Monday, March 12, 2012

my taste buds say yes, but my pride says no.

In an attempt to write every day like I told myself I would this month (hasn't happened once), I picked up some of that Starbucks instant coffee at Target. You know the one.

Guys, I have tried so hard to like this coffee. For real. Why? Because my favorite thing to drink when I'm writing is coffee (big surprise). And honestly, I've never once had a Starbucks drink I thought was bad (except a gingerbread latte, but I hate gingerbread so maybe I should have seen that one coming?). So when they released the Veranda blend via, I got so excited!

I know, I know, I could make real drip coffee like the champ we know I am, but these packets seemed so appealing and easy in the mornings when I am too tired for actual measurements.

But, after having tried making it several times, I'm tempted to just throw out what's left in the box and start getting used to making real coffee in the mornings. I've tried making it with the prescribed 8 ounces of water, with more, and with less. I've used creamer to try to amp up some flavor, I've tried using no creamer and just milk and sugar. I've tried drinking it just straight black blonde and that hasn't helped either.

No matter what I do, this comes out tasting waaaay bitter and really burnt.

The reason I'm telling you about this ultimate first world problem (I mean, really) is because I'm hoping one of you lovely people has figured out how to fix this problem and can share the love. That way, I don't have to give up drinking this for good (my taste buds say yes, but my pride says no).

If not, can you please tell me where in DC I can buy a Keurig (and then give me the money for it)? Great, thanks.


  1. Sorry- can't help you there- I am a tea drinker, but I did laugh at your "first world problem". My husband points these out sarcastically to me all the time when I am complaining about something mundane- I mean, honestly, does he think he is, the Dalai Lama?

    1. Haha! I sometimes say that to remind myself to chill the heck out. I keep trying to get into tea, but it never happens for me. :/

  2. that was supposed to be: I mean honestly, who does he think he is, the Dalai Lama? My lack of attention to detail lately is starting to grate on my nerves.

  3. I'm not a via fan. Good ole coffee for this girl! But I'm picky and only drink what I brew myself after years f trial and error. Maybe it's the water in DC? Have you tried using bottled water? And also, make sure the water is cold when you use it in a drip maker. That's supposed to help.

    Good luck :)

    1. Really, you're supposed to use cold water in a drip maker? Hmm. I'll try that out next.

      And maybe - the only water worse than the tap water in DC is the water in CS. (And China's. But I assume we're just talking about the US here?)


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