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These canned drinks taste quite similar! A little bit thicker in texture than the one you would get from Starbucks.
The coffee flavor in masked pretty heavily by chocolate and cream. I was afraid that it would have a weird off flavor because of how they emphasized "energy". I thought the vitamins and stuff might add a bad undertaste or chalky overtones or something.
Overall, I would say these taste just slightly worse than a well-made barista version, but it has the pros of costing less than half what the barista version would, being available in your fridge, not being at the mercy of overworked minimum wage employees, and it is also quite a bit more nutritious.
Cheaper than going to Starbucks, but still not very frugal buying these, although it is much more consistent and faster - I'd much rather buy these in bulk and drink one before work, than make a habit of visiting Starbucks. Recommended.
Like several others, I received a product that was not expired, but clearly had a quality control issue. The first can I drank seemed okay. The second can, I immediately noticed that the flavor was off - closest I can describe was “soured” and on the third timid sip, I got what felt to my mouth like a giant booger and I nearly threw up. I poured the rest of the can out through a sieve and it was immediately apparent that there is an issue with the milk. It wasn’t just curdled, it was slimy. As in putrid, growing pus. Disgusting. I hoped it was just a badly-sealed can, but after opening and pouring 2 more cans through a sieve with the same results, I’m guessing that most of these are spoiled and undrinkable. Despite still being well before the expiration and stored in our fridge upon arrival in late May, Amazon says this is outside the “return window”.
I’m going to contact Starbucks and see if they’d be willing to help me out.
So I didn't return them just threw half the case out. The drinks had like skim pieces like bad cream in a coffee. I tried pouring through a coffee filter, shaking them, stirring in a cup. With the stirring I could see the stuff on the side of the cup. I can only imagine that the case got to hot in some wearhouse.
It had weird floatie things in all of the cans. They didn't taste bad but it was really weird. I have bought them at the store multiple times I've never had floaties in the cans. I won't be buying them again online. It made it so hard to drink them.
A useful tool to have on hand if you need to get something done fast, like say, sprint a hundred miles in twenty minutes. Docked it one star for taste because there is a chemical note - possibly the caffeine - that is not well masked by the flavoring. One caution: when it hits, your eyelids will snap open with the sound of a rifle shot; could alarm your neighbors.