I’ve almost completely eliminated caffeine from my diet, so even though I’m a hard core Soylent user I haven’t up to now tried any of the Cafe line. With my most recent order, however, I figured what the heck and I added a case of Vanilla to my shipment. On paper I’m the perfect customer for this flavor: I love coffee, I love vanilla, I love Soylent, and I really love Starbucks frappuccinos (which I’ve read many people describe Vanilla Soylent as tasting like) even though I stopped drinking them years ago because of the huge number of calories plus the ridiculous amount of money I was wasting at Starbucks. I figured that even if Vanilla Cafe didn’t taste like a frappuccino I’d still like it for all of the other reasons. Heck, I was a die-hard Nectar fan, and we all know how divisive that flavor was (rest its soul).
So I received my case this morning, ripped it open, popped a few in the fridge, gave them a chance to chill, and tried one this afternoon. It was… very, very strange. Not bad, exactly, and it may even grown on me as I work my way through the 12 bottles in the case, but it didn’t overwhelm me. In fact it didn’t taste like coffee and vanilla to me at all. If I had been given it in a blind taste test, I would have guessed that it was trying for a bitter peanut butter flavor. No vanilla, and not much coffee flavor. Just slightly bitter, slightly peanut, and slightly sweet Soylent. Very, very weird.
I haven’t heard anyone else describing Vanilla Cafe as having a peanut butter flavor, so it may just be my screwed up palate messing with me. Anyway, I finished it, and I’m sure I’ll finish the box. If I acquire more of a liking for it over the next 11 bottles I’ll even order more. I’m going to try Coffiest soon as well, but based on Vanilla Cafe I’m now a bit apprehensive about the rest of the Cafe line, and I’m even more hopeful for the next (fruity?) flavor that Soylent releases.