For National coffee day this year, Starbucks debuted a new single origin coffee in stores; Guatemala Huehuetenango. This coffee brings a balanced cup with notes of dark chocolate and dried figs, quite a contrast to our core Guatemala offering! I have been working at another store out of town, so most of my meals are quick and on the go during my 90 minute commute. I have been eating a lot of larabars, and decided I wanted to try my hand at making something similar!…
August’s reserve subscription is Honduras La Campa. This is only the second time that I have seen a coffee from Honduras, the first being Honduras Premier.
The terrain in Honduras is rugged and precipitous, so getting ripe cherries has been a challenge. I am extremely delighted by this cup, unexpectedly fruity and complex with notes of plum and caramel.
This is the second to last reserve subscription coffee that will be available, as the online store is closing in October. I will miss my exclusive coffee every month, but I know Starbucks will come up with something new and exciting to continue to delight us and expand our coffee journey. The final coffee will be Colombia la Casiana, which you can still get (until September 3rd) here….
Kenya Kariaini was at the scoop bar at the Roastery for a short time in April. I was fortunate enough to get a bag to share with my partners. What struck me was how different this was from our core Kenya….
Several months ago I got a small amount of Hacienda Alsacia when it was released in Japan. The paperwork that came with it suggested pairing it with pecan pies. So I set up a spread of different foods; lemon shortbreads, salted caramel ropes, milk chocolate and pecan pies. We tasted the coffee and all of the food, and I was really in love with how the sweet brown sugar paired with the Hacienda Alsacia. Fast forward to this week. I received a coffee care package from Seattle, and inside were two bags of Hacienda Alsacia! I was so excited for the opportunity to share this coffee with more of my partners, but also to explore with pairing this coffee with pecan pie….
Back in March, the Starbucks Roastery and Tasting room in Seattle debuted an innovative new coffee; Whiskey Barrel Aged Sulawesi. Green beans from Sulawesi were stored in used whiskey barrels from Woodinville Whiskey Company, and over the course time, the flavor and aroma from the barrel absorbed into the green beans. During the roasting process, the alcohol is burned off, but the identity of the whiskey remains. With unmistakable notes of whiskey, this is a cup of coffee like no other….
Colombia Nariño Supremo was a core coffee back in the day, but has been missing from the shelves since around 2009. Now, 8 long years later it has returned as part of Starbucks new single origin offerings. Even though Colombia Nariño Supremo has been missing from my life for so long, we were able to pick up right where we left off. Herbal notes with bittersweet chocolate notes and a walnut like finish. There is something so special and unforgettable about this coffee, and I am so glad it is back!…
The third installment of Gravitas is back at the Roastery. This legacy blend launched on March 20th 2017, and I just happened to be in town visiting. Perfect timing on my part! This years version of Gravitas is a blend of Sumatra Lake Toba, Nicaragua Maracaturra and Sun-dried Brazil Barinas. The result is layers of herbal and chocolate notes with a unique dried fruit sweetness….
Kenya Kangunu is the newest online exclusive coffee to be offered on the online store. This is the third offering, the first being Costa Rica Vista del Mar yellow honey and Papua New Guinea Luoka. These coffees are, to my knowledge, released in other countries, but a small amount is offered online. Because of the limited quantities, these seems to sell out fairly quickly! I was lucky enough to notice Kenya Kangunu shortly after it was released online and ordered it right away.
I first tasted this side by side with core Kenya, and was surprised how different they were. The Kangunu is lush with a layered complexity with notes of dark chocolate and lemon, while the core Kenya is juicy with unmistakeable notes of grapefruit.
According to Starbucks legend, Yukon Blend was the winner of a “name that blend” contest. Yukon blend was created in 1971 for one of Starbucks original customers, the captain of a fishing boat in the Bering Sea. He wanted a blend for his crew that could stand up to the frigid mornings and long days of fishing in the cold waters where the Yukon River meets the Sea.
This hearty and well rounded blend pairs well with oatmeal and cinnamon, but has toasty notes that I thought might pair well with brown butter. But then I got to thinking, what if I infused butter with coffee and then browned it?
And then coffee brown butter was born.
It’s cookie season, and I have been seeing posts on facebook about pairing wine with Girl Scout cookies (which is always a good idea!) I did a search for Girl Scout cookies and Starbucks coffees, and was surprised to see that no one had made up a tasting sheet! So here it is, my personal recommendations for Starbucks core coffees with Girl Scout cookies.