Product Type: Starbucks Coffee
Newest Review: ... out foil type container measuring about 3 inches in length with the words Starbucks VIA ready brew and Italian Roast Dark printed on ... more
Instant you say Hogwash cant be.
Member Name: Autumnrose
Advantages: Great taste bold flavor does not taste like an instant coffee
Disadvantages: Taste so good
I work in a restaurant so I can pretty much have coffee any time I want and that would be great if the coffee there actually tasted decent but I can only compare it to sewer water and the fact that we actually serve the stuff like its going out of style made me realize that either people have no sense of taste or they just have no idea what a good cup of Joe should taste like. I figure it's the later as we actually serve decent food and its taste is quite a different experience from the coffee.
As the coffee at my job is horrible I have been trying different types of coffee and trying to find some thing that works with my job so that I can avoid their coffee as if it were plague ridden. I recently thought to give the Starbucks Via a go. I have tried other brands of instant coffee and was rather put off by them they either tasted funny or just did not taste good at all.
So with a rather closed mind I set out to explore the different types of Starbucks Via. The first one that I got was the Columbian flavored one and to be honest I was waiting for it to be horrible as most instant coffees are. They either have you feeling like you have drinking water filtered through garbage or sick to your stomach from the mass amounts of caffeine you get. Thank goodness for me this was neither of those.
As am one to not read the directions I mixed my first pouch with cold water as I was making an iced coffee. It did not dissolve right away and I was left with little blobs of coffee floating on the top of the water. I grabbed a spoon and gave it a quick swift stir and was pleased to see the blobs sink and dissolve. Disaster was averted I thought as I added my sugar and cream and then poured the mix over ice. As I have become an avid Starbucks connoisseur I know how a good iced coffee taste from them.
I held the cup up to my nose and took a big long sniff as most of the other instant brands I had tried had a faintly fake smell. I was very pleased to say the least that this did not have that fake smell. It actually had the smell of a freshly brewed strong coffee. It was a very delicious aroma and it really made my mouth water.
Now was to come the true test how would it taste. I learned a long time ago just because something smells good does not mean that it will taste well so expected the worse and was shocked to actually get the best. The flavor of the instant coffee was strong and bold it had a fresh brewed taste about it and the flavor was really spot on with a cup of fresh brewed coffee from Starbucks. I could not believe it tasted so good I went around for the next hour telling every one that would listen how good it really tasted. It tasted so good that before long I realized I had completely drained my cup and was in need of another one.
Having made the mistakes in the previous cup I figured I should read the directions and actually follow them and see how the second cup tasted and would it taste any better because I had followed the directions? So I got my hot water ready and poured it over the coffee granules and watched as they instantly dissolved no floating on the top in blobs this time around it seemed that the hot water was the sure fire way to go. I next added my sugar and my cream and then poured that mix over ice again. This time I took a quick sip and was even more surprised it seems that the hot water really had the coffee bloom it brought out all the flavors that you get when you drink a cup of fresh brewed I was really impressed with these little pouches as they really do taste just like the fresh brewed had I not known they were instant I never would have been able to tell.
I have also tried several other flavors of the Via and I have to say that they all taste great. They all have the bold flavors that Starbucks is known for with out the horrible taste of an instant coffee.
Would I recommend this to my friends and family you better believe it. They all love a good cup of Joe as much as me so when I find something this good I cant help but share.
Summary: Great instant coffee with out the instant taste.