There's a new exclusive whole bean coffee blend at the Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room. Launched on May 7, 2015, it's Gravitas Blend. The previous exclusive blend, Pantheon, is gone. Gravitas is a darker roast profile blend, including beans from Papua New Guinea Ulya, Sun Dried Ethiopia Konga, and lastly, East Congo Lake Kivu.
It's beautiful smooth and complex with lots of deep milk chocolate notes. I've had it as a pour over and absolutely love it. This coffee has a medium to full bodied mouth feel, low acidity, and hints of plum. (I got a hint of citrus with lots of milk chocolate, but plum is the right descriptor).
When I tried the new Gravitas Blend, one of the Roastery's master roasters was just about to roast a batch so I had the chance to see what this blend looks like unroasted:
At the Roastery, there's a larger marquee describing when something is up next to be roasted. I like this:
One fun thing is that the component coffee, Papua New Guinea Ulya is sold separately at the Roastery too. You can see that when it's roasted by itself, it's given a lighter roasting treatment. The new Gravitas Blend is definitely a nod to the bold, dark roasts that Starbucks made its name on in its early history:
I haven't done it yet, but I think it would be a fabulous coffee education seminar to do a tasting of the Gravitas Blend side by side with the Papua New Guinea to really compare and contrast, and be able to dissect the Papua New Guinea notes from the Gravitas.
The Gravitas Blend retails for $16 per half pound.
You can still get the Starbucks Brazil Cup of Excellence coffee at the Roastery - which is truly amazing - but retails for $40 per half pound.
Hope you get a chance to try this new blend!
I'm taking a very short vacation and so I apologize in advance if there are no new blog articles for several days.