|Here’s a timely hostess gift to pick up for Thanksgiving…or the perfect coffee to add to your own menu. Starbucks Thanksgiving Blend is a bold blend of beans created to pair perfectly with the flavors of the Thanksgiving meal. Starbucks coffee experts worked with Seattle chef Tom Douglas, 2008 Bon Appétit Restauranteur of the Year, to select full-bodied Sumatra beans with their hint of fine herbs, and combined them with Guatemalan beans from the famed coffee-growing region of Antigua, which add subtle spice and cocoa notes. The result is a coffee that pairs beautifully with both sweet and savory foods—from the sage-rubbed turkey and herbed stuffing and green beans to spicy pumpkin pie, sweet potato pie, cheesecake, gingerbread and the cheese course. We couldn’t wait for Thanksgiving: We’ve enjoyed half a bag already!|
|Douglas, whose restaurants include Dahlia Lounge, Etta’s, Lola, Palace Kitchen and Serious Pie (plus catering venues and a bakery), whipped up an early Thanksgiving dinner at his Palace Kitchen restaurant, trying different coffees with turkey in a sage and sweet onion gravy. The herbs in the turkey brought out the herbalness in the Sumatran beans, and a more acidic coffee was used to break the fattiness of the gravy. (Pairing coffee with food really is a science!) Thanksgiving Blend is the house coffee at all his restaurants throughout November.
The coffee, in one-pound bags, is $10.95. While this is the first year for Thanksgiving Blend, Christmas Blend, which has been popular for 20 years (and is based on aged Indonesian coffee beans), will be available beginning November 28th.
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