Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Traveling the Globe Without a Passport - Starbucks Reserve (TM) - FAIR TRADE TANZANIA HIGHLANDS

In about sixth grade, I remember learning about all the countries of the world.  One name that always stood out in my mind was "Tanzania."  Sort of up there with Constantinople in my memory bank of elementary school lessons.

I'm not sure why I liked the name so much.  I just did.  I mean, I didn't want to name my daughter Tanzania, but, you know what I mean.

Anyhow, who would have thought that all these years later, the name alone would draw me to the coffee?  Oh, sure, I really love Starbucks Reserve (TM) coffees, but lately, I've made an effort to try more medium blends.  But this package just called my name when I saw it on the shelf at my favorite Starbucks Clover store.

This coffee is so good I can hardly find the words to describe it.  I'm not saying it's the best coffee I've ever had, but it's certainly in the top 20 for sure.

I taste chocolate and flowers and fruit.  I once heard someone refer to coffee as "nectar of the gods."  They must have been talking about Tanzanian coffee.

Like all of the reserved coffees, it's a limited offering, so if I were you, I definitely wouldn't take my word for it - I'd experience it myself.

15.00 for an 8 ounce bag of beans.  17.00 if you're in Canada.

Mornings just got better.

"Tangy citrus notes with a blackberry fruitiness and chocolaty mouthfeel.
The grasslands of southern Tanzania, steeped with rivers and streams, are known for their large nature preserves and abundant wildlife such as Elephants, Lions, Leopards, and Buffalo. The temperate climate and moderate annual rainfall make this area an ideal spot to grow coffee.
This special Starbucks Reserve® coffee is in very limited supply and only available at select stores." (Starbucks)

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