Viva la VIA

I have never been a coffee person. I do not own a coffee machine, and I never saw the appeal of choking down the dark chestnut colored concoction anyway. I thought it was bitter. Tea always won out. Until now. Until Starbucks VIA. Disclaimer: Starbucks did not ask me to write this, I just happen to love it and I want to share my new find .

columbia via Viva la VIA

Bobby tried VIA last week in some kind of taste test, and he said it was really good. He’s not really a coffee person, so I thought he might be on to something. I picked up a pack of 12 instant coffees in the Columbia flavor. I think it was $9.95 for the pack? That’s a decent price for coffee that tastes great, in my opinion. It’s less than $1 a cup. It’s simple to make; you just pour hot water over the coffee and stir. They have another flavor, the Italian Roast, which is stronger.

To offset my new bad habit (coffee), I went for an old healthy classic: a macrobiotic breakfast. This oat bran was cooked with flax seeds, a little bit of unsweetened shredded coconut (not macrobiotic), soy and rice protein powder, and a dash of sea salt. I froze it for about 10-15 minutes before eating. I also made miso soup with water, seaweed, and miso.

 Viva la VIA

On today’s list of things to do is a walk to clear my head (airlines suck and make me pissed), some moving prep (I’ve already sold our dresser and night stands), and kabocha. I haven’t had kabocha in a while and I miss it. Bobby is at his computer class all day so I’m on my own.

What are you up to this weekend?

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19 Comments on Viva la VIA

  1. coco
    17 October, 2009 at 1:39 pm (5 years ago)

    welcome to the coffee fans club! It’s about time… hahaha…. :D I need to try that VIA coffee!
    it’s rainy here, so boring! Just woke up from a nap! :)

  2. Lindsey @ Sound Eats
    17 October, 2009 at 2:04 pm (5 years ago)

    I recently just tried the VIA coffee, too, and was surprised that I liked it! (I have never liked coffee and don’t own a coffee maker). Now I’m thinking of checking out Ross and Marshalls to see if I can find a French press!

  3. VeggieGirl
    17 October, 2009 at 2:07 pm (5 years ago)

    Definitely take some “me time” and clear your thoughts – stay positive! :)

    This weekend = studying, as always.

  4. Bekah
    17 October, 2009 at 2:13 pm (5 years ago)

    Not a coffee fan?! I haven’t met a cup of joe i haven’t slurped down and filled for seconds. :/ bad habit… more like, bad, necessity. freezing oat bran? mm i will have to try that.

    this weekend i’m going home! i’ve been interning in tx, and i had the opportunity to drive back to az. and i took it. i was not enjoying my life here, so i’m heading HOME! thats the short version of what my weekend looks like anyway.

  5. Jill
    17 October, 2009 at 2:26 pm (5 years ago)

    Glad you have come over to the “dark” side. If ya try french pressed coffee, your life will be changed forever.

  6. Susan
    17 October, 2009 at 2:35 pm (5 years ago)

    I actually haven’t tried the Via as straight up coffee yet – I’ve just been adding it to my oats! You know, I bought miso a long time ago to have with breakfast, and I still haven’t cracked it open. I should do that!

  7. Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter)
    17 October, 2009 at 3:22 pm (5 years ago)

    My fiacne (now husband) is to blame for my coffee habit. Never really drank it regularly until I moved in with him. It’s not about the caffeine for me, but more about that morning ritual of a hot creamy beverage. I love it, and I also love quaint little coffee shops. It’s such a fun habit – don’t know why I think I need to always cut it out of my life.

    Now you can make the kabocha butter. ;)

  8. Kimberly
    17 October, 2009 at 4:31 pm (5 years ago)

    oh cool! When will you arrive in NYC? I’m from this part of town!

  9. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    17 October, 2009 at 5:54 pm (5 years ago)

    Ok so I love coffee unabashedly admit it is my one and only vice these days. I have heard mostly bad things bout Via so I am glad you wrote something good about it! I will try it someday I am sure but it’s nice to know you found something you like and works for you! Woo hoo!

  10. theantijared
    17 October, 2009 at 6:04 pm (5 years ago)

    I got the VIA as well.

    I went to get a coffee and the Starbucks person told me that they would buy my coffee if I bought a 12 pack of VIA.

    It is still in my car.

  11. Christina
    17 October, 2009 at 6:09 pm (5 years ago)

    I’ve tried the VIA before, too. I think Starbucks always tastes burnt and bitter and to me the VIA had a little bit of that. It must just be the way they roast their beans! But I was impressed that it was rich and not like an instant coffee.

  12. Anne K.
    17 October, 2009 at 7:25 pm (5 years ago)

    I actually really like Via! It’s definitely not weak like most instant coffees. I like making Via iced coffees :)

  13. MarathonVal
    17 October, 2009 at 9:49 pm (5 years ago)

    You would be happy to know that I finally joined the kabocha club tonight! I had it at a restaurant tonight…. love love love it!!

  14. Cindy
    17 October, 2009 at 11:21 pm (5 years ago)

    UH OH…I am a coffee addict (but it’s ONE a DAY so not too bad)
    but I love me a cup o joe in the morning!
    I am finally doing some catching up blog reading!

    Happy Saturday!

  15. Neela Marijana
    18 October, 2009 at 2:30 am (5 years ago)

    hmm the coffee sounds good, and surely much easier to prepare than the one from coffee mashines.
    i had a shopping weekend so far. my wallet is not happy though ;)
    hope you have a good one

  16. Dori
    18 October, 2009 at 8:06 am (5 years ago)

    When you move here I want you to make me breakfast! I recently “quit” coffee, meaning I only have it when I really want it, not every day. Via is a very good choice!

  17. Pure2Raw Twins
    18 October, 2009 at 8:40 am (5 years ago)

    I have stopped drinking coffee. I must say it was one of the hardest things I have done. Your miso soup sounds yummy. Hope you have time to relax and clear your mind. I take walks too, they always seem to do the trick.

  18. Marina
    18 October, 2009 at 8:49 am (5 years ago)

    I’m studying, at least I try to. And I’m trying to get rid of this cough by resting.I love coffee, but I sometimes have some “coffeeless” periods. I just listen when my body wants it, and when not.

  19. Emily
    18 October, 2009 at 11:30 am (5 years ago)

    I’m curious to try the via. I have heard good things, but I have trouble imagining a good cup of instant coffee!

    good luck with the move! how exciting. and way to manage the stress with a head-clearing walk. I know from cross-country moves; they’re certainly not easy, but you’ll make it! :)