Dubbed the “abode of the gods” by locals, the Preanger region in West Java feels distinctly otherworldly—prolific rainfall, black volcanic earth and lush rainforest shade trees abound to form ideal coffee-growing conditions. Cooler temperatures also serve to slow coffee maturation, creating a complex cup profile that’s both sweet and herbal. This coffee is a notable favorite—and one we’re immensely proud to be offering once again.
Coffees from the high mountain jungles of the island of Sulawesi have the herbal flavor characteristic of its island neighbors, but with layers of spice and a smooth, buttery mouthfeel. Sulawesi farmers use a unique process called ""giling basah"" (wet hulling) which is commonly used in the Island of Sumatra. This process is known as semi-washed and is suitable for the region's humid and rainy climate. Using hand depulpers to remove the cherry from the bean they dry the parchment in the sun in front of their houses on tarps or typical woven mats. Wet-hulled processing contributes to the big syrupy body and smooth mouthfeel of this cup.
Consumers will not only enjoy a great cup of Starbucks® Muanjai™ Blend, but will also make a difference with their purchase of this Starbucks® Commitment to Origins™ coffee. A bold blend of Arabica coffees from Thailand and other islands in the Pacific. The Muan Jai Blend is balanced with notable body. It has a lingering earthy spiciness in the finish. Did you know? This coffee is now the pride of all the partners (employees) of Starbucks Coffee Thailand. Starbucks Thailand partners are inspired to name this newly created Thai blend "Muan Jai", which means "wholehearted happiness" in the Northern Thai language.
Caffè Verona™ is a seductive blend of beans from Latin America and Indonesia, with a gentle touch of Italian Roast lending depth, soul and sweetness. Because this delectable combination pairs so very well with chocolate, it has become a Valentine’s Day favorite – and the coffee we most associate with romance. Bella, Bella! P.S.: Literature lovers out there will recognize Verona as the city where Shakespeare set Romeo and Juliet. Although the play ends in tragedy, we’d like you to know that every cup of this coffee has a happy ending.
And perhaps no creature is more remarkable than the world’s largest lizard: the Komodo dragon. Like that beast, this coffee is bold and surprisingly snappy. It was also, until recently, just as rare as that elusive and endangered animal. We first sold this blend by mail and online orders only. But it became such a customer favorite that we unleashed it within our stores as well. It’s an assertive combination of several Asia/Pacific coffees: part bright, biting acidity and part earthy, loamy smoothness.
A pound a week, in fact. And it may interest you to know that this coffee is the one single-origin offering that we most often choose to enjoy at home, after we take off the green apron. Why do we love it so? It has a full, buttery body with virtually no acidity, so the coffee’s intensity and flavor simply lingers on your tongue. Make no mistake, this is a slurping coffee. At its best, there’s no mistaking the concentrated herbal notes and earthy aroma – telltale marks this beloved brew have left on our shirts and our hearts.
This is a coffee of one true love, and three names. We created it just for a Seattle restaurant in 1975, naming it Jake's Blend. And people loved it. So many, in fact, that we began hand scooping and blending it to order in our stores, where it was known as 80/20 Blend, for the recipe. The love was so strong we finally made it official, calling it Caffè Verona after the city that inspires so many. By any name, this is a thing of pure romance.