- Rich and medium-bodied, this brew has a smooth balance that makes it a great all-around coffee to drink anytime
- A smooth, balanced brew from a specialty roast of blended coffees
Years ago you would walk into Starbucks, at least right outside New York City, where I am based, and each week there was another type of coffee being made. A lot of these, Sululasi, Africa, New Gunnua Peaberry, for example, you don’t see anymore.
Starbucks has made Pike their centerpiece. Usually they brew this and a bold, say Gold Coast, in the morning, and then only Pike at night. Pike Place was the first Starbucks Store that opened in Seattle in 1971.
And it is a good workman’s cup of coffee: far more bold and flavorful than Maxwell House or any non gourmet brew. It has a distinct coffee bean flavor without the loud nuances of a Verona or the French Roast.
That is the problem I have with Pike Place. I am not sure if they are trying for more mass appeal–trying to get the truck driver who goes to the Quick Check into Starbucks by making a more mainstream blend—or if they are trying to save money after their stock price crashed in 2008.
(I owned it, and I can’t tell you that story because there are too many words you can’t say on Amazon. From 36 to seven–KERPLUNK. I won’t go into how the tractor mower was involved)
Either way, this is my least favorite of the Starbucks blends. And the best coffee any Starbucks Virgin will ever taste.
A Good Morning Brew
Use to buy it at Starbucks store and now buy it at Amazon because of better price and convenience.
BEWARE! THIS IS NOT THE SAME COFFEE THAT IS PICTURED HERE
REVIEW UPDATE 1.8.12
I spoke with Amazon Customer Service and they graciously agreed to either refund my money or send a replacement.
These reviews are not for this Medium Pike Place…
One of my favorite coffees
Love this coffee
Brewed for donut shop coffee lovers–will you like it?
The coffee is said to have overtones of nuts and cocoa, and I can definitely taste that. The blend is more acidic than I prefer. It is not as dark as the Sumatra or my particular favorite, the French roast. It is definitely brighter.
If you like a more acidic, more typical “diner” coffee, this blend will please you. For me, I prefer the European style dark roasts and more of the African or Indonesian flavors to Central or South American. So I don’t particularly care for it. But it has been a success, bringing a more middle American flavor to the market.
Great Full Bodied Taste
I have tasted every kind of coffee, but find I always go back to Starbucks. Pike Place Roast has
become my favorite. Sometimes I alternate between Sumatra and Pike Place, but Pike Place wins out
every time! It has a taste of cocoa, with roasted nuts in its flavor. It has a smooth finish with
soft acidity. This has become the roast I have, all the time. Satisfying with enough depth and
flavor to please.
I have been tempted at times to buy a Keurig type coffee maker, but discovered that I would be paying
on average $50 a pound for the coffee found in those little Keurig cups. The price for a pound of
Pike Place Roast is $12.99.
I found this recipe for making good coffee from Starbucks a few years ago, and this is the one I use
’til this day.
Recipe for great coffee
1.Use cold, filtered water and a clean machine.
2.Grind beans just before brewing: *Course for coffee press
*Medium for automatic drip
3.Measure 2 tbsp (10 g) ground coffee for every 6 fl oz (180 ml) water.
To help preserve that fresh flavor, keep this bag sealed tight in the bag.
Highly Recommended. prisrob 02-11-12
Pretty good for Starbucks
Good Coffee but Price could be Better
Great Gift for those you love.
Cha Ching! The FIRST THING you want to have in the morning!
I love it so much, that one does not need to use so much, and I must be crazy, for I keep my Specialties (Coffee) in the Freezer (they keep fresh and crisp); Pike Place is neither bitter, yet maintains Starbucks’ known bold richness and taste. This is one reason why I am just so addicted to Pike Place and enjoy it in the mornings as a Hot Coffee or as an Iced Coffee during a hot summer day. I do admit I do get tired of Southern Iced Tea and Water because I drink so much of it; so it is refreshing! If you’ve never had Iced Coffee before … you’re in for a real treat, there are many recipes online available such as Food Network that will teach you how to make one with no alcohol (that I drink) and there there are those with alcohol (that I do not drink).
It’s nearly summertime – why not try out for a nice spin with Starbucks making it into an Iced Coffee for a change?
Wrong coffee sent; order history later changed
I am currently overseas (FPO box), limited in coffee options, and wasn’t perturbed enough to contact Amazon about this. I am overall greatly pleased with my track record with Amazon, and especially the Free Super Saver to FPO boxes and typical 1-week delivery.
On to the coffee. My daily consumption is 3 mugs in the morning and maybe an afternoon pick-me-up. My favorite standard is in-shop, perfectly brewed Dunkin Donuts. Black. I enjoy the complexity of most Starbucks, but find them on the verge of being too bold for a staple. Or maybe it’s the prices. I do buy a bag every now and then, though. I have mixed success brewing grounds or beans in hopes of recreating what you get in the shop. Large (BJ’s, COSTCO) bags are usually stale mud two thirds of the way down, so I won’t buy those any more despite the bulk discount.
I purchased this because PP Dark (what I thought I was getting) is my favorite in-shop Starbucks. This PP Medium is pretty good, although I’ve had less than usual success in making the correct brew. Huge improvement over Folgers or Maxwell House, a notch above Eight O’Clock (which is always very good compared to the price), but well shy of my best home recreations of shop coffee (to include successful Dark Pike’s Place attempts). I suppose I am comparing it to what I expect from Starbucks (BOLDness), and this has much less bite. Definitely cheaper/better than what I can get locally, though.
Bottom line: 3.49 stars for pretty good Starbucks coffee at a good price. I’m trying to not figure the misrepresentation into the rating of the product.
My absolute favorite
Probably my favorite
Over the years, I have discovered that my favorite is this Pike Place (medium roast). We do trade off and the other ones we drink regularly are the French Roast, Espresso Roast, and the Christmas Blend when it is in season. Any time I have been drinking one of those roasts (which I really like as well) and then come back to this one, I realize just how MUCH I like this one. It’s flavorful without being bitter and just seems perfectly balanced in every way. I use one flat scoop of coffee per cup and that is just the right amount for us. I also found that when in need of a decaffinated coffee for entertaining in the evening, the Pike Place is also my favorite decaf coffee. What is really great is that if I have left over decaf I can blend it with the regular (75% regular and 25% decaf) and it doesn’t go to waste.
If you are trying to watch your budget and save some money without giving up flavor, brewing at home is definitely an option. It works for us and this coffee is wonderful!
It’s a crowd pleaser at a good price~
But if you want the freshest coffee, you probably want to either have it ground fresh in the shop, or grind at home per use.
But for convenience and price this is a good buy.