I would like to hear (preferably from the Rosa Labs team) exactly what is the “intended user experience” for Soylent 1.6 when it comes to taste.
A little on my background: I recently ordered, and am almost done drinking through a package of 2.0, which I have used as a lunch-on-the-go and occasional dinner replacement. I like the flavor, I like the convenience, consider me a satisfied customer when it comes to 2.0.
Since I am going to a conference soon, I thought it might be nice to try the 1.6 powder, as this is significantly more portable than the 2.0 liquid. So I ordered a batch, and just consumed my first 500 kcal serving last night (after mixing and chilling all day as per instructions). My impression was… mixed
While the consistency is fine, in my opinion the taste is significantly less palatable than 2.0. I get the “Cheerios milk” flavor from 2.0 just fine, but 1.6 strikes me as somewhere between raw oats and hay, thinly masked by artificial sweeteners. I can chug it down, but I don’t find myself grabbing the bottle to take another sip like I do with 2.0.
If you take a look at the subreddit, 1.6 experiences are all over the map. Some people share my experience of it tasting like a “barnyard.” Others actually say that it’s too sweet. Some suggest dumping in a bunch of sweeteners, which for me kinda defeats the purpose of an all-in-one nutritional staple (but I’m not necessarily against doing this).
So, Rosa people… Is this supposed to be Soylent 2.0 as a powder? Are we seeing batch-to-batch consistency problems, or (as some have suggested) are individual’s palettes really different enough to account for these different experiences? What do people around the office think 1.6 tastes like?