Posts Tagged ‘starbucks’

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Starbucks Extra Carmel Coffee Frappucino

May 5, 2010

Carmel frappucinos at Starbucks are a guilty pleasure of mine. With the release of their new, create your own frappuccino I was sold. With sales slumping for the fraps they realized something needed to be done. What are they doing differently? Now fresh milk is being used, they eliminated high-fructose corn syrup, and higher-quality coffee now is going into the drink.
I went with the extra carmel coffee frappucino and was impressed. There was more flavor and it was much smoother than its predecessor. The best part was the lack of chunks of ice that usually clog up the straw and are just plain annoying. My only complaint is the strange after taste. It’s not very strong, but there is a distinct after taste of something that I can’t put my finger on.

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Brew of the Week–Casi Cielo

March 18, 2010

This Guatemala blend was made in conjunction with the chefs at Canlis in Seattle. Or as my barista told me “that really expensive restaurant downtown.” It’s a bit disappointing that it is only available a few months a year.

Just having the bag around makes me smile. It’s heavy scent of cocoa with hint of berries. The taste is a whole other story. The heaviness of the aroma is nothing but a decoy since the coffee is medium full-bodied, rich, and smooth. Unlike most of the Starbucks which i find tend to have a heavy bitter taste Casi Cielo leaves a more lemony/citrus taste.

Starbucks bills it as versatile blend that can go with anything from herbs and cheese to chocolate and berries. This is a roast that can be severed with a variety of dishes, but would go best with lemon dishes, berries, or creamy desserts.

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Dark Cherry Mocha

March 4, 2010

The Dark Cherry Mocha has quickly become one of my new favorites. This week at Starbucks it showed up on the chalkboard as the new drink. I hope it sticks around for a bit, but after listening to the baristas at my local store I’m not sure. It doesn’t seem to be that popular.

The flavor is wonderful a dark mocha flavor followed by nice hit of cherry at the end. Not overly rich with a bit of bitterness to it It’s smooth. It’s creamy. It’s amazing. Defiantly something to try.


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Blend of the Week- Pike Place Roast

March 3, 2010

Doing some searching online for coffee I’ve been finding the Starbucks Pike Place Roast is getting a lot of flack. Especially since many of the stores have been switching over to brewing it since April. Yes, love it or hate it Starbucks is a Seattle based company and I feel that I need to defend this coffee a bit. However I must first say:

1. It’s Pike Place NOT Pike’s Place. The is no ‘s in the name.
2. This is has been the roast that the Starbucks in Seattle use in their stores.
3. The name is a tribute to the original Starbucks that can still be found at Pike Place Market (a bit of a history lesson).

The Pike Place blend is a staple in our house and beside the Anniversary Blend it is one of my favorite Starbucks coffee. It is a very nice blend, and unlike most of the other Starbucks blends that I have had it doesn’t taste burnt. It’s smooth and robust. Yes, I can tell the difference between their blends. In taste tests I have been able to pick the Pike Place Roast from others. Since most of the other blends they use are harsh with a bit of an acidic taste of their dark roasts.

You don’t need to be an expert on coffee to enjoy it. There are no layers to this blend. It’s simple with little complexity, which can be a good thing. No, there is no strong jolt to this coffee like the typical Starbucks roast, but sometimes that’s not needed to enjoy a cup. Even in it’s simplicity not a bad cup of coffee.