Coffee makes a great gift for friends, family, co-workers even mere acquaintances. Working for Starbucks many family memmers expect coffee as their gift. I, of course, am happy to oblige but we also sell a tremendous amount this time of year. Many people buy for themselves as usual but more often it’s a gift for someone else. So today I thought I would write a little somethin somethin about purchasing coffee as a gift.
First and foremost if you are a coffee know it all in your own right, don’t get twisted these are just my opinions and suggestions. None of this is Starbucks policy or opinion, nor is it the end all be all of coffee buying.
Ok on to business. When buying coffee for others it is good to know a little about them and how they like their coffee. At least know if they like a particular brand or just drink whatever is in the pot. This will go a long way when your barista is trying to identify a type of coffee for you. Generally there are several types of roasts when you are talking coffee. At Starbucks we have our mild, medium, bold, extra bold and dark roasts. I know that sounds like a lot and staring at an entire wall full of coffee can be daunting, don’t fret it’s really easy to pick out what you need.
1) what does this person normally drink?
If the answer is whatever is in the pot you can a few options. Anything mild or medium will do. You also can get them an instant coffee such as Starbucks Via. If the answer is specific such as French roast or a certain brand we can line you up a few choices as well. If the answer is they are a coffee fan and love to try new, bold and exciting flavors. They like to play around with blending and how they drink their coffee we can help ya there too. You can easily go for this year’s new blend: Christmas Espresso roast. It is a bold blend of Asia Pacific coffees and Costa Rican coffee. Mingled in there is some aged Sumatra. And it is roasted just a hair beyond our normal roast. You could also buy a few half pounds or a sampler pack so they can play mad scientist with their coffee and create their own. Lastly you can always buy a gift card. A gift card doesn’t mean you don’t care it means “I know you love this but I want to buy everything for you so I thought I would allow you to pick yourself.” I hate when people say they hate getting gift cards, that it means the person doesn’t know them or care. More than likely you are just that picky!!! They don’t want to buy you the wrong gift. Also as a side note if they drink flavored lattes Starbucks flavored Via is perfect because it’s instant flavored coffee that can be made with milk.
2) You don’t know what type of coffee they like, you just know they drink a lot of coffee. No worries there either just take a gift receipt and they can exchange it for what they do like. Also if you don’t know anything about their brewed coffee preferences your barista can always let you know their personal favorites or ask for a sample. Baristas love to talk shop and jump at the opportunity to taste some Joe.
3) Lastly don’t worry about the grind we can always grind it later. If you absolutely do not want to have them return later we can grind it now at an inbetween grind or the most common flat bottom grind.
Happy Shopping ad don’t be afraid or intimadated just ask your barista!!!