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Thanksgiving Blend Fit for a Feast


A little more than three years ago, I found myself sitting in the private dining room of a well-known and much-loved Seattle restaurant. With me around the table were an iconic Seattle restaurateur, one of his executive chefs, three coffee experts and a host of people just happy to be there. (As the product manager for the yet-to-be-introduced Thanksgiving Blend, I was one of those.)

We had narrowed our search for the perfect coffee to accompany arguably the year’s most important dinner to two amazing blends. Our mission was simple, yet daunting: drink coffee, eat an amazing Thanksgiving feast, talk about the coffee and select the next great Starbucks blend.

As we explored the feast and sipped the coffee, each of the blends seemed to change with every bite. The herbal stuffing brought out the best in the Sumatra component of one, while a tea-like elegance in the other cut through the heavy, creamy gravy.

When dessert came out –an amazing butternut squash pumpkin upside-down cake – one coffee clearly emerged. Only this blend of herbal Sumatra and delicate, cocoa-y Guatemala Antigua coffees could hope to accompany everything in the meal, from start to finish. Those of us around the table agreed. Three years later, we still agree. And three years later, I’m thankful to have been involved in this coffee’s creation.

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    • coffeeondeck
    • 11/16/2010 2:36 PM

    For me "coffee" is a way I start my day. I always look forward to that first cup and I thoroughly enjoy it. At other times "coffee" is more than just a beverage. Those times its a feeling, an emotion, a sense of something else and I feel that was reflected in the creation of the Thanksgiving Blend.

    • whirledtraveler
    • 11/23/2010 5:38 PM

    Completely love Thanksgiving blend but it was hard to find and short-lived this year. I understand the retail push to move quickly on to Christmas Blend, however, it is a disappointment to have only been able to purchase Thanksgiving once this season...and that was after stopping at four Starbucks stores in 3 cities. Finally found it in Lafayette, hour and a half from home.

    • nurse2minister
    • 11/25/2010 8:09 PM

    I stopped in my Local SB this afternoon to pick up the thanksgiving blend and to my surprise they did not have any on display. I picked up a pack of the Christmas blend but when I went to check out I asked for the TG blend, the lady had to go to the back but found me a bag of it. It was very good after our TG dinner today. They definately did not have this availible very long and to me it was not good marketing to pull this off the shelves before Thanksgiving day was done.

    • admin admin
    • 12/1/2010 5:04 PM

    Thanks for the feedback. I'll pass it along to the coffee team. I agree Thanksgiving Blend was a real treat this year, but not around long enough.

    • motostar472
    • 12/7/2010 4:41 PM

    This the best tasting blend i have found now how can i get more tried mixing the two on the bag but even close. this is your best coffee and not for sale any more how do i get more,

    • admin admin
    • 12/8/2010 2:21 PM

    @motostar472 - Thanksgiving Blend has a limited supply. Once it is gone it is gone until next year. You can order a Starbucks Traditions Coffee Tour at Thanksgiving Blend is included in this tour. You can be one of the first to receive it next year.

    • Emmma04
    • 12/18/2010 10:41 AM

    i nevr tried i think i'll try it next timee :)

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    • 12/29/2010 6:06 AM

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    • Nodust4u
    • 11/11/2012 2:16 PM

    I love Thanksgiving blend. My favorite by far. Only available for such a short time and many stores it is gone before Thanksgiving. The stores I go to only brewed it a couple of days and now they say they won't brew anymore. Why can't the stores brew it through the month of November til Thanksgiving?

    • markkhurst
    • 12/6/2012 11:32 PM

    This might be my favorite of all the starbucks coffees....I made sure I stocked up this year - made the mistake of NOT buying enough last season -)

    • jzitney62
    • 3/4/2013 7:55 AM

    I bought 12 bags this past season and am now down to my last bag : (
    What would you consider to be the closest to this? Gold Caoast and Komodo will have to do til next Thanksgiving, maybe this year I will go for 2 dozen bags!

    • betsyblue2
    • 9/19/2013 6:01 PM

    Another love that I wish would stay around longer than a nanosecond!!! It seems to be in Starbucks one or two days! I'm going to follow the lead of others and stock up this year!

    • Davec064
    • 10/9/2013 10:17 AM

    My favorite blend! I wish it would be available longer. It seems to only be brewed in the store a couple of days.

    • 1997Guinness
    • 10/29/2013 9:38 PM

    Did I blink and miss Thanksgiving Blend? The past two weeks I haven't seen it anywhere.

    • jericonyac67
    • 11/4/2013 7:15 PM

    We love all Starbucks coffee!

    • shnnleedy
    • 11/4/2013 7:36 PM

    I love all starbucks coffees, they always make my day!!!

    • surfawahine
    • 11/5/2013 11:21 AM

    I didn't see it in Maui either!

    • 11/5/2013 11:53 AM

    I love how Starbucks always offers us a wonderful variety of coffee blends. There's definitely a reason why Starbucks is the best & most popular coffee shop, they know how to keep their customer's satisfied! = )

    • 11/5/2013 8:45 PM


    • gettalife209
    • 11/6/2013 6:48 AM

    Sounds like I'll be stocking up on this product!

    • 11/6/2013 7:49 AM

    Perfect time for it.

    • 11/6/2013 11:17 AM

    Picked some up this morning

    • Whenpigsfly77
    • 11/6/2013 6:46 PM

    I need to try this.

    • 11/7/2013 5:48 AM

    Sounds Great.

    • gzusczus
    • 11/7/2013 7:20 AM

    A just right roast!

    • nbrlady620
    • 11/7/2013 7:42 AM

    Sounds like all of my favorite things in a cup!

    • Tink6474
    • 11/7/2013 8:34 AM

    I go to Starbucks all the time, and I didn't even realize there was a Thanksgiving Blend!!! I am going to have to try it!

    • mxreyna
    • 11/7/2013 9:35 AM

    I look forward to the thanksgiving blend every year!

    • 11/7/2013 10:20 AM

    We wish the Thanksgiving blend was available all year! It's, by far, our favorite.

    • 11/7/2013 10:53 AM

    This was the first year I have tried the Thanksgiving blend, it is amazing. Cannot wait for the Christmas Espresso to be available.

    • Hairny
    • 11/7/2013 4:20 PM

    Sounds great. Can't wait to try it! Like tomorrow morning!

    • donprather
    • 11/7/2013 5:26 PM

    I had my first Thanksgiving Blend this morning. I had my second an hour or two later. Good dun good!

    • Bgalaba
    • 11/7/2013 6:18 PM

    Haven't tried this yet but sounds intriguing! Will be on my shopping list this Thanksgiving.

    • 11/8/2013 12:46 AM

    Cant wait to try it!

    • 11/8/2013 8:35 AM

    I think I'm going for one right now!

    • freebieitis
    • 11/8/2013 10:09 AM

    I hope I will be able to try it soon, Hopefully Starbucks will give a great deal on it :)

    • 11/8/2013 10:13 AM

    I am just a new coffee starter...and cant wait to try this one this season!!

    • KelliM1117
    • 11/8/2013 10:37 AM

    Sounds yummy!

    • AnnetteKoenig
    • 11/8/2013 2:43 PM

    I've had it three times this week. Awesome!

    • 11/8/2013 2:55 PM

    I am so excited to serve this with my desert on thanksgiving day!

    • 11/8/2013 3:12 PM

    Sounds delicious!!

    • 11/9/2013 8:11 AM

    Sounds good.

    • 11/9/2013 8:12 PM
    • 11/11/2013 1:16 AM

    Can't wait to try it!

    • chayner
    • 11/11/2013 9:13 AM
    • Mhervey11
    • 11/11/2013 10:02 AM

    Sounds pretty good. Might try it.

    • 11/11/2013 12:39 PM

    Sounds really good. Must try.

    • 11/11/2013 12:40 PM

    Sounds good. Must try.

    • 11/11/2013 5:37 PM

    All coffee flavorare really good in special the thanksgiving.

    • ajfliegel
    • 11/11/2013 7:54 PM

    I gotta have my starbucks everyday.

    • Hinton6882
    • 11/12/2013 3:22 AM

    Love having a special coffee at my holidays!

    • pdool3y
    • 11/12/2013 7:09 AM

    thanksgiving blend is a great tasting coffee

    • EsLeise
    • 11/12/2013 1:39 PM

    I'll have to try it!

    • annel85
    • 11/12/2013 11:26 PM

    Can't wait to try it!

    • bjrey
    • 11/13/2013 5:23 AM

    Yes, if the SB,Co is going to advertise the TB, they should leave it on the shelves till THANKSGIVING EVE...Always nice to ahve a specially made coffee at the holidays...

    • Priscilla750
    • 11/13/2013 7:12 AM

    Can't wait to try it...I love SB brands...

    • Priscilla750
    • 11/13/2013 7:13 AM

    I will tell all my friends about the blend. hope it will be part of the keurig k-cups. My husband will love this

    • Priscilla750
    • 11/13/2013 7:18 AM

    My co-worker will give everyone a holiday treat with the Thanksgiving Brand for the weekend. We all will be able to tell how wonderful I'm sure the brand will be considering most of SB coffees are amazing.

    • Priscilla750
    • 11/13/2013 7:20 AM

    My co-worker will give everyone a holiday treat with the Thanksgiving Brand for the weekend. We all will be able to tell how wonderful I'm sure the brand will be considering most of SB coffees are amazing.
    I will tell all my friends about the blend. hope it will be part of the keurig k-cups. My husband will love this...Can't wait to try it...I love SB brands...
    Please tell everyone to come out and try the Thanksgiving SB brand and hopefully it will lift everyone spirts

    • Beasleybl
    • 11/13/2013 2:34 PM

    Enjoyed reading all of the posts. Plan to try this coffee out.

    • bkindtoall
    • 11/13/2013 11:27 PM

    Hope to enjoy this blend soon!

    • mzvetta
    • 11/14/2013 2:52 AM

    Loved it. Must buy to share with thanksgiving breakfast!!

    • 11/14/2013 6:04 AM

    After reading all the positive comments........I'll have to try this blend

    • 11/26/2013 11:25 AM

    Thanksgiving is the most relaxing, and soothing coffee I've ever had. Please Starbucks!! Brew at least till Thanksgiving!

    • juliem98
    • 8/26/2014 9:25 PM

    My favorite coffee EVER!! When is Thanksgiving Blend 2014 going to be available? ! I can't wait!!

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