Cold Brew Guatemala Antigua with the S’mores Tart.
Time to talk about a unique and great pairing: Starbucks cold-brewed Guatemala Antigua paired with S’mores Tart.
On Monday, May 4, 2015, I went to a coffee seminar at the East Olive Way Starbucks, hosted by Coffee Master Megan. The featured coffees were Guatemala Antigua and Willow, both prepared via cold brew method brewing method, with a brew time of about 8 hours.
Megan paired these cold brewed coffee with the new seasonal Starbucks treat, the S’mores tart:
Just as a reminder, if you’re in Seattle, please come by a East Olive Way Starbucks coffee seminar. They’re every other Monday evening, at 6:00 PM. (Check out more ideas of fun Starbucks things to do in Seattle.)
I definitely gained a whole new appreciation of cold brew Guatemala Antigua. It pairs perfectly with the S’mores tart. The tart was just the right amount of sweetness and milk chocolately mouth-feel and brought out the chocolate notes in the Guatemala.
I will say that cold brew Willow doesn’t pair so beautifully with the S’mores Tart. I thought I was going to like the cold brew Willow much better than I did, but I found the Guatemala Antigua to be much more flavorful.
Here’s a few photo from the night’s coffee seminar:
Of course, I’m a firm believer in a lot of compare and contrast when learning about coffee. One has to try a lot of different coffees side by side to really decipher the various flavor notes brought about the growing region, processing method, roasting profile, and/or other aspects that can develop the flavor of the coffee.
However a great food pairing is always worth mentioning: Try cold brew Guatemala Antigua with the S’more tart!
So neat! I’m curious about what the flavors were like in each if the coffees? I had thought Guatemala Antigua might have made a good cold brew, but this confirms it. Thank you for sharing Melody 🙂
I just wish we had cold brew in my area! I’m always excited to read about the coffee tastings but like purple1, know we’ll never have anything like that here.
Happy birthday Melody! I wonder how well these seminars are advertised even within the area, outside of that specific store. It seems that you either have to stumble onto, or hear through word of mouth, which store is doing a tasting.
@CalWatch – Thank you for the early birthday wishes! LOL.
Actually, I think making these kind of coffee events known is one of the big problems stores have to getting a regular audience. I mean there’s no doubt that East Olive Way has a small advantage by having a blogger cover their events all the time! 😉 But I don’t want to dismiss their passion and consistency – it means an enormous amount!
@purple1 – It does seem like stores in Seattle are doing more coffee events, but I just don’t know! I mean I really don’t know what’s happening elsewhere.
What is that bird on the package of Guatemala Antigua?
I’m going to attempt an iced pour over of the Guatemala Antigua and i’m curious what you think that will taste like? I’m doing it for a competition. And i want to describe it perfectly. especially in taste.
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Melody the issue of coffee education in my mind goes somewhat hand in hand with the issue that stores in the Seattle area seem more prone to doing coffee seminars. As I have said before, I hardly see any coffee seminars at any SB in my area. The partners don’t seem interested nor anyone above them.