Starbucks Caffè Verona Dark Roast Coffee Review

I’m in the market for coffee to try in Canada and decided to give Starbucks Caffè Verona Dark Roast Coffee a go. As a Jamaican native, one of the things I have never had to worry about is accessing good coffee. I was born and raised where some of the world’s best coffee is grown and harvested (Blue Mountain Coffee), so Starbucks Caffè Verona Dark Roast Coffee got caught in the crosshairs of my hunt for a new favourite coffee brand.

I brought coffee from Jamaica to Canada with me, but the joy ride ended much too soon. Not to be a snob, but Jamaican coffee is elite. I needed coffee that was going to match my needs without requiring several top-ups a day.


Now, let me say straight off the bat as I tend to have folks contact me about products when I review them. This post is not sponsored and I am not affiliated with Starbucks. I just really like the coffee and you know how I feel about sharing ‘do good tingz dem’! Although, if anyone from their marketing team wanted to reach, >> See contact information.

I like Starbucks coffee, but to be honest, I’ve found the in-store brews in North America to be very weak. I had no real reason to give the roast a try, except that I am familiar with the brand. Baby, I’ve never been so glad to be wrong!

I got two flavours. Starbucks Caffè Verona Dark Roast Coffee and Starbucks Pike Place Medium Roast. I figure I might as well cover my bases with a medium and a dark roast. I happened to pop the Caffè Verona Dark Roast Coffee first. Maybe because I thought it was pretty.

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Starbucks Caffè Verona Dark Roast Coffee
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How I make It

The one I bought was ground. I’d typically use a coffee maker in Jamaica but I have portable French press cups that I brought with me from home. So I add steaming water to the roast and cover it for three to five minutes. Then I apply the press and add Silk Almond Vanilla for Coffee creamer (no dairy for me) and sugar. It’s so good!

I also have been enjoying it cold by adding hot water first for a little brew and the n adding cold water and ice along with the creamer and sugar to make ice coffee. This is definitely something I will enjoy more during the summertime when it’s not -17°C. I am so looking forward to that!

My Thoughts on Starbucks Caffè Verona Dark Roast Coffee


When I make my coffee in the mornings, I love to smell it all around my kitchen. I get that from the Starbucks roast. The scent is exotic and rich. When I smell it before I have a sip, my tastebuds and nerves wake up and anticipate the taste.


It’s been a while since my coffee made men dance. It’s strong, smooth, rich, sweet and definitely a dark roast brew. When the taste hit my tongue, I have to tell you. I’ve only had coffee that good from Europe!

Overall Thoughts

Overall, you guessed it. I love it. I definitely recommend that you check it out as I will likely be trying other flavour-infused roasts from Starbucks. Be on the lookout for the Starbucks Pike Place Coffee Review soon.

Have you tried Starbucks Caffè Verona Dark Roast Coffee? How did you like it? Let me know on the comments.

Xo, Shandean

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Shandean Reid

A heavily caffeinated, quintessential millennial wife and mom doing modern family life. I’m a communications professional following a five-year stint as a SAHM, switching roles with hubby, a physician and now WFHD. I also read and write books for fun! Stick around if I'm your kind of person!



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