Blonde Veranda Blend

So currently, I’m trying Starbucks’ Blonde Veranda Blend. It’s a light roasted blend, which means that it’s not as strong and bitter as a medium or darker roast. I like it so far because it doesn’t have as much of a “punch” as I had expected, which is good because I’m just starting out with coffee. I kind of taste the cocoa part of the blend that they say this blend has, but only just a little bit. I want to try a blonde roast, then a medium one, and finally a dark blend and then try to see the differences between all of them. Then, if I can, I want to move on to maybe some international flavors.

Here’s the official description from the Starbucks website:

Roasting this blend of specially chosen Latin American beans for a shorter time allows the delicate nuances ofsoft cocoa and lightly toasted nuts to blossom. Mellow and flavorful, this coffee brews a delightfully gracious cup that’s perfect for welcoming friends.
With its calm and laid-back character, this coffee pays homage to the art of porch-sitting. Named for the serene terraces decorating towns and neighborhoods throughout the regions where these beans were grown, Veranda Blend™ is a gentle and inviting cup best served with a sunny day, a good friend and nothing in particular to do.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned!


Pretentious About Coffee

I’ve never been much of a fun of coffee until this year. College, with all its late night studying sessions, has turned me into a coffee lover. But it’s become more of a preference to drink coffee: it’s become one of my passions! I started drinking black coffee to try and appreciate the small tastes that are otherwise masked when you add milk and sugar. Over the course of my life, I want to try different coffees and different roast variations from all over the world. So every now and then, I’ll post some stuff about the type of coffee I’m trying. I’m definitely not an expert (yet!) and most of these are coffees from Dunkin’ Donuts and Starbucks, but I just want to share one of my newly-found passions with anyone reading this.

So before I tell you my motivation for why I want to try coffee, HEAR ME OUT!

I really just want to be pretentious about something. And that “something”, I decided, will be coffee. Instead of going to wine-tastings, I want to go to coffee bean tastings. I want to try new and different blends of coffee, sip by sip, ponder intently for a second as I try to figure out where the bean is from, and then confidently say “Hmmm tastes like it’s Arabian” or “This is definitely Colombian blend.” And then everyone will be impressed. It’s a small goal, but I just want to be pretentious with coffee!