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What Summer Means to Me

Summertime: the time of long days, barbecues, fresh fruit and iced coffee – specifically, Gazebo Summer Blend™!

The first time I tasted this coffee was five years ago at Starbucks corporate headquarters in downtown Seattle. The coffee was served hot and paired with lemon bars. I thought, “Well, this is interesting,” and was prepared to move on to the next coffee. But the second tasting – that is what captivated me about this coffee.

The second tasting was served on ice, and the coffee was paired with a raspberry-lemon bar. The bar was homemade and, unfortunately, I never got the recipe. But with this pairing, the citrus and floral notes burst from the coffee and I was hooked.

Over the past five years, I have tried our other iced coffee blends and their suggested pairings – coffees like Rift Valley Blend and Terraza Blend – but I always come back to Gazebo Summer Blend™ as the best iced coffee around.

Gazebo Summer Blend™ has been a summertime tradition for Starbucks for the past 20 years. The medium-bodied blend of washed East African coffees is around for a limited time each summer. To really bring out its flavors, try it with the Blueberry Scone or Blueberry Streusel Muffin or a fruit-infused concoction of your own – the coffee pairs well with blueberries, raspberries and lemons.

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