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Starting at Starbucks - The Mocha Baseline

Welcome!


Hello! Today we are establishing "The Mocha Baseline". The 4 primary metrics to determine the overall review are:

  1. Serving Temperature

  2. Chocolate Consistency

  3. Taste

  4. Price

Each metric will be rated on a scale of 1 - 5 with 5 being the best.


Starbucks are everywhere, well... that's how it seems at least. And that is why I've decided to use Starbucks as my baseline. Their stores are common and their hot mocha is very good.


My Quick Coffee History


I started drinking coffee regularly around 2014. At this time I was drinking Folgers black coffee with french vanilla creamer, a lot of it (the creamer). In 2019 I converted to just straight black coffee - this was a great health change! Sometime in 2020-2021, Mocha Man Sr. showed me the light of what coffee could be - The Mocha - and I haven't looked back since. When I go to a new coffee shop, I ask for a mocha and get it if they have it. If not, I'll just find something else (tragic, I know).


My Order


  • Hot Venti Mocha (to-go)



Serving Temperature


Immediately after receiving my drink, I can safely sip my mocha. This is always a pleasant experience when I don't have to wait to test my drink.



Chocolate Consistency


The Mocha isn't too thick or too runny. There were no clumps of chocolate. While sipping - I don't taste the dusty powder until near the very end of the drink. The Mocha wasn't exactly "smooth" or "creamy".



Taste


The Mocha is very sweet and the taste is great. I could easily drink a few of these in a single sitting. After each sip, there is a nice flavor that lingers on my taste buds and provides an excellent after-taste.



Price


If there is anything to dislike about The Mocha - it's the price - everywhere.

My Venti Mocha was $5.45 - The price is "Good". I know I've seen worse, but have I seen better? This will be very interesting to observe over time.



Overall


The Starbucks Mocha really is a great coffee overall. There isn't much to complain about and you can reliably locate a Starbucks and expect a very similar experience regardless of where you are. The serving temperature, taste, and price were easy for me to rate. The chocolate consistency was more challenging. Moving forward I will need to focus on this metric specifically and really understand how I am rating it. I can see myself returning to this post down the line and re-establishing a new baseline review.


Serving Temperature

5.0

Chocolate Consistency

3.0

Taste

4.0

Price

4.0

Overall

4.0


Thanks for reading and keep on sippin' !

- Mocha Man Jr.







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