
Pike Place delivers a pretty great cup of joe. It’s got
a light fruity and nutty aroma, a smooth feel on the tongue but nice
body and no wimpy finish. This lighter roast (clearly a response to
widespread complaints about Starbucks’s penchant for over-roasting)
allows a broader spectrum of flavors and aromatics to emerge, things
that can sometimes be burnt away in a darker roast. Starbucks might not
like this, but it kind of reminds me of Dunkin’ Donuts’ house coffee.
The Stew (Chicago Tribune blog)
Pike Place definitely went down better than the normal houseblend at
Starbucks. It was smoother and without the bitter aftertaste. Another
barista informed us it is lighter than Starbucks’ usual coffee.
I’m surprised and pleased that the taste is friendly….there’s no
shock. The flavor may be easy on the tounge, but its also very
full….the boldness of a strong roast is not sacrificed…its pretty
It was anti-climatic. The aroma was reminiscent of a more mellow
(generic?) coffee, which I think is good – the objective here should be
to provide a more universal coffee experience I think. The taste is
citrus-like, with less of the bitter aftertaste that has become the
bane of many a coffee aficionado. Im reminded of perhaps the Casi
Cielo. Its good, but I dont see it as raising the bar so much: had
Starbucks put the same care into turning over the House Blend brew more
frequently and grinding the beans in-store, I think the flavor would be
close to par.
Pikes Place Roast itself is REALLY good. It has some similarities
with house blend but is much deeper. The barista told me that when they
were choosing the beans they really focused on pairing the coffees
flavor with creem and sugar. This is a pretty ingenious, dont you
My Starbucks Blog
the pike place
blend is a medium roast that i wasn’t too crazy about. it had a very
weak after-taste & it just felt to light.