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What’s the Difference Between the Two Espresso Options at Starbucks® Stores?

Starbucks® Blonde Espresso versus Starbucks® Espresso Roast. Here’s how they compare.

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In case you haven’t heard, Starbucks just came out with a new espresso roast: Starbucks® Blonde Espresso. If you’re already familiar with their signature espresso, you might be wondering how the new roast compares — after all, it’s the first time that Starbucks has introduced a new core espresso in more than 40 years. Here are the differences between the two espresso roasts, from bean to cup:

The Blend

Slide to compare the Starbucks® Espresso Roast (left) and Starbucks® Blonde Espresso Roast (right).

Their signature espresso is made of coffee beans that combine to create a bold, sweet flavor. Starbucks® Blonde Espresso, on the other hand, uses coffee beans that deliver a balanced sweetness with some notes of citrus.

The Roast

A closer look at the espresso bean. Slide to compare the Starbucks® Espresso Roast (left), which is roasted darker than Starbucks® Blonde Espresso (right).

Each espresso blend has its own unique roast profile. Their signature espresso is roasted darker, creating an intense, bold profile and lingering finish. Starbucks® Blonde Espresso is an entirely new roast profile: It’s lighter, which highlights the coffee’s natural sweetness, and has a smooth, creamy body.

The Flavors

Here are how the flavors in the two espressos break down:

Starbucks® Blonde Espresso

  • Lighter roast
  • Citrus
  • Smooth
  • Subtly sweet

Starbucks® Espresso Roast

  • Darker roast
  • Nutty, chocolatey notes
  • Rich
  • Caramel sweet

So, what’s your espresso roast?

Rich, caramelly-sweet Starbucks® Espresso Roast or smooth and subtly sweet Starbucks® Blonde Espresso?