Finding the Right Coffee

One of the great benefits of my job is that I get to taste the incoming green coffee arrivals – so I get to experience a wide spectrum of flavors, nuances and complexities in the coffees we source from different countries and growing regions.

When I was asked to join the Starbucks® Natural Fusions team, I was able to draw upon my tasting experience and come up with a great coffee the R&D team could begin to use as a base to combine with the flavorings. The coffees we purchase are ethically sourced and must pass stringent quality standards, so all I had to focus on was matching the flavors that R&D had targeted.

We ended up choosing a coffee from Latin America with a mild acidity, medium body and a clean, chocolaty finish.

As we went through different tastings to perfect the right combination of ingredients, the coffee proved over and over again to be the right choice. It always remained the core of the blend that allowed the ingredients to shine in a flavorful, nuanced way.

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