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Some people just don't like the Starbucks brand. They object to it for economic, social or political reasons. I'm not going into those arguments at all apart from to say that if you hold those views then you won't like this coffee whatever I or anyone else says. It's Starbucks.
Me, I like Starbucks coffee. I like the fact that you pretty much know what you're going to get wherever you are, it'll be the same great coffee. And I especially like their special Christmas blend.
Some people start to get excited about Christmas when they receive their first Christmas card or hear Roy Wood and Wizzard for the first time that year. For others it's when they see the Coca Cola "holidays a-coming" trucks on television. For me, Christmas really starts when Starbucks get their delivery of Christmas blend. They first started selling it back in 1985. I haven't been drinking it for quite that long but for the last half-dozen or so years I've waited excitedly for my local Starbucks to bring out these distinctive red bags. Sad, I know, but I really do love it. You can buy it to drink at their shops or get the beans to take home and prepare itHi yourself. Like all Starbucks blends, they'll grind the beans up for you at no extra cost. The Christmas blend is now also available in their Via instant coffee sachets so you don't even need a coffee maker at home. Just add water to the microground Via and you get the perfect cup of Christmas, just like in the shops.
What does it taste like? Well here's what their advertising blurb says...
"Starbucks Christmas Blend brings bright, lively Latin American coffees together with smooth, mellow Indonesian coffees, including rare aged beans from Sumatra. The aged coffee dramatically balances out the overall flavour to create luscious, sweet spice notes."
I say that it's much like the normal Starbucks taste but a little gentler. It's still very strong indeed (with a full-on, front-of-forehead coffee hit) but not harsh in any way like you can get with some strong coffees. It's certainly got a little tickle of spice in there as they suggest but there are also subtle traces of a toffee sweetness hidden within the complex taste. It's also a taste that hangs around in the mouth a while after you've finished the cup. You certainly know that you've drunk it.
It's a very dark, almost black coffee which adds to the idea of it being like a spicy treacle toffee to be savoured, not thrown down the throat in a rush. It's bold and distinctive, there's nothing insipid here at all, but it's classy and not brutal. Some big flavour coffees would chew a mug of Mellow Birds or Nescafe and spit it out, giving it a battering for being so weak and feeble. This one wouldn't even notice the mug of cheap, instant coffee; it's in such a different class that the cheap, standard coffees wouldn't even register as being the same drink.
I wouldn't want to drink too much of it (honestly, it does affect my tummy a little if I have too many cups in a day) but as a wintertime treat it's magnificent. And It's not for everyone. Some won't like it just because it's Starbucks. Some will say it's too expensive. Some will say it's too strong.
But for others, it's simply the king of High Street coffees. Get it while you can.
I've just bought a bag of Starbucks Christmas Blend 2012 coffee, this combined with the arrival of the red Christmas 'to go' cups in Starbucks, and their range of Christmas flavoured drinks; Gingerbread Latte, Eggnog Latte, Toffee Nut Latte and Praline Mocha most definitely signals the start of the festive season.
Starbucks have been producing a Christmas Blend coffee every year since 1985, and it is always hotly anticipated and always eagerly snapped up. The Christmas Blend is always much more festively packaged (in red) than the regular Starbucks coffee blends, and as such it makes a lovely stocking filler for a family member or a friend that's a coffee drinker. They also generally have Christmas gift sets that include the Christmas Blend, or you could just make up your own gift set if you prefer.
Starbucks Christmas Blend 2012 is described as being 'spicy and sweet with hints of comfort and joy'. The description alone just makes me think of Christmas, and actually makes me want to start singing the Christmas carol 'God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen', especially for the chorus ''glad tidings of comfort and joy''.
The tasting notes on the coffee are; sweet, spicy and herbal.
Christmas Blend is quite a bold and rich, and strong tasting coffee, I do normally actually prefer slightly milder tasting coffees, however I do really love Christmas Blend. It does have a very rich and spicy, yet somehow kind of sweet at the same time taste to it. It is rich and spicy and full bodied enough to make the perfect 'meaty' winter coffee, however it isn't too rich and spicy that it's too overpowering. The slight sweetness to it tones down the richness and spicyness somewhat. It is a really tasty coffee, and I think that it's the perfect after dinner coffee, it's absolutely perfect when paired with a rich and creamy dessert. It's the perfect coffee to make liqueur coffees with, or just to add a slug of Baileys and some cream to. It's also the perfect pick me up on a cold winters morning when I'm feeling too tired and too cold to be bothered!
Starbucks sell Christmas Blend in bags of whole bean coffee (£4.25 for a 227g bag), or the Via sachets of instant coffee (£4.99 for a pack of 12 sachets), or the Verismo Espresso Pods (£5.99 for a pack of 12 pods) and they also serve it in-store in the run up to Christmas too.
Obviously Christmas Blend is a seasonal coffee, and as such it won't be around for long - so grab it whilst it's still available. I'll certainly be stocking up with a few more bags in the next few weeks.
Ahh, you know Christmas is getting nearer when Starbucks switch to the red take away cups in their stores. Oh how I love those bright red, festive Christmas cups becasue not only does it mean that Santa is on his way but it means that their Christmas blend coffee is back!!
Starbucks coffee is one of my favourite brands of coffee and I have many favourites of theirs that they sell in their stores. They always seem to produce really strong, amazingly bold tasting coffee and this Christmas blend is no exception. This has really become a tradition with me, to buy a bag or two of their Christmas blend right when they bring it out and then pretty much drink it up until New Year and then I like to move onto something else otherwise this coffee is not a special holiday treat if you drink it all year round.
Starbucks also call this coffee, "A holiday tradition!" They describe their Christmas blend as a sweet and spicy coffee blend which they bring back at that special time of year. They go on to say that its a magical coffee blend with sweet and cedary notes, a holiday treat worth waiting for.
I find this coffee quite spicy in both its smell and flavour although it definitely smells more spicier than the actual flavours that comes out when you taste it. Its quite a strong coffee and I find has a really warming and Christmassy feel to it. It is lovely if you add a bit of whipped cream on the top and really make a nice special drink out of it although it can be drunk as just a regular flat coffee too. I would say you can drink this coffee at all times of the day although I most prefer it in the afternoon as a bit of a treat.
You can purchase the coffee in Starbucks shops. It comes as beans in a bag but if you do not have a grinder you can give it to the staff behind the counter when you are purchasing it and ask them to grind it for you then and there. The bag the coffee comes in is wonderfully attractive and Christmassy too. Its bright red and then has a gorgeous snowy Christmas scene on it. The back folds over at the top and has two little plastic tabs at each side to enable you to seal the bag and keep the freshness in so you can store it in here whilst you are using it with no problems. I love to give these bags of coffee as Christmas gifts too to people I know who love coffee as they are smart enough to give as a nice gift and you can always add a mug or some other little trinkets with the gift too.
A lovely Christmas coffee!
Starbucks Christmas blend is a coffee that I look forward to every year. The blend comes in three varieties: original, espresso roast, and decaf. During the holiday season, starbucks always brews the origibal blend, but you can purchase the other two in bags and brew it at home. Personally, I think the espresso roast is the best because it has the most flavor and spice, but the original is excellent too.
The Christmas Blend packs a very bold flavor, which really is great for the cold holiday season. There is a little spice note to it, but the main part of the coffee is the boldness. If you're not into coffee with a strong body, I would stay away from this. I have heard people order this coffee, and then have to get a cup of something else because it was too strong for them. This is by far much stronger than their everyday blend of Pike's Place, but for the true coffee lover, it is a treat. I do agree that it is strong, but it is not acidic, and to me has a perfect blend of flavor and strength.
If you're a true coffee lover, then this is a blend for you. Give it a shot when it comes out during the holidays, and buy a bag before it's gone!
We buy this every year and it has become something of a tradition to have 'Christmas' coffee over the festive period. We have a coffee perculator and that is our preferred method of making coffee so I cannot comment on results in a cafetiere. The 2010 Christmas blend has been lovely, it has a really nice aroma and the taste is smooth, rich and has a nice hint of spice to it. I bought it from a Starbucks coffee shop in London whilst getting my morning Americano - I can't remeber exact pricing but it was around the £5 mark which is actually pretty steep. The bag is bought with beans in it and not grounds but you can ask them to grind it for you in the shop for free which is good. The bag is not exactly large and I think if it wasn't such a tradition in our house these days I would look for a cheaper alternative. We drink coffee a lot and like the taste to be on the stronger side so we get through a bag of this very quickly... I would only recommend if you're not on a budget or don't drink a lot of coffee regularly.
I love starbucks, and love their holiday blends. After finishing many cups of the Thanksgiving Blend, it was time for the Christmas Blend. This is one of my favorite coffees, and I was looking forward to this coming out since the beginning of autumn.
What I like most about this coffee is the boldness. In the cold months, I really like to have a strong coffee with a lot of flavor, and this is the one. Sometimes when a coffee is really bold it will leave a harsh aftertaste, but that is not the case with this blend. The coffee has a good body, but does not have a lot of acidity to give you that smokey taste.
The aroma is excellent. You can really smell the complexity of the coffee, and can expect what it is going to taste like even before your first sip. The smooth aroma really gets you in the mood to drink it!
I've had at least 20 cups of this blend since it's been out, and I love it every time. It is one of the top starbucks coffees, and I wish it was brewed year round! If you haven't tried it yet, give it a sip!
Reading such a negative review that seemed to try really hard to sound intelligent (hahaha) was amusing!
The 2009/2010 Starbucks Christmas Blend was pretty amazing! I'll spare you all the details, as you can read about the bean on the Starbucks website.
However, I will say that the flavour is something else! It was a light, smooth and spiced coffee. This was definitely a great holiday coffee, and one of my favourites to add into holiday lattés that I'd make at home when I couldn't get out to a Starbucks. I love using this coffee with a French press...
I have yet to try this year's blend, as it just came onto the store shelves a week or two ago, but I will be trying it later today! I couldn't be more excited, because if this year's blend tastes anything like last year's, we've got another good one to enjoy!
For anyone who lives in Ontario, there's a package deal: 1 bag of Christmas Blend (the smaller size), and a nice mug for $13!
And no, I'm not an employee at Starbucks, just a loyal and loving customer!
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Now the temperature has dropped outside it is the perfect time to chew the fat on Starbucks Christmas blend. No, I haven't just flown in from Lapland to share new tidings of frothy joy, or report on 'red nosed' Starbuck pixies working tirelessly in creating a mythical Christmas blend all concocted up, ready for consumer consumption. My knowledge of it rests on a visit I did ten months ago and the experience still exists like a bad case of the runs, today. Initially, I was aware of an enormous billboard adjacent to the entrance, maneuvering around loitering, aloof foreign students, was my second hurdle, before shamefully being rushed into a decision at the counter, obviously on Christmas concoction commission. I hesitated, like the years before, and low and behold, opted to taste yet another Christmas blend; the taste still evident.
It didn't help that my companion who'd also opted for the Christmas blend stroke concoction; made agreeable murmurs having just picked up his 'blend' from the waiting semi-circle that Starbucks 'insist' their drowsy flock should wait at, at least it broke the motionless shoulder to shoulder encounter with the living dead. We sauntered off to rest our 'retailed shocked legs;' well shopping is a shocking annual realisation, at this joyous time. More agreeable slurps were audibly extravagant by my companion; no words as far since entering the establishment, he is a man of few words, except for the agreeable slurp audio, and as I learned had impeccably awful taste. This Christmas blend reeked of 'pot pouri' - a mixture of cough medicine, ginger, rose fragrant spices, honey suckle residue, with an aftertaste of old spice and caramelised almonds, that stayed on the palate smouldering into my teeth's enamel. The attempts of holding my nose and trying to get use to the putrid cocktail failed. This caused a stirring from my companion who'd grunted whether I'd finished it (well I wished I hadn't started it) - He had polished off his, while it was still piping hot and like a gannet he swooped onto my 'hot cough medicine;' like a homeless person spotting a well trodden fiver.
£3.25 to taste a hot mug of old spice!
Having known him for twenty years I should've known not to have opted for anything remotely close to what he was having; especially when he did start hopping uncontrollably and rubbing his hands with glee; pre payment. The arranged spices and heavy ginger presence, caused havoc with my stomachs usual gentle routine, causing eruptions of extreme urges of belching and flatulence, all which I hid well; thankfully no requirements of talking were needed, that'll stimulate greater influxes of breathe therefore adding more potential embarrassment. Each silent belch was a re-enactment of what my palate had to endure during the brave slurps I had hoped my taste-buds had quickly grown accustomed too, but didn't. I watched my companion guzzling down the torrid concoction at haste. I knew afterwards a reactive belch would shamefully escape, like steam from a locomotive. I wasn't disappointed. The only two words that were audible after the eyebrow twitch of surprise, due of the burp. "Aah, that was good!" He gushed irritatingly, still playing 'devils advocate' like he always did. Being a plausible 'intellectual' who painfully dithered doing his doctorate for years, coffee shops were his thing, evidently consuming many putrid coffee concoctions, I learnt that day; my companion's sadistic food habits also included beverages, the worse the blend the more rewarding the belch.
Suffering in silence, I assume was part of the Christmas blend experience. My coffee house companion seemed to endure the ad hoc combination of spices in the same fashion he hastily eat all crouched, doubled up in half to eat a three course meal, thereafter would complain afterwards of major indigestion, too the point where only a sprightly walk round the block would suffice. The honey caramelised sweetness actually made my throat sore and of course being near Christmas the thought of being bed ridden on that wondrous day, is heart breaking. So the Christmas blend also leaves you feeling particularly ill needlessly, tip of the day: gurgle with some water to stop throat irritation, if you mistakenly get duped into succumbing to Christmas sales-boards, this fore-coming season.
Gallant prophecies and work ethics are planted all over the Starbucks walls pledging the 'Fair-trade' ethos, in the extra-ordinary life story of Starbucks the corporate brand. All certificated to the hilt, I half expected a three-toned screen print of Mother Theresa peering down at you while ascending the staircase. I'm sure the poor farmers have benefited amidst my taste-bud anguish and Starbucks tinkering hand in producing yet more deranged concocted blends that defy belief; all masked by a squirt of cream, the size of a generous Mr. Whippy. I'm a bit more wary in frothing up my own arteries than most; hence, why flavour is more on my agenda than the Starbuck regular.
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Boastfully, Starbucks espresso technique is all in the steam and the quality of bean, Starbucks claim they've delved into the world of steam to produce the most aromatic blend and in-turn makes it the richest in flavour. I adamantly claim that they've destroyed anything aromatic in their Christmas blend 2009 stroke 2010. Plus they've twenty five years to perfect a balance with last year's Christmas 'gas induced' atrocity, in aid of their twenty five year anniversary, obviously a case of having too many cooks spoiling the froth. For those who just crave at the counter for their fix of caffeine and sucrose, regardless of actual harmonic aromatic taste, Starbucks is a WiFi heaven culture, whereby non coffee connoisseurs collaborate together in a heap, checking their Blackberries in unison. It has nowt to do with choosing the perfect bean.
While I embarked communication with my companion about the 'coffee culture' in the 1990s; his eyes widened and he sprang up energetically, hopping gleefully and said, "I'm off to get another one." I watched him outside the window joining the lunchtime queue, completely unperturbed by its length, like an addict waiting for his next fix; not caring in what concoction format it comes in. Perhaps the Asian bean farmers have the answer during their careful handling over a three to five year period before roasting. For me, I couldn't get pass the initial spice putridity; however, at least I could sit still and hold down a conversation, the worse was yet to come, he was also a vegetarian, a double whammy.
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Starbucks have been producing their Christmas Blend for over thirty years, and the 2008 edition is certainly no let down. This is a delicious coffee, perfect for the festive season.
It's the aged Indonesian beans in this blend which make it distinctive. Aged for five years, these mature beans give a subtle spiciness, making this the perfect coffee to pair with Christmassy treats such as mince pies, Christmas cake or ginger bread.
I personally brew my Christmas blend in a cafetiere, but it can also be made using a filter coffee machine. I use about 50g of coffee for a normal sized cafetiere and brew it for about 4-5 minutes before plunging the cafetiere.
I think this coffee is best enjoyed black, but that is just my preference. It is also good with lots of hot steamed milk.
I for one will be enjoying this delicious coffee well into the new year, and looking forward to next years Christmas Blend.
Brand: Starbucks / Type: Coffee