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Posted Fri Jan 27, 2012, 4:31pm
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I actually just had the Veranda blend too and I was impressed.  I have to agree that it did a good job of not needlessly overpowering your palate.  I'm just going to go ahead and post my original review notes I was going to post on this blog, but before I do I just want to add that I don't mean to step on your toes.  I would be interested to see if you get any of the flavors that I get though, and next time I drink some of the blend I'll re-read yours to compare.  I definitely am not the most knowledgeable about coffee flavors.

Coffee Review: Starbucks Blonde Veranda Blend
Score: 90
Color: Ruby
Nose: orange fruit, asain tea, and roses
Mouthfeel: slightly grainy texture but smooth
Taste: black asain tea on the front palate, peachy orange flavor with rose petals on the mid-palate, asparagus and top soil on the finish
Comments: solid coffee, flavors are complex and unique, there is a good flow and integration to the taste, highly recommended as an alternative to the colombian style heavy coffee trend if your not into that type of thing
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Posted Tue Jan 31, 2012, 7:55am
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Hrm, neither of you mentioned "wet cardboard" or "peanut shell" notes. Did I get a different coffee? Really though, the fact that people are finding this coffee at all interesting makes me wonder what they were serving for free samples. I may have to actually go back and try it...with my own money.
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Posted Wed Feb 1, 2012, 1:55pm
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My theory is either they brewed the sample batch long before I ever got to it - thus making it wholly unremarkable, or they were using the same pre-ground packs to brew that they were handing out to people who liked the Blonde stuff. Stale stale stale.
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Posted Sat Feb 11, 2012, 11:22am
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Netphilosopher Said:

No stepping on toes here - it's all public domain.

I tend to be a categorizer or generalizer - it's part of my engineering/science background.  

Your notes on nose for Veranda, you call it orange, I'm more on the slightly tart side, maybe key lime if I had to call it something.  I've generalized it as "citrus hint".  Not as sweet as mandarin, not as bitter as grapefruit.  What you call "Asian tea" I think I consider the slight roast/grain I've categorized as "toasted bread".

I grew up in the midwest asparagus capital - I didn't pick up asparagus in the taste, but subsequent cups have shown some earthiness that I think might be considered that flavor.  ;)


Flavor is a highly subjective thing.

Interested in what you think about the Willow.

Posted January 31, 2012 link

You're probably a bit more accurate than me technically speaking lol.  And I don't have a lot of money to buy coffee so I don't get many opportunities to try new coffee.  I'll definitely consider getting a pound to try though.  A lot of my cooking and drink tasting abilities are learned through doing, so I relate more to previous experience than truly technical analyzation of taste.  Btw, I'm getting my Master's in Structural Engineering so I have that background too.  Glad to see there's other engineers who branch and do stuff like this. :) I do think the analyzation aspect of this is something that engineers could really enjoy if they have time and/or interest in doing so.
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Posted Fri May 25, 2012, 12:07am
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Did someone say Starbucks???
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Posted Tue Jun 26, 2012, 12:56pm
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Interested in what you think about the Willow.

Sorry it took so long but I finally got around to doing a proper tasting of the willow blend - I've had it for the last month so though and really enjoyed it.

Starbucks Willow Blend - 91
Color: dark brown, oily looking
Nose: roasted peanuts
Mouthfeel: oily with a cream like texture
Taste: roasted peanuts initially, pepper and earthy spices with smoked cedar added on the mid-palette, barbeque smokey flavor on the finish
Comments: sharp flavors and also layered nicely, the complexity could be better but still enough nuances to be enjoyable, has an enjoyable light texture/mouthfeel to act as counterpoint to the sharpness of the flavors that reminds me of kahlua
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