Archive for October, 2009

October 21, 2009

VIA Ready Brew Recipes

Friends, readers, coffee gurus, and coffee fixated individuals, the VIA has arrived. I feel like this is a monumental moment. As if I’ve just won the Nobel Peace Prize. Ok, perhaps thats a tad too far…Still, this is VIA we’re talking about people! My free 20 sticks of Colombia Ready Brew arrived a week or two ago (I won them on a contest on the MyStarbucksIdea website).


I love these little packets of instant perfection. The Colombia is this beautiful medium, well bodied beauty. I picked up a 3-pack of the Italian Roast a couple of weeks ago and fell in love again. (I was impatient for the Colombia to come….) They both deliver a strength that is unheard of from instant coffees. And as I promised recipes are to follow…

Pumpkin Spice VIA Nog:

  • 1 packet Colombia VIA
  • 8oz hot water
  • ½ – ¾ cup Pumpkin Spice Egg Nog (You can find this at your grocery store near the milk, half and half, creamer, etc.)

Fill a mug with 8oz hot water. Stir in your VIA until completely dissolved. Next, pour in your Pumpkin Spice Egg Nog. Enjoy! I suggest trying a ½ cup first of the egg nog and see how rich it is for you. If you find that it is not too rich and would like more flavor, add another ¼ cup. Feel free to add some whip cream on top if you’d like an even more decadent beverage.

Iced VIA Latte:

  • 8oz cold milk (soy, 1%, 2%, whatever you like)
  • 1-2 packets Splenda (depends on how sweet you like your coffee, you can use 2-3 tsp. of sugar instead as well)
  • 1 packet Colombia or Italian Roast VIA
  • 1 cup ice cubes

Pour 8oz of cold milk into a glass. Stir in your VIA and Splenda (or sugar) until dissolved. Add ice cubes and drink up! A straw makes this drink even more lovely. Vanilla or chocolate soy milk would probably be quite tasty as well.

Review On Starbucks Fall Shaped Sugar Cookies:


I love these little things. Inside this adorable little package are 12 thin, little sugar cookies. They are hard and simply sweet. I love them so much that I went back and bought a second pack in the same day. They are $1.95 for a box which is not that bad considering that you get 12. I enjoyed them, you will probably enjoy them as well. They’d be great dipped into a hot mug of VIA.