As much as I respect the Soylent team’s goal of reaching a truly neutral flavor, I’m just not seeing it happening. I have yet to try 2.0, but from my experiences with 1.2-1.5, the flavor isn’t getting any more neutral - it’s the same old liquid-biscuit-mix it’s always been; and given that the argument for neutrality is that we won’t get sick of having to taste it all the time, I’d say it might be time to throw in the towel on neutrality and just offer different flavors already, because this biscuit-mix flavor is just not cutting it - for me or anyone I share it with at least. For what it’s worth I was using 100% food for a while before my switch to Soylent and enjoying that just fine, as was everyone I shared it with (albeit partially because of the prepackaged bottles, which hopefully my order of 2.0 will address).
My main point is: you’re never going to reach true water-level neutrality, so why try? Any flavor it has will have the potential of being over-consumed to the point of being unappealing, so why not just diversify the flavor set?
Before you tell me that I can easily flavor it myself, please know that I have tried. Every attempt I have made (powdered peanut butter, chocolate milk mix, syrup, etc.) has either changed the texture, required too much to be worth it, or just plain not worked. In addition, I don’t want to be inconvenienced with having to shop for flavor ingredients - although I did in my initial excitement and desperation to reach an actually appealing flavor. Anyway, the whole point of this product is to relieve the burden of shopping and preparing meals.
I fully support the Soylent team and everything they’re trying to achieve, believe me. I want this to succeed as much as any of you. I just think the future’s going to need some flavor options other than liquid biscuit.