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Topic: VIA Instant (10 msgs / 181 lines)
1) From: Larry Williams
Tried the new VIA Charbucks instant coffee this morning.  A freebie!  I can
attest that it is not bad for instant coffee, but it still has the familiar
burnt flavor.  What else did I expect...
Larry Williams
Everyday Is a Saturday
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2) From: Christopher Navarro
Then I guess their advertisements are right, you can't tell the difference,
burnt is burnt  :)
-Chris
On Thu, Oct 8, 2009 at 3:18 PM, Larry Williams wrote:
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3) From: Seth Grandeau
How would you compare it to Starbucks fresh brewed?
On Thu, Oct 8, 2009 at 4:18 PM, Larry Williams wrote:
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4) From: Ira
I was at a Starbucks last week on the challenge day but there were so 
few employees I felt bad asking given the line. It was offered to the 
person in front of me and afterwards I heard the manager to her 
employee say that most people guessed one of the coffees correct and 
the other one wrong. I think the guessed the lighter one right and 
the darker one wrong.
Ira
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5) From: Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
They just had pike's place VS via when I went, and it was easy to 
tell the difference. I think I knew when I smelled them, definitely 
knew when I tasted them, and when it was cool a bit, it was easy. the 
via has an odd mouthfeel, a little fruity but in a way a decaf can be 
fruity, meaning it tastes like process fruitiness, not from the 
coffee. pike's place is juist a straightforward brewed dark roast 
with no particular qualities, and not a fresh roast. I had to explain 
to the guy tasting what VIA was - he said it was micro-ground coffee, 
not instant coffee. I explained it WAS instant coffee that was finely 
pulverized. But it is instant coffee, meaning soluble coffee. They 
are simply being less greedy in the soluble process by taking only 
about 20% of the soluble solids extracted from the coffee, rather 
than normal instant where they take 30% or more ... everything they 
can get from a coffee bean. Try that at home ... 30% extraction, like 
leaving coffee in a french press for an hour or two before plunging 
it, is nasty. If they are indeed adding microground of whole bean 
coffee back into the via, then this is somewhat of a health issue for 
those with cholesterol issues.
Tom
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6) From: raymanowen
"...a straightforward brewed dark roast with no particular qualities, and
not a fresh roast."
Don't they have those attributes patented? -ro
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Persist in old ways; expect different results - suborn Insanity...
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7) From: Doug Hoople
"...a straightforward brewed dark roast with no particular qualities, and
not a fresh roast."
Don't they have those attributes patented? -ro
Yes! They worked long and hard to arrive at that state of "no particular
qualities." I think they should be entitled to the intellectual property
privileges that pertain thereto! Mediocrity fully documented, backed by the
full faith of the US Patent Office.
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8) From: Jim Couch
So, What do ya want for 50 cents, picture AND sound......oopsey my bad gyess
I shoulda said 5 dollars.......:-)
On Thu, Oct 8, 2009 at 7:22 PM, Doug Hoople  wrote:
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9) From: Howard Degenholtz
Well, I admit I got it right (picked the Via) while still hot (the
cup, not me).  I'm not sure what the alternative was - probably Pike,
which I admit I like better than the house, it being less burnt - the
flavor was duller than that of the non-instant, but with no aftertaste
as with Sanka or similar.  Nevertheless, I only go Stargazing when
obliged by the headache and when beyond reach of something fresh: my
motto being that life is too short for bad coffee.  My office is
located between two local shops and two corporate franchises, my home
runs on Behmor, and my neighborhood has baristas par excellence.
--Howard
howard.degenholtz
On Thu, Oct 8, 2009 at 8:22 PM, Doug Hoople  wrote:
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10) From: Allon Stern
On Oct 8, 2009, at 10:49 PM, Howard Degenholtz wrote:
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Finding good coffee is not a matter of life-or-death.
It's much more important than that.
-
allon
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