Starbucks Coffee

Via Instant Veranda Blend Blonde

Location: Seattle, Washington

Origin: Not disclosed

Roast: NA

Est. Price: $6.99/eight 3.3 gram packets

Review Date: September 2018

Agtron: NA/NA

Aroma: 6

Acidity/Structure: 7

Body: 7

Flavor: 7

Aftertaste: 6

Blind Assessment:

Evaluated at proportions of 5 grams of instant coffee powder mixed with 8.5 ounces (250 ml) of hot water. Caramelly, cocoa-toned. Fresh fir, cocoa, salted caramel, roasted hazelnut, a hint of lily-like flowers in aroma and cup. Structure is sweet yet brisk, with a salty edge. Lean but smooth in mouthfeel. Flowers and cocoa in the short finish, fading to salty wood in the long.


This coffee tied for the fifth-highest rating overall in a tasting of “instant” or soluble coffees for Coffee Review’s September 2018 tasting report. This is an instant Via version of the medium-roasted or “Blonde” Veranda Blend, which Starbucks describes as “mellow & soft.” It is apparently aimed at those who prefer a brisker, more delicate cup than presented by Starbucks’ more typical darker-roasted offerings. Visit www.starbucks.com for more information.


The Bottom Line: We enjoyed the caramel, nut and cocoa and the relative cleanness of the cup, though a salt-toned wood lurked.

This review originally appeared in the September, 2018 tasting report: The New (and Old) Instant Coffees: Convenience Aspires to Quality

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