Coffee Tastings

Starbucks Introduces a Coffee So Scarce and Precious, Only 20 Stores Will Sell It.

Starbucks Introduces a Coffee So Scarce and Precious, Only 20 Stores Will Sell It.

Tuesday March 17, 2015, you’ll find a micro-lot coffee available at only twenty Starbucks stores. It’s the Nicaragua Laurina. Starbucks obtained only 17 bags from the farmer, representing a total of about 750 pounds of coffee, after roasting. (That was the entire harvest of this coffee). It’s considered a “micro lot” which is a smaller […]

It is about the coffee. (The Experience Bar at the Starbucks Roastery)

It is about the coffee. (The Experience Bar at the Starbucks Roastery)

On the Thursday the 12th of February, on my way into work, I stopped by the Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room. Partner James O., stood near the entrance, sampling Brazil Nova Resende Reserve coffee from a French press. Before I got in line to get coffee and breakfast, I stopped to chat with him […]

Coffee Master Certification Coffee Tasting: Earning the Starbucks Black Apron

Coffee Master Certification Coffee Tasting: Earning the Starbucks Black Apron

Lots of Starbucks stores have coffee tastings going on. But there is one kind of coffee event that is extra special: when a Starbucks partner earns his or her black apron. Tonight (January 6, 2015) I had the chance to attend Patrek’s  coffee master certification seminar (at the Corson & Michigan Starbucks). His store manager […]

Special Thanksgiving Coffee Seminar at the East Olive Way Starbucks!

Special Thanksgiving Coffee Seminar at the East Olive Way Starbucks!

Do you have your Thanksgiving Blend coffee ready for Thanksgiving this week? You can find Thanksgiving Blend online at StarbucksStore.com or at your local neighborhood Starbucks. Thanksgiving Blend was first introduced into the Starbucks coffee lineup on November 4, 2008. Here’s the official Starbucks.com article (from 2008) on Thanksgiving Blend. This past Monday, November 24th, […]

Starbucks Ethiopia Gemadro, Guatemala San Isidro estate coffee, and Costa Rica La Candelilla coffee.

Starbucks Ethiopia Gemadro, Guatemala San Isidro estate coffee, and Costa Rica La Candelilla coffee.

As every good barista knows, the coffees that can be found at retailers like grocery stores, Target, Walmart,Costco and such retailers may be different than what’s in the actual Starbucks stores. This is just what Starbucks does, and has done for several years. For example, grocery store Starbucks coffee offerings have included Fall Blend, Spring […]

Coffee Education: Starbucks Hacienda Alsacia; Reserve Colombia El Penol; Geish La Ines; Anniversary Blend.

Yesterday, (10-18-14) I participated in a coffee tasting bonanza. It’s funny because it wasn’t totally planned as such but ended up being an amazing day of coffee tastings! I tried the following: Tasting Starbucks Hacienda Alsacia in a compare/contrast tasting with the Starbucks Reserve Geisha La Ines. Starbucks Reserve Colombia El Penol paired with food. […]