Lynnafred's been a fan of those little Starbucks "Frappuccinos" for awhile now - she'll often pick up a single from the refrigerated "impulse cases" at the supermarket checkouts for a quick pick-me-up, and sometimes she takes home a four-pack (especially if we've got a coupon.)
When the local ALDI opened up in town, she started buying their Beaumont Coffee house brand "Iced Coffee." Same bottle size, but a lot lower in price. This week, we happened to have bottles of both in the house, and it was the perfect time for a head-to-head taste test. Would the Starbucks frappuccino reign supreme in a blind tasting?
It should be noted, for those of you who've never had the bottled-for-supermarkets Starbucks product, that it bears very little resemblance to the strong and overroasted brew they sell at their coffee shops. The bottled frappuccinos are sweet and milky and mild and very different than something you'd expect to get at a Starbucks shop.
Anyway, we poured out unmarked samples and set them out for tasting.
Lynnafred, who has been drinking the Starbucks product for years...preferred the taste of the Beaumont, as did two other adults present. Maryanne, who drinks her hot coffee without sweetener and never purchases chilled ready-to-drink bottled coffee drinks, liked Starbucks better. Everyone who tasted them noted that there was a definite difference in the taste - the Beaumont is a version of bottled iced coffee, not a clone of the frappuccino.
If you're a fan of the Starbucks bottled frappuccinos and you're looking for a less-costly alternative, you may want to stop into an ALDI and try Beaumont Iced Coffee.