Field Notes Starbucks Reserve Coffee Origins Preview & Giveaway

Want a pack of the new Starbucks Reserve edition of Field Notes? See the end of the post and enter to win!

Since I’m in the process of reviewing the Field Notes Brand Unexposed Edition, I figured this would be a great time to introduce you to the new Starbucks Roastery Edition: Coffee Origins. This is the second set of Startbucks Roastery branded Field Notes. (This is not a part of the Field Notes Colors line.) The first edition is beautiful. Think Shelterwood or Cherry Graph Field Notes in the Arts and Sciences size. (I’ll be reviewing those when I review the Arts and Sciences Edition.) Both editions are available only at the Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room in Seattle, Washington. These special edition notebooks retail for $12.95, almost a 25% increase in costs over your everyday package of Field Notes.


The reason I mention that I’m reviewing them now with the Unexposed books is because that’s essentially what they are, albeit in colors that are much easier on the eyes. The books come in three colors, green, red, and blue. Field Notes smartly packaged them in a way that all books get rotated to the front of the package, meaning the collecting purists will need to own at least 3 sets. Like the Unexposed books, the covers are Sappi McCoy 100#C with colors on the inside of the covers being the reverse of the colors on the outside. As you can see below, yellow and blue appear inside the blue and yellow book. And since it’s the same cover stock, it has the same glossy feel. I love that. To me it means it’ll crack nicely as it wears.

FieldNotes_Coffee_Origins_Starbucks_Reserve_specificationsThere’s one detail about these books that really makes them feel sharp. White staples. They really pop against these bright, but not annoyingly bright cover colors that give them the perfect contrasting balance. From the middle page you can see the white coating end where the staples were cut. I’ve seen this before on other colored staples.



You may also notice on the side of the belly band, that the three books all have different ink layouts on the usual Finch Opaque Smooth 50T “bright white” innards. I’m not sure that Field Notes has ever used this combination before, but I love it. As someone who prefers grid to lined, and both by far over blank, it’s a great combination to replace the typical blank pages with a dot grid fan favorite! I also really like the choice of color: “Pantone Cool Gray 4”. It a great fit.






The back covers of the books feature the world’s coffee-growing regions: Latin America on the blue book, Africa on the red book, and Asia/Pacific on the green book. They also highlight specific regions where Starbucks sources their coffee.

FieldNotes_Coffee_Origins_Starbucks_Reserve_AsiaPacific FieldNotes_Coffee_Origins_Starbucks_Reserve_LatinAmerica FieldNotes_Coffee_Origins_Starbucks_Reserve_Africa

The belly band features the Starbucks Roastery logo on both sides.



The Practical Applications are as follows:

  • 01. Remarkable Adjectives
  • 02. Poignant Quotes
  • 03. Drawing of Authors
  • 04. Secret Recipes
  • 05. Treasure Maps
  • 06. Names Taken
  • 07. Genius Ideas
  • 08. Letters back home.
  • 09. Shoddy Sketches
  • 10. Crop Predictions
  • 11. Small Schematics
  • 12. Colleague Addresses
  • 13. Favors Requested
  • 14. Acceptance Speeches
  • 15. Lunch Orders
  • 16. Future Business Names
  • 17. Good Deeds Done
  • 18. Daily Journal Entries
  • 19. Scrapbook Finder
  • 20. Crafted Lyrics
  • 21. Completely Insane Ideas
  • 22. Roadtrip Mileage
  • 23. Ingredients on Hand
  • 24. List of Proposed Lists
  • 25. Phone Numbers
  • 26. Life-Changing Revelations
  • 27. Gambling Debts
  • 28. Topographic Studies
  • 29. Barista Wisdom
  • 30. Autograph Practice


I really love this edition, but I know it’s hard to come by. You need to know someone in Seattle, traveling to Seattle, or pay ridiculous markups. As I’ve been lucky enough to come into several packs at cost, I’ve decided to give a pack away! And not just any pack, but the pack I shot the pics for the blog with. Ooooh special! 🙂 Yes, that means it’s opened. And I do that on purpose. As a user of Field Notes, I want these books in the hands of people who will use them, not profit from them. So I’ll politely ask that you only enter this drawing if you do not already have a pack of these notebooks. Lets spread the Field Notes joy, and let someone get their hands on these who has no other way of getting them.

To enter, comment below and create your own unique, never before printed Practical Application! I’m traveling for the next week, so I’ll allow submissions until midnight on September 13th, 2015. After that, I’ll choose my favorite and contact you below and vial e-mail to claim the prize, so please be sure to include your e-mail address in the form below.

And though it’s not required for winning, if you’re not already a member of the Field Nuts page on Facebook, come join us! It’s a great community, perfect if you’re looking to trade some books, speculate as to new editions, or just talk shop.

Good luck!

About me

I'm just a guy who loves Field Notes Brand notebooks. I'm on a journey to use one of each edition, starting with FNC-27 Workshop Companion. I'll end up eventually using the first colors edition, the coveted Butcher Orange. I am not affiliated with Field Notes, I just love to use their notebooks.


Field Notes Unexposed
October 02, 2015
Field Notes Ambition Review
August 29, 2015
Field Notes Ambition Preview
August 10, 2015
Field Notes Two Rivers Edition Review
August 01, 2015
Field Notes Two Rivers Preview
July 16, 2015
Every Field Notes Practical Application
July 08, 2015
Field Notes Workshop Companion Review
July 03, 2015
Field Notes Workshop Companion – Staple Day
June 15, 2015
FNC – 27 Workshop Companion Preview
June 06, 2015


Reply September 3, 2015

what a great giveaway! I love the unexposed edition covers so I'm sure I would love these. How to think of a practical application that's never been used? How about coffee house people watching notes.

Jeremy Writebol
Reply September 3, 2015

Cool giveaway.

Practical Application: Epoxy-Dipping Projects

Chad Robinson
Reply September 3, 2015

I'm fairly new to Field Notes, only recently just started using them. I carry one with me to write haiku in them for later revision and possible publication. So for a Practical Application how about: Places to take a ginko (a Japanese term meaning a walk to inspire the writing of haiku).

Sam W.
Reply September 3, 2015

My Practical Application: 'Inane Jotting'

Thanks for Running this Giveaway Andy!

Todd L.
Reply September 3, 2015

I've been trying to get FNHQ to put this one in an edition. My entry for the contest is : FIELD NUTTERY

Reply September 3, 2015

31. Analog Tweeting

David Millar
Reply September 3, 2015

31. Real maps of fake places.

anthony york
Reply September 3, 2015

beans to grind

Josh M.
Reply September 3, 2015

31. Known unknowns.

Reply September 3, 2015

31. Handwritten Books of the Bible

Reply September 3, 2015

Cold Brew Recipes!

Kris H.
Reply September 3, 2015

31. Weird coffee imbibing spots.

Mark Pappas
Reply September 3, 2015

31. Punch List for Global Thermo-Nuclear War DefCon Room Construction

Reply September 3, 2015

Awesome blog! Thanks for running this giveaway!

Practical Application: Courtroom Sketches

Bryan Fulton
Reply September 3, 2015

37. Ideal temperatures for different blends of beans.

Reply September 3, 2015

Practical Application #14564. Things I have never thought about until now.

Thomas Cackler
Reply September 3, 2015

I used to roast my own coffee beans and have thought about getting back into the practice. If I win, not only will I get back into roasting, but I'll use these for roasting / tasting notes for my coffee.

Dan M
Reply September 3, 2015

Practical Application: 10 year old boy halloween costume ideas

Eric Ugland
Reply September 3, 2015

Love this blog, love your giveaways.

Practical Application: Monsters No Longer Under My Bed

Brian Wong
Reply September 3, 2015

31. Favorite Name Misspellings

Jim W
Reply September 3, 2015

32. Ways to Calm Down when over caffeinated

Casey R.
Reply September 3, 2015

31. Poorly executed drawings of your fellow man.

Joanna Pataki
Reply September 3, 2015

There's something fantastic about holding a well-made notebook. Stapling together scratch paper does not satisfy in the same way.
Practical Application: Sketch Doll Furniture.

Reply September 3, 2015

31. Inventive insults
Love the blog so far!

Reply September 3, 2015

31. Lists of my husband's hilarious typos and oopsies with autocorrect.

Hunter White
Reply September 3, 2015

Practical Application; Protein to Caffeine Ratio

Kim Sisk
Reply September 3, 2015

Practical Application: New Klingon curses.

Reply September 3, 2015

Recently my practical application has been pencil shaving catcher

Nicole Shupe
Reply September 4, 2015

As a second grade teacher I would drink coffee while writing the the hilarious things that 7 year olds say!

Reply September 4, 2015

31. "Things I do better than anyone else".

Reply September 4, 2015

31. communicable diseases avoided (aka bullets dodged)

Reply September 4, 2015

31. Bean counts

Dirk Jan
Reply September 4, 2015

Plan coffee tasting trip

Reply September 4, 2015

Frisbee tricks

Reply September 4, 2015

31. Litterbox Protocol for Asian Palm Civets

Charles DeCurtis
Reply September 5, 2015

31. Plant facts for your pocket (fall colors and corresponding tree species, trees that harbor the most insect species, largest trees by state and species, trees I have kissed under, ....

Reply September 5, 2015

31. Giveaways Entered

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