Delicious Pairings, Indeed!

Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire. It is the time for home. ~ Edith Sitwell

I had a complete revelation this week.

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I’ve always been a tremendous fan of food and wine pairings, and I love all the nuances of this wine or beer complimenting that dish, or incorporating a wine into the food itself. I also enthusiastically subscribe to the whole adage (is that word a stretch?) “I love cooking with wine… sometimes I even put it in the food!” But I digress.

This week, I had the chance to sample one of Starbucks Delicious Pairings, and I am a huge new fan! Here’s a quick disclaimer: I’m a late in life coffee lover. I have a friend who talks about how she knew and worked with “Beth Stephens Before Coffee.” To be fair, I don’t need it – I have plenty of energy! However, I just thoroughly enjoy a cup or two in the mornings, but I don’t normally collapse into convulsions without it.

I used to have a pretty heavy Starbucks coffeehouse habit, enthusiastically carrying my Starbucks Rewards card and diligently packing up my favorite Starbucks reusable mug (which was recently swiped in a bold-faced manner by The Park Wife‘s hubby). Mostly because of that traumatizing loss, these days I mostly enjoy having the people whose company I savor drop by for a home brewed pot. (All kidding aside, read that quote at the top again. I think that is exactly what we are supposed to do: open our homes and share our warmth, and what better way than a friendly chat by the fire with a cup of coffee?)

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Enter Starbucks Medium Breakfast Blend.

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Another disclaimer… I always assumed I liked my coffee like my wine (I know, there is a consistent theme here): bold, strong and more along the acidic side. I favor dark roasts, French roasts and any coffee that claims to be in that family.

So, this week when I served up the Starbucks Medium Breakfast Blend along with some blueberry muffins from The Bakery at Walmart, I was really surprised at my impressions! By the way, I picked up both items on a quick excursion to my friendly local Walmart, where I grabbed both items right inside the door in The Bakery… in and out in less than five minutes! I served them up to my favorite coffee buddy, and we enjoyed comfort, good food and warmth and a chat beside the fire.

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The Starbucks Medium Breakfast Blend is intended to pair nicely with complimentary notes such as nuts, apples, lemon and blueberries. I was truly surprised that it did exactly that! Who knows why I assume that pairing mumbo jumbo would work with wines and not coffee, but these are definitely delicious pairings! I confess that I was asked to sample the Medium Breakfast Blend and The Bakery at Walmart Blueberry Muffins specifically, but of course I also could not resist picking up the banana nut and double chocolate muffins. All three were a dream with the coffee. Dare I say I might expand my coffee horizons?

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I hope you’ll enjoy comfort, warmth, a friendly touch, a talk beside the fire in the company of a good friend, and maybe some coffee and muffins. Open your home and enjoy.

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6 comments

  1. I’m a Starbucks Pikes Place kind of gal… mixed up like a cocktail with Dunkin Doughnuts coffee, Lewis & Clark coffee, and percolated to perfection. I agree, get it at Walmart because it is the least expensive place to buy it!

  2. While I do love the occasional Starbucks, next time you’re in Little Rock, and are willing to forgo the local Guillermo’s for something only sort of local, try the (not local) Doma Coffee at (local) Spokes Bike Shop. I’m drinking the Chemistry of Love blend right now.

  3. Now I want one of those muffins! I’ll be picking some up in the morning to go with my coffee! (We brew Starbucks at home every morning!)

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