REVIEW: Starbucks Christmas Blend 2015

DISCLAIMER: This product was purchased by the blogger. Neetzy.com received NO compensation from Starbucks for this review. This review does not represent medical or professional advice, it is an opinion only. Photographs may not depict the exact color of the product.

MANUFACTURER’S DESCRIPTION OF PRODUCT

  • “intriguing layers of spiciness and sweetness”
  • “pronounced cedary, spicy layers”
  • 100% Arabica coffee
  • combination of Sumatra, Latin American, and Indonesian beans
  • use 2 tablespoons of ground coffee (10 g) per 6 fl oz (180 mL) of water

THE REVIEW

AROMA OF GROUND COFFEE

  • enjoyable dark, burnt notes
  • slight woodsy/earthy scent

TIP: shake the grounds to release all the aroma layers in this Starbucks coffee.

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COLOR OF BREWED COFFEE

  • almost opaque
  • nice deep orange undertones

AROMA OF BREWED COFFEE

  • not overly aromatic
  • hint of sweetness
  • slight scent of baked beans
  • perhaps a light woodsy or herbal scent
  • doesn’t have a burnt aroma (though the grounds smell dark and burnt)

FLAVOR

Black (without sugar/cream):
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  • full-bodied (not watery)
  • begins with a sharp bitterness
  • mostly bitter with some sourness
  • bitterness is strong but enjoyable

With 18% Cream:

  • bitterness still noticeable but not as obvious
  • cream adds a slight sweetness
  • subtle, enjoyable burnt flavor

AFTERTASTE

  • enjoyable bitterness that is not long-lasting

WOULD YOU LIKE THIS PRODUCT?

You might like Starbucks Christmas Blend coffee if:

  • you enjoy strong, full-bodied coffee
  • like moderate bitter flavors
  • want a coffee with more bitterness than sourness
  • want an aftertaste that doesn’t linger

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WOULD I PURCHASE THIS PRODUCT AGAIN?

MAYBE. Overall, this Starbucks coffee had enjoyable bitter notes combined with some sourness. I was disappointed I couldn’t find the “pronounced cedary, spicy layers”.

Of course, finding the subtle aromas and flavors in coffee is often like trying to find a needle in a haystack. I was disappointed that Starbucks Christmas Blend wasn’t more complex in flavor.

All and all, this Starbucks coffee is easy-to-drink and smooth enough to sip black (without cream or sugar) if you enjoy strong, full-bodied blends. With cream added, subtle burnt notes can be tasted along with the mostly bitter flavor.

ABOUT STARBUCKS

neetzy-starbucks-christmas-blend-2015-review-9Starbucks opened its first coffee shop in 1971, and by 1987 had a total of 17 locations. By June 28, 2015, the Starbucks brand (which includes Starbucks Coffee, Seattleā€™s Best Coffee, Teavana and Evolution Fresh) had 17,003 retail locations.

Starbucks has a loyalty program which provides discounts and offers to customers who enroll online.

WHERE TO BUY

Starbucks Christmas Blend is available in a 1-lb (453 g) bag at Starbucks coffee shops or at Starbucks Online. Ask the barista to grind the beans to suit your coffee maker.

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