Nine More Months: A Sunny Afternoon Tasting Play Date with Starbucks Delicious Pairings

Friday, February 1, 2013

A Sunny Afternoon Tasting Play Date with Starbucks Delicious Pairings

When it comes to coffee I'm normally a dark roast kind of girl. Growing up in South Florida, my brew of choice was Cafe Cubano - basically equal parts sugar and espresso. So for me, the darker the better. When the opportunity came up to try the Starbucks Willow Blend Blonde Roast, I decided to step out of my comfort zone and check it out.

I headed to the Bakery at Walmart to check out the Delicious Pairings display. I can't lie, that picture of the coffee paired with a chocolatey brownie is tempting, but I was there to try something new. It had been pretty cold and gloomy for the past few days so my plan was to have a "Sunny Afternoon #DeliciousPairings Tasting Play Date" with the coffee and treats. The Blonde Roast pairs best with citrus, so I picked up a few things to go along with it.                                             

I grabbed a pack of Lemon Sliced Loaf Cake to enjoy with my first cup of Willow Blend coffee. I knew that my friends were going to want some too, but there was only one left - so that meant I couldn't have it all to myself this time. Since there would be kids at the play date as well, I figured it was only fair if I picked up some treats for them. I brought my four year old with me and he helped me pick out some treats and Bakery items.

As you might be able to see, we went for a very citrusy theme. I picked up the lemonade per the request of my four year old, who informed me that he definitely would not be drinking coffee with us. Once we were home I tried a little bit of coffee for myself. 

I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised by the flavor of the coffee. I drank it black, like I usually do, but it wasn't overpowering. It was almost like drinking a super strong cup of tea (which is how I drink I my tea). It blended perfectly with the moist slice of cake, and it was a nice little treat. I could see it being a really nice dessert coffee when you want something a little bit milder. I was really excited to share it with my friends.

I wanted to make this kind of special for the moms. We don't get to do anything fancy, so I set up a really nice table for us, like we were having a fancy tea party. The kids played, and I'm not quite sure what they were up to, but it was messy.

My friends absolutely loved the table setting. And like me, they were pleasantly surprised by the flavors in the Blonde Blend. The lemon cake and the other treats I had out went with it just perfectly. I think it would be fun to do this more often. Maybe even dress a little nicer. Even if we just had a short moment before the kids realized we were eating cupcakes and cookies without them, it was still a nice moment. 

After we had enjoyed a short mommy moment, the kids came running over. They quickly snatched up the cookies and cupcakes and poured the lemonade into their cups (and onto to the table.) We didn't let them have fancy cups and saucers, though. 

Our afternoon tasting party was a lot of fun and I think it brought some much-needed sunshine to a week that was cold and rainy and filled with sniffly kids. I highly encourage you to have an afternoon tasting party of your own. It didn't cost much to put together (around $25 for everything) and it was a really nice refreshing afternoon. 

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1 comment:

Lisa @ Crazy Adventures in Parenting said...

Oh my goodness, how adorable! I love this so much!