Happy #WellTailoredWednesday! Although it’s been months since Thanksgiving of course, I’ve decided to review the Starbucks Thanksgiving Blend, which I received as a gift from my family member who works at the company. The Thanksgiving Blend has been a perennial roast since 2008, with the goal of creating a coffee that pairs well with the holiday’s traditional feast. Let’s dive in!
Hearty Aroma & Taste
Upon first…er…sniff, this blend has a deep aroma that really fills you up. I’ll be honest and say that I can’t detect a spice scent to it, but apparently there is one. The beans hail from the Antigua region of Guatemala, where the ample rain and sun, nutrient-rich soil, and consistent temperatures year-round give the beans their spicy flavor. Additionally, there are some herbal notes from Sumatra in this blend that give its intense, yet palatable taste. If you like Sumatran coffees that aren’t as strong, I’d recommend the Single Origin East Timor.
When and How To Drink It
I recommend drinking the Thanksgiving Blend coffee either in the morning as a start to the day or at night with dessert. Yes, I said at night. For those of you coffee fiends who are immune to the caffeine like I am, this blend is a great example of a coffee that you can have at all times of the day that will not affect your sleep. And if you are a bit more sensitive to caffeine, that’s fine too! My point is that this blend pairs well with a sweet dessert or fruit. I tried drinking it with some dark chocolate and, separately, with some sliced apples and the different tastes played very well with one another.
And since this blend is quite rich, I’d recommend either a 1:1 or even a 3/4:1 grounds-to-water ratio. If you’re thinking about drinking it on the rocks or with milk/cream and sugar, you may want to add more grounds, so to balance the ice.
Here’s the original description of the Thanksgiving Blend from Starbucks:
This full -bodied favorite features herbal notes from Sumatran beans and distinctive soft spice from the coffee of Guatemala’s Antigua region. It’s a blend created to pair beautifully with dishes savory and sweet–perfect for this season of thanks and giving.
If you enjoy your cup of Starbucks® Thanksgiving Blend, you might also like our Organic Yukon Blend® [Which I plan to sample and review in the coming months!].
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!