Every year around this time, Starbucks release their special “Casi Cielo” coffee. I was introduced to this about a year ago and I have to admit, I’m hooked. Despite my otherwise mild disdain for the Starbucks franchise, this is one of the few thing they do exceptionally well. Quite literally, “Casi Cielo” translates to “almost heaven”… as it does seem to leave an exquisitely sophisticated yet vanishing “clean” finish on your palette that inspires you to ponder about the celestial skies. Okay, enough marketing mumbo jumbo. I’m by no means a coffee connoisseur, so check out this guy’s review (warning: he’s quite animated!). Otherwise, my own take on it is that it’s a medium body coffee. There’s definitely a strong flavor to it, kinda nutty, kinda earthy, a tiny bit of chocolate flavor… however, it is exceptionally smooth (very “clean” finish). There’s almost no lingering acidity or bad aftertaste that you may find with other coffees (as tasted from a drip brew; a brew from a more finer ground with a french press may yield a different result). It is claimed to be an excellent post-meal coffee that would perfectly complement desserts, and although it’s been my morning brew recently, I can wholeheartedly concur with that pairing suggestion as well. At $12.95 per pound it’s a bit more than the standard fair but quite worth it. Since it’s seasonal, quite a number of coffee fans stock up on it.