Taking Starbucks On The Road

It’s no secret that I love coffee, or that my go-to coffee is a Starbucks bold, preferably Komodo Dragon–the flavor that turned me into a Starbucks junkie. 

Komodo Dragon

(Source: Starbucks.com)

So, how did I survive a vacation with no Starbucks in sight?

Grand Canyon
You can see across the Grand Canyon for miles, but no Starbucks!

Starbucks K-Cups

As I was getting ready for our trip, I came across some reviews on Yelp saying that the hotel rooms have Keurig coffee makers. That was all the encouragement I needed to fit a dozen Starbucks K-cups in my bag.

Starbucks K-cups

The hotel room coffee service included those little cups of half-and-half, so I could make the perfect cup of coffee to take outside and enjoy the sunrise.

Grand Canyon Sunrise

Starbucks Via

I always travel with Starbucks Via, and have found that adding about 1/2 packet to airline coffee makes it tolerable. 

Airplane Coffee + Via

I tried it on the hotel restaurant coffee, but the K-cup brew was much better.

Starbucks Via

Of course, as soon as we go to Flagstaff, I looked up the closest Starbucks on my Starbucks App. Flagstaff doesn’t have as many Starbucks as Denver, but there was one a few minutes from our hotel.


I could have downed both, but I gave one to my husband. 😉

It’s always good to get home after a trip, but one thing I look forward to most is a big pot of my home-brewed coffee–made with Starbucks beans of course! 

Coffee Date Mug

If you’re in the market for a new coffee maker, I am still liking the Bonavita coffee maker I got in January–you can read my review here.

And so you don’t think I only like Starbucks coffee, check out this post about the coffee I enjoyed in Europe. 

Are you picky about your coffee?

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19 Responses to Taking Starbucks On The Road

  1. Carla says:

    Id marry my secret stash of VIA TUBES if I could.
    (might I bring THEM to marriage counseling then?! :-))
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  2. Marcia says:

    I love how industrious and creative you are about getting the coffee you love to be with you when you travel! I am a Starbucks junkie as well but if I had to picke an all-time favorite coffee, it’s from A Southern Season in Chapel Hill North Carolina. My stash of that is totally depleted right now.
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  3. Chaitali says:

    We’ve definitely traveled with the via packets when needed! The best is when there’s a starbucks in the hotel lobby 🙂
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  4. You are too funny! See you next week for coffee
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  5. Tina G says:

    Will travel – must have coffee is your mantra! An smart of you to be prepared to take it with….it sucks when the hotel has no supply!!
    Gorgeous pics!!! I took via with me for some Ragnar races – in the midddle of nowhere it could be coffeetime!
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  6. Kristin says:

    I love the caramel Starbucks Kcups!!! So yummy!
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  7. VIA in airline coffee is such a great tip! Why didn’t you post this about a month ago? Haha! Great tip. Thank you!
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  8. I love coffee in the morning but I am not as picky- if I am out my first choice is Dunkin Donuts- don’t shoot me!!! 🙂
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  9. Bain says:

    I’ve actually never tried the VIA…instant coffee reminds me of Sanka, which scares me! Unfortunately I drink a ton of crummy hotel coffee during work. (I’m a Southwest Airlines woman, so at least my flights have good coffee.) I’m going to try your trick of adding VIA. Do you recommend a certain flavor/blend?

    I’ve also never tried the Komodo Dragon. I’m adding it to my list.

  10. Briana says:

    Always good to have plans for travel if you have things you regularly enjoy. Nice post!
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  11. Liz says:

    That is some serious Starbucks love!
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  12. OMG, you are hilarious. You really ARE an addict. I don’t even like coffee!
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  13. Kay Lynn says:

    I’m with you regarding the need for good coffee while traveling. I take the Via packs on cruise ships because the coffee onboard is so bad!

    I was worried about the fact that Italy didn’t have any Starbucks for our trip there this past May but found Italian coffee very good!
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