Starbucks VIA Ready Brew Arrives at All Canada Starbucks Locations and Revolutionizes the Instant Coffee Experience

Starbucks VIA™ Taste Challenge

From October 2 to October 5, Starbucks invites customers to join the Starbucks VIA™ Ready Brew Taste Challenge at their favorite Canada Starbucks location. Participants can taste Colombia Starbucks VIA™ next to fresh-brewed Pike Place Roast and challenge themselves to guess which one is Starbucks VIA™ Starbucks VIA™ Taste Challenge participants will receive an offer for $1(CAN) off a Starbucks VIA™ purchase.

VIA™Road Trip

Tomorrow's launch also marks the end of the Starbucks VIA™ Road Trip, featuring comedian Erin Foley, who traveled from coast-to-coast to preview Starbucks VIA™ with coffee lovers in the U.S. and Canada. The Starbucks VIA™ Road Trip kicked-off in Seattle on Sept. 15 and made official stops in Vancouver, Canada; Denver, Chicago, Boston and New York, along with many towns and sites in-between. The webisode series, featuring host Erin Foley and her sidekick Starbucks coffee master and member of the social media team, Brad Nelson on their Starbucks VIA™-filled road trip adventure, is available at Starbucks. is also a source for the latest from the Starbucks VIA™ Road Trip. The trip will make its final stop tomorrow in Times Square where Starbucks CFO Troy Alstead will ring the NASDAQ opening bell to celebrate the arrival of Starbucks VIA™.

Breakthrough Instant Coffee

Made with a U.S. patent-pending technology and the highest-quality coffee beans sourced from 3 percent of the world's top coffee, Starbucks VIA™ Ready Brew is 100 percent natural roasted arabica coffee. It can be made by adding hot (or cold) water which brews the coffee in an instant. With Starbucks VIA™ you can have a great cup of instant coffee that is rich and full bodied like a fresh-brewed cup of Starbucks® coffee.

Starbucks VIA™ Ready Brew is pre-portioned into single-serve packets and is packaged in books of three or boxes of 12. It is available in both Starbucks® Italian Roast and Starbucks® Colombia. The suggested retail price for Canada is $3.45 (CAN) for a three pack and $11.95 (CAN) for a 12 pack.

Starbucks VIA Ready Brew was already voted "Most Innovative New Product of the Year" in the U.K. by Allegra Strategies1 and "Best New Consumer Product" by Progressive Grocer magazine in the U.S. These awards further establish Starbucks VIA™ Ready Brew as a leader in the instant coffee market.

Starbucks VIA™ Ready Brew in the Marketplace

"With a $21 billion global instant coffee business, and instant coffee representing 40 percent of overall global coffee sales, we believe Starbucks is uniquely positioned to capture a significant share of this market," said Schultz. "We believe there is tremendous opportunity to both grow the current instant coffee market as well as introduce consumers to an entirely new coffee occasion."

About Starbucks

Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting the highest quality arabicacoffee in the world. Today, with stores around the globe, the company is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experienceto life for every customer through every cup. To share in the experience, please visit us in our stores or online at

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