I tried out the new overhyped Starbucks Via Instant Coffee they introduced yesterday and today. The marketing material is over the top. It’s just fine-ground dehydrated coffee. When you rehydrate it, it’s lost most of the essential oils that make for good coffee.
Now you can enjoy our bold and roasty-sweet Italian Roast in an instant. Just tear open a pack of Starbucks VIA™ Ready Brew and add water. Let the coffee brew 10 seconds, stir, savor and enjoy. It’s not instant coffee the way you know it. This is genuine, dark-roasted Starbucks® coffee. 100% arabica and ethically sourced. Isn’t it wonderful? There’s now an instant coffee that you can start a whole new tradition with.
I noticed a couple problems with the coffee:
- It tasted good with milk and about 5 oz of water. With 7-8 oz, it was extremely watery. Maybe hotter water would help?
- The grounds formed a suspension in the water, the didn’t seem to dissolve very well. I stirred thoroughly.
The NY Daily News says it doesn’t taste very good, and bnet calls it a tough sell. At $0.99 per coffee, the price isn’t right for the casual drinker (their grande drip coffee is $1.70). I would recommend sticking to heartier fare–like the latte!
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