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Starbucks Artisan Sandwiches Taste Test

Taste Test: Starbucks Artisan Sandwiches

After a rough year, Starbucks has tried to start off 2009 on the right foot. In addition to rolling out a new line of instant coffee, it also began offering "value pairings" that include two new breakfast sandwich options. Considering the history of the chain's breakfast sandwiches, I was eager to try them out.

The Artisan Breakfast Sandwiches, as they're called, come on square-shaped, ciabatta-style rolls. The ham contains three slices of very thin black forest ham, mild cheddar, and a Parmesan egg frittata, while the bacon includes four short slices of smoked bacon, gouda cheese, and the same Parmesan egg frittata. To see what I thought of them,

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Last year, the coffee titan announced it would be modifying its breakfast sandwiches because customers were complaining that they gave off a pungent cheese smell that interfered with the aroma of coffee in stores. The egg layer, with its mixed-in Parmesan cheese, is the chain's solution to the aroma issue.

At less than 400 calories, and a price that won't empty your wallet ($3.95 for a sandwich and a tall coffee), the petite sandwiches aren't half bad.

I didn't mind the black forest ham and mild cheddar, although my palate was more suited for the bacon sandwich, with its thin, crispy strips of pork and überoozy gouda cheese. Although I love a good English muffin, I found myself preferring the new ciabatta rolls; they were more substantial and could stand up to the rest of the sandwich.

For a morning on the go — or when I'm craving breakfast as an afternoon snack — I would definitely order an artisan bacon sandwich to pair with my coffee. Have you tried one of Starbucks' new savory breakfast pairings? What did you think of the sandwiches?


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aimeeb aimeeb 6 years
Starbucks, boooo.
Munkeyhed Munkeyhed 6 years
I tried the artisan bacon sandwich & was very pleasantly surprised. I would oerder one again, but they always seem to be sold out too quickly.
SeptemberLights SeptemberLights 6 years
They are not microwaved- they are heated in a convection oven. Ive watched them do it. I still miss the Spinach Florentine sandwich and was move in love with it than any of their new options... With that being said- I had one of their ham and cheese ones this morning and it was delicious!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 6 years
Well, I think it's interesting that it would look appetizing to someone who doesn't eat pork and eggs. (Which I'm sure is what Wunami meant.) :oy:
Baby-Girl Baby-Girl 6 years
I'm not going to try them. I already know from past experience that the low fat turkey is going to taste horrible. Bring back the eggs florentine!!!
Maddi-Maye Maddi-Maye 6 years
Wunami - You should read more carefully next time, I said it LOOKS appetizing, not that it would be :) ChubbieeCheeks- I don't eat pork because it was my way of going 'vegetarian' I can't give up ALL meat so I just gave up the animal I felt worse about eating! And eggs are just...blah!!! haha
chubbieecheeks chubbieecheeks 6 years
Maddi Maye, I don't eat pork and isn't a huge fan of eggs are well! :D I thought I was the only one!
jlr32phl jlr32phl 6 years
I had the bacon one a couple weeks ago and it was ok. I thought the egg had a weird, almost powder-like consistency so I don't know if I'll partake again.
Rancher'sGirl Rancher'sGirl 6 years
I'm not a fan of microwaved eggs but if I could have the sandwich without the egg, it would definitely be something I'd try once.
katysoup katysoup 6 years
I wish I had ciabatta rolls. I really want to make one for breakfast today.
ModernDomestic ModernDomestic 6 years
I had the sausage breakfast sandwich a couple of weeks ago, and I liked it. I thought the English muffin had a nice texture, and the egg and sausage were cooked well. I would have preferred the bacon sandwich, but they were out! Next time, I guess. My only problem was that the store staff seemed a little confused about the promotion.
CoconutPie CoconutPie 6 years
I'll probably try it when I drive across the USA next summer.
allthingsgrow allthingsgrow 6 years
the bacon ones are fantastic!
superfoxml superfoxml 6 years
Yeah well I wish they'd make vegan ones, but I know that's not realistic. :)
karlorene karlorene 6 years
hmm i just never go in starbucks
janeter7 janeter7 6 years
i tried the bacon and gouda one...SO delicious. i would most definitely purchase this again.
pharm_chick pharm_chick 6 years
maybe if i could get it without the pork/ham part id try it
tuscanstellina tuscanstellina 6 years
I've never been impressed with any of their food besides the usual breakfast pastry. This doesn't look appetizing to me at all.
wunami wunami 6 years
Interesting that it would be appetizing to someone who doesn't like pork and eggs. I think I'd go to Starbucks more often if they didn't overroast their coffee.
Katharine Katharine 6 years
I tried the turkey bacon one. I had a few bites and it was disgusting. It had a very plasticky taste and a weird aftertaste.
Maddi-Maye Maddi-Maye 6 years
It looks quite appetizing... too bad I don't eat pork and am not the biggest fan of eggs : (
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