While in Seattle for a long weekend we decided to check out the Starbucks Reserve Roastery, the ultimate showcase of Starbucks coffee. This cafe was clearly designed to be the adult coffee equivalent of Wonka’s Chocolate Factory.
The roastery was about a ten minute walk slightly uphill from the monorail station.
This was a fun morning activity that involved coffee for the parents and hot chocolate and roast process spectating for the kids. We shared a pour-over Eastern D.R. Congo Lake Kivu coffee. Overall the coffee was very good… but not great. It was full-bodied and smooth but came up a little short of expectations; slightly burnt roast flavors covered up the nuances we have grown accustomed to in specialty coffee.
The coffee tasted halfway between regular Starbucks coffee and more lightly roasted specialty coffee. This did not surprise us as Starbucks has to meet people where they are and has built an incredibly successful brand by serving dark roasted coffee. Either way, this was a fun stop.
While in the neighborhood, we also headed over the Victrola Coffee Roaster a few doors up the street to grab a pour-over coffee to go. They had a Guatemalan coffee that edged out its Starbucks neighbor.
Starbucks Reserve Roastery page
Check out this great review of the Starbucks Reserve Roastery by CoffeeReview Kenneth Davids with Jason Sarley. They purchased 8 Starbucks Reserve coffees from the Roastery and tasted them alongside 4 from the Allegro Roastery, 4 from Blue Bottle and 3 from Victrola Coffee Roaster. The Starbucks coffees were decent but all ended up on the bottom due to a longer roast time. Our single sample size of one coffee aligned with their cupping results.