You need a lot of coffee for a meeting or a group gathering?
Starbucks has just the thing – a box of coffee called a coffee traveler.
But exactly how much is Starbucks coffee traveler?
In this article, we’ll dive into the world of Starbucks coffee travelers and answer that question, among others.
And as a former barista myself, I’ll give you a few tips and tricks to make ordering travelers even easier.
Let’s get to it!
How Much Is A Coffee Traveler From Starbucks?
A coffee traveler from Starbucks is the big, 96 oz coffee box that’s perfect for sharing in a meeting, with some friends, or some other get-together.
Where you order from will have an effect on the price of the coffee traveler. But coffee travelers from Starbucks usually run you between $15 and $25.
That might sound expensive. But when you actually dive into what comes with the coffee traveler and how many coffees it has, it becomes a much better deal.
Starbucks Coffee Traveler: A Quick Glance
Let’s break down exactly what the coffee traveler is before we decide if it’s a good deal.
The Starbucks coffee traveler is a box of 96 oz of coffee. You can choose between four of Starbucks’ signature blends, including decaf. If you’re counting along, that’s 12 cups (8oz each) of coffee.
Simply put, the coffee traveler is the simplest and most convenient way to buy brewed coffee in bulk.
What Comes With a Starbucks Coffee Traveler?
The coffee traveler doesn’t just come with coffee, there are some accessories that you get, too.
When you order a coffee traveler box from Starbucks, you’ll get a handful of extras that are essential for the coffee experience. You’ll find yourself with the following:
- The box of coffee. Yes, you’ll get the box and all the fresh coffee promised.
- Small cups. You’ll get a stack of 8oz cups to go along with the coffee itself.
- Lids. And yes, you’ll get enough lids for the cups too.
- Stir sticks. These are the disposable wooden sticks you use to mix in cream and sugar.
- Packets of sugar. Speaking of sugar, you’ll get a handful of sugar packets thrown in the mix.
- Coffee cream. And usually, you’ll get a handful of individually packaged milk creamers.
- Napkins. And the traveler wouldn’t be complete without a wad of napkins to finish everything off.
When you factor in everything that comes with a traveler, it actually turns into a very good deal. Especially considering that a regular cup of coffee at a Starbucks store usually costs $2.75. But with the traveler, that price is closer to $1 per coffee cup.
How to Order Starbucks Coffee Traveler?
Maybe the easiest way to order the Starbucks coffee traveler is through the Starbucks app. You can do all the customization and special requests through the app. Plus, it gives the baristas time to fulfill your order.
And please, please order travelers ahead of time when possible. As a former barista, I can tell you that nothing is worse than someone stepping up to the counter on a busy morning and ordering a traveler.
Whenever possible, order ahead of time to save you and your baristas a ton of time.
If you can’t order through the Starbucks app, calling the Starbucks location ahead will usually work just fine. Just make sure you know which coffee and which extras you want to make the process smoother.
For example, when you order, you can say something like, “I’d like a coffee traveler of the Blonde Roast with all the extras.”
That will ensure you get exactly what you’re looking for in the shortest time.
Types of Coffee Travelers
You might have noticed that I mentioned getting a Blonde Roast coffee traveler. That’s because there are actually four different coffees you can order in a traveler.
Each of Starbucks’ signature roasts is available as a traveler, including decaf. Let’s briefly take a look at each of those and why you might choose one over the other.
Veranda Blend Blonde Roast
This is Starbucks’ lightest roast of coffee beans. That means it has more acidity and brighter notes than all the other coffees available from Starbucks.
You’ll find that the Veranda Blend has notes of toasted malt and baking chocolate.
If you’re a fan of brighter coffees or coffees with more interesting flavors, I’d recommend trying the Veranda Blend. It’s a great coffee for a group that doesn’t like a lot of cream or sugar and just wants a good, solid cup of black coffee.
It’s not a great choice for a group that wants a lot of cream and sugar or wants a more traditional, diner-style coffee.
Starbucks’ Dark Roast is the polar opposite of the Veranda Blonde Roast. It’s dark, rich, bold, and intense. It’s a really strong coffee. You’ll find notes strong notes with balanced flavors.
If you’re looking for a coffee with a full body and a smooth taste, the Dark Roast is the way to go.
It’s the best option for a group that likes a lot of cream and sugar or that prefers a diner-style cup of coffee. You’ll have no shortage of deep robust coffee if you order the Dark Roast traveler.
It’s not a great choice for a group that likes lighter black coffee. And I wouldn’t recommend it if you’re looking for interesting and unique flavors. The Dark Roast prioritizes richness over unique flavor.
Pike Place Roast
Pike Place Roast is Starbucks’ medium roast and probably the best and safest option for ordering coffee travelers for a big group.
Pike Place is one of Starbucks’ oldest blends, and it remains one of the most popular. You’ll find a perfect balance of rich coffee flavors with a bit of brightness. That balance makes it a versatile coffee that’s delicious black and with a little cream and sugar.
There are notes of chocolate and toasted nuts.
This coffee is probably my top choice for coffee travelers simply because it caters to the widest range of palates. Everyone will enjoy Pike Place because it tastes great, with or without cream and sugar.
There really isn’t a downside to ordering the Pike Place traveler.
Decaf Pike Place Roast
And yes, Starbucks does offer the decaf version of Pike Place as a coffee traveler option.
This is the best (and only) choice for a decaf version of a coffee traveler. You’ll still find the Pike Place flavors of chocolate and toasted nuts, just without caffeine.
Now, I wouldn’t recommend ordering a decaf traveler every single time. But if you have a handful of folks who prefer drinking decaf coffee, then this is the best way to go.
However, it’s not a good choice if only one or two people in your group want decaf coffee. It’s more economical to buy them individual cups rather than an entire coffee traveler.
Let’s answer a few last-minute questions you probably still have about Starbucks’ coffee travelers.
Can I Order A Starbucks Traveler Ahead Of Time?
Yes, you can absolutely order Starbucks travelers ahead of time. In fact, I’d go so far as to say you should order ahead of time.
Ordering ahead will save you and your baristas a lot of time, and you’ll get your coffee quicker.
Does My Hot Coffee Stay Warm Until It Arrives?
The coffee in a box will stay warm for a little bit longer than regular coffee in a paper cup. You’ll have a couple of hours to drink the traveler before the coffee goes too cold to enjoy.
Does Starbucks Have Tea Travelers?
Starbucks doesn’t have tea travelers on the menu, but you can order a traveler with hot water and tea bags on the side. Just be sure to communicate with your barista what you want!
A Starbucks coffee traveler is the best and easiest way to order coffee for a large group.
You’ll get a 96 oz box of coffee in one of four of Starbucks’ classic roasts. And you’ll get all the extras needed to make your experience great.
And it’s actually a better deal than ordering individual cups of coffee. Depending on where you are, a coffee traveler will run anywhere from $15-25.
Travelers are a great choice!
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