Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Starbucks Organic Galapagos San Cristóbal 2012

Today is a holiday, so why not drink like it?

I'm celebrating with a cup of Starbucks Organic Galapagos San Cristóbal Coffee.

Open the bag, and the pleasurable aroma knocks you right in the nose.

I would call it a "medium body" coffee with floral tones. Not so much citrus but it definitely gives you the flavor of the tropics. I'm thinking this coffee would go well with a nice slice of banana nut bread.

It's part of Starbucks Reserve collection. That means it's reserved for special days like today, right? Or special people, like you.

Starbucks only offers it twice a year, so you'll want to pick up a half pound bag of this Exotic/Rare/Exquisite coffee today.

At 15.00 dollars for an eight ounce bag of beans, it is one of their more expensive offerings, but it's definitely worth the price.

From Starbucks:

"On the island of San Cristóbal, a peculiar combination of climate and geology has produced an ideal environment for this coffee.

Twice a year, the Humboldt Current passes through, carrying cold winds and rich nutrients that mingle with the island’s fertile volcanic soil and intense equatorial sun for an unexpectedly subtropical climate. The result: 130-year-old Bourbon coffee plants that would normally grow at elevations of 3,000 feet are able to flourish at an altitude one-third of that.

It’s from this unique place that we discovered the beans that would become our first ever Starbucks Reserve® coffee in 2010 – an incomparable brew that we’ve longed for ever since. This year we’re lucky enough to offer an extremely small production of this organic coffee graced with a soft, chocolaty mouthfeel, juicy acidity and herbal and cola notes – flavors that meld into a cup no less extraordinary than the region’s exceptional climate."

(Starbucks provided me with a free sample of Organic Galapagos San Cristóbal for the purposes of preparing this review. This in now way influenced my opinion, nor did it take away from the enjoyment of this fine coffee.)

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