Cool Off This Summer With Starbucks VIA Instant Iced Coffee

Starbucks VIA Instant Iced Coffee is a new sweet blend this summer

This summer coffee drinkers who love the Starbucks VIA instant coffee blends will now be able to enjoy their drinks on ice.  The Starbucks VIA Instant Iced Coffee is a premium medium roast blend made from Arabica beans, with the same robust flavor of drip coffee.

If you like your coffee sweet, then you will also enjoy the added sugar of 22 grams, which makes the drink around 100 calories per cup.  The quick dissolve granules are easy to prepare with a blend of milk, soy milk or water.  The grounds are full throttle, with the usual caffeine in the mix.  A decaf version has not yet been made available.

The new Starbucks VIA Instant Iced Coffee is available in box of five packs with each stick created to blend into a standard water bottle.  The cost for these sets are around $5.95 each and right now Starbucks is offering the product at $1.00 off through a coupon on its website.  Members of Costco may also obtain a free sample stick directly from the Costco website.

The Starbucks VIA Instant Iced Coffee will be sure to please those who love sweet iced coffee with the full Arabica bean flavor.

Arabica Coffee – Thanks Kaldi

Arabica Coffee Plant

Arabica coffee gets its name from Arabia.  Legend has it that around 500-600 A.D. a goat herder on the Arabian peninsula named Kaldi observed his goats eating a berry and their behavior became very lively.  He decided to try the berry as well and felt the same energy as his goats.

Scientific evidence proves otherwise.   Kaffa, now known as Ethiopia, is where coffee beans were first grown and then transported to Yemen.  It could be that the word coffee came from the word Kaffa.  Believing the coffee came from Arabia it became known as Arabica.

With more than forty species of plants in the Coffea genus only two are viable to make coffee, Coffea Arabica and Coffea canephora the later known as Robusta.  Arabica is the better quality of the two.

Kaldi and the Dancing Goat

Robusta tends to be bitter, has less body and a musty flavor.  It is higher in caffeine.  In France the coffee blend is 55 percent Arabica and 45 percent Robusta.  Italians add in 10 percent Robusta to get a better crema head on espresso.

Eighty percent of all coffee produced in the world is Arabica.   It prefers a higher elevation and drier climate than Robusta to grow.  South America has ideal conditions for growing Arabica coffee beans at 3,000 to 6,500 feet.  The higher elevation causes a slower plant maturity giving it time to develop the oils that give it the distinct aromatic flavor people love.

Within the C. Arabica species there are three varieties; Typica, Bourbon and Caturra.  The sub-species have been bred to adapt to specific growing regions and to be resistant to disease and insects of those areas.  There are subtle differences in taste, acidity and body.

C. Arabica is self-pollinating unlike C. Robusta and perhaps why it is more a prolific producer throughout the world.  Theoretically it does better at high elevations where bees are scarce and not active where as C. Robusta prefers a hotter climate where the bees are abundant.