Happy #WellTailoredWednesday! A family member of mine just recently got a great gig at Starbucks, so I’ll most likely be taking a break from other coffees to sample exclusively Starbucks blends (at least for now!). I’ve always respected Starbucks’ variety of coffees but even more so because of their commitment to ethical sourcing. The latest blend that I’ve had the privilege of sampling is the Single Origin blend from Ethiopia. Ethiopia is known as the birthplace of “arabica” coffee, so I was very excited to give this blend a try. Let’s jump in!

[Dark Chocolate]-N-Pepa

Single Origin: Ethiopia

Single Origin: Ethiopia

I know what you’re thinking: “Do dark chocolate and pepper really mix well together?” And also, “Did he really just try to make a play on words with Salt-N-Pepa?” To both points, my answer would be an emphatic “yes!”. To be fair, it’s not like you’re eating pepper-chocolate, which by the way I’ve tried and is quite…interesting to say the least. The key here is that there is just a faint trace of the dark chocolate and that the pepper lies in the aftertaste. This taste is very subtle, and I almost missed it during my first sampling.


Orange You Glad I Sampled This Coffee?

Anyone who knows me personally knows that I’m a HUGE fans of puns, so an “orange” joke was definitely in the works! This is one flavor that I definitely missed the first time I tried this coffee. It’s most likely due to the fact that one of my favorite coffee mugs is known to mask some of the flavor in my coffee, which yes I know, is a big no-no. Anyway, the Ethiopia blend has a slight citrus taste to it, though it’s something you’ll most likely pick up after your first cup. This citrus-y tinge DOES appear in this blend’s aroma however, which was a very pleasant surprise the first time I brewed it—it filled my apartment with the freshest scent in the morning!

All About Balance

All in all, what I really liked about this coffee was just its simplicity. To me, there were no complex tastes or aromas that needed a lot of attention. Sure, the dark chocolate and citrus is worth looking out for, but I think the strengths of this coffee lie in its balanced flavor and taste. It’s a great morning brew—who wouldn’t want their home smelling like orange and coffee when they wake up? I’d actually recommend it as a morning brew over the East Timor blend, which I think would be better suited as an evening pick-me-up.

From Starbucks

Here’s the original story of the Ethiopia Single-Origin from Starbucks:

On the ancient slopes flanking Africa’s Great Rift Valley, coffee trees first emerged from the rich, volcanic soil. From these ninth-century highlands, arabica coffee beans began their long journey from Ethiopia to the rest of the world. Today our master roasters have created an entirely new way to experience these treasured beans. An exquisite blend with a reverence for the ritual of coffee, honoring Ethiopia’s bountiful legacy. With a velvety soft texture and floral, peppery spice notes, this is our tribute to the birthplace of coffee.

I’d highly encourage anyone to try this coffee, and if you do, please let me know what you think of it in the Comments’ section below! Thanks for reading!