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Recent Coffee Reviews

Grower's Cup Brew-in-the-Bag Coffee

rated 1 of 5 stars Saw it, bought it, tried it. It was bad. I had fresh Cascade mountain water, measured exactly, heated as directed, steeped according to instructions, and then shared with a friend. We each had a smallish cup of weak, sour coffee. Starbucks VIA is the nectar of the gods compared to this. Then I had a bag of soggy, heavy grounds to carry out. If this product was used on a long backpacking trip you'd have quite a load to carry out. I'd not recommend this product. Full review

Starbucks VIA Ready Brew

rated 2.5 of 5 stars Great Taste, "land" Filling. Could have something to do with Starbucks deal w/Costco, I don't know. These tiny packs of coffee make a wonderful, delightful, full bodied cup of brew that doesn't taste instant. The coffee itself gets 5 stars. Wasteful giant Costco style mega blister pack, then repackaged in groups of three inside that package...I'll bet the two layers of exterior packaging outweighs the little packs 2:1. Anyway, tastes good! Starbucks gets zero stars for considering the environment. Full review

Starbucks VIA Ready Brew

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Starbucks taste good on a regular day... Starbucks is AMAZING first thing in the morning after hiking all day and camping out all night. A taste of civilization in the backcountry. If you can boil water, you can easily have a great coffee in the morning before your next day of hiking. This is a lightweight compact treat to help keep morale high. Full review

Starbucks VIA Ready Brew

rated 3 of 5 stars These are tiny and pack very light. They make a nice strong cup of coffee. I really love these instant coffee packs. They make a very strong cup of coffee. This really works well for me, because while I don't like my coffee as strong as these tend to be, I can make a cup of coffee in a large mug. There's nothing worse than not having enough coffee to kick start the day, and when I use one of these in a large mug with some extra water and some powedered milk, it makes a very nice, full cup of coffee. Full review

Starbucks VIA Ready Brew

rated 5 of 5 stars I'm a recovering coffee snob who, in previous years, would have rather drank mud from a puddle than instant coffee of any brand. Those days are over. Alright, I'll admit it. I'm a coffee snob. My grounds of choice come from Peet's Coffee, and I take great pride in brewing a full-bodied cuppa Joe, whether I'm at home or out in the wilderness. Over the years I've used espresso makers for backpacking, drip filter holders of all shapes and sizes, the Aero Press system (still a great way to brew, BTW)… Full review

Starbucks VIA Ready Brew

rated 5 of 5 stars This has worked extremely well on my last handfull of adventures. I used to swear by the French Press in my JetBoil, and the coffee that produces does taste a lot better. But now I'm just boiling up some water and pouring it in my mug. Perfect for lightweight, late risers. I've always been a bit of a coffee snob. Which is why I'm so surprised with how good these little packets of freeze-dried (?) instant coffee taste. I know the price is quite high, but the convenience factor with the individual… Full review

Starbucks VIA Ready Brew

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Fast and easy caffeine that tastes good and weighs nada. PV=nRT  OK, for you non-scientists, this means that at different Pressure(s) and Volumes, the temperature will vary. As P increases, as it will at higher elevations, T decreases. Water at 7000' and higher does not boil at a sufficient temperature to extract caffeine from ground coffee. Oy! Via is a nice alternative Full review

Starbucks VIA Iced Coffee

rated 4 of 5 stars Great tasting coffee. I didn't start out as an iced coffee fan. I like my coffee hot, black and bold. My wife bought these for herself, but didn't care for them, so I decided to try one. I was pleasantly surprised. Via has a bold coffee taste but it doesn't have that instant coffee taste, and it doesn't taste like a cup of cold coffee. The prep is simple, pour the contents of one individual packet into 16oz of water and shake. Full review

Starbucks VIA Ready Brew

rated 5 of 5 stars Perfect for backpacking trips. I use this for all my camping trips even the car camping ones that I could take a percolator.  No extra equipment to take and clean, just add hot water and you're good to go.  The taste is great and there are several varieties/flavors available. Easily purchased in grocery stores. I've even used it at home when I ran out of regular coffee. Full review