UPDATE: The Winner of our giveaway is Hayley! Thank you to everyone who participated.
When I went in for a meeting to learn about Starbucks Reserve Organic Galapagos San Cristobal Coffee, I had no idea I was going to be leaving with so much coffee knowledge. I quickly learned after listening to a Coffee Master for a short hour that I know nothing about coffee. I (embarrassingly) didn’t realize how much went in to making great coffee. I’m guilty of going to Starbucks, ordering the same drink every time and never trying anything new. Well, my whole outlook has changed.
One of the first things I learned about Starbucks at this meeting was about their Coffee Masters. My first question was, “What exactly is Coffee Master and how do you get such a prestigious title?” In short, you become a Coffee God. But the real answer is “Just like some people are passionate about languages or beautiful landscapes, others exist who hold a deep passion for coffee. We like to think anyone can be swayed by the call of the bean, and that’s why we open our Coffee Master program up to anyone who joins Starbucks.
From their first day, our partners are shown the ropes and led down the tantalising path of taste and texture. Through your training, we’ll take you on a journey to the different growing regions around the world and help you develop a true connoisseur’s palate from the start, learning the basics about coffee and its rich history.
For some of our partners, however, this is simply not enough. They want to breathe, sleep and dream coffee and are interested in achieving our highest level of recognition – the Coffee Master. These diligent partners will have to pass five rigorous levels of Coffee Master training, be judged by experts in the field, create perfectly composed drinks and even speak at the annual Starbucks conference.
For Coffee Masters, this is their lifeblood, their passion and their mission and they wear a black apron to set them apart.”
I highly encourage you to find a Coffee Master in the area (there is one at the Oaklawn & Rawlins location) and chat with them about the coffee you are ordering, what they suggest, etc. Their coffee knowledge is absolutely amazing.
During my visit, my Coffee Master introduced me to the Starbucks Reserve Organic Galapagos San Cristobal coffee. As I stated before, I really suck at ordering coffee. I order the one thing on the menu that I know I like so this was definitely outside of the box for me. The Galapagos San Cristobal is at Starbucks for the first time since debuting in 2010 and is harvested from a farm on one of the largest islands of the Galapagos Archipelago, which produces an extremely small production lot of only 4,000 bags of coffee a year.
One of the wonderful things about the Reserve coffee that Starbucks offers is the Clover Brewing System: an innovative design that lets you discover new layers and dimensions within a coffee’s familiar aroma, flavor, body and acidity. The result is a deeper experience – one that’s carefully prepared and made to order, one cup at a time. Clover machines are not located in every store but there is one at the Knox location, so be sure to check it out. I was so fascinated with the machine that I took a short video of it in action. Be wowed.
I’m giving away a half pound bag of the Starbucks Reserve® Organic Galápagos San Cristóbal. All you have to do it leave a comment with your favorite Starbucks drink. One winner will be selected at random on Wednesday, May 16th.