Marshall wrote:I may be going out on a limb here, and I really don't have a pony in this race, but isn't it customary to actually taste a coffee before reviewing it?
Don't believe anyone has actual said anything about the taste of the coffee. My point and that of some others was calling it Blond Roast when they say it just hits 2nd crack. Any roast that hits 2nd crack by all common roasting terminology is beginning to enter the darker roast stages, commonly called Full City at least, and in roast color will be medium dark brown not Blond, not even dishwater Blond. It's Starbucks penchant for making terms up rather than using Industry norms that ticks me off. Call medium dark brown "Blond" all you want, it is not Blond in color. Now, their usage of the term Blond may simply mean to them it's lighter than full charcoal, oh goody, but still doesn't make a dark brunette a blond.