How Starbucks Chooses, Roasts And Blends Their Coffee

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Single-Origin Coffees

Starbucks offers specific, individual coffees from 10 to 15 different countries. Each of these coffees displays an assortment of distinctive flavor characteristics. Starbucks calls these "single-origin" coffees.

The term "varietal" is often misused. Arabica is one species withinrepparttar genus of coffee (robusta is another species). Each species has varieties ranked underneath it, and there are many varieties of arabica coffee trees. While "varietal" is a botanical term, "single-origin" is a geographical term, andrepparttar 125382 most accurate way to describe coffees from a specific country. As green coffee beans are often grown by multiple farmers and then mixed at their place of origin, a "single-origin" coffee from a specific geographical area may have coffee beans from multiple varieties of arabica plants.

An example of a pure, single-origin coffee is Colombia Nariño (Supremo). This Colombian single-origin comes fromrepparttar 125383 province of Nariño, a rugged, mountainous area known for active volcanoes and natural beauty. "Supremo" denotesrepparttar 125384 largest bean size classification for grading and sorting coffee in Colombia. Its dry, nutty flavor and smoothness isrepparttar 125385 best coffee from this area of South America, and is exclusive to Starbucks.

Starbucks Blends

In addition to great single-origin coffees, Starbucks core lineup also includes blends of different single-origin coffees. The blends as a group make up a significant percentage of Starbucks whole bean coffee lineup, and each is as special in its own way asrepparttar 125386 most exotic single-origin coffee. There are many reasons to blend coffee. Starbucks strives to showcaserepparttar 125387 signature style of a particular growing region, as in House Blend or to combine various qualities found in different regions into a harmonious, balanced whole. Whateverrepparttar 125388 case, each Starbucks blend offers a cup of coffee that no single-origin coffee can duplicate.

Dark Roast Blends

Starbucks also offers three dark roast blends: Espresso Roast , Italian Roast, and French Roast. These blends vary both in constituent coffees and roast intonation. Espresso Roast isrepparttar 125389 foundation ofrepparttar 125390 company's beverage business, while Italian Roast and French Roast are among Starbucks more popular coffees.

Starbucks Coffee Growing Regions

Most ofrepparttar 125391 world's coffee is grown betweenrepparttar 125392 Tropic of Cancer andrepparttar 125393 Tropic of Capricorn on plantations in Africa, Southeast Asia, andrepparttar 125394 Americas.

Africa and Arabia Fromrepparttar 125395 mountainous eastern half ofrepparttar 125396 African continent andrepparttar 125397 Arabian Peninsula come some ofrepparttar 125398 world's greatest coffees. The coffees from this region are alluring and complex, sometimes causing even seasoned specialty coffee drinkers to wonder who droppedrepparttar 125399 blueberries and spices into their cup. Some of our favorites are Kenya Coffee Beans , Ethiopia Sidamo Coffee Beans and Arabian Mocha Sanani Coffee Beans. They have intense berry or floral aromas and flavors of berries, citrus fruits, cocoa, and spice.

Latin America Central and South America produce more coffee, by far, than any other growing region. The beans grown here are generally light- to medium-bodied with clean, lively flavors. They are prized for their tangy brightness and consistent quality. Both these features make them ideal foundations for blending. Coffees from this region include: Organic Shade-Grown Mexico, Guatemala Antigua, Colombia Nariño (Supremo).

The Pacific Often called Indonesian coffees because most ofrepparttar 125400 beans from this region are grown in that country. These coffees are onrepparttar 125401 opposite end ofrepparttar 125402 taste spectrum fromrepparttar 125403 Latin American coffees. They are typically full-bodied, smooth, earthy, and occasionally feature herbal flavor notes. These arerepparttar 125404 'heavyweights' ofrepparttar 125405 coffee world, providing deep, sturdy 'low notes' when used in blends. As single-origin coffees, they are perennial favorites. Starbucks Indonesian coffees include: Sumatra, Sulawesi and Komodo Dragon Blend which is a blend of wholly Indonesian coffees.

Starbucks is dedicated and passionate about buying and roastingrepparttar 125406 world's best coffee.

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Goodbye wildcat...goodbye! I know I won't see you inrepparttar sky. When you die and are rotting away. The buzzards will take you away to stay. So gloat while you can, oh wildcat! Your end is coming, and that is that! Goodbye wildcat...Goodbye!

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