This afternoon I had the great fortune to attend a private grand opening celebration for Starbucks’ new concept store on Olive Way in Seattle. I was bowled over â€” the store is just as friendly and warm as my favorite Starbucks, although it has a different look to it. Just as I had expected, there was great coffee AND they serve wine as well as great new snack plates. They offer a variety of ‘reserve’ coffees from which to choose.
So, I began my tasting experience with Starbucks newest aged coffee, Sulawesi. The handsome young barrista who prepared my special cup explained that these coffee beans had been aged for 5 years before ending up in his Clover coffee making machine. That got me wondering, as I have had coffee beans that were aged in my freezer, but the effect was not something I would brag about.
I must digress here for a moment, to say I have been drinking coffee since I was 3 years old, and have never really liked it with out cream and sugar. But, here I was, given a sample cup of NAKED coffee, straight up, and it smelled heavenly, so I thought, what the heck, I’ll just sip it (or slurp it, according to the coffee tasting guidelines). I LIKED it! A lot!
I wandered and sipped (cream-and-sugarless) for a bit, then returned to talk with the young barrista who brewed my special cup. He suggested I try the coffee with the cheeses that were served. I must say, I was skeptical. Coffee and cheese â€” isn’t cheese what I like to eat with wine? But, he had steered me in the right direction with the coffee, so I trusted him once more. I sampled cheddar, gouda and brie. Yup, you guessed it. I liked the coffee and cheese combination, especially the brie! YUMM. I’m thinking this is a great combination for a unique dessert. This is not your regular cup of Joe here!