As it’s Christmas time there is the reason to visit Starbucks for their Christmas Blend. This year there were two options the normal blend and the Espresso Blend, so I decided to go different and chose the espresso for use at home.
It says it the same as the traditional blend, a different bean is used for a darker roast and I have to say I really liked it. It has the same flavours, but more intense, which I love in a coffee.
I am also a fan of the packaging. It feels christmassy going and buying this and picking up the red bag of beans, plus a lovely message on the side:
Opening the bag to lovely gleaming beans with a burst of smell that comes from a new bag. I need to find a candle that gives of the coffee scent, but haven’t seen one for a long time.
The beans ground nicely into a fine coffee for my espresso machine.
I have tried this so far as a latte and a straight espresso and it works well with both. I also had in my eggnog latte christmas shopping, but hat overpowered by the eggnog!
I love the run up to Christmas and buying this blend has become a tradition for me.
Okay, this isn’t really coffee, but it’s from a coffee shop and I don’t have hot chocolate very often so have no other way to categorise it, so it’s going under coffee.
I have never found a white hot chocolate to match my love for the Blenz White Hot Chocolate – and this was don’t either. No where else makes it with real white chocolate chips, which makes me sad. Powered hot chocolate is just not the same. This was nice, but I probably won’t get it again as I’ve got a light version at home that satisfies my craving as it’s a bit hard to get the real thing.
I also got to complete my coffee cup collection and they ave pride of place on my n=book shelf as a coffee Russian doll display.
November’s coffee was another one that would be too long to put as the post title – Nicaragua Finca La Escondida Washed Catuai.
I really enjoyed this coffee as both a pour over and a french press. I didn’t try it in my espresso machine though. The label describes it as “zesty and zingy” and I would agree. I was surprised I like this one so much, but I think it was the raspberries and caramel flavours I liked most. There sharpness came from the lime flavour I would think and I thought it really added something different that I would not have normally chosen.
I made sure I watched the In My Mug video this month! I love Steven and his enthusiasm for coffee, it is amazing and a pure passion he has been able to turn into a career – my dream!
There is nice segment on the Nicaragua coffee industry. I have to say I didn’t know anything about this country (I didn’t even know for sure where it was and that is bad as an ex geography student!).
It was also interesting again to learn about the farm from where the coffee is from, like the different soils around the farm and therefore the varieties of coffee plant chosen. The Catuai varietal was chosen because is doesn’t grow high, which helps the farm as it’s in a windy area. It’s also a brand new farm, which is rare to see producing good coffees right away, but this one works because of shared experience from other farms.
Life is too short for bad coffee
The last latte form the Costa range this year – The Gingerbread Latte. I admit I’m not a fan of anything gingerbread flavour, but had to try this one to get the mini gingerbread man and the gold sprinkles!
I was surprised how much I liked this one actually. It’s not overly sweet, but I could taste the gingerbread flavour and especially towards the end of the drink. I should have stirred more probably.
Fo some reason I’m actually going off the flavoured lattes and even milky coffees in general. I much prefer a black coffee and I wish we had more coffee shops where you can choose the beans you have or at least brews a selection for you to choose from – what I need is a Peets over here
See golden star sprinkles! They made me feel very festive!
“What price is too high to pay, even for love? When Jace and Clary meet again, Clary is horrified to discover that the demon Lilith’s magic has bound her beloved Jace together with her evil brother Sebastian, and that Jace has become a servant of evil. The Clave is out to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. As Alec, Magnus, Simon, and Isabelle wheedle and bargain with Seelies, demons, and the merciless Iron Sisters to try to save Jace, Clary plays a dangerous game of her own. The price of losing is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she still trust him? Or is he truly lost?”
I have really gotten into this series. I love a good young adult series to get stuck into and become enthralled by the characters. I find that sometimes (or a lot of the time) I need to revisit the same characters as you don’t have to spend a lot of time getting to know them and working out whether you like them or not. In this case I like the characters, even if some are a bit annoying along the way.
This book is the fifth in the series focusing on the characters of Clary, Jace and Simon. It takes us on a journey trying to figure out if Jace has turned to the bad side for real or if it’s a possession by his evil brother. Also we are trying to figure out if the evil brother is really evil anymore. I apologise for any grammatical errors in this post as I’m writing with a head cold and my brain is all fuzzy.
I really enjoying actually reading this book as all the others I’ve listen to in audiobook format, but I got this as a bargain find when I went away for the weekend and forgot to charge my kindle. I hadn’t realised how much I missed reading until I was able to have all the voices in my for all the different characters.
This isn’t a hard story to follow or book to read. It was fun and engaging throughout and I didn’t guess what was going to happen, which I like in books. I hoped for a certain outcome, but I wasn’t sure it was going to happen.
I am looking forward to treating myself to a new book every month that I can start reading right away. I have a few on my list already and a few I need to read that’s I’ve had in my pile for a while, but there is nothing better than sitting down with characters you already know and continue on with a story. It’s perfect for this time of year for me to curl up with a good story and to keep warm in winter.