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post #1 of (permalink) Old 10-13-2009, 09:56 PM Thread Starter
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Default Starbucks Instant - Anyone try it?

This would be a good light weight alternative to bring the filter and coffee into the back-country and packing out the used filter etc...yuck!
Anyone try it? Good, bad, ugly?
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I had it once while camping a couple weekends ago. It was better than my usual solution which is "regular" instant. You can buy a pack of 3 for $3.50 (the larger package is 12 for $12) so you might as well just try it out. Way more expensive than regular instant, but I don't camp enough that it would bankrupt me.
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It doesn't work for my palette. Has a soupy taste like celery and a really lingering diesel-esque aftertaste. I much prefer the generic instant from President's Choice --It's not great but I can drink it.
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Someone brought me one to try when they were only available in the States, and I was waiting to go camping to try it. Maybe now that they are for sale in Canada, I will give it a go. While I lived in London, I drank instant (Nescafe Gold and no other) because it was better tasting and cheaper than the ground coffee available. I mention this because it indicates that it is possible to produce a coffee derivative that is drinkable.

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Has a soupy taste like celery and a really lingering diesel-esque aftertaste.
Sounds like they nailed the starbucks regular flavour. [}]

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My friends gave me a few packs to try this past weekend up in Garibaldi, I didn't think it was too bad at all, especially when mixed with Kahlua and or Baileys.

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I like instant coffee, once tim hortons comes out with that, I will be in heaven. Sure would be nice to wake up in the alpine with a nice hot tims. I like Starbucks locations, I just don't like their coffee to be quite frank. I'd so love to drink a tim hortons coffee in a starbucks location, next to their fire...

The last starbucks I bought ended up poured out in their parking lot in Port Alberni, tasted like motor oil with 10,000km usage.



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Starbucks coffee is very strong. It works well for Mochas, Machiattos, and with Kahlua, Bailey's etc. But since I like my coffee black, I like it weaker. That's why Tim's, McDonalds, etc are better.
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If they came out with a Starbucks instant Pumpkin Latte it would be a huge hit
For the money, I'm thinking regular instant is probably just as good at half the price ?
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Starbucks coffee is very strong. It works well for Mochas, Machiattos, and with Kahlua, Bailey's etc. But since I like my coffee black, I like it weaker. That's why Tim's, McDonalds, etc are better.
Those are espresso drinks, not coffee drinks though!

I'll try the instant, but I'd rather drink tea than bad coffee. There's nothing so disappointing as a bad cup of coffee first thing in the morning.
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Starbucks coffee is very strong. It works well for Mochas, Machiattos, and with Kahlua, Bailey's etc. But since I like my coffee black, I like it weaker. That's why Tim's, McDonalds, etc are better.
Those are espresso drinks, not coffee drinks though!
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Why bother with instant?
I use those socks/bags/whatever-they-call-them made for loose teas and fill them with regular (de-caffeinated) coffee.
Toss one into a cup of boiling water and let steep for a few minutes...ta-da!



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They're good, but they're too smooth for my liking-- I like the gritty.. My recommendation is if you usually drink a medium, try a dark roast instant instead. It helps..
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I tried some this weekend. It was okay, but the espresso Dru made was better.

I'm curious - the package said it was microground. Could I make something like that if I had a method of pulverizing coffee beans, say using a mortar and pestle?
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If the general rule is instant coffee tastes worse than regular coffee, and Starbucks coffee tastes like dirt, then does that mean that instant Starbucks coffee tastes like farm dirt?
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I tried a sample taster and thought it was quite good. It's just beans ground super fine rather than your normal "instant coffee" processing. If I continue with coffee on the trail (since I discovered green tea in bags), I will probably switch to this over the Nescafe "coffee bags"
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