I spent five years of my life working for a small coffee company you might have heard of called Starbucks. During that time I worked as a barista, a supervisor, and spent a year working in HR at the corporate office. I discovered corporate America is not for me, but I also discovered a passion for the science behind coffee.
Each bean has distinct flavor profiles, much like wine, and when paired with the right foods these beans sing like a spring canary.
I no longer work for Starbucks, and I now moderately drink coffee because I developed an extreme sensitivity to the caffeine. Despite these two aforementioned facts I’m proud of the coffee tastings I created once upon a time, and the warm hug of a perfect coffee tasting will forever call to me. For more information on tasting notes/where to start read this post.
Kenya with Orange and Currant Quinoa Salad
Komodo Dragon with Almond Butter and Cinnamon Stuffed Dates
Guatemala Antigua with Toasted Coconut Cashews
Organic Yukon with Chocolate Chip Coffee Cookies
2014 Anniversary Blend with Pumpkin Spice Mini Muffins
2014 Anniversary Blend with Maple Pumpkin Pie Oat Bites
House with Dark Chocolate and Pumpkin Seed Covered Fuji Apples
2014 Christmas Espresso Roast with Pumpkin Fudgey Breakfast Cookies
2014 Christmas Blend with Chocolate Chunk Coffee Cookies
2015 Casi Cielo with Chocolate Banana Coffee Squares
Ethiopia with Peanut Chocolate Butter Marshmallow Bars
43 thoughts on “Coffee”
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Interesting pairings – will definitely try some of those combinations. My taste in coffee generally leans towards the darker roasts (French, Italian, Espresso – and black, no cream or sugar) so I guess I’ll try the pumpkin fudgy breakfast cookies first. Thanks for sharing.
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Aaa… you just made me miss my Starbucks time! I lobe coffee & food pairings. Cheese and Indonesian coffees… yumm!
thank you for giving me a million more reasons to drink coffee at all hours of the day/night…
…and for writing a hell of a blog.
Love my Starbucks Komodo Dragon…great post! ☕️
Thanks for checking out my blog! We bring in Kona Rainforest Organic Farms coffee beans from Hawaii Island. No heartburn for hubby and the taste & texture are amazing. We’ve visited the farm, too, and the owners are lovely people. I love my Starbucks but my Kona beans have taken over. Worth checking out. Cheers!
Do you have recipes for the food half of the pairings above?
I sure do! Each link (links are in red) has the recipe within the post, aside from a few that don’t have a recipe such as almond butter and dates, apples and chocolate, and things like that. Those are pretty self explanatory and you just add as much almondbutter/chocolate as you want to each.
Amazing! Yes, Yes, Yes… I love coffee (and it has to be good, strong, ground stuff) and I too thank you for all the reasons to love it even more!
Ink Stains On My Sheets
mmmmmm cooooffffeeeee…. Though I learned to mostly despise Starbucks when I lived in Seattle and could get so much better, I appreciate knowing they have more than just “what’s on tap” so I might experiment a little when I get a chance. And I simply love anyone who loves coffee like I do, warms the soul indeed.
I almost never prefer coffee that Starbucks has on tap. The blonde roast is garbage, and the Pike is more of a “name brand” if you ask me. It wasn’t until I dove into the “other world” of Starbucks coffee’s that I fell head over heels. Now I can’t get enough! I’m all for the rest of the coffee that Seattle has to offer too.
Ink Stains On My Sheets
Great to know, I will give some a shot sometime!!! Hopefully I can find good ones in my middle of nowhere existence in which I am currently residing.
Core Health Dynamics
Hey there, thanks for the Like on my latest Post, Flat Belly Feb! Let me know if you want to be part of it and shoot over your email address.
BTW, have you tapped into Bullet Proof Coffee yet? ” Like a warm blanket” – great imagery 🙂
I don’t eat butter, but I have tried coffee with coconut oil. It was…smooth? HAHA. I like my coffee black so I didn’t feel the need to add the oil another time.
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Love your blog, its so random! the best kind of random 😛
🙈🙈 thank you!
Gameplan Happily Ever After
Wow. Those are some awesome recipes there. Cannot wait to try them out 😀 Oh boy, I am so so glad I found your blog ❤
Bound to Be Me
I LOVE coffee and starbucks is one of my favorites!!
I am a fellow partner and LOVE all these pairings! definitely going to try these with our team thank you for sharing 🙂
Oh how exciting! Thank you for the comment, I hope you guys enjoy them!
HI, Brittany! Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my post on running reducing inflammation. I enjoy your writings about coffee. I have been cold brewing for about six months now and love it. I noticed that Starbucks also offers it. Wondered if you were going to write about it.
Starbucks does indeed offer cold brew, and I enjoy it, however what I LOVE more than any other Starbucks offering is their NITRO cold brew. It’s life changing, but only offered in select locations.
I heard that about the NITRO coffee. Hope I can find one here in chilly Chicago.
I saw that you liked my post about Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cookies and I had to say thank you, because it means a lot that a blogger as popular and experienced as you would actually take the time to read and like my posts 🙂 . Thank you so much.
I don’t know much about the details of coffee, but I just know that absolutely adore it. I can totally see myself growing up to be one of those adults who needs coffee to wake up in the morning (and plenty of other times in the day too)
Loved this post, thanks again. Great blog, i’ll be back here soon.
You are too sweet. Coffee is such a fun science for me. There is so much more to it than most realize! Just like wine. 🤗
I love this! I have never once considered dissecting my coffee! Will now!! 😀
How much for the wooden coffee sampler box?
Wow, I’m excited to try these out with the different coffees I roast! Thank you for creating these.
Hope you enjoy!
I came across the fact that even dark chocolate (55% cocoa) tastes good with black coffee, somewhat like House as you mentioned.
Yes!!! I absolutely love having a couple squares of dark chocolate with my coffee. It’s a wonderful experience.
My old friend is the oldest serving barista in South Africa. He started in coffee in 1963. In his shop, which once was world renowened, he only served the choicest home roasted Arabica. Then the pesky American franchises came, and idiots that didn’t know coffee from peaches, invaded our market with their horrid Robusta. What a disgrace to real, authentic Ethiopian coffee that is. It should be banned.
I agree that American franchise’s have no place in most countries, America tends to try to take over anywhere it can, but as an American who does enjoy a good cup of coffee I am having a hard time interpreting your comment. I’m not sure if this was meant to be a way of telling me that my coffee page (highlighting certain Starbucks blends, which are in fact Arabica coffee) is a disgrace, or if you were just sharing thoughts. Either way I support your passions for wanting to keep American coffee out of South Africa.
I am just sharing my thoughts, because too many folks drink stuff not knowing what it is. Good to hear Starbucks serve Arabica, as America somehow loves that nasty Robusta. One day, I had a very acute attack of tachycardia after drinking monsoon Robusta. I won’t make that mistake again. Coffee should be taught in schools
I hear ya, and I know Starbucks is trash compared to most coffee. Just happens to be the bean that works for me (trust me I’ve tried them all) with my autoimmune issues. I don’t think I’ve ever had robusta coffee, and I hope I never do.
How amazing would it be for coffee to be taught in schools!? And I agree, why go to South Africa for an American cup of coffee. I lived in Europe for two years and refused to get American coffee. It’s about the culture, but far too many Americans like what’s familiar.
Oh, autoimmune…join the club, I have five or six such conditions and diabetes. Ugh.
I have “bean testing” quite a lot myself, but never trusted the local Starbucks, after yet another franchise fed me Robusta.
I had Sauerkraut and Bockwurst at Gold Reef City in Johannesburg. It wasn’t German. It is hard to find real food in London, they seem to live on refined sugars only. Starchy stuff. I had to go to Neasden to find traditional bangers & mash with mushy peas. In Sydney, in 2001, I had to pay $20 for a can of Coke, it was cheaper than water. So I boarded the next plane out.
If I ever get to visit America, I’d want to test a good apple pie, and NY bagels. And a roast beef sandwich from a food truck.
There’s an Ethiopian emporium on Waal Street in Cape Town, where you can get Ethiopian coffee made on glowing embers in-house. It is as authentic and as original as coffee ever can be.
Oh, and I didn’t try to badmouth your blog and, yes, in our economy, the arrival of Starbucks did upset me. They killed off good, authentic coffee spots. That’s redistribution, not progress. And, why fly to Africa for yet another American experience; isn’t that what NY is for? 🤔