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Can’t decide which of the Starbucks coffee K-cup flavors to try?

You’re in luck!

I love Starbucks and Keurig Cups so I have tried, tasted, and brewed up (pun intended) a top 10 list of the best Starbucks K-Cup that'll transform your kitchen into a personal coffee haven.

So, get ready to elevate your at-home barista game and savor the Starbucks coffee experience with my ultimate guide!

OUR TOP PICK

Pike Place

Taste

5.0

Size Options

5.0

Value For Money

5.0


Our Score

5.0

CHEAP OPTION

Sumatra

Taste

4.5

Size Options

5.0

Value For Money

5.0


Our Score

4.8

Most Popular

French Roast

Taste

4.5

Size Options

5.0

Value For Money

4.5


Our Score

4.6

After tasting tons of different K-Cup flavors and aromas - here are the best Starbucks K-Cups!

1. Starbucks Pike Place Roast - Best Tasting K-Cup

Taste

5.0

Size Options

5.0

Value For Money

5.0


Overall Rating

5.0

Roast Level

Medium

Taste

Smooth, rich, and balanced with notes of cocoa and toasted nuts

Region Of Origin

Latin America

Bean Type

Arabica

Price Per Count

$0.51 - $0.86

Caffeine Per Cup

Approximately 100-130 mg

Ahh, Starbucks Pike Place Roast K-Cup - a classic and the best Starbucks K-cup brew as far as we’re concerned!

It's the first thing that comes to my mind when I think about Starbucks coffee K-Cups. Truly the best flavor out there.

The fresh, smooth, rich flavor of this Starbucks medium roast coffee, sourced from the finest Latin American Arabica beans, truly sets it apart.

Isn't it just amazing how the notes of cocoa and praline blend harmoniously, giving you that comforting warmth in every sip?

So, if you're looking for that perfect cup to kickstart your day or want to unwind after a long day, Starbucks Pike Place medium-roasted coffee is your go-to choice.

As an added bonus, it is also one of the cheapest Starbucks K-Cups in terms of price per count. Being a budget conscious caffeine lover and able to get Pike Place for around 50c per cup really appeals to my taste buds and my wallet.

If you like the Pike Place blend, make sure that you try the Starbucks Holiday Blend around Christmastime. It's a seasonal medium roast that will run you about $1.25 per cup, but is totally worth stocking up on once a year. 

Pros

  • Consistent, well-balanced flavor
  • Suitable for any time of the day
  • Smooth taste and texture
  • Cocoa and toasted nut notes
  • Fan-favorite coffee

Cons

  • May be too mild for those seeking bold flavors

2. Starbucks Sumatra - Best Value K-Cup

Taste

4.5

Size Options

5.0

Value For Money

5.0


Overall Rating

4.8

Roast Level

Dark

Taste

Earthy, herbal, full-bodied

Region Of Origin

Sumatra, Indonesia

Bean Type

Single origin Arabica

Price Per Count

$0.58 - $0.77

Caffeine Per Cup

Approximately 100-130 mg

Starbucks Coffee Sumatra K-Cup is one of the best Starbucks K-Cup pods out there!

With its earthy and herbal aromas, this dark roast coffee has a bold, full-bodied profile that makes every sip an adventure for an avid coffee drinker. It's not quite as dark as the French Roast Starbucks K-Cups on my list, but coffee lovers will appreciate this Indonesian blend. 

The Arabica coffee beans are carefully sourced from the Asia-Pacific region, ensuring a distinctive, high-quality dark coffee experience one does not forget easily.

Some people may find this blend to be too bitter, but I have found that the grind size makes a huge difference. If you're grinding your own beans, choose a courser grind for the Sumatra blend. This will weaken the flavor slightly but makes it much more palatable for some.

One the other hand, if you're a fan of complex, robust and rich flavor, the Sumatra K-Cup pods might just be the perfect match for Keurig single-cup brewing. The smaller the grind size, the more robust flavoring you'll get.

Pros

  • Earthy and herbal flavors
  • Full-bodied and robust K-cup coffee
  • Unique and interesting taste profile
  • Excellent choice for dark roast lovers

Cons

  • Not for those who prefer milder coffee
  • Acquired taste for some

3. Starbucks French Roast - Best K-Cup For Iced Coffee

Taste

4.5

Size Options

5.0

Value For Money

4.5


Overall Rating

4.6

Roast Level

Dark

Taste

Smoky, bold, intense, mildly acidic

Region Of Origin

Latin America/Asia-Pacific

Bean Type

Arabica

Price Per Count

$0.51 - $0.77

Caffeine Per Cup

Approximately 100-130 mg

Bonjour to the French Roast K-Cups (and to you, too, if you’re a fan of this one)!

This dark(est) roast coffee exudes a certain "je ne sais quoi" that keeps you coming back for more.

The intense taste and aroma of Starbucks French Roast coffee pods may not make you feel like you're sipping coffee in a quaint Parisian café (despite the name), but boy, will this K-cup flavor take you for a ride!

With its not-so-subtle smoky notes and punchy flavor - this one is sure to have you coming back for more. Just like the Caffe Verona Blend, this K-Cup will start your morning with 130mg of caffeine. 

So, why not treat your palate to something exotic and exciting with the Starbucks French Roast K-Cup pods? You might just find your new personal favorite!

Pros

  • Smoky and very bold aroma
  • Intense aroma, somewhat similar to Starbucks Italian Roast Coffee
  • Ideal for dark roast enthusiasts
  • Pairs well with rich-flavored desserts

Cons

  • Can be overwhelming for some
  • Not for blonde roast fans

4. Starbucks Cinnamon Dolce - Best Flavored K-Cup

Taste

5.0

Size Options

4.0

Value For Money

4.0


Overall Rating

4.3

Roast Level

Light/Blonde

Taste

Sweet, cinnamon-spicy, buttery

Region Of Origin

Latin America

Bean Type

Arabica blend

Price Per Count

$0.77

Caffeine Per Cup

Approximately 100-130 mg

While not Starbucks lightest roast, the Starbucks Coffee Cinnamon Dolce K-Cup is our favorite flavored K-Cup.

It’s that typical Starbucks flavor we all love, but elevated. 

The sweet taste and spicy notes of cinnamon and brown sugar perfectly blend with the light buttery taste of this delightful coffee. Seriously. It’s one of the nicest Starbucks blends.

With a name like Cinnamon Dolce, you might be expecting a sugary drink, but I promise the flavors are subtle here. For a more decadent, dessert-like K-Cup, instead try Starbucks Crème Brulee K-Cups

So, if you wondered if these K-Cups sourced from Latin America's best Arabica coffee beans make for a great cup of coffee? Yes, they do!

Pros

  • Spicy, and buttery flavors
  • Smooth mouthfeel
  • Ideal for festive occasions
  • Pairs well with baked goods

Cons

  • Not the best K-Cup for those who prefer traditional coffee flavors
  • Sweetness might be too much for some

5. Starbucks Caffe' Verona K-Cup

Taste

4.5

Size Options

5.0

Value For Money

3.5


Overall Rating

4.3

Roast Level

Dark

Taste

Rich, full-bodied, with notes of cocoa and caramelized sugar

Region Of Origin

Latin America/Asia-Pacific

Bean Type

Arabica

Price Per Count

$0.77

Caffeine Per Cup

Approximately 100-130 mg

While we can’t promise you’ll taste the romance in a cup, the Starbucks Caffe’ Verona K-Cup pods will put regular coffee to shame!

This dark roast, with its rich and robust notes of dark cocoa and caramelized sugar, is the perfect blend for those intimate moments or romantic mornings.

This Latin America/Asia-Pacific Arabica blend creates an alluring and distinctive taste you will likely get back to whenever you're in the mood for a coffee that captures the essence of love.

Will this be the best coffee you ever tried? If you're a fan of Starbucks Sumatra, then this one will be a worth contender. 

Pros

  • Rich, dark cocoa flavor
  • Typical dark roast and mild chocolate notes
  • Refined, complex, and sophisticated taste
  • Subtle sweetness

Cons

  • Not for those seeking lighter, fruitier aromas
  • Might be too intense for some

6. Starbucks Hazelnut K-Cup

Taste

4.0

Size Options

5.0

Value For Money

3.0


Overall Rating

4.0

Roast Level

Light/Blonde

Taste

Nutty, sugary, creamy, tangy, light-bodied

Bean Type

Arabica blend

Price Per Count

$1.39

Caffeine Per Cup

Approximately 100-130 mg

Hazelnut K-Cup is a delightful fusion of nutty, sugary, and creamy flavors that simply dances on your taste buds!

This light roast coffee, made from premium Arabica beans, offers a truly indulgent experience that both coffee purists and Pumpkin Spice latte lovers will enjoy!

The best way we could describe this exceptional coffee is that the aroma of toasted hazelnuts wafts through the air as you take each sip while the mellow blonde roast notes transport you to a serene autumn day.

Now tell us, after hearing that, why wouldn't you want to savor the cozy warmth of the Hazelnut K-Cup?

The only downside with the Hazelnut K-Cup is that it is much more expensive per count than most of the other flavored K-Cups from Starbucks.

For example, on average it is 58c more per cup than the Starbucks Caramel K-Cups.

Why? I can only chalk it up to popularity driving up the price.

Pros

  • Sugary, creamy, and nutty flavors
  • Comforting and pleasant hazelnut aroma
  • Light roast for easy drinking
  • Good for an afternoon pick-me-up

Cons

  • Hazelnut flavor might not appeal to everyone
  • May be too sweet for some

7. Starbucks Crème Brulee K-Cup

Taste

5.0

Size Options

3.5

Value For Money

3.5


Overall Rating

4.0

Roast Level

Medium

Taste

Caramel, custard, vanilla

Bean Type

Arabica blend

Price Per Count

$0.90

Caffeine Per Cup

Approximately 100-130 mg

The Crème Brulee K-Cup is what Keurig coffee machines yearn for!

With its rich caramel, luscious custard, and smooth vanilla notes, this indulgent brew transports you to your favorite childhood memory, tempting your taste buds with every sip.

The medium roast, velvety texture, and harmonious blend of aromas create a great coffee experience perfect for special occasions or moments of self-pampering.

So, if you’re craving a touch of sweetness while you enjoy coffee, the Crème Brulee K-Cup is a delightful choice that's sure to satisfy.

If your current morning go-to is a medium roast like Starbucks Pike Place Blend and you're looking for a bit more indulgence, make sure to try this one out. 

Pros

  • Decadent dessert-like flavors
  • Rich caramel, custard, and vanilla notes
  • Luxurious taste and smooth finish
  • Perfect for special occasions

Cons

  • Not for traditional coffee purists
  • Sweetness may be overpowering for some

8. Starbucks Caramel K-Cup

Taste

4.0

Size Options

4.0

Value For Money

4.0


Overall Rating

4.0

Roast Level

Medium Roast

Taste

Smooth, buttery, with luscious notes of caramel

Bean Type

Arabica blend

Price Per Count

$0.81

Caffeine Per Cup

Approximately 100-130 mg

Caramel K-Cup is a sublime blend of smooth, buttery goodness that simply melts in your mouth!

This medium roast coffee, crafted from premium coffee beans with added natural flavorings, offers a delightful sweetness that brightens your day and puts a smile on your face.

Honestly, the velvety caramel notes linger on your palate, making each sip a moment to savor. If you favor light roast coffees like Starbucks Breakfast Blend, you will really enjoy this leveled-up caramel flavored blend. 

Try it and try to resist the enchanting charm of the Caramel K-Cups.

Pros

  • Smooth, buttery caramel flavor
  • Velvety smooth texture
  • Delightfully sweet
  • Great for dessert or pastry pairings

Cons

  • Not suitable for those who prefer bold cup
  • Caramel flavor may be too dominant for some

9. Starbucks Holiday Blend K-Cup

Taste

4.0

Size Options

4.5

Value For Money

3.0


Overall Rating

3.8

Roast Level

Medium Roast

Taste

Spicy, sweet, herbal, and toasty, with notes of maple

Bean Type

Arabica blend

Price Per Count

$1.27

Caffeine Per Cup

Approximately 100-130 mg

It may not be the festive season, but the Holiday Blend K-Cups are perfect presents to stash in from of your Keurig Coffee makers!

This medium-roast coffee is the perfect way to capture the festive spirit despite the time of year.

The exquisite blend of spicy, sweet, and toasted aromas is derived from a mix of various ethically-sourced Arabica coffee beans and natural flavors.

Let me tell you - the aroma evokes memories of joyful holiday gatherings and cherished traditions.

The only problem is that unlike other blends like the Starbucks Cinnamon Dolce, it's only available seasonally, usually starting in early fall. As long as you remember to stock up, though, these K-cups have a shelf life of up to 12 months.

So, why not make every day the holiday with the Starbucks Holiday Blend K-Cup coffee?

Pros

  • Festive, seasonal flavors
  • Spicy, sweet, and herbal notes
  • Smooth texture and just the right amount of acidity
  • Perfect for holiday celebrations

Cons

  • Limited availability outside of the holiday season
  • May not suit those seeking a classic coffee experience

10. Starbucks Breakfast Blend K-Cup

Taste

4.0

Size Options

4.0

Value For Money

3.5


Overall Rating

3.8

Roast Level

Light

Taste

Citrus, bright, crisp, light-bodied

Region Of Origin

Latin America

Bean Type

Arabica blend

Price Per Count

$0.69

Caffeine Per Cup

Approximately 100-130 mg

Rise and shine with the Starbucks Breakfast Blend K-Cups! This is the one that everyone knows and loves. 

This light-roast coffee, with its vibrant notes of citrus and crisp finish, is the ultimate morning coffee.

Can you imagine a better way to awaken your senses and set the tone for a day full of possibilities?

Made from the finest Latin America Arabica beans and infused with sweet orange, the Starbucks Breakfast Blend K-Cups are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.

The flavor isn't quite as bold as that of the Pike Place Blend, which is also a light blend from Latin America. Still, I think it's a great way to start your day and have with... well... breakfast! 

Pros

  • Bright, citrusy flavor
  • Crisp and refreshing finish
  • Light-bodied and easy to drink
  • Pairs well with breakfast foods

Cons

  • May not be suitable for those who prefer darker, richer flavors
  • May be too complex for some

How To Choose The Right Starbucks Keurig Pod

Obviously, these ten are not the only Starbucks Keurig Pods you can get your hands on.[1]

So if you want to try some others but need help knowing where to start - here's a little guide on how to choose the best Starbucks K-Cups!

Cup Flavor Profile

When choosing the perfect Starbucks Keurig Pod, knowing your favorite flavor profile is key.

Do you like a bold, earthy taste? Then try the Starbucks Blend K-Cups

Or, would you prefer a light, fruity cup of coffee? In that case, the Starbucks Breakfast Blend K-Cups might be a better choice for you.

Take note of your favorite flavor nuances - sweetness, acidity, bitterness, richness, and fullness of taste - and look for pods that highlight those characteristics.

Still, in the end, it’s all about experimenting and finding out what makes you tingle!

Starbucks Cupping Room

Price (Per Count)

First and foremost, consider your budget when selecting Starbucks Keurig Pods.

While they may be more expensive than some other coffee options, the convenience, flavor variety (a K-Cup variety pack usually costs more than single-flavor K-cups), and quality of Starbucks K-Cups definitely justify the price, in my opinion.

Still, it can’t hurt to look for discounts or bulk deals!

The Price per count refers to the individual price that each product equates to when we divide the price by the total amount.

An example of this can be seen for our top product, the Pike Place - 

$30.82 / Pack of 60 = $0.51 per K-Cup.

*Note that the price per count can vary depending on stock.

Starbucks Pike Place K-Cup Packs

Roast Type

The roast type can really make a difference in the flavor and intensity of your coffee.

To put it simply, the longer you roast the coffee, the more intense and pronounced the flavor will be.[2]

In other words:

  • If you prefer brighter, more acidic flavors with subtle notes, light roasts like the Starbucks Hazelnut K-Cup are your friend.
  • If you're a fan of bold, robust tastes and a richer mouthfeel, dark roasts are the way to go. My favorite dark roast from the list above is the Starbucks Sumatra Blend
  • And yes, medium roasts like the Starbucks Caramel K-Cups, strike a balance between the two, providing a well-rounded flavor profile.
Starbucks Coffee Roast Types

Now, there’s a lot of talk about roasts and caffeine content, but you shouldn’t pay too much attention to it.

While it is true that roasting level can affect the caffeine content, it probably won't make a considerable or even a noticeable difference.

Region

The region from which coffee originates plays a significant role in the taste of Starbucks K-Cups, as each region imparts distinct characteristics to the beans.

In Latin America, for example, the high-altitude growing conditions and rich volcanic soil contribute to the bright and lively flavors, often marked by citrus and fruity notes, that have become a hallmark of the region's arabica beans.

On the other hand, the Asia-Pacific region is known for producing Arabica beans with bold, earthy, and robust profiles, often accompanied by herbal, spicy, or chocolaty undertones.

These unique characteristics are a result of the region's diverse microclimates, rainfall patterns, and terroir.

In the end, here’s a pro tip:

The lighter the roast, the more you’ll be able to make the origin distinctions.[3]

Starbucks K Cups Coffee Region Map

Blends Vs Single-Origin Coffees

When selecting your Starbucks Keurig Pods, ask yourself this question:

Do I prefer blends or single origin coffee?

Blends typically offer a harmonious mix of flavors and aromas from beans sourced from multiple regions, creating a well-rounded taste profile. For example, the Caffe Verona Blend includes beans from both Latin America and Asia. 

On the other hand, single-origin coffees showcase the unique characteristics of a specific region, providing a distinct and specialized flavor experience. On my list above, the Sumatra is a prime example of this, featuring beans from Indonesia. 

Now, you can go by that, or you can simply go by experience.

What have you liked in the past? Which K-Cups stood out to you?

If you know the answers to that question, you shouldn’t have too many issues finding what works for you.

Starbucks K-Cups Blend Vs Single-Origin

Black Vs Flavored Coffee

The decision between black and flavored coffee is simply a matter of personal preference, as each type offers its own unique experience.

Black coffee, often enjoyed for its pure, unadulterated taste, allows the drinker to savor the natural characteristics of the beans, distinct notes, and complexity imparted by the coffee's origin, processing method, and roast level.

In contrast, flavored coffee offers a playful twist on the traditional coffee experience by adding complementary tastes such as vanilla, caramel, or hazelnut.

Your typical Starbucks experience, so to speak.

Ultimately, the choice between black and flavored coffee comes down to personal taste, and the type of sensory adventure one seeks when enjoying a cup of coffee - despite what the purists may say!

Starbucks Iced and Cold Brew Coffee

Compatibility With Coffee machine

Before purchasing a Starbucks K-Cup (or pods from other coffee brands), it would be wise to ensure that they're compatible with your specific Keurig machine model.

That said, all Starbucks K-Cup pods are designed to work seamlessly with Keurig brewers, but still, it's always a good idea to double-check for compatibility to avoid disappointment.

Easy To Make

One of the key advantages of using Starbucks Coffee K-Cup pods is their convenience and ease of use.

Simply pop a pod into your Keurig machine, and in moments, you'll have a delicious cup of coffee ready to enjoy.

Starbucks K Cups Beside A Keurig Coffee Machine

Starbucks K-Cups Flavors To Choose From

There are many flavors available within the Starbucks K-cup range which I have highlighted below.

My personal favorites include the Creme Brulee and Cinnamon Dolce as they offer a sweet taste which reminds of dessert!

  • Caramel
  • Creme Brulee
  • Hazelnut
  • Cinnamon Dolce
  • Vanilla
  • Maple Pecan
  • Toffee Nut
  • Toasted Graham
  • Peppermint Mocha
  • Gingerbread
  • Pumpkin Spice
  • Toasted Coconut Mocha
  • Salted Caramel Mocha

Commonly Asked Starbucks K-Cup Questions

Does Starbucks sell K-Cups in their stores?

Yes, Starbucks sells K-Cups in all of its stores across America. Of course, this may not apply to smaller kiosks within grocery stores or Target.

Which K-Cup tastes most like Starbucks?

If you add cream or turn it into iced coffee, most K-Cups will taste like Starbucks.

Which is the strongest K-Cup from Starbucks?

Starbucks Blonde Roast Coffee with 2x Caffeine and toasted malt notes is the strongest K-Cup from Starbucks.[4]

Are Starbucks K-Cups healthy?

Generally speaking, Starbucks K-Cups are healthy. However, because of plastic single-serving packaging, K-Cups are still not as healthy as brewing your coffee the traditional way.

Does Walmart carry Starbucks K-Cups?

Yes, Walmart does carry Starbucks K-Cups. You can find K-Cups such as Veranda Blend, Cafe Verona, Peppermint Mocha, and classics like rich Vanilla here.[5]

Summary - Which Pod Is Best?

So, which Starbucks K-Cup is my favorite?

Starbucks Pike Place Roast does it for me!

Apart from that, the best Starbucks K-Cups offer a diverse array of flavors and a convenient way to start your morning - whether that's Toffee Nut or Toasted Graham, a balanced decaffeinated cup, or any of the other classic flavors -  there could be an easy-drinking cup brewing for every occasion.

With our top 10 picks in hand, you're now equipped to create your own Starbucks experience at home or coffee bar - one delicious cup at a time!

Our #1 Starbucks K-Cup - Pike Place

Taste

5.0

Size Options

5.0