It’s fall and that means that Starbucks’ Anniversary Blend is out. This is one of my favorite coffees from Starbucks. I look forward to it every year and usually buy three bags of the stuff to last me for a few months. This year’s batch was recommended to me by my favorite barista as being exceptionally good. Here’s what is says about the taste on Starbucks.com:
Tasting Notes: Smooth and spicy with a butter and caramel finish
Flavor Intensity: Extra bold
Unfortunately, I don’t agree. I like that Starbucks is a burnt roast coffee. I like the syrupy taste this gives their coffees. In this coffee, however, that’s all there is. It’s smooth, yes. I don’t notice any extra spiciness that you wouldn’t find in a normal Sumatra. I certainly didn’t notice a butter and caramel finish. It’s a one-note coffee, but it’s a very good one-note. I can’t recommend this coffee for its subtlety of taste. Honestly, I think you would be better served just buying the regular Sumatra.
Tomorrow: Ever 17, The Beginning
Next week: A seasonal coffee beverage worth cheering about.