Apologies for my recent absence and lack of blogging, my final undergraduate dissertation was due in last Thursday and I have spent the weekend recovering from a frenzy of writing and editing. On the plus side, I am now a total expert on masculinity in late medieval London, so if anyone needs any fascinating info on the subject get in contact, (somehow I don't think I will need to wait by the phone on this one...)
Unfortunately the student experience in general has taken its toll and I will be the first to admit that I am in the middle of an acute episode of coffee addiction. This is not helped by the fact I live 2 minutes away from my college's Costa outlet where I can stock up on my daily tall soy cappuccino. I have decided that soy milk gives a better foam and I enjoy a nuttier taste, but that's a conversation for another time perhaps!
As part of my weekend of relaxation I decided to head into York for a day of shopping and general mooching, which also included a trip to Starbucks.
As I usually find Starbucks to be my lowest choice when it comes to coffee quality, I was intrigued when I saw the posters for the new 'Origin Espresso.' The blurb on the Starbucks website states that:
'From 3rd April 2013, for the first time you can choose our classic Espresso Roast or try our new limited edition Origin Espresso, featuring Guatemala Antigua. Throughout the year we will share different Origin Espresso choices so that you can discover exciting new coffees from around the world.'
This sounds all well and good BUT you do have to pay 20p extra for it.
So, is it worth it? I tried it out in my usual cappuccino and immediately noticed that it's a lot less bitter than their usual blend, which I can find too harsh. It's also a lot smoother with a more subtle flavour but seems to be quite a bit weaker. Whilst I definitely enjoyed it, I think it's possibly the kind of blend for those who don't really like the taste of coffee and don't need quite as much of a caffeine hit.
Would I pay 20p for it again? Probably not, but I do prefer something a bit stronger and bolder.
However, I will keep my eye out and try out the different choices they offer throughout the year as I like the idea of being able to try something unusual in my daily vice.