4 out of 5 coffee cups
The Starbucks Christmas Blend has worked its way up to iconic holiday drink status, right alongside eggnog, spiced cider, and mulled wine. Each year, fans look forward to the blend and stock up on beans to get them through the season.
To clear up confusion, Starbucks releases the beans under two names: Christmas Blend and Holiday Blend. They are packaged differently, but they are the exact same beans. In 2010, the Christmas Blend was in a red package with a Christmas caroler, while the Holiday Blend was silver and featured a snowman.
The coffee is a Latin America, Asia/Pacific, and Sumatra blend. The beans are roasted separately, and then blended together — this is uncommon, as most beans are blended first and roasted second. The aged Sumatra beans are quite rare, and they mix with the other beans to create a coffee that is herbal, spicy, and sweet. When smelling the coffee, the syrupy spicy sweet is apparent, as is a nuttiness. The coffee tastes balanced with smooth spices and big body.
In my opinion, the Christmas Blend isn’t quite as impressive as the Starbucks Thanksgiving Blend, a shame because while the Thanksgiving Blend is on a very limited release and available for barely a month, the Christmas blend is in shops for a few months. However, the Christmas blend is a very complete and smooth coffee that complements all the treats that accompany the holidays. Be sure to snatch some up — and while you’re at Starbucks, get a peppermint white chocolate mocha — yum!
About the author: Sarah Beckman is an editor at Affordable Style. She can’t wait for winter so she can wrap up in winter scarves, sip on Starbucks holiday drinks, and put on her reading glasses to revisit holiday favorites like A Christmas Carol.