Starbucks Reserve® Coffees

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Sundried Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Chelelektu

Starbucks Reserve® Sun-dried Ethiopia Yirgacheffe® Chelelektu

Growing Region: Africa | Processing: Natural (Sun-dried)

Acidity: Medium | Body: Medium

Flavor: Floral and citrus 

Complementary Flavors: Fresh berries, dark chocolate

The flavor of this naturally processed coffee is a product of meticulous care from the dedicated Chelelektu washing station in the beloved coffee region of Yirgacheffe. While the natural processing method was the first method used to process coffee in Ethiopia, the effort and artistry required are daunting. Coffee cherries that are handpicked at the peak of ripeness are carefully laid on special constructed raised beds. Workers tend and turn the cherries with intense focus because if they do not lay it evenly, the entire crop can be lost. The Chelelektu mill has been sharing crops from Ethiopia’s famed Yirgacheffe region for years, providing financial backing to the area farmers who keep the Ethiopian coffee tradition thriving. This lot’s fruit flavors are as proud and pronounced as the effort that went into each bean.  

Christmas 2019 Reserve

Starbucks Reserve® Costa Rica Las Lomas Initiative

Growing Region: Latin America | Processing: Washed

Acidity: Medium | Body: Medium

Flavor: Red apple and caramel

Complementary Flavors: Chocolates, nuts, citrus, caramel

The Las Lomas Initiative encourages top producers in the Naranjo Co-op to produce a socially and environmentally sustainable coffee.   

Las Lomas translates to “the hills”, a fitting name for a lofty initiative that seeks to bring hope and opportunity to farmers across six mountain ranges. Introduced by the visionary Naranjo Co-op, the project provides members with resources and training as they work to elevate the quality of their crops and improve their livelihoods. Collaborating closely with local agronomists and wet mills, participating growers combined the finest of their harvests into one outstanding lot. We are so honored to share this beautifully balanced cup and support the extraordinary community that brought it to life.