Could there actually be an instant coffee worthy of this barista’s approval?
They are handing out samples of the new Starbucks VIA in the greater Seattle area so I jumped on getting mine this morning.
The first thing you notice when adding the instant coffee to a mug is this: it isn’t freeze-dried crystals like normal. It looks like actual coffee, just very finely ground. The aroma on both varieties are very fresh with a heady punch.
Columbia in the PCT mug, Italian in the Mt. Rainier mug (which has to be my all time favorite Starbucks mug).
Simply add 8-ounces (1 cup) boiling water, stir gently and let sit till cool enough to sip. It actually produced a slight crema on top – which I have never seen any instant coffee produce (Crema is the fragrant oils that come to the top when espresso is made and is a light golden color).
The coffee is very strong. If you like black coffee that prys open your eyelids you will love it. Otherwise, you will need some milk and sweetener to tone it down. Columbia is more mild, a smoother blend where the Italian Roast is a dark and very bold blend.
Now what is neat is that Starbucks is carrying it in 3 packs as well as the touted 10 packs. The 3 packs come in a small paper envelope, making it easy to stash in your pack.
I would drink this on the trail – and not cover it up with a ton of hot cocoa mix either. This is instant coffee actually worth the $$.