Sundays with Starbucks: Starbucks Veranda Blend Tasting

Happy Sunday!

Last time we met we talked about Starbucks Caffe Verona and the ritual of the Sunday morning cup of coffee. To wake up from our sleepy selves, our house likes bold, punchy, rich coffee in the morning. Now I am going to talk about another ritual for Sundays at our house, and that's the mid afternoon cup of coffee.

Have you needed that little mug of happy mid way through your Sunday? Maybe you just finished some chores, a few loads of laundry, caught up on bills, maybe run an errand or two? You have a small gap in the day before you have to start dinner-and you just want to chill out for a bit. Maybe read a couple pages of a book-flip through a trashy magazine, surf Pinterest. For that mellow, smooth gap in your Sunday, you need a mellow, smooth coffee to match.

Enter Veranda blend.

Like the name suggests, imagine yourself on a porch swing with golden afternoon light raking across the wooden planks while you enjoy a cup of coffee reading a book. It's fall out, so you need a lap blanket or a warm shawl to guard against the slight chill in the air. The Autumn leaves are covered with golden hues. Are you there with me?
Yup, that's this coffee.

When you open Veranda blend, you will notice the golden hues of the bean. It is a very pretty, caramel color.

Caramel is the name of the game with this blend-smooth vanilla caramel. It's a very subtle, creamy blend. It's very easy on the tongue, with a very mellow finish. 
There are soft hints of almond for me, too.

We made this in the drip brew coffee maker and I also tried it in a pour over brew. I highly recommend the pour over brew for this blend. There is so much soft nuance to this blonde roast that I could only really experience in the pour over approach. The drip brew took a lot of the fun out of the tasting experience (for me, anyway.) It became a little flat and..well..kind of boring. SO trust me-pour over for this one, all the way (or even a press will do.)
 Perfect for that one cup you need to curl up with for your Sunday afternoon "me-time" before "dinnertime".

Enjoy your Sunday afternoon!

Please note: Starbucks Veranda blend and the fabulous pour over contraption with filters was provided by Starbucks. All thoughts, opinions and obsessions about Starbucks coffee are completely my own. Thanks! #starbucks #verandablend @starbucks



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