Best Starbucks K-Cups 2019 – Top Flavors Reviewed

Last Updated: by: Amanda T

Starbucks K-cup pods

K-Cup coffeemaking technology, combined with Starbucks’ mouthwatering beverages, can only lead to amazing results. It’s therefore hard to believe that certain Starbucks K-Cups might be mediocre. Well, mediocre is taking it a bit too far, but what is certain is that some Starbucks K-Cups do not provide the same benefits, flavors, and experiences. Since setting apart the excellent from the good can prove to be challenging, we’ve compiled reviews of the top Starbucks K-Cups to help you pick the one that’s most likely to satisfy your taste buds.

Our Favorites of 2019

ModelPriceRoastEditor Rating
The Starbucks Pike Place Roast Medium Roast K-Cup Pods
The Starbucks Pike Place Roast Medium Roast K-Cup Pods(Top Pick)

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Medium4.7/5
The Starbucks Breakfast Blend Medium Roast K Cups
The Starbucks Breakfast Blend Medium Roast K Cups

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Medium4.5/5
The Starbucks French Roast Dark Coffee K-Cups
The Starbucks French Roast Dark Coffee K-Cups

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Dark4.4/5
The Starbucks Plus Madagascar Vanilla K Cup Pods
The Starbucks Plus Madagascar Vanilla K Cup Pods

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Dark4.2/5
The Starbucks Caramel K-Cup Pods
The Starbucks Caramel K-Cup Pods

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Medium4.1/5

5 Best Starbucks K-Cups for Keurig

1. Starbucks Pike Place K Cups – Best Overall

The Starbucks Pike Place Roast Medium Roast K-Cup Pods

The Pike Place Roast Medium Roast K-Cup Pod is a masterpiece. The medium roast coffee, the cocoa, and the toasted nuts blend really well to create a rich flavor and a pleasant aroma. The pod itself is easy to use, with a two-step process.

This K-Cup pod may be used with the Keurig single-cup brewing system. It does not contain any cholesterol, and the coffee beans are 100% Arabica.

In addition to the rich flavor, this pack of K-Cups comes with 24 pods, so you really get a good investment return. For those who feel that 100% coffee is a bit too strong, this product also features a decaffeinated version with the same flavor.

On the downside, customers have complained that the pods tend to be inflated to give the illusion of being fuller.

Pros
  • Rich tasty coffee
  • 100% coffee
  • Easy to use
  • Suitable for Keurig
  • Decaffeinated version
Cons
  • Pods are inflated

2. Starbucks Breakfast Blend K Cup

The Starbucks Breakfast Blend Medium Roast K Cups

The Starbucks Breakfast Blend Medium Roast has a rich and exotic feel to it, as a result of the additional citrus flavor. Not only will it lighten up your mood, but it will brighten your day if taken in the morning.

It’s easy to use in a two-step process, and it is suitable for a Keurig machine. The cholesterol in these K-Cups is zero, and the coffee beans are also 100% Arabica. Indulging in one of these will not be a regrettable decision, because the wholesome flavor really makes it worth it.

These K-Cups should be improved, however, as most of them appear to be a bit worn out.

Pros
  • Easy to use
  • Exotic taste
  • 100% coffee beans
Cons
  • Worn-out K-Cups

3. Starbucks French Roast Coffee K-Cup

The Starbucks French Roast Dark Coffee K-Cups

For dark coffee lovers, the Starbucks French Roast Dark Coffee K-Cups will be the ideal choice. The coffee is great and revitalizing to help you kick-start your day.

The pods are also easy to use, in a two-step process. Like the other K-Cups, these ones do not contain cholesterol, and the coffee beans are 100% Arabica.

However, the coffee is not as strong as dark coffee should be. The foil lids on top of the K-Cups come loose, and this may cause you to be reluctant to use these cups.

Pros
  • Rich coffee
  • 100% coffee beans
  • No cholesterol
Cons
  • Coffee not very strong
  • Foil lids are loose

4. Starbucks Plus ‘Madagascar Vanilla’ K-Cup Pods

The Starbucks Plus Madagascar Vanilla K Cup Pods

The Starbucks Plus Madagascar Vanilla K Cup Pods provide a good balance between the strong taste of coffee and the sweet gentle taste of vanilla. The coffee is strong enough to keep you awake, but not strong to the point where it’s bitter. The coffee beans are 100% Arabica beans, and the cups are easy to use.

However, the K-Cups are not in their box when they’re delivered, and their foil covers are loose. Additionally, the coffee seems to cause a few side effects, such as stomach cramps.

Pros
  • Easy to make
  • 100% coffee
Cons
  • K-Cups not delivered in box
  • Foil covers are loose
  • Coffee causes stomach cramps

5. Starbucks Caramel K Cup Pods

The Starbucks Caramel K-Cup Pods

The Starbucks Caramel K-Cup Pods provide a sweet and buttery smooth flavor. The coffee is really pleasant to drink and easy to make. As is the case with all the other K-Cups, it’s made of 100% Arabica beans.

This pod is suitable for the Keurig brewing machine.

Unfortunately, this K-Cup pod is the worst on our list. Consumers have described its coffee as the nastiest they’ve ever had, and some have gone as far as to say that it tastes like black pepper. This K-Cup also features logistical issues, such as loose foil covers and defective cups.

Pros
  • Easy to make
  • 100% coffee
Cons
  • Horrible taste
  • Loose foil covers
  • Cups are defective

Buyer’s Guide

Presentation

There’s a saying that “a meal well presented is a good meal.” The same applies to Starbucks K-Cups. Therefore, you should opt for a K-Cup with an appealing exterior design.

Benefits

Get a K-cup that is beneficial in providing a rich and original taste, and also in terms of health, which means staying away from high-calorie counts and cholesterol.

Easy to make

A Starbucks K-Cup requiring more than two steps to prepare defeats the purpose of a K-cup, which is to produce quality coffee in as little time as possible.

–> We also recently wrote a roundup of our favorite Starbucks coffee beans (in case you want to do a bit more work before you enjoy your coffee).

Conclusion

The Starbucks Pike Place Roast Medium Roast K-Cup Pods provide the most benefits to the taste buds; they’re therefore our top choice. The Starbucks Breakfast Blend Medium Roast K Cups are also great. We strongly hope that the reviews above will give you the necessary information to purchase the most beneficial Starbucks K-Cup for you.

We also have a list of the best tasting chai latte K-cups and a list of our favorite mocha K-cup pods.