Starbucks VIA® Ready Brew Mocha Flavored Coffee
- 5 SINGLE CUP TUBES PER PACK
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The notably larger and heavier packages are sold alongside the original VIAs, featuring only six servings per pack. VIA fans will note the "lightly sweetened" remark on the front of the box, along with the addition of cane sugar in the ingredients list. The packaging is otherwise nearly identical to the standard VIAs, so you'll have to look closely to notice it.
Mocha VIA dissolves quickly, much the same way as the original VIAs, but with a slightly milky hue. The mocha-coffee aroma is present, but the actual flavor of the coffee differs notably from the smell; both the coffee and mocha components are low-grade, with the sugar element coming in quite strong ("lightly sweetened" means the same thing here as it does with Iced VIA - almost as sweet as soda.) The overall impression is office-quality bitter coffee with some condiment chocolate powder thrown in and a remarkably heaping spoon of sugar.
This does not mean that Mocha VIA is useless; part of what made the original VIAs so popular was how many different ways they could be used in mixed drinks (VIA dissolves in cold water/milk/etc as well as hot), and I would wager that over time, there will be a sizable list of unique mix recipes for these flavored varieties as well. But without those recipes, most Starbucks fans who expect a rather complex quality blended coffee drink will be disappointed by trying to drink this straight.
The Mocha flavored Via is disgusting. Rather than having any flavor of chocolate at all, it has a strong artificial sweetener taste - as if someone dumped in a package of saccharine and called it cocoa. It ruins what would otherwise be a usable cup of coffee. Far superior is using the regular or Columbia flavored Via, and adding a few small squares of real Hersheys chocolate!
An hour later I was so buzzed out on caffeine I could hardly focus on my work. I felt like I had just drunk a triple shot of espresso. I was obnoxiously jittery, which is something I do not like. Perhaps it was just me, or the brew I got, but whew! I know from past experience that Starbucks is usually fairly high in the caffeine department but this was a little over the top, I only had one cup.
So I took one star off since I couldn't taste a lot of Mocha and another for the jitters one cup gave me.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I purchased this as a little treat for myself thinking it would be an indulgence from my typical morning coffee. Read morePublished on April 17, 2014 by Nicholeluvslucy
My mom loves to drink starbucks coffee but she loves this one the most. I always buy it for her.Published on February 13, 2014 by JI HYUN SUH
Thank God we got a free sample of this coffee from a Starbuck's store, otherwise it would of been a waste of money. Read morePublished on January 25, 2014 by Kathlee S. Bell
First disappointing product that I've purchased from Starbucks. The coffee/cocoa taste is overwhelming strong and bitter. Not a pleasurable drink.Published on January 13, 2014 by J Green
The price is twice than the local store!!! Not worth it. The same stuff, double price,why? Did not get it.Published on June 20, 2013 by X. Wu
Don't be fooled by the pkg, each one of these pouches gives you a nice "fresh brewed" cup of coffee with just the right touch of chocolate. LOVE IT!!Published on April 22, 2013 by L. Saucier
The only way I can drink coffee is if it's a Starbucks mocha latte, but I don't really have the $4 a day to spend on a drink. Read morePublished on November 21, 2012 by Tiff