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Starbucks Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month With Coffee Seminar in Yakima

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YAKIMA, WA - Starbucks is doing more than just brewing your favorite blend. They're hosting a Latin American Coffee seminar to celebrate Hispanic Heritage month in Yakima. 

From the Colombian Tolima to the Shade Grown Mexican blend, customers are taking their palettes south of the border for an experience Peter Lopez says he has to travel far from Yakima to get.

"I like going to the reserve spots on the west side, so it's good to have the option here, right now," said Lopez.

Monique Cisneroz says this experience is eye-opening, learning about geography and the elements that go into her favorite morning drink.

"The plantation that it's grown at, the elements that it's infused with, like the cinnamon sticks, the orange peels," said Cisneroz. 

And there's something for everyone. 

"It's pretty good, it's got an earthy taste to it and it's dark coffee so I like dark coffee, it's strong," said Lopez.

Customers are using all their senses in this seminar. Beyond the sampling, they get to see how coffee is made in different parts of the world. Including the demonstration of a 'chorreador,' a traditional Costa Rican method of pouring coffee. 

A good seminar wouldn't be complete without some food pairings, like a savory Guatemalan quesadilla and sweet baked goods.

Hispanic Heritage Month was enacted into law by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 and since then, it's celebrated from September 15th through October 15th.