Today I’m sharing a little back story to the origins of my coffee lifestyle and why I love coffee so much. Coffee something I was raised around. Half of my family was from Italy. When my grandparents came to America they brought many of their cuisine and beverage drinking customs with them.
My dad ran one of the first indoor – outdoor European cafes in the SF bay area. Way before coffee was totally in. When I was young an apron was tied around my waist and I bused tables. In the cafe I also watched cooks in the kitchen, people making coffee drinks and all the hustle and bustle of the cafe.
To this day the aroma of fresh espressos, coffee drinks being made and the taste of coffee is something that I love. It reminds me of my origins tied to Italy, outdoor cafes, coffee and all the special traditions of family.
Even before that, I was introduced to drinking coffee when spending summers with my grandparents. After dinner they would serve fruits, cheeses and wine. Later they would have an espresso. The made us very milky lattes with coffees.
My papa would play classical Italian music. I had a great aunt who was a famous opera singer in Italy. (Licia Albanese) Why didn’t I get that gene? I love singing the only problem is I can’t carry a tune. But, sometimes that doesn’t stop me. Kind of like never stopping drinking coffee. #CoffeePassion is a huge part of my life.
Rwanda Rift Valley Medium bodied with spicy dark chocolate notes , hints of sweet citrus and heady floral aromas
I have three new coffees from Starbucks to share with you today. Each from a different origin. Latin American, African and Asia Pacific coffees. Single-origin coffee is coffee grown within a single known geographic origin. Sometimes this is a single farm. Or a specific collection of beans from a single country.
Guatemala Laguna de Ayarza Rich balanced with crisp citrus notes and a sweet, chocolaty mouthfeel
Timor Mount Ramelau, Guatemala Laguna de Ayarza and Rwanda Rift Valley are Starbucks single origin coffees.
Timor smooth with mild herbal spice notes and a roasty-sweet finish
Each of these coffees have their own story based on the origin of where the coffee beans were grown. When roasted these single origin beans create specific taste profiles and aromas. When you look at the grounds, smell the coffee and then taste the various brews of these coffees you can experience the distinct taste and place of each coffee.
There are several traditions we are holding on to such as our love of family, art, music, good food, wine and coffee. When my family all gets together after a meal we all go downtown walk around and grab a great cup of coffee or brew some fresh at home while we spend time together. What’s not to love about passing on the tradition or a good cup of coffee to brew. Right?
The single origin flavor profiles: Chocolaty notes from Guatemala, sweet liveliness from Rwanda and spiciness from Timor. I really enjoyed them all. I have three new coffees to add to my coffee passport.
Single Origin Coffees
These single origin coffees are available in grocery stores and online at Starbucks Don’t forget to register your Starbucks card can earn rewards star/points. You’ll find the stickers right on each bag. When I was online at Starbucks I saw they are having their Home Brewing Event April 21st-27th! Perfect for coffee lovers wanting to brew at home and join us on the coffee lifestyle.
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What types of single origin coffees have you tried? Or which one would you try first?