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Starbucks Reserve Review

I was recently invited to attend an invite only event to get a tour of the newly opened Starbucks Reserve in Avenues. It is the 3rd Starbucks Reserve in the world alongside Amsterdam and Seattle. The interior gives a cozy and warm feel because the coffee shop is encompassed with wooden ceilings, furniture, and flooring. Not only is it the biggest branch world-wide, but it consists of two floors with a lovely view of Grand Avenue. The atmosphere is just wonderful considering that it is very Arabian. The food display is quite different than the other Starbucks branches we are used to. The great thing about Starbucks Reserve is that it provides customers with a selection of freshly baked goods. In addition, the coffee shop offers 2 new types of black coffee. At the end of the tour, I was given a gift that consisted of a Starbucks notebook, a mug, an exclusive coffee flavor and a coffee plant. I would really like to thank Starbucks Reserve for inviting me to this event!

I urge you to visit soon! You won’t regret it!

Written alongside BNM

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Starbucks Bloggers Night

Last Tuesday, Starbucks held an event in the Al Shaya headquarters regarding a new coffee blend. I was invited to try it out and learn about their new improvements. I arrived to the event after going through what felt like a maze – going up and down the stairs and through long hallways! All the bloggers were taken to the Starbucks training room, which looks like a mini version of a Starbucks store. The VP of Starbucks as well as 2 of his partners started talking about the new Starbucks blonde Veranda blend. Then we were each given the drink to taste it. We were even taught how to smell and drink coffee properly. I thought it tasted really good!

After that, we were split into 2 groups. The group I was in went behind the counter to learn how to make a latte. I even got a chance to make one! They told us that they changed the way they make coffee. They used to make foam in a big jug, then pour it into many coffees. Now, they make the foam for each coffee separately using a smaller and easier to use jug. The new way is time consuming, but it makes a thicker, creamier coffee.

Then we were taken into a different room where we were taught about the different coffee blends available at Starbucks. We had a chance to try 3 different coffees. At the same time, plants/fruits associated with each coffee were put next to it. That helped us understand the environment of where the coffee beans grew because that has an effect on its taste.

Finally, everyone went back to the Starbucks training room for a quick Q&A. I suggested to add different types of sandwiches, like bagels, to their menu. Another suggestion I made is that they reduce the portion sizes of their sandwiches! Most of the female bloggers agreed. The males one didn’t! Overall, the experience was amazing. I would like to thank the Starbucks team for holding this event. Thank you also for the starbucks cup and the Veranda blend!

 

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Know Your Coffees

I’m a typical Kuwaiti tea lover, so coffee is really not my thing. I usually have my tea with milk, but it depends on my mood. Karak tea, Indian version of tea with milk, is just awful. The tea is so strong and I like my tea very light while the milk has the stronger taste. If not, I would drink the tea without anything. On the other hand, the only coffees I like is French, Arabic, and Turkish coffee. The worst in my opinion is American coffee. It’s so bland especially when it’s black. This picture really shows how there’s endless types of coffees! What’s your favorite type of coffee OR are you a tea lover?

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Weekly Photo Challenge (13) – Winter

The meaning of the word “winter” to me is a warm cup of Cypriot coffee.

This was taken in Cyprus.

Check out the past challenges in the challenge category!

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Homemade Frappuccino

I have perfected making my own homemade frappuccino!

I’m so excited because it’s really easy to make. What I use is Jacobs Cappuccino Specials (Toblerone) from Sultan Center. It’s perfect because the taste of coffee is not very strong and it has tiny Toblerone chunks. First of all, I pour 1 cup of room temperature water into a jug and use one sachet of coffee. Then I mix them together. After that, I strain it at least three times (to get rid of the froth) and then I pour it into the blender. I also add some ice and sugar. I let it blend until all the ice is completely crushed. Then I strain the drink one more time before pouring it in a glass. The final touch is to put whip cream on the top. I use Baskin Robbins Whipped Light Cream which can be found in most Co-Ops. The steps seem long, but in only it takes 5 minutes to prepare!

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Kuwait Needs..

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..Better coffee! It’s been a while since new coffee shops have been opening up in Kuwait. Starbucks keeps on opening in new places, but isn’t everyone fed up with it? Why isn’t there a competitor in the market that can go against it? I honestly don’t mind their coffee, but I’d rather have something new for a change. The thing is there are many coffee places, but they aren’t as widespread as Starbucks. There isn’t a decent coffee place nearby other than Starbucks of course.

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