|Roaster Location:||Seattle, Washington|
|Review Date:||December 1998|
Blind Assessment: A wonderful nose, full of bittersweet chocolate and deep vanilla tones, but disappointing in the cup: a clean, dry, but rather hard pungency bullies nuance into submission. A hint of carbon, little sweetness.
Notes: A wonderful nose, full of bittersweet chocolate and deep vanilla tones, but disappoints in the cup: a clean, dry, but rather hard pungency bullies nuance into submission. Hint of carbon, little sweetness. Given the accusations of hype often leveled at Starbucks, the simple name "Christmas Blend" has a reassuringly straightforward ring. Unfortunately, the coffee inside the bag may be a bit too straightforward.
Who Should Drink It: The holiday factor:I've tasted far better Starbucks coffees. If you're running late, giftless for the office party, and a green mermaid looms above the holiday traffic promising last-minute gift potential, pass on this blend and buy a pound of one of Starbucks' often outstanding single-origin coffees.
This review originally appeared in the December, 1998 tasting report: Holiday Gift Coffees