I was thrilled when I discovered Soylent years ago on Youtube, I think this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8NCigh54jg by MotherboardTV. I don’t know if the link works, I just checked the link and Youtube stalls with a mostly blank page.
I’ve always been sold on the concept of making good food easy to get and prepare. The powdered food described was to be environmentally friendly, healthy, has a reasonable shelf-life, easy to prepare and a complete meal replacement that is nearly ready to eat. Also there is very little waste, very little clean up and very little garbage. Also Soylent would help some social problems in getting food to the poor and I think it would be also helpful in disaster relief.
Over the years I tried the powdered Soylent and liked the idea using it as an occasional meal replacement and use it in creative recipes. A box of 7 pouches would last about two months and could be used for a number of ideas ranging from the basic Soylent and water to adding flavors to mixing with milk/soy milk to making Soylent ice cream and a couple experiments with frozen peanut butter and soylent bars. Also I tried cookies and pancakes but it didn’t work because Soylent burns if cooked or baked. I had hoped the Soylent bar in the eye-catching white-box-soylent-emblem wrapper would be seen in the checkout lane at the grocery store.
But lately the direction of Rosa Labs / Rosa Foods seems to gone the way of the bottled Soylent. The bottled Soylents seem to be available at more venders than the powdered food is. Since the price went up I got boxes of bottled Soylent instead of the powdered Soylent. A problem for me with the bottle is that when I get lazy it’s too easy to grab a nice cold Soylent bottle, and I end up drinking the whole bottle every time. A box of 12 or 2.4 days supply of bottled Soylent lasts me only about a week. Using 2.4 days worth of the powered food lasts me 4.1 weeks. (This calculated from use of 7-day box of powdered food usually would last me about 12 weeks). The reason the powder last longer is I can control the portion size, and sometimes use small amounts in coffee or a little bit to hold me over while food is cooking.
So the problem with the bottle for me is I use it up more quickly, I consume more calories and I spend more money. I’m mostly concerned about the extra calories. So I don’t buy Soylent very often now. But the market seems to move toward what people buy - money speaks louder than words. So it’s very understandable why Rosa Foods works to bring more of the bottled Soylent to the market because it sells. I have moved on to other solid foods, but I’m watching and waiting for the Soylent bars and hope to see the plain Soylent power easily available and affordable.