Starbucks is easily one of the single biggest driver of coffee in the world. While some Coffee originalists raise their eyebrows when they hear the name Starbucks, it is without a doubt that they introduced millions of people worldwide to different forms of coffee, and continue to do so. Started in 1970, the Seattle-based Coffee chain serves 8 million customers a day across its 31K stores. While Starbucks has not caught on as much as it would like to in India, it has definitely made an impact. In the last 8 years, they’ve opened 176 stores and are growing at a steady rate. So, it was only a matter of time till they brought in something special for India.
India is the sixth-largest coffee producer in the world and has some of the most delicious coffee notes. Starbucks has now released its first India-based limited edition blend for Diwali.
The first thing that caught my eye was the box. It comes in a premium tin casing, unlike other offerings from Starbucks. It is maybe because of this feature that the bean is a bit more expensive. However, it makes a nice gift or every for yourself to keep it by your counter.
So, let me come to the coffee. It always has a mystery to it. Be it as a bean, or when it’s done. It’s hard to make out a smell or taste that we can latch on to. It’s not a bad thing, though. In fact, it is the opposite. Since there is no overwhelming smell or taste, each cup gives me a unique experience.
Origins of Starbucks Diwali Blend
The composition of this unique blend is not clear. However, it is sourced from estates based out of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. More specifically, it is from Valparai, Jumboor and Suntikoppa estates. I don’t think I’ve tried any coffee from these estates before.
Coming to the taste, as I mentioned before, it is mysterious at first. I could make out different notes of Spice and Dark Chocolate. It also had a nice body, with a nutty finish to it.
Starbucks Diwali Blend is one of the most versatile coffees I’ve ever tasted. When I taste coffee, I try to determine which instances would suit it the best. Some I like to have with my breakfast, while some I like to have during rainy evenings, and some go for lazy Sundays. The fact that the Diwali Blend has this nice mix of multiple flavours without stepping on each other’s toes, it is extremely versatile. I constantly saw myself brewing this blend on various occasions and I did not want to fit it inside a single box. Although it is low in acidity and not too bitter, I still managed to make a delicious cup of cappuccino.
Origin: Valparai, Jumboor and Suntikoppa estates from Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, India
Drip Score: 5/5
I’m thoroughly satisfied with this Diwali Blend from Starbucks. Indian estates have a lot to offer, both in terms of taste and quality. I hope this is just the first and there is more to come. Starbucks can get experimental and bring out bold new blends such as this one.
Starbucks Diwali Blend should not be a limited edition blend. It’s too good for Starbucks to retire. However, I do not want to hold my hopes high. I’m glad I got to taste it and I’ll continue buying it until the stocks last.
Starbucks Diwali Blend costs Rs. 850 and it is available across all starbucks stores right now. It costs Rs. 100 more than the usual beans. The box makes it an ideal gift. But if Starbucks is considering it as a regular offering, they can drop the box and bring the price down to the regular Rs. 750. As always, if you’re a Starbucks member, you get a free drink when you buy the beans.