Via Instant Veranda Blend Blonde
|Roaster Location:||Seattle, Washington|
|Coffee Origin:||Not disclosed|
|Est. Price:||$6.99/eight 3.3 gram packets|
|Review Date:||September 2018|
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.
Notes: 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