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Coffee FYI

Postby Carne_DelMuerto » Thu Apr 14, 2011 6:25 pm

For those who have converted to using the Starbucks Via on the trail: Costco is offering $3.25 off a 24 pack right now. At my local store that brought it down to just over 50¢ a shot. Not bad considering it's close to a $1 a shot at the grocery store.
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Re: Coffee FYI

Postby oldranger » Thu Apr 14, 2011 10:50 pm

Carne ...

Thanks for the heads up!

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Re: Coffee FYI

Postby AlmostThere » Fri Apr 15, 2011 7:00 am

I've discovered something I like better than Via... Mount Hagen. One teaspoon makes a good strong cup of coffee, one jar makes 60 cups for 12 bucks. I found it after being recommended to try it at the Yosemite grocery in the village. Haven't seen it in stores in town, tho I haven't tried Whole Foods yet.
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Re: Coffee FYI

Postby Oubliet » Mon May 02, 2011 11:38 pm

I'll have to try it.

Looks like you can find it online.

http://www.nextag.com/mount-hagen-coffee/stores-html
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Re: Coffee FYI

Postby Telkwa » Thu Jun 30, 2011 5:43 pm

Sorry about resurrecting an old thread, but I'd never heard of Via or Hagen's. What do you guys think? Is it really pretty tasty compared to fresh-brewed? Maybe it's 'close enuf' when you factor in speed, convenience, and clean-up?

Obviously the thing to do is swing by our local Starbucks and pick up a few, but I'd like to hear your comments..
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Re: Coffee FYI

Postby Carne_DelMuerto » Thu Jun 30, 2011 9:45 pm

Telkwa wrote: Is it really pretty tasty compared to fresh-brewed? Maybe it's 'close enuf' when you factor in speed, convenience, and clean-up?


The Via is really not bad, and yes, the convenience really makes it for me. No grounds to clean up/pack out. If anything, it can be a bit weak, but that's about all. I'm by no means a coffee snob, I just like one black coffee in the morning and that's it. At home I use the Kirkland brand coffee beans (basically Starbucks).
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Re: Coffee FYI

Postby DriveFly44 » Wed Jul 13, 2011 11:28 pm

I used a french press for a few years and it was great but now I'm on board with Via due to the convenience. I'm open to other options though and may have to check out the Mount Hagen. Thanks for the info.


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Re: Coffee FYI

Postby Rod Kinner » Wed Aug 10, 2011 6:33 pm

Telkwa wrote:Sorry about resurrecting an old thread, but I'd never heard of Via or Hagen's. What do you guys think? Is it really pretty tasty compared to fresh-brewed? Maybe it's 'close enuf' when you factor in speed, convenience, and clean-up?

Obviously the thing to do is swing by our local Starbucks and pick up a few, but I'd like to hear your comments..
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Re: Coffee FYI

Postby fishinxj » Wed Sep 07, 2011 3:14 pm

Tried the Vias last weekend and will no longer carry myJetboil press. The Vias are good enough to dump the press. No cleaning. Coffee just disolves. The Italian Roast tastes good. The Carmel flavor is okay.


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Re: Coffee FYI

Postby vandman » Thu Sep 08, 2011 6:44 am

Never thought I'd say it, but I'm finished with my French press. The Italian Roast Via is just as good and no mess, no cold wet hands in the morning--another innovation in wilderness travel. I found it on sale for a dollar for a pack of three and bought 25 of them.
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Re: Coffee FYI

Postby Troutdog 59 » Thu Sep 08, 2011 1:45 pm

I am also a convert to VIA, as much as I hate to admit it. Pretty tasty, light, and just so darned simple. Add water, stir, drink.
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Re: Coffee FYI

Postby fishmonger » Wed Oct 26, 2011 6:36 am

Via is "Mousie-Approved" - here in the Muir Pass hut. Mousie is still looking for the best creamer alternative to the real thing...

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