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      06.06.2013 00:45
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      A fantastic iced coffee, but don't bank on the appearance of caramel

      Thoroughly sick of the psychiatric hospital's mediocre, repetitive food and drink, I managed to convince a kindly nurse to let me out to the supermarket for a few hours. Whilst there, I saw these marked down to £1 per drink. A long-time Starbucks aficionado, I grabbed a few and made for the checkouts. Nothing like a flavoured iced coffee to brighten a long day, right?

      =Initial Impressions=

      The drink came packaged in a little plastic pot, shaped like a take-away coffee cup. It is labelled, "caramel latte", and illustrated with the Starbucks logo. The cup proudly proclaims that it's made with real Starbucks arabica espresso and real milk, so I knew I wasn't getting a fake, flavoured product. The straw seems very short at first, but upon closer inspection, it telescopes out into a full-size straw, ready to poke through the lid.

      =Drinking=

      I kept the drink in the fridge until minutes before I drank it - I like my iced coffees chilled, and I thought that this would be best enjoyed chilled. Underneath the plastic lid, there's a foil lid keeping the beverage fresh - a must, being milk-based. I stuck the straw through the corresponding hole in the plastic lid, punching it through the foil, and began to slurp away.

      The taste of coffee from this drink is very strong. It's a full-bodied, warm, milky, slightly bitter taste, very like a real cafe latte. It's refreshing, it's revitalising, it's fantastic. Close your eyes, and you could easily imagine that you had brewed this yourself - it's such a clear, genuine coffee taste.

      The taste that didn't put in very much of an appearance was that of caramel. I expected the smooth sweetness of a coffee-shop caramel latte, or even of a homemade latte with caramel, but, as I slurped, I detected no caramel taste whatsoever - only a light sweetness, like that of Stevia or Canderel, that I assume was supposed to signify caramel. Towards the bottom of the cup, a caramel-like taste came into evidence, but it was overwhelmed by, rather than married to, that of the coffee. Despite this, I very much enjoyed the drink.

      =Notes=

      The packaging is very pretty, but quite small - each drink is slightly smaller than a Starbucks "tall" coffee. You couldn't get multiple servings from one cup, and a truly refreshing, long drink of iced coffee would require more than one cup! Still, they do normally retail for around £1.50, much less dear than a comparative coffee-shop drink, and Asda sells them for only £1.

      =Conclusion=

      These might not have a terribly distinct caramel taste, but, if you can forget that they're supposedly caramel lattes, the Starbucks Discoveries Caramel Lattes make for marvellous iced lattes. They're fresh, sweet, simultaneously bitter, and a worthy addition to any fridge.

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        16.02.2012 15:28
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        make your own Starbucks iced drinks with these

        I'm a HUGE Starbucks fan, and I do spend an awful lot in there. I do also try and replicate the drinks at home because as much as I love Starbucks drinks I do think that they are overpriced.
        I spotted these little caramel lattes in the chiller section in Waitrose and I thought that I'd give them a try.
        They are quite small, at just 220ml, but I guess that the price reflects this, they vary between £1.00 - £1.50 depending on the supermarket and any special offers on at the time.

        It's basically a Starbucks cold caramel latte, and it says that it's made with Starbucks fairtrade certified espresso roast just like the drinks in the stores. The caramel latte combines espresso and milk with caramel flavouring. It does say that it's ultra heat treated which to me is uht milk, I hate uht milk but I thought that I'd give these a chance. You do have to keep these refrigerated so I don't know if they are uht milk or not? It says 2% fat milk on the carton.
        I do really like the both the iced caramel lattes and the caramel coffee frappuccinos from Starbucks, and so I thought that I'd try to make my own at home versions of these with these little pots.
        If you want to just have this as a drink to go on its own then just give it a good shake and use the little straw which it comes with to puncture the foil on the top of the carton and it's good to go.
        I haven't drank these on their own but I have made fairly passable iced caramel lattes and more than passable caramel coffee frappuccinos with them.

        To make this little pot into an iced latte just fill a glass with ice and pur the little pot of cold carmel latte over the ice, drizzle some caramel syrup on the top, pop a straw in and there you go. This wasn't far off an iced latte that you would buy from Starbucks, although it did have a slightly strange taste to it, it wasn't unpleasant, it wasn't a uht milk taste, it was a synthetic taste I guess. The caramel taste was definately evident, it wasn't too sweet, just a nice buttery sweet caramel taste.

        The caramel coffee frappuccinos were more of a success, for some reason the synthetic taste wasn't present when I turned them into frappuccinos. To do this put the drink plus double the quantity of drink in ice into a blender and blend until it resembles the consistency of a frappuccino. Pour into a glass, top with a squirt of whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel syrup, add a straw, and voila, a homemade caramel coffee frappuccino. This tasted just like the real thing, no synthetic taste, just coffee and the buttery sweet caramel.

        I do pick these up occasionally if I happen to see them on offer in the supermarket, they are much cheaper than actually going to Starbucks.

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        17.02.2011 18:01
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        A cold coffee product from the famous Starbucks chain, which is cheaper but keeps the taste!

        Recently, I saw this Starbucks Discoveries Caramel Latte in Tesco's and though i'd give it a try - the others in the delicious Starbucks range of cold coffees are yummy, so I thought why not. And I wasn't let down!

        Firstly, for around £1.49 in supermarkets (Tesco's and Morrisons) it is a bargain compared to buying a coffee from the actual Starbucks which can see you paying upwards of £3. In this economic climate this most certainly is an advantage! These moreish drinks are also available in Starbucks stores for around £2.30.

        Following the design of the other ready-to-go coffees in the range the drink comes in a take-away cup with an extendable straw which can pierce through a keep-fresh foil seal. The packaging itself is a luxurious orange colour, representing the caramel flavouring. The packaging also features a small section explaining the drinks namesake - Qandi, which means crystalised sugar, is the original home of caramel flavouring. Ultimately the packaging is great for use and easily disposable.

        The drink itself is cold and therefore needs to be kept refrigerated until ready for consumption. It is a mixture espresso and milk, which what it describes as a "buttery-sweet caramel flavour". Taste wise, although perhaps not as sweet as a warm beverage, it is still highly delicious. It definitely has an edge to it due to the cold coffee but its sweetened by the caramel. Instead of being bitter it was rich, which is perhaps aided by the caramel flavouring. Starbucks really did well in making a cool coffee drink so pleasantly refreshing.

        However, being just 200ml in size it quickly runs out. A typical coffee would be almost twice the size of thing (a tall in Starbucks is 354ml/12 fl. oz). Therefore, whilst being half the price the quantity is also halved.

        In comparison though this does not affect the quality. Starbucks Discoveries Caramel Latte come with high caffeine warnings, as they contain 45mg/100ml. This is roughly the same as is found in a average cup of coffee, and higher than an average energy drink. Also as stated earlier, they really are heavenly!

        Nutritional Values per 200ml:
        120 calories = 12% GDA
        5.6g protein
        18.8g carbohydrate
        3.2g fat

        Compared to other products in the range the Caramel Latte is higher in fat. For example, the Seattle Latte contains only 2.6g of fat. This is perhaps surprising as the Caramel Latte uses 2% fat milk, compared to the 3% used in all other Starbucks cool products. This should not be off putting however, as compared to some equivalent products this is still low in fat!

        I would definitely recommend that any coffee lover gives this a try. It is ideal as a quick pick me up in the morning and definitely provides you with that caffeine kick to start your day, with the same great quality as Starbucks stores themselves.

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          26.01.2011 17:43
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          Great Starbucks taste from your corner shop

          I have visited a few Starbucks in my time and I am rather partial to their lovely Mocha coffees but have never really been tempted to try the iced coffees that they serve.

          Due to a job, husband, three kids and a house to run after my trips to Starbucks have dwindled to almost nothing and when I noticed the Starbucks logo in my local store like the magpie that I am I went straight for it and was slightly disappointed to realise that it was an iced coffee but rather than walk away I thought it's the closest that I will get so I bought it!

          The coffee is called Discoveries, Qandi - Latte Caramel Flavour and comes in a plastic cup with the usual white lid and attached to the side of the cup is a handy plastic extendable straw perfect for on the go.

          The coffee itself is caramel blended with Starbucks Fair Trade espresso roast.
          The name Qandi as the cup tells us comes from the Greek island that the Arabian candy makers called "Qandi" which means crystallised sugar and they introduced this flavour to the world.

          The purpose of the cup and the straw means that you can drink it on the go although I brought mine home as lets face it its January and its rather nippy!

          Before you open the coffee you need to give it a good shake to mix both the coffee and the caramel together, I held onto the lid while I did this just in case but the lid was sturdy and never moved.

          When I lifted the lid of the scent from the coffee was rather heavenly and was a perfect mix of caramel and coffee although the coffee scent is more dominant and it made me feel like I was sitting on a comfy sofa in star bucks apart from the noise of the noise and the kids.....actually yes just like my local Starbucks.

          Taking that first sip was rather heavenly and the coffee had a really rich quality to it and the coffee came through really strongly and was full of flavour, the consistency of the drink was thicker than I expected and was somewhere in between an average cup of coffee and a milkshake!
          The caramel flavour is quite strong and I noticed it more as an aftertaste although not an unpleasant one I should add, the coffee was really well mixed and was very smooth to drink and did not leave any lasting aftertaste or a film on my tongue which according to one of my friends was something she felt after a iced coffee.

          I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this coffee although perhaps as a treat rather than an everyday drink as
          Unfortunately I am now having theses rather too often as its easier and cheaper than going to my local Starbucks!

          The cup states that it has a high caffeine content (947mg /100ml) which is why is should not be consumed too often

          Energy 270kj/60 kcal
          Protein 2.8g
          Carbohydrate 9.4g
          Fat 1.6g

          I purchased mine in my local Cost cutter store for £1.50 and for me it was worth every penny!

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            19.11.2010 10:08

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            Nothing special here. It's cold Starbucks coffee in a plastic pot with a foil lid and a telescopic straw.I hate cold coffee, so I microwaved mine. Here's a hint: don't microwave the plastic pot. It'll start to melt. Pour it into a mug and heat that.Not sure why they thought a straw was a good idea. I bought two of these, keen to experiment, and I finished the first one cold in roughly 0.00002 seconds thanks to the straw. The second one I heated and drank without the straw. It lasted a bit longer, which was nice.I don't really have much more to say about this product. I'm short on the word count. Oh well.

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            25.10.2010 17:07
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            A must for any coffee lover or those who struggle to get through the day

            Anyone who knows me knows that mornings are not my forte and I turn into a whining child at even the prospect of getting out of bed before 7am(even that is pushing it). However, three out of five weeks I find myself starting work at 8am and so needing something to help me get through the day. I'm not a fan of energy drinks and the coffee from our vending machine leaves something to be desired.

            On a recent visit to my local Morrisson's I came across Starbucks Discoveries Caramel Latte. Despite costing £1.49 for a 220ml cup and the fact that it was freezing cold outside I decided convenience was more of a priority.

            This drink is enjoyed chilled and is a milk drink made with Arabica fairtrade coffee. The sugar used in this product is also fairtrade. The packaging advises that this product has a high caffeine content-47mg to every 100ml. This is great if you need help getting through your day but maybe best avoided before bedtime. What I especially like about this drink is that it is very smooth, the taste of coffee is evident without being overpowering or having any bitter kick. Considering this product contains milk, I was surprised by its' shelf life. I have found that they have about a month-not that I ever wait that long to drink them so you can stock up and always have one of hand rather than having to ensure you pass by the supermarket every morning. It is the fact that the milk used is heat treated which not only prolongs the life of this product but gives it both a creamy texture and taste.

            This product is easy to spot as it comes in a sturdy plastic cup which clearly has the Starbucks branded logo along with the fairtrade logo. The cup is sealed with a foil lid and a removable plastic lid which has a hole for the expandable straw. The packaging is also recyclable.

            Overall, I think I actually prefer this to hot coffee, this is probably due to my extremely sweet tooth and this product being of the caramel variety. I would like to say I enjoy this every day but unfortunately my pockets aren't that deep. It is however, a regular treat in my shopping trolley. If you like coffee then I believe this is a must try.

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              30.09.2010 17:40
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              Gorgeous and indulgent coffee for the masses!

              I absolutely love Starbucks coffee and was excited when I saw a couple of flavours of ready made coffee retailing at £1.49 a drink in my local Asda store (since then I have seen these in numerous supermarkets by the way including Sainsbury's and Morrison's) and I purchase them regularly from anywhere I can get my hands on them and I have a few pennies spare!

              I couldn't wait to try out the caramel flavour one when I spotted it and since drinking the first one I tried late one night I usually have a couple of these in my fridge (I'm drinking one now whilst I am writing this review actually lol!).

              The Packaging:

              220ml cup with a white plastic lid with a hole in that and under that there is a orangy coloured foil and the outside of the cup there is again an orangy colour along with blue and the Starbucks emblem is shown and I am clearly told that it is 'Discoveries' Starbucks Coffee, Qandi Latte Caramel Flavour. On the back of the cup other information listed includes being told a bit about the latte, nutritional advice and ingredients are listed and contact details for Arla foods (the manufacturer of the product) are given. It's a nice handy cup and informative enough and comes with a clear and green straw so its ready to drink.

              A Bit About The Product According To The Information Listed On The Cup:

              Made with Starbucks Fairtrade certified Expresso roast, just like the beverages in our stores. Qandi Latte combines expresso and milk with buttery- sweet caramel flavour.

              The Drink Itself:

              Shake it up, pop the straw in the top of the cup (that comes with it and attached to the side of it) and away you go. The liquid smells like sweet coffee and is a light brown, milky looking colour.

              Taste wise this is simply superb and just the usual quality you would expect from a Starbucks product. The taste of coffee is slightly bitter and tastes really fresh and roasted, blended with what tastes like full fat milk which is really creamy and with a really sweet taste of buttery, sweet caramel to it. The flavour is smooth and like I say fresh and at the moment this is my favourite ready to drink coffee from the range. It just has a lot of flavours going on within it and really is just simply TASTY! Just make sure you like sweet....cos it is that but that sweetness really does go with the buttery and bitter flavours going on within it!

              Nutritional Information Per 100ml:

              Energy: 60Kcal
              Protein: 2.8g
              Carbohydrate: 9.4g
              Fat: 1.6g

              Available in all good supermarkets etc and retails at about £1.49 a cup.

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                21.09.2010 17:05
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                A great latte :) Recommended!

                Starbucks Discoveries Caramel Latte

                I saw this in morrisons about a month ago I think and I got one then and I got another one of these yesterday in morrisons where they are on offer for £1 each. They have this one and the seattle one too.

                *About the product*
                It comes in a starbucks plastic container and it has a silver foil lid. It has a green straw too (on the picture) which at first looks really small and useless but it extends to the size of a normal straw.

                It is 220ml or 7.74 fl oz. It is made in denmark and it uses fair trade arabica coffee which is great! It does say on the side 'enjoy cold' but I don't like cold coffee so I just heated it slightly.

                *Nutritional information - per 100ml*
                60 calories
                2.8g protein
                9.4g carbohydrates
                1.6g fat

                *Main Ingredients*
                2% fat milk
                starbucks fair trade certified arabica coffee
                Fair trade certified sugar
                Flavouring

                *My opinion on the product*
                It says that you should drink it cold, and you could do that but I didn't like it when it was cold, so I put it in my microwave (without the foil lid) for about 30/40 seconds which makes it nice and warm to drink. Which is so much better than it is when it is cold!

                When it is warm it is so gorgeous and buttery and warm and caramel sweet! It is so nice when it is warm, it tastes the same when it is cold, its just that it is cold and I don't like cold coffee!

                It also has a little bit of information on the side of the plastic container (and the lid) which says about the history of caramel, which is great if your bored or have some time to kill!

                *Additional information*
                The drink is ultra heat treated and it has a high caffeine content which on the container says 47mg per 100ml which is quite a lot. It has english and german on the container.

                I got mine from morrisons and I got the first one because it was only £1 but I got the second one yesterday because they are rather nice! They sell this one and the seattle on in morrisons but I have not seen these being sold any where else though.

                Conclusions
                Good points
                *Great for on the go
                *Really cute packaging
                *Really gorgeous coffee/caramel/buttery/sweet flavours
                *Made with fair trade sugar and fair trade arabica coffee
                *Ultra heat treated
                *Comes with a straw and lid which has a hole in it for the straw
                *Only £1 in morrisons
                *Only 60 calories!

                Bad points
                *I have only seen these being sold in morrisons
                *After a while it can become a little bit sickly
                *In my opinion it is not as nice cold

                www.StarbucksOnTheGo.com

                Thank you for reading my review

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                Brand: Starbucks / Type: Coffee