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Starbucks Natural Fusions Coffee Giveaway

by on July 29, 2010 · 169 comments

I take my coffee black with a side of cookies. My favorite brew is Sumatra, but I like Kona when I can get it and love a good espresso now and then. What I rarely order is flavored coffee. I used to like it, but one morning someone accidentally brewed mint coffee and I drank it with peanut butter toast. From that point on, I stopped bringing flavored coffee into the house…or at least mint. Every so often I’ll buy a cinnamon flavored coffee for the spouse, but I usually stay away from it these days because the added flavors so often overwhelm the brew. At least until now.

Starbucks Coffee

A few weeks ago Starbucks sent us samples of their new Natural Fusions, which is a blend of hand-selected Arabica beans and natural spices and botanicals. What you get is a coffee with more than a hint of flavor (you can definitely taste it) but a flavor that mingles well with the beans and doesn’t overpower — case in point, the Caramel Fusion which I’ve been drinking with just about everything. At first, I could really taste the caramel flavor. But by my third sip I was enjoying the nuances of what tasted like burnt sugar and didn’t find the blended flavors overpowering in the least. And yes, it does go well with peanut butter or chocolate or whatever the sweet of the day is. Today I’m drinking Caramel Fusion with Peanut Butter Cup Toffee Cookies. I can’t share the cookies, but I can share the coffee with one person.

If you’d like a chance at receiving a set of three new bags of Starbucks Natural Fusion Coffee, tell me what your favorite brew of coffee is and what you like to drink it with. I or my associate (Fuzz) will pick a random number and match it up with the comment. This giveaway will end tomorrow (Friday) at midnight. I’m keeping it short so your odds will be better. Good luck!

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Published on July 29, 2010

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Emily July 29, 2010 at 5:01 pm

I’ve been dying to try this coffee!

I’ve been drinking a dark roast over ice and milk lately. Today I had it with banana bread and it was delicious.

Allison July 29, 2010 at 5:10 pm

I have to stick to decaf, which I have every morning with my oatmeal!

Melissa B July 29, 2010 at 5:11 pm

We drink Archer Farms Breakfast Blend with French Vanilla creamer.

sunny July 29, 2010 at 5:33 pm

mmm i love hazelnut coffee. and i’ll take it with any pastry :)

Nancy July 29, 2010 at 5:40 pm

I usually drink Nantucket Blend from Green Mountain over ice, but I usually add caramel flavor to it, so the caramel flavor sounds very intriguing. And there’s nothing like a cake donut dunked in coffee (iced or hot) for me!

Laura July 29, 2010 at 5:46 pm

I prefer to use my coffee for baking, actually! How about chocolate ganache made with cinnamon bean-infused cream? Or mocha ice cream with a caramel swirl and chocolate covered caramel beans? :)

Robin July 29, 2010 at 5:56 pm

I like Starbucks’ Morning Joe blend for breakfast with a nice chocolate chip scone.

Sherry July 29, 2010 at 6:02 pm

I love hazelnut coffee=) The best pairing is a cinnamon Irish scone!!

Jenn July 29, 2010 at 6:03 pm

Hmmm….at home it’s either Starbucks Breakfast Blend or Verona with french vanilla Coffeemate. If for some reason I’m out, I really like the Eight O’Clock Bean…go figure. But at Starbucks, it’s a quad venti skinny vanilla latte. Now, for a pairing? Biscotti. Chocolate chocolate chip, almond, pumpkin….I don’t discriminate against biscotti. I’m an equal opportunity eater ;)

cindy July 29, 2010 at 6:05 pm

Last month I started cold brewing Starbucks House Blend. The package doesn’t say so, but I definitely taste a hint of hazelnut. I like a good muffin with my morning coffee – just put one in the fridge from the freezer the night before then microwave for 25 seconds.

Cheryl July 29, 2010 at 6:06 pm

My favorite coffee is the Holiday Blend most places sell around Christmas.

My current morning addiction is toast, topped with Trader Joe’s Valencia Peanut Butter, and breakfast blend coffee.

Nancy July 29, 2010 at 6:07 pm

At home I buy oversized bags of Starbucks House Blend beans. I love coffee and really good, homemade cinnamon rolls. Thanks for the giveaway, I’ve heard really good things about their flavored coffees and have been wanting to try them.

Jessie C. July 29, 2010 at 6:15 pm

I like Vienna and with soymilk and donuts!

Anonymous July 29, 2010 at 6:22 pm

I love caramel coffee with a side of work :-P Can barely function at work without it! But if I had to choose a snack, the coffee would HAVE to be paired with a good ol’ chocolate chip cookie!

Judy July 29, 2010 at 6:23 pm

I definitely like iced coffees better than hot (especially in the current season). I usually go with an iced caramel or hazelnut latte. Add in a muffin and I’m good to go!

meagan July 29, 2010 at 6:23 pm

holy smokes! pumpkin coffee (light and sweet) with a spicy molasses cookie! it’s fantastic!

Alli July 29, 2010 at 6:23 pm

I love caramel coffee with a side of work! :-P Can barely function at work without it! But if I had to choose a snack, I’d definitely choose a good ol’ chocolate chip cookie. Yum!

Beth July 29, 2010 at 6:30 pm

I like the Kenya blend with anything!

Lisa Ernst July 29, 2010 at 6:32 pm

I love Sumatra, and I always drink it with chocolate chip peanut butter cookies (which I make several times a week).

Dene July 29, 2010 at 6:34 pm

I adore Kona – I stocked up when I was on Hawaii last November but am out now. I may have to break down and mail order some more.

vanillasugar July 29, 2010 at 6:37 pm

oh i love starbuck coffee! my fav kind to have is thru the drive thru at Starbucks! LOL I take mine with my multigrain cookies when I’m being good and with a good buttery croissant when I’m being bad.

Cece July 29, 2010 at 6:45 pm

I’m not a coffee drinker, but my husband loves Starbucks dark French roast with his oatmeal.

brooke July 29, 2010 at 6:53 pm

I love anything dark and bold like French Roast or Sumatra. These are great with sweets! One of my
favorites is a simple cake donut with icing. A good
crumb cake is good too.

Tricia July 29, 2010 at 6:55 pm

I love the dark roast San Franciso blend from Costco and enjoy drinking it first thing in the morning and sometimes in the evening :)

Siera July 29, 2010 at 7:04 pm

My favorite is Sumatra, especially with a toffee bar- Yum! :)

Meryl July 29, 2010 at 7:06 pm

My favorite is a blend of Italian Espresso and Hazelnut.

Gwen July 29, 2010 at 7:32 pm

community coffee between roast

Kate R July 29, 2010 at 7:33 pm

My favorite is mocha nut blend I love to drink it while eatting a slice of cheesecake.

christine July 29, 2010 at 7:48 pm

This time of year i prefer an iced coffee – either a few shots of espresso over ice (milk and simple syrup!) or if I’m really prepared, some cold brewed coffee over ice.

Angela July 29, 2010 at 7:51 pm

I love the fall when I can have pumpkin spiced lattes. I drink them nonstop! And nothing goes better with coffee than scones or biscotti!

Adrianna July 29, 2010 at 7:55 pm

My fave is Caramel Macchiato. :)

Laura E. July 29, 2010 at 8:27 pm

I don’t drink them anymore but I used to love spiced iced coffee drinks for dessert

Michelle July 29, 2010 at 8:37 pm

I love any dark roast coffee…maybe french roast…but it has to be iced with a good creamer! I also love to have a heated croissant with my coffee. Great giveaway!!

celi.a July 29, 2010 at 8:39 pm

I’m a Verona girl all the way. I know it’s ‘safe,’ but it’s been a favorite for years. Also like Cafe Estima. And I usually do coffee with those lemon pound cake slices when I’m at Starbucks… *starts salivating*

Maria July 29, 2010 at 8:48 pm

My favorite coffee is definitely Pikes Place Roast by Starbucks. This coffee got me through night classes and early morning cram sessions this year while finishing my B.A. I love to drink it with skim milk but sometimes I will indulge and add some hazelnut cream, my favorite!

katiek July 29, 2010 at 8:51 pm

I’ll forever be a fan of Starbuck’s house blend- Either black or with a touch of milk, nothing too fancy. Favorite thing to eat enjoy it with is either a simple piece of toast and butter or a biscotti.

Jennifer July 29, 2010 at 8:52 pm

I love a good cup of Kona, cut with a little cream. Unfortunately, it’s not often I can have that. We drink a lot of Peets Major Dickisons Blend.

Felice July 29, 2010 at 8:56 pm

I am currently enjoying a Coffees of Hawaii Ka’u coffee. At Starbucks I pick whatever is their darkest roast of the day. If I am at home on Oahu I will have an oatcake (they are only available on Oahu and it is a secret recipe) or, if I am luck enough to be on the Big Island, a honey bran muffin that has pineapple and macadamia nuts in it (also a secret recipe).

Sarah B. July 29, 2010 at 8:57 pm

I love dark roast coffee, I drink it in the morning while I am thinking about what to make for breakfast!

Cathy July 29, 2010 at 9:11 pm

We drink the Sumatra coffee sold at Cornucopia in Kirkwood, Mo. It is the best. It’s great with breakfast, no matter what you’re eating.

courtney s. July 29, 2010 at 9:20 pm

non fat cinnamon dolce latte!!! i drink it in the morning while watching my boys play

Paige July 29, 2010 at 9:20 pm

I really enjoy a blend called Ethiopia Yergacheffe, its an african coffee thats full bodied, medium acidity and has bright notes of citrus and berry! I enjoy eating a fruit danish with it! Delish!

Jen July 29, 2010 at 9:45 pm

I can never get sick of starbucks’ cafe verrona, which has a sweeter and nutty taste! it goes so well on its own or with a scone!

jacqie July 29, 2010 at 9:51 pm

my favorite is seattle’s best henry’s blend. it compliments any pastry & it’s named after an adorable orange cat!

Maria July 29, 2010 at 9:52 pm

Lately the favorite around here is Dunkin’ Donuts’ original, freshly ground, accompanied by a blueberry scone with cool whip on top (a bit cheaper than clotted cream!). Does loving Dunkin’ Donuts coffee exclude me from winning some Starbucks? :)

suzanne July 29, 2010 at 10:01 pm

Kona or Jamaican Blue Mountain with lots of milk.

cindy July 29, 2010 at 10:14 pm

A latte with a bear claw.

Helen July 29, 2010 at 10:18 pm

Columbian with flavored cream (yikes!) but I’m a big fan of Dunkin Donuts. International creamer used to have a coconut flavor which was fabulous but they discontinued it. Boo.

Christine July 29, 2010 at 10:38 pm

Love HouseBlend in my favorite blue ceramic mug. I drink it straight up with my thyroid med! That gets me goin strong for the morning…the flavored coffees sound very nice. Always looking for non-caloric ways to fool my taste buds into thinking they’re getting somethin’ decadent…

Wonderful blog

jenni July 29, 2010 at 10:48 pm

I love Hazelnut Dunkin” Donuts coffee with hazelnut creamer and unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze. Yum!

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