My husband and I both frequent our town's Starbucks retail store and he regularly drinks Starbucks brand coffee at home. He prefers flavored coffees like carmel and vanilla. I was curious what he'd think of the Willow Blonde Blend, as it features complimentary notes of citrus flavor. I wondered if he, as well as my other guests, would be able to pick up on them with the addition of the Lemon Sliced Loaf Cake---a citrus-flavored treat.
Before the party, I shopped for the coffee at Walmart. They have a special display in the bakery section featuring certain coffees that are meant to compliment the flavors found in some of Walmart's baked items. I didn't have a hard time finding the display, but it was up a little high. I think I would have preferred it at eye-level since there are several things to read on it. I knew where to find the cake as I'd seen it before when shopping, but never would have thought to pair it with the coffee. It was three aisles over from this display so the intended pairing wasn't obvious.
|Jamie brews a great pot of coffee!|
Unfortunately, I was disappointed by the lemon cake. The lemon flavor in the cake was barely detectable, which made it difficult to pick out the citrus notes in the coffee. The cake had more of a buttery flavor and was fairly dry---even though it looked moist in the package.
My guests were also not able to detect the citrus notes in the coffee. We all agreed the cake changed it's taste, making it lighter and sweeter. We found ourselves wishing we had something with a stronger lemon flavor to try out. Since we knew the citrus flavors were there in the coffee, we were curious to experience them!
After our taste-testing experiment, we took turns sharing book reviews. Mom talked about a story of a princess that she's enjoying and I received applause for finishing Little Women.
We all really enjoyed our time together, sharing good books and treats. Maybe we'll pick another #DeliciousPairings combination a couple months from now and do it again!
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