How does Starbucks make their coffee?

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question “how does Starbucks make their coffee” with an in-depth analysis of different brewing techniques that Starbucks uses. Moreover, we are going to discuss the four fundamentals of Starbucks.

So without much ado, let’s dive in and figure out more about it.

How does Starbucks make their coffee?

So there are four different brewing methods that Starbucks uses to make their coffee, the coffee press, the pour-over, iced pour-over, and the coffee brewer.

Coffee Press

So all you gotta do is to take the 2 tbsp of coarse ground coffee in the press and add 6 ounces of hot water into it. So put back the plunger on the press and let the coffee brew in the hot water for about 4 minutes. Afterward, press the plunger to the bottom, and voila! You have yourself a nice cup of coffee.


For making a nice cup of coffee by pour-over method, take water and heat it to 195 °F to 205  °F. So what you gotta do is to pre-moisten your filter paper with some water from that you heated. Put 2 tbsp of finely ground coffee per 6 ounces of water on the filter paper. Pour enough water that will fill the cone halfway and let it sit there for 10 seconds. Afterward Slowly add the rest of the water and you have your tasty cup of coffee.

Iced Pour-over

The process is the same as that of the pour-over technique. The only difference is that you add the ice cubes to the coffee after completing all the steps of the pour-over coffee brewing technique.

Coffee brewer

The simplest of all the coffee brewing techniques that Starbucks uses. What you have to do is to add 2 tbsp of medium ground coffee along with 6 ounces of water in the brewer and that’s just it on your part.

What are the four fundamentals of Starbucks coffee?

So the whole process of making the coffee just like that of Starbucks has 4 main factors that are also known as the “Four Fundamentals” that you should keep into consideration. These factors include choosing the right proportions of coffee and water, grinding the coffee beans properly in accordance with the brewing method, usage of fresh filtered water, and the usage of fresh coffee beans.

Choosing the right proportion of water and coffee

So it’s in the usage of the right proportions of coffee and water that works wonders when it comes to Starbucks coffee. You should always use 2 tbsps or 10 grams of coffee along with 6 ounces of water to make a cup of a delicious and soothing cup of coffee that tastes and smells just like Starbucks coffee.

According to one of the members of the Starbucks Coffee Education Team, adding some extra ground coffee will result in under-extraction of the coffee grounds and the coffee grounds that are not processed fully will not give you the same rich flavor. While the addition of fewer coffee grounds will make you do over-extraction that will result in a bitter taste. So the magic lies in using the right amount of coffee grounds.

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Grinding the coffee beans properly

So if you want your coffee to taste and smell just like the Starbucks coffee, then it is recommended that you go for the roasted coffee beans and grind them yourself so that they will be at their prime freshness.

The reason behind this is that the ground coffee has a larger surface area which means that it will take a shorter time for the delicate volatile compounds and oils (responsible for the flavor and aroma of the coffee) to fade away. While the whole coffee beans preserve these delicate oils and flavors for much longer owing to their shorter surface area.

So to which extent, you should grind the coffee depends mainly on the type of brewing method that you are targeting. 

Coffee Press

For instance, in the case of the french presses, you can go for the coarse grind (having the same size as that of sea salt).

Drip Coffee

The drip coffee technique requires medium ground coffee.

Pour-over coffee

The pour-over method requires a really fine grind (having texture and size comparable to granulated sugar). You can read more about different coffee brewing methods here.

You can even go for the blends that are available at Starbucks to brew a cup of coffee that tastes exactly like that of Starbucks coffee and that too without doing any extra labor.

Use fresh filtered water

So you should always use fresh filtered water. Moreover, you should heat it to around 195 °F to 205  °F which is the ideal temperature when it comes to hot-brew your coffee.

Use fresh coffee beans

So the fresher the coffee beans are the more flavorsome and aromatic coffee you can make from them. 


In this brief guide, we answered the question “how does Starbucks make their coffee” with an in-depth analysis of different brewing techniques that Starbucks uses. Moreover, we discussed the four fundamentals of Starbucks.


Mahnoor Asghar is a Clinical Nutritionist with a bachelor's degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. She is compassionate and dedicated to playing her part in the well-being of the masses. She wants to play a fruitful role in creating nutrition and health-related awareness among the general public. Additionally, she has a keen eye for detail and loves to create content related to food, nutrition, health, and wellness.