Warm up with these holiday coffee blends
The holiday season is in full swing, brimming with all of its holiday happiness and holiday stress.
For busy elves that could use a break in the action, coffee companies come to the rescue during this busy time of year with their annual holiday blends.
After a long day of work, shopping and wrapping gifts at home, it’s a good time to unwind with a favorite “cup of Christmas” and catch another holiday movie on TV. Here are some ways to fill your coffee mug.
Nicholas Coffee and Tea Co.
This local gourmet coffee company has been roasting coffee beans sourced from all over the world for four generations from its Market Square shop in Downtown Pittsburgh. Dawn O’Donnell, office manager, said the company will celebrate its 100th anniversary in the fall of 2019.
Its large variety of coffee selections include its latest Holiday Cheer coffee blend, flavored with nutmeg, cinnamon, hazelnut and gingerbread. It sells for $9.99 a pound, whole bean or ground.
Coffee can be purchased online or from its store.
Grounds and Hounds Coffee Co.
This Lawrenceville-based coffee company is dedicated to using the sale of its fair trade organic specialty coffees to support no-kill rescue organizations providing safe havens for dogs. Twenty percent of its proceeds are donated to rescue partners across the country.
The company’s coffee blends include Morning Walk Breakfast Blend, Sit and Stay Blend and its holiday offering, Snow Day. Its seasonal blend is made from Fair Trade Organic beans from Sumatra, Nicaragua, Papua New Guinea and Colombia with aromatic notes of dark chocolate, ginger and hints of brown sugar and graham cracker.
“If you are a dark roast lover, Snow Day is the perfect blend for you,” spokeswoman Rachel Lee said. “Our limited release seasonal blend pays homage to the days of zero responsibilities, blank to-do lists and full days spent on the couch with your furry best friend.”
Snow Day is available at the Lawrenceville shop or online in 12-ounce whole bean and ground.
Winter Wonderland, the 2018 holiday coffee from Sheetz, is a blend of white chocolate, cinnamon and hazelnut. The family-owned chain of convenience stores based in Altoona offers its holiday brew in boxes of 12 single serve cups for $5.99 at its stores and online.
Arbuckle Coffee Co.
Based in Verona, the Arbuckle Coffee Co. has a large variety of holiday blends, including its 2018 specialty, Gingerbread, made from Arabica coffee beans with notes of citrus and Mayan chocolate. Other seasonal ground coffees include Christmas blend, eggnog, sugar plum, roasted chestnut, peppermint mocha and pumpkin spice.
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters
Keurig’s family of coffees includes Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, with limited edition seasonal blends: Holiday Blend, with notes of mild fruit and toasted nuts; and Cinnamon Sugar Cookie, with aroma and flavor of fresh-baked cinnamon sugar cookies.
Other holiday blends include Caribou Reindeer Blend, offering a clean, dry spiciness; and from The Original Donut Shop Coffee, Peppermint Bark, with the flavor of creamy white chocolate and a candy cane finish.
Also from Keurig is its Laughing Man Coffee, co-founded by actor Hugh Jackman. A portion of sales goes to the Laughing Man Foundation, which supports coffee farming communities and programs that promote fair wages and sustainable health for coffee farmers and their families. All are available at retail outlets.
Dunkin’White Chocolate Peppermint Coffee is available from Dunkin’ Donuts for the holidays, sold in 11-ounce bags for $7.99. Dunkin’ also has a limited edition Holiday Tin containing its Original Blend Coffee, available at grocery and convenient stores.
Starbucks Vintage 2018 line of holiday coffees feature its Christmas Blend in regular and decaf, a dark roast of spicy Sumatra beans with deep notes of cedar and sweet black licorice; Holiday Blend, a medium roast with layers of maple and herbal notes, and Espresso Roast. Starbucks’ newest holiday blend, Starbucks Reserve 2018, features woodsy aromas and holiday accents of mulled spices and orange zest.
Doug Welsh, roastmaster for Peet’s Coffee, based in Emeryville, Calif., said this year’s Holiday Blend coffee is stout bodied, deeply roasted and flavorful. “This year we selected southern Ethiopian coffee for its citrusy perfume, the sublimely syrupy and tobacco-spiced Sumatra of the Batak region and the Mayan chocolate delights of Guatemala from the small farms of San Martín Jilotepeque,” he said. It’s available at Peet’s coffeebar locations, grocery stores and online.
Candy Williams is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.