So when I got my new job I decided that I had to become for financially responsible and cut down on the Starbucks consumption. Which gave birth to a tradition I hold true to this day. Except on Mondays when I am headed back from my mom's house because I need the caffeine to get through the 1.5 hour commute into work.
Where was I?
Oh yeah, the new Starbucks Via Instant Coffee.
When I saw that there was a way for me to have dark, angry Starbucks coffee anywhere I started to get the same itch that I assume a crackhead sees when they see rock candy at the five-and-dime. I wanted to grab packets from the display and blow an entire weeks salary on them. I wanted to toss them up in the air and watch as they rained down on me.
But then, the little logic that is left in my addled brain told me that buying expensive instant coffee without trying it first would not only be illogical but pretty damn stupid. So the next time I went into get my drink on a Friday I thought perhaps they will be giving out samples. That would be the smart thing to do, from a marketing angle, right?
Sadly, they were never giving out free packets of Via.
So what did I do? I voiced my angst at work. I let it be known that I was not happy with Starbucks not giving a loyal customer a free packet of Via.
And what happened?
One of my awesome co-workers got a free sample from... well I don't know where she got it from but she gave it to me. And I was happy. It sat, waiting in my day planner until a day when I really needed it. And that day came this week.
My thoughts on it?
It tastes like instant coffee. Yeah, like regular instant coffee if you added an extra teaspoon of grounds to the cup when you make it. It didn't hold the thrill that I thought it would. No magical caffeine fairies appeared.
So take my advice and save yourself a couple bucks and just stick to drinking the stuff at work. Because you can bitch all you want but you know and I know that it isn't that bad.
~The Office Scribe