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Coffee FYI

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Re: Coffee FYI

Postby Wandering Daisy » Wed Oct 26, 2011 8:15 am

Last trip I took a sample of VIA- had one cup of VIA and one cup of Trader Joe's Instant. The VIA was slightly better, but not enough for me to fork out the extra money. A lot of the taste in coffe is in the water. Bad water makes for bad coffee. I do not treat my cooking water. I suspect that using treated (chlorine tabs) water for coffee would make it taste off. High Sierra water, in contact with granite, is the sweetest best water ever! I also found that the exact right amount of instant coffee is important. I think one reason VIA tastes better is that it comes in pre-measured packets. At home I have experimented with my regular instant coffee to find the proper amount and am very careful to use this portion when I am out.



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Re: Coffee FYI

Postby fishmonger » Wed Oct 26, 2011 2:31 pm

well, I've had Via and mass market instant coffee in the same size pre-measured packs with me. the amounts were the same, the water and the cup were the same, and I never treat or filter water. the taste of the cheap stuff? =;
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Re: Coffee FYI

Postby Carne_DelMuerto » Sat Nov 12, 2011 9:34 am

VIA is on sale again at Costco. Mentioning it in case anyone has some winter trips planned. (I had to pass as I'm 7-8 months from my next trip. :crybaby: )
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Re: Coffee FYI

Postby js hill » Sun Jan 08, 2012 7:33 pm

After many years of trying several items and products to have the best cup of backcountry coffee, I have resorted to drinking what I used to bring years ago on my backpacking trips... Taster's Choice Freeze Dried Coffee. My rationale for this is saving weight, less space taken up in the bear canister, no empty coffee wrappers or used coffee "tea bags" to pack out, quick and convenient, you can easily make it as strong or as weak as you like, and in the morning it taste pretty darn good. I usually have about three 6 oz. cups each morning. The first by itself as I sit on a rock or log and contemplate the day ahead. The second cup with breakfast, and the third to have after breakfast when I'm often looking over my topo maps. I find that most foods taste pretty good when camping out and to me freeze dried coffee is no exception. I don't drink it at home just like I don't eat freeze dried lasagna at home either, but for my wife and I, when we're out on the trail, it tastes just fine. :nod: js hill
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Re: Coffee FYI

Postby rlown » Sun Jan 08, 2012 9:15 pm

hmm.. about all i can say.. Even I tried Via and it's lighter than a press and not any heavier than a bag'o freeze dried coffee. I too, would take freeze dried Folgers dark roast before I found Via. My friend still carries the Folgers, and somehow I run out of Via packets earlier than usual.

As I ran short on the last day of my trip last Sept, I ran into some 20 somethings, and they gladly gave me a couple packets, as long as I carried out the cardboard container it came in (yes, i didn't ask why they carried that, but they also had a quarter wheel of Gouda and some fine single malt). A good time was had by all, and i had some Via for the morning on the day we headed out.

My press is taken when I have 3 or more coffee drinkers, and the obligatory pound of Peets. Otherwise, i'm sold on Via.
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Re: Coffee FYI

Postby fishmonger » Sun Jan 08, 2012 10:00 pm

got a $25 gift certificate to STarbucks from Santa - time to replenish my Via supplies. I noticed they now have something like 6 different kinds. I've only had the Columbian so far - anyone can comment on the others?
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Re: Coffee FYI

Postby freestone » Fri Jan 13, 2012 8:31 pm

It's all good, but pay attention to the expiration dates.
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Re: Coffee FYI

Postby BrianF » Wed Jan 25, 2012 9:05 am

Starbucks also offers a Via Iced coffee version that I tried on recent 3 day trip where I left the stove at home. I was pleasantly surprised. I tried the "coffee" flavor - a pkg makes 16oz and was enough pow for a hardcore coffee addict like me, It is slightly sweet and good coffee flavor. Still missed a cup of hot joe in the morning, but I was sold as a totally viable (no pun intended) alternative. I will probably bring a packet to two on longer trips for a pick up on hard days.
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Re: Coffee FYI

Postby KathyW » Tue May 29, 2012 5:17 pm

Carne_DelMuerto wrote: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.


Thanks - I use those too; so I headed to Costco and picked some up. I use the coffee mate stick packs for my creamer, which are about the same size as the starbucks via packs. One Starbucks Via and one Coffee Mate Stick Pack added to a cup of hot water each morning - pretty lightweight and it's nice to have my coffee in the morning.
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Coffee FYI

Postby Ucdengboss » Sun Aug 12, 2012 9:44 pm

I have tried the caramel and vanilla flavored Via (I brought vanilla and a friend brought caramel so we could trade a pack). I love vanilla to begin with and this was no exception. The friend that brought the caramel tried my vanilla and he loved it as well. Not to say caramel was bad but the vanilla hit the spot. I just wish it weren't so expensive. I buy a 7 pack of cheap stuff at Walmart for $1.29. Of course it tastes like dirt but it is dirt cheap.
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Re: Coffee FYI

Postby Scouter9 » Tue Sep 04, 2012 3:46 pm

We've switched from the Via to Trader Joe's freeze-dried coffee packets. They're less expensive, less bitter and come either as black coffee or already cream/sugared. I'm done carrying my little press or making "tea bags" with coffee -- these are too simple and good.
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Re: Coffee FYI

Postby vandman » Tue Sep 11, 2012 10:59 am

On my most recent trip I carried Bustello freeze dried. It was pretty good, just the way I like my coffee, muy forte. It's not as good as VIA, but you know all those little packets can get annoying, and it's too expensive. Bustello is easy to find and much better than gingo coffee. Just add 2 spoons into 2 or 3 cups boiled water and the morning looks promising. I will still be hiking with my Nalgene french press on trips less than 10 days, but Bustello is an easy to use, lightweight solution on long trips :bear: .
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