August 26, 2013

Review: Starbucks Discoveries - Chilled Espresso Beverage (Caffe Mocha, Caramel Macchiato, Vanilla Latte)

Starbucks Discoveries At Grocery

Starbucks has launched its Starbucks Discoveries series of products with partner Pepsi to bring three flavored coffee drinks in ready to drink form to you grocer's chilled section. We thought we'd Review them and give you a snapshot of another cool summer coffee drink.

The 1.5 liter (1.49 actually) packs look different, and come with a screw cap that unleashes the Vanilla Latte, Carmel Macchiato (you need to supply your own "Macchiato"), and Caffe Mocha. The carton is notable because it's some masterpiece of packaging shape; who knew a machine could fold something like this. It's not a regular gable top carton; it's some

My world needs more coffee, and Starbucks Discoveries are a pretty good fit. The flavors are not stand-out, but the drink is a bit indulgent, and sweet, with a hint of the signature flavor at the end. Mocha has a bit of a lingering chocolate flavor, while the caramel has a bit of a salty sweet caramel flavor. Not bad, but it doesn't scream coffee…… at all. Maybe it whispers coffee at best. It doesn't hit you over the head with sweetness either, so maybe a decent balance.

Extra Shot?

I added a shot of dark roasted espresso (about 1 ounce) to the Caffe Mocha to try to jazz up the coffee flavor, but while I successfully increased the coffee I also muted the sweetness and overall mocha flavor. Taken over ice though, this was a great indulgence, that I have enjoyed a couple of times since.

Discoveries Poured

These are better than the bottled variety that are shelf stable and go through a harsh packaging procedure. They are perishable, and you need to use them within 7 days of opening.

Convenience is the name of the game here, and at $1 a serving, this can add up to a pretty costly habit, since I rarely had just one glass at a time. I like them as an indulgence, but maybe not as an every morning ritual. For that I have plenty of other costly capsule-based habits that cost at least a buck a drink.

Who is this for: People who love iced coffee drinks with a splash of coffee culture

Who is this NOT for: People who need strong coffee flavor in their coffee drinks; it isn't there my friends; don't bother.

Vanilla Latte, Caffe Mocha and Caramel Macchiato

Size: 1.49 liters, or 50.7 Fl Oz

Calories per Serving: 120

Serving Size: 8 ounces

Servings per container: About 6

Cost: $5.99 at Stop & Shop, or about $1 a glass

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Posted by Scott Martin at August 26, 2013 9:02 PM
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