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Staff Picks: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Four classic holiday movies, four limited-edition blends.

by Maciej Kasperowicz | December 03, 2021

Depending on what you do for a living, December can be a month of winding down or an absolutely wild scramble. We hope though, no matter your holiday schedule, you find some time to sit down and watch a seasonal favorite (or two) with a hot cup of coffee in hand.

From die hard Die Hard fans to folks who can’t end the year without George Bailey, we’ve got four limited-edition blends that pair perfectly with these holiday classics and more.

If you like... Black Christmas (1974)

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Screen Shot 2021-11-29 at 9.22.47 AM ReAnimator Holiday Blend ($22.40)

Bob Clark is better known in the holiday canon for A Christmas Story, but this proto-slasher with a great cast (Olivia Hussey, Margot Kidder, Andrea Martin) is arguably a more important and unique contribution. Why not pair it (or Sophia Takal’s underrated 2019 remake) with a Holiday Blend from a roaster that shares its name with a horror movie: Philly’s always delicious ReAnimator.

If you like... Die Hard (1988) and/or Carol (2015)

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Screen Shot 2021-11-29 at 9.23.03 AM Atomic Holiday Blend ($20.00)

If you believe Die Hard is a Christmas movie, the Costa Rican coffee in this blend gives it the slightly spiked vibe you’d enjoy at an office party. If you don’t think Die Hard is a Christmas movie, I’m not here to argue, but I assure you that Carol is, and ol’ Carol has some cocktails you can use this coffee to substitute for or pair with as well. Heck, make it a double feature.

If you like... It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

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Screen Shot 2021-11-29 at 9.23.27 AM Huckleberry Sister Winter ($24.75)

Huckleberry's holiday offering reminds me of the actual flavors and aromas of a winter’s evening more than any other coffee we’re selling this year. The deep baking spice and berry notes remind me of both pie and many of my favorite (non-coffee) hot beverages. There’s a bit of that classic chestnuts roasting on an open fire aroma as well. It makes sense, I think, to pair that with the most classic of holiday classics.

If you like... The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

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Screen Shot 2021-11-29 at 9.23.43 AM Small Planes Wintry Mix ($23.55)

Rain and snow aren’t super pleasant together, but Small Planes has offered up a much more likable Wintry Mix with flavors of chocolate and citrus coexisiting in perfect harmony. Other unlikely but very successful pairs: Dickens and Henson, Caine and Kermit, rubber chickens and rueful reflections on one’s past – all of which this movie pulls off with aplomb.