Sampler Site – Free Mail Sample – Review – Starbucks Via Instant Coffee

*** The product reviewed in this post was given to me for free, by mail, by Sampler, a Canadian Company that sends out samples for different brands. I am not getting paid to do this post, nor am I obligated to post my opinions on my blog or social media, and my review is my honest opinion on the product. ***

Brokedown Vanity - Free Mail Sample - Package

I had just gotten home from a random lunch date with my husband, when I saw the mail had arrived early. Since I had taken the advice of my bestie, and started applying to various blogger friendly sites for product samples, the mailbox has been something I look forward to visiting.

The first item to arrive from Sampler was the Starbucks Via Instant Coffee Packet. The one I received was the Pike Place Roast Medium Roast 100% Arabica Beans. Now, I am not coffee drinker, I drink tea, and I get the occasional iced cappuccino from Tim Hortons. The last time I had instant coffee was when I was in the military, and it tasted like ass.

I am willing to challenge myself, and for someone who doesn’t like coffee, I figured I could at least give an honest perspective on the taste alone.

Brokedown Vanity - Free Mail Sample - Starbucks

I received 1 instant packet on an info card, as well as a $1 off coupon on the purchase of the whole item. The coupon is not actually valid at the Starbucks Coffee Shops, which I thought was funny.

Product Claims:

-an expertly roasted cup of coffee, but as an instant
-smooth and balanced flavour

Other Info:

-flavour first created by the company in 2008
-meant to be a coffee that can be enjoyed at any point of the day

Final Thoughts:

Cons

-it is coffee
-there was no instructions, I had no clue how much water was needed per packet(though I am sure the actual product will have the info on the big box for you, when you purchase it)
-the ingredients list only said instant and microground coffee(I know there was something else in the mix, as their official site says so)
-there was no information on how much caffeine was in each packet(some people might need this info)

Pros

-it sort of tasted like hazelnuts, which I later found out from the actual site are an ingredient(even though the packet says just ground coffee, basically)
-it was very smooth, and not too strong(but that could be due to me not knowing how much water to add)
-it did not cause me to get a stomach ache, which was an unexpected bonus
-it dissolved really well, there was no random chunkies floating around
-sturdy, thick packaging, would be good for your purse and wouldn’t randomly pop open or easily get pierced

Brokedown Vanity - Free Mail Sample - Starbucks - once brewed

Would I actually purchase this?

Yes, surprisingly. I really did enjoy it, it wasn’t horrible for a coffee. I have had many people buy me coffees, or offer me coffee, in hopes I will somehow magically like it some day. I have never much liked the taste of it. I really don’t mind this though, and out of all the coffee I have tried, I can say this does taste like a fresh ground coffee. It doesn’t taste like an instant. I might not purchase this exact one, although I did like the taste. There are more than a few others in the lineup that peaked my interest just a bit more.

The have a blonde coffee version that is actually geared as a canadian coffee, so that one might be interesting to buy. I have never had a blonde coffee before. They also have a few latte versions as well. Not sure what I might try yet.

I’ve seen these at Shoppers Drug Mart, No Frills, the Real Canadian Superstore and Walmart. I am sure there are other stores that carry them in Canada as well, so you will probably have to do a local web search to see which near you, if you end up intrigued enough to try them out.

Have any of you tried these before? Did you enjoy them? What was your favorite flavour, tell me all about it in the comments!

‘Til Tomorrow

Helen

P.S. – This is a beauty blog, and I will be focusing on that, but I have had the thought to add consumables from time to time, as I am trying out more things in my life. These posts will just be extras, will be schedualed at a different time than my normal posts, and are just a sort of fun bonus content. Sorta like the random kitties from time to time.

*** The product reviewed in this post was given to me for free, by mail, by Sampler, a Canadian Company that sends out samples for different brands. I am not getting paid to do this post, nor am I obligated to post my opinions on my blog or social media, and my review is my honest opinion on the product. ***

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