If you expect this to taste just like the Verona you get at the Starbucks store, you will be disappointed. It's close, but be sure to use the medium cup setting. A better (and presently more expensive) Starbucks K-cup is their French Roast. Nevertheless, all of the Starbucks K-cups are over-priced, presumably because of the name. To my taste, there are a number of better dark roasts available at more reasonable prices, including two of my favorites, Green Mountain Double Black Diamond and especially Green Mountain Revv). And, of course, the three great dark roasts from Coffee People: Jet Fuel, Black Tiger, and their Kona Blend (if it's ever available again).