what is a blonde espresso ?

Quora discussions raised this important question of what is a blonde espresso and what is the big deal about it? There have been numerous answers and many coffee giants have taken a shot to give the explanation and probably the recipe and the brewing process that goes behind making a blonde espresso.

Starbucks has pitched in saying, Blonde Espresso is a lighter roast made from Latin American and East African coffee beans that delivers a sweet flavor and “smooth, creamy mouthfeel.” However, compared to the Starbucks’ original espresso which is made with dark roasted beans from Latin America and the Asia pacific region, the Blonde Espresso is much mellow in flavor.

The Blonde Espresso was first introduced in February 2017 in Canada and now it’s available all over the globe, and you can order a flat white or a vanilla latte blonde. Coffee lovers have gone gaga over this as with other espresso roasts released by Starbucks since 40 years.

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Verdict: If you think an espresso is too much coffee to handle without the milk and sugar, I would highly recommend getting yourself the Blonde Espresso, it’s perfect amount of caffeine, and universally enjoyable to even people who dont like bitter coffee.

3 Main Factors for your Perfect Brew

There are 3 factors that makes a perfect blonde espresso or any other coffee for that matter. Let’s see what is different in the 3 methods to make it the coffee it is:

Flavor – Lovely sweet smooth caramel smell, light intensity. Intensity – The light roast profile with high acidity (brightness), a lighter body, retention of some floral notes while capturing all of the flavors of the coffee bean’s character. Caffeine Level – Don’t get fooled by the term “light roast”. While the Blonde Espresso roast profile is light in terms of color and reduced roasting time, the caffeine levels are just about the same as a dark roast. You’ll find up to 360 milligrams of caffeine in the Blonde Roast, compared to just 260 in the Starbucks dark roast and 310 mg in a Starbucks medium Roast.

So what is Blonde Espresso?

You might have guessed by now, the light roast espresso is a continuation of the Starbucks Roast line, it’s a lightly roasted blend of Latin American and East African coffee beans. It’s marketed as a “softer, more balanced” espresso blend which goes well with milk.

Keep in mind, that the espresso beans are same as other regular coffee beans and you can make any type of coffee by changing your brewing methods. You can use it in your drip machine or your French press, or any other brewer to make your perfect cup of coffee!


Now that we know what is a blonde espresso and how Starbucks has introduced the differing tastes of coffee, lets see the bottom line verdict – If you want your caffeine kick without the bitter robust flavor, you may very well enjoy this perfect coffee, and keep in mind, the Blonde Espresso is just the latest version out there, with many more such inventions to come.

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