Many have been asking me since I first spoke about the Black Apron Exclusives coffee beans.
The Black Apron Exclusives™ offerings represent Starbucks expertise in coffee and dedication to the farmers who grow the finest beans.Launched in April 2004 this premium line features rare and intriguing coffees available in limited quantities.Starbucks pays tribute to the farmers of each Black Apron Exclusives™ coffee with a cash award, helping fund projects that support their communities, the environment and coffee sustainability. Past awards have contributed to projects in all three coffee-growing regions.
This line of special coffee is usually a once-in-a-lifetime experience. There have been many types of beans that appeared under the Black Apron Exclusives label but once they are out of stock, that's it - no more reproduction of such. Therefore, the experience to taste the coffee made from any rare, exotic and cherished beans under this label can only be described with one word - extravagant.
The term Black Apron, I assume was derived from the black apron usually worn by the coffee masters; one level up after the usual baristas who wear green-color aprons. These are the people who masters the art of coffee making, hence the title they deserve to have.
To date, these are the beans that have been produced and marketed under the Black Apron Exclusive label:
- 100% Kona.
- Ethiopia Harrar.
- El Salvador Estate Pacamara.
- Aged Sumatra Lot 523, Crop Year 1998.
- Kigabah Estate, Papua New Guinea.
- Elephant Kinjia, Blackburn Estate, Tanzania.
- La Candelilla Estate, Tarrazu, Costa Rica.
- Shirkina Sun-Dried Sidamo.
- Kenya Kirinyaga.
- Rwanda Blue Bourbon.
- Kopi Kampung Sulawesi, Indonesia.
- Ethiopia Gemadro Estate.
- Zambia Terranova Estate.
- Sumatra Siborong-Borong.
The Black Apron Exclusives can only be found in selected stores. For instance, Bangsar Village outlet, Berjaya Times Square outlet, KLCC outlet and Mid Valley Megamall outlet. And the Black Apron Exclusives do not come with notices - they just suddenly appear on the shelves, so you might want to check for them from time to time.