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Sun-Dried Ethiopia Harrar™ Coffee – A Favorite Returns

Starbucks Reserve Sun-Dried Ethiopia Harrar

I’ve worked for Starbucks for more than 10 years, and Ethiopia Harrar™ coffee has long been a favorite of mine. Its unique characteristics never cease to amaze me. As soon as I received our special, new package of Sun-Dried Ethiopia Harrar™ coffee, I couldn’t wait to share it!

So I asked Candace, a 5-year Starbucks veteran, to do a tasting with me. When we opened the bag, the smell of dried berries and spicy notes filled the air. As soon as the juicy complexity hit my tongue, I was reminded of how unique this coffee can be.

Sun-drying brings out the coffee’s wild, unpredictable side while delivering a decadent rich and chocolaty flavor. Candace commented that the berry flavor and smell stands out so much that you'd forget you were drinking a cup of black coffee.

We invited some people in the store to share in a tasting, building excitement for the release of this Starbucks Reserve® coffee. We sat together smelling the beans, looking at the grounds and describing what we tasted and how it made us feel. Quickly we were reminded how a great cup of coffee can bring us together to create a special experience.

This coffee has always been special to those of us who work at Starbucks, and we hope it becomes one of your favorites too. Share a cup with your favorite people soon! You’ll be glad you did.

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    • riskyt
    • 11/9/2011 8:38 AM

    Can't wait to try this!

    • belcows
    • 11/9/2011 10:10 AM

    Could you please confirm that this is the Harrar "I remember" which was my all time favorite - as I recall, was grown near blueberries so that it took on that flavor? I have looked for this for years and none of the barista's had ever heard of it so I'm glad to see it back. I recall when I work at corporate the taste testing was done with the chocolate covered blueberries and I also recall that this doesn't come to us very often - thus the absence of years - I hope it has changed! Thanks!

      • Kathrynjsears
      • 11/9/2011 11:10 PM

      In reply to: belcows

      This is the same harrar you remember but even better! Still has hints of blueberries but if you have it on the clover brewer it really brings out the chocolate.

      • vinaykapadia
      • 3/25/2013 2:56 PM

      In reply to: belcows

      If I'm not mistaken (and I haven't had Ethiopia Harrar in almost 9 years) the blueberry flavors are not due to blueberries growing nearby. It's actually not known why the coffee takes on those flavors. Which I believe just adds to the awesomeness of this coffee!

    • deb1988
    • 11/14/2011 12:56 PM

    I am so very thrilled! I have a saved bag of the Reserve Java from a couple of months ago. Now I can try to re-create my favorite Starbucks blend from the past - Ethiopian Mocca Java.

    • kodered8
    • 11/22/2011 4:22 PM

    had to buy 5 half pounds. sooooo goood.

    • 11/25/2011 4:11 AM

    I live on the west coast of Florida and there isn't a single clover store here. Atleast not one that I or the local Partners know of. Its surprising considering there are 2.5 million people in the Tampa Bay area. So I was surprised to find a store selling Ethiopia Harrar. We don't usually see Reserves unless I order them off internet. Amazed I bought one of the 1/2 lbs on site. I tasted a berry, dark chocolate flavor. Not bitter at all. Starbucks please bring a clover machine to St.Pete, FL.

    • adamslee
    • 11/30/2011 3:33 PM

    This one has amazing berry notes!

    • sbyates330
    • 1/20/2012 12:05 PM

    I had this first on the Clover, it was amazing. I just wish more stores had the Clover brewing system.

    • Hrhmilesdavid
    • 2/21/2012 12:11 PM

    Had a clover press today. Absolutely amazing! I hope this comes back out next year.

    • ethiochic
    • 6/11/2012 2:01 PM

    Best coffee ever! I will recommend to all my friends and family!

    • 1/5/2014 7:56 PM

    I am wondering when it will be around again. This truly is my favorite coffee from the startbucks line up.

    • niceperson
    • 3/20/2014 12:42 PM

    good!! I love it.

    • CRGatman
    • 6/26/2014 7:51 AM

    Does anyone know when and if this will be available again?

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