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Saturday, September 01, 2007 

Artisan Coffees and Pastries...with a Star Chef Twist

This could be an interesting combo....
This fall season, Starbucks is collaborating with renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson to give customers a taste of its new campaign, "Coffee is Culinary." Coupled with Samuelsson's epicurean expertise, Starbucks is introducing two new exquisite coffee blends — Starbucks Joya del Dia Blend and Starbucks Ubora Blend; delectable bakery items; and a cookbook exclusively offered in stores. For more information, visit www.starbucks.com.
Samuelsson is an intriguing choice to pair up with as he is originally from Ethiopia, the land of coffee.

Coffee blends with a caramelized apple pecan coffee cake or a chocolate cinnamon bread seem somewhat mundane, but recipes featured by Samuelsson are a bit more tantalizing.... Mango Couscous, Beef Stir-Fry, Pineapple Cashew Salad (pdf)

Seattleist notes...
In Seattle this week for the third stop in a 22-day, 10-city culinary tour, Samuelsson cooked up a Pan-African plate of spicy Ethiopean beef and aromatic Moroccan couscous while Linneman brewed some Ukora in a French press. The combination was astonishingly smooth and flavorful, with the coffee's floral notes providing a counterpoint to the fragrance and heat of the berbere chilies in the meat. Around the room (the Starbucks in Madison Park), nips and sips and sighs of shared contentment. Ubuntu at work. Who knew coffee could be so complex and enriching?

Starbucks knew
Frantic Foodie got into one of the tastings on the tour. 100's of people showed up at the St. Arbucks Hollywood & Highland.

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lol. did you know that chocolate was banned in switzerland for many years. read this

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