The limited-edition coffee is having a milestone birthday at Starbucks.
Anniversary Blend whole-bean coffee, intended to be offered for only a few weeks, has become a fall tradition at Starbucks every year since it was introduced in the autumn of 1996, when Starbucks was celebrating its 25th anniversary. At the time, the company had grown from a single store at Pike Place Market in Seattle to more than 1,000 stores, including its first location in Japan. As a tribute, Starbucks introduced Anniversary Blend, a complex, hearty coffee with cedary, spice notes.
Twenty years later, Anniversary Blend is still crafted from a blend of Asia Pacific coffees, starting with full-bodied coffee beans from Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. Aged coffee beans from Sumatra add a spicy flavor.
This fall, the Starbucks Anniversary Collection pays tribute to the symbol of Starbucks with siren-themed drinkware in shades of gold and blue. The collection includes a special Anniversary tumbler adorned with Swarovski crystals, available for a limited time online and at participating stores in the U.S. and Canada.