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The Inspiration Behind the Flavors

We spent years creating and tasting Starbucks® Natural Fusions. So when you’re drinking these naturally flavored coffees, remember a lot of love and care went into it to make each one a special treat!

The flavor inspiration behind Starbucks® Natural Fusions Vanilla was the vanilla pod itself: subtle, sweet, creamy, slight woody and floral. Think of what you smell when you use vanilla extract at home. This blend is a fusion of lightly roasted Latin American coffee (which lends slight floral notes), ground vanilla pods, Indian sarsaparilla (a root that provides a sweet, creamy taste) and natural flavor.

Starbucks® Natural Fusions Caramel was inspired by the caramel sauce we have in our stores: very rich, smooth, buttery and sweet, with a burnt sugar taste. This blend uses a dark-roasted Latin American coffee (which has a nice toastiness), complemented with licorice root (adding sweetness and creaminess), orange peel and natural flavor.

My favorite coffee, Starbucks® Natural Fusions Cinnamon, was inspired by a familiar coffeehouse flavor. Imagine having a great cup of coffee paired with a slice of coffee cake with a really indulgent cinnamon swirl in the middle of it. We tried to target that swirl’s flavor profile. This blend is a dark-roasted Latin American coffee blended with cinnamon that has more of a barky, woody flavor than a hot-cinnamon-candy flavor. We also add orange peel, ground nutmeg (sweet and nutty with hints of citrus and pepper), Indian sarsaparilla and natural flavor.

Before you sip a cup of Starbucks® Natural Fusions coffee, be sure to linger and take in the aroma – it’s a wonderful treat. A simple sniff gives you the story of what you’re about to taste and enjoy.

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    • GemTree
    • 9/23/2010 5:40 PM

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    • Moonegirl
    • 9/24/2010 10:40 AM

    Tried cinnamon spice and vanilla today-courtesy of one of my favorite Starbucks people; Cinnamon was quite spicy, so if you like the cinnamon Dulce drinks you will probably love this one! Vanilla tastes just like a bourbon vanilla pod aroma, very authentic, not ice ***** flavor. I didn't get to try the caramel, but am sure that would be my favorite. Why no Hazelnut I ask you? Hazelnut and coffee just go perfectly together, especially a House Blend roast flavor!! Packs have sugar in them, lcilley.

    • iolana56
    • 9/25/2010 12:00 PM

    The word "natural" initially lead me to think, "organic". When will oganic coffees be included in Starbucks line of coffees? Looking foward to that line!

      • aaron.burdick
      • 10/1/2010 11:43 AM

      In reply to: iolana56

      Oh! Starbucks already has some organic coffees!!! The Yukon blend is the best!!! It's a Bold Coffee and my favorite of all the coffees that Starbucks offers! Also the Shade grown Mexico is organic. It's really good too! You need to check them out! I promise you'll love them!!!

    • dorothy08
    • 9/30/2010 2:49 PM

    i hope i can get the beans. My coffee maker grinds the beans for each cup

    • parem1
    • 9/30/2010 3:26 PM

    Do these coffee's come in decaf?

    • oliveira.stephanie
    • 10/1/2010 11:50 AM

    I was hoping to try a sample of the coffee before I commited to the full bag, I don't normally buy flavored coffee but this sounds pretty good, hopefully they will have a drip option at Starbucks.

    • lurcher
    • 10/1/2010 12:22 PM

    Any love for the decaf people?

    • julspa
    • 10/1/2010 2:27 PM

    I love you Starbucks! I love my flavored coffees and up until now the only way to get it was to go the espresso route---now I can drink coffee when there isn't a Starbucks open! Thank You!

    • alenew
    • 10/2/2010 10:01 AM

    I bought the caramel coffee and I love love it. A little too caramel-ly for me, though, so I mix it w/ Verona. One question though. Might you ever make these in decaf?? Thanks!

    • admin admin
    • 10/8/2010 2:30 PM

    Moonegirl: We know hazelnut is a very popular flavor! If there’s a particular flavor you (or anyone else!) would like to see, be sure to let us know here on the blog or at We’re always looking to develop offerings with the quality you expect from Starbucks.

    • admin admin
    • 10/8/2010 2:30 PM

    Dorothy08: Starbucks® Natural Fusions coffees will not be available in whole bean. The blend is made by grinding the real ingredients and flavors in with the coffee, which means the coffee must be ground beforehand in order to mix all the ingredients together appropriately.

    • admin admin
    • 10/8/2010 2:30 PM

    Parem1 and lurcher: Sorry, but at this time, we don’t have plans to introduce Starbucks® Natural Fusions coffee in decaf.

    • admin admin
    • 10/11/2010 12:36 PM

    lcilley and larry.howard8, we’ve deleted comments that include email addresses and other contact information to protect your privacy.

    • twistedknitter
    • 10/19/2010 4:06 AM

    I was incredibly surprised at how much I enjoyed the new cinnamon flavored coffee. Admittedly, my expectations were low. But this blend is perfect. There's just a subtle hint of cinnamon and it's obviously the natural flavor rather than the artificial one. But my favorite part? The aroma! It hits the nose in a really nice way -- and obviously not the cinnamon you're used to.

    • Missyzippy
    • 11/17/2010 1:17 PM

    Are your Starbucks Natural Fusions blends flavored with sugar of any kind?

    • admin admin
    • 11/18/2010 11:10 AM

    @Missyzippy - There is no sugar blended with the Natural Fusions coffee.

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