Starbucks French Roast Via Ready Brew officially launches on Tuesday, January 4, 2011.  It’s the newest addition to the ever-growing line of Via Ready Brew flavors.  You can now buy Colombia, Italian, Decaf, four flavored Via (Mocha, Caramel, Cinnamon Spice, and Vanilla), and Iced Via Ready Brew.  Briefly, Christmas Blend Via was available but that flavor sold out quickly and is now close to impossible to find at any store.  If you have tried this new French Roast Via please weigh in and let us know what you think!  At the rate that new Via flavors are being introduced, pretty soon the whole bean wall will be duplicated with teensy weensy little packages of Via Ready Brew!  What’s after this? Gold Coast Via? Verona Via?

If you like reading about Via, I have a category which covers my many blog posts about Via:

Via Ready Brew Category – One of my favorite old posts is from over one year ago, and features the Via Ready Brew knit cap.

There is definitely some demand for more Via variety.  There is at least one thread on calling for the introduction of Verona flavored Via Ready Brew.  And if one keeps digging, there are more requests for more Via flavors – yet another asking for Verona Via.  A little more frightening is the idea of Pike Place Roast Via.  One person wants Via in Breakfast Blend flavor.  And the threads on asking for Via flavors are non stop: Here is one person who wants Espresso Roast Via.  To round out the request for Via flavors, here is a thread asking for Sumatra Via.

This thread is just an open thread.  It’s been about two weeks since I did an open Friday/weekend thread so I decided to quickly throw this together.  Talk about anything Starbucks-related:  New Reserve coffees, your Christmas experiences at Starbucks, your favorite Starbucks, My Starbucks Idea, the new partner-only community website, the Starbucks Digital Network, or anything you can think of.  Heck, feel free to chat away in the comments about your New Year’s resolutions!

By the way, I will have a new blog article tomorrow which will be about Starbucks mugs.  There will be an announcement of a new contest which has the goal of showing off _your_ Starbucks mugs, so please check back tomorrow too.  One more thing: I’ve had a Facebook fanpage up for about one month, so if you use Facebook, please “like” my page.  I understand if you don’t!  Since I am actually a Twitter addict, it took a long long time to break down and add a Facebook page but I finally did because I figured that some people are addicted to Facebook and not Twitter.

This blog post will hold you over until tomorrow!