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 […]
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 education is a journey. Every barista starts somewhere. It was a delight this week to go to some excellent coffee seminars hosted by Starbucks baristas at the beginning of their coffee journey. At the East Olive Way Starbucks, on January 12, 2015, we tried Casi Cielo from the Clover, paired with foods and as […]
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 […]
Tonight (December 29, 2014), I went to a coffee seminar at the Starbucks at East Olive Way in Seattle. I attend regularly, even though they don’t always turn into blog articles. I want to spotlight these events again: These coffee events are open to the public and free to attend. You’ll usually find coffee seminars every […]
The newest Reserve Starbucks Coffee (coming soon, December 16th) will be a Colombia Montebenito small-lot coffee. I went to a coffee tasting for this coffee on the 9th and thought I’d share that experience here. Coffee Master Corey (at the University Village 3 Starbucks) lead us through a tasting for the Colombia, pairing it with […]
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.
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. […]
Tonight (September 9, 2014) I attended a coffee seminar presented by Starbucks coffee headquarters partner Leslie Wolford. We compared and contrasted three coffees from Panama, all sourced from different farms. All three coffees come from the Volcán growing region of Panama. Leslie Wolford is 24-year Starbucks partner who is part of a small […]