These exotic beans have journeyed all the way from the fertile Sidamo region in Ethiopia, East Africa, to your cup. There they culminate in an astounding complexity of flavors and aromas: sweet Meyer lemon layered with spicy gingerbread and graham cracker notes and a citrus aroma.
Meticulously tended by an experienced, older generation of farmers who adhere to tradition—coffee trees are cultivated in family gardens alongside the food they grow to eat—each cherry is ripened and handpicked at its peak of flavor for you to savor.
This Starbucks Reserve® coffee is available only at select times and stores, so be sure to enjoy it when you can.
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This coffee is perfection in a cup. I'm being completely serious. This coffee blew me away when I had it for the first time. The aroma is sweet and fragrant. It lets you know that you are in for an incredible coffee experience. While I normally prefer the pour over for Starbucks Reserve coffees, I could tell by the aroma of the whole beans that a French press would really bring out the flavor of this coffee. I'm glad I chose the French press as it really did bring out the sweetness and floral notes of this coffee. At first you get this sweet, almost butterscotch, flavor. Then the citrusy floral notes come in. If you have ever peeled an orange then you know what kind of flavor I am talking about. This coffee has a mild acidity that makes for a really clean finish and leaves you ready for the next sip. This is the most drinkable coffee I have every tried. It really is perfection in a cup.
If you are used to using cream and sugar in your coffee I strongly encourage you to try this coffee on its own before adding anything to it. If you really want to get the full impact of this coffee it is best to drink it black. On that note, it is important to make sure that you have the correct proportion of coffee to water and coffee ground to the right grind for your brew method. Starbucks recommends 2 tbsp. of ground coffee for every 6 oz. of water. For a French press use a coarse grind. A flat bottom filter brewer will require a slightly finer grind, and a cone filter will be an even finer grind. Not sure how to achieve the correct grind on your own? Take you Starbucks Reserve coffee to your nearest Starbucks store and your barista will be happy to grind it for you to the correct setting. With a coffee this good, you will do yourself and the coffee a huge favor by being precise in your brewing.
This is, hands down, the best coffee Starbucks sells. The only issue I have with it is it's limited availability online. I absolutely love this coffee and drink it whenever I find a Starbucks with the Clover brewing system. I highly recommend it.