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How did the Starbuck's Challenge go ?

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chefkk Oct 6, 2009 08:50 PM

Great instant coffee? - you think !
So I drove over to a local Starbucks to take the test.
Inside was a small table with two metal carafes, and mini paper taster cups.
The server poured two cups for me to try.
I thought immediately that the darker looking one was the "real brewed stuff "
Wrong. It was the instant - gross, thick and chalky.
Did I make my point ?
And, these slender packets are expensive, about 80 cents each.
I'd rather have Dunkin Donuts ( really dislike D & D), but better than
this instant. I really love good coffee, if you are out there and would buy this...
is it just convenient, or do you like the taste ?
REALLY ?

  1. Davwud Oct 22, 2009 04:50 AM

    I took this stuff for what it was. Instant coffee. For instant coffee it was pretty good. For coffee, not so much.

    I will never buy it and I don't know who will.

    DT

    1. alkapal Oct 20, 2009 06:30 AM

      was this to taste their instant coffee? i tried some, but they'd blended it with some chocolate milk or something i can't recall. my mom taught me that if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all.*** so.....all i can say is that the starbuck's lemon cake i had a sample of was quite good.

      *****
      obviously, you all know i'm not always <cough cough> an adherent to this teaching.

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        givemecarbs Oct 21, 2009 10:39 PM

        He he alkapal! I sent my friend in to get me a short latte and he actually managed to get a short hot chocolate for himself, which I didn't know they offered, and he came out with two little packets of the via for us to try later. I tried mine and since my friend doesn't drink coffee I inherited the second packet. Let's just say I'm thinking of giving the other packet to my friend John. Mwa ha ha!

        1. re: givemecarbs
          alkapal Oct 22, 2009 03:53 AM

          gmc, you think starbucks would try and make a better product -- esp. since an instant coffee (via = "by way of"**) was seemingly antithetical to their whole coffee philosophy.

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          by way of??? great branding!!!

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