Last May I started as a Soylent beta tester with v.60. That first batch had promise. The taste was pleasant and the texture was similar to a popular instant breakfast drink, a little gritty. It was missing something. I really found it necessary to begin experimenting with flavorings using flavor drops, fruit, spices, and of course peanut butter. As each new version arrived there were obvious alterations. Most were in the texture but some were in the taste. By the time v.89 arrived I stopped adding flavoring to every glass. Beta testing ended in November and I have been hungry for Soylent v1.0 to ship. Today that wait is over. I visited Soylent headquarters and got to mix and savor what will be hitting doorsteps across America in about 10 days. There is an old saying “Good things come to those who wait.” Not everyone would agree with this sentiment but today I am happy to say the wait is over and yes it is a very good thing.
Tearing open the pouch there is a very familiar aroma that evokes a distant memory. At first I couldn’t quite put a name to it. I followed the directions on the packet. Pour the powder into the Takeya pitcher. I filled it ¾ with water, put the top on and - shake it up baby. Open the top and add the oil (adding the oil after you have dissolved the powder avoids clumping). Since I was going to consume my Soylent immediately I followed the suggestion to add about a cup of ice cubes then filled to the top with water. Cap back on and shake, shake, shake. This whole process took about 1 minute. No blender balls or immersion blenders. Pouring that first glass the aroma hits me again and I am beginning to identify it. The first taste confirms it. I am having a malted milk shake! I am in heaven. You might think this taste would get tiresome but I can already tell it is going to accept flavoring to mix things up a bit very nicely. It took me a while to identify the malt because it is so subtle and most likely derived from the added flavoring that masks what would otherwise be a bitter taste from the vitamins. There is some texture but it is not gritty. I am wondering if that will dissipate completely after it sits a while and all of the powder soaks up more of the water? After an hour I go back for a second glass and hypothesis confirmed. It has become a smooth rich concoction. There is no chalky aftertaste. In fact there is no aftertaste at all. And that malt has become even more subdued. With each sip I’m thinking “I want more!”
To fully enjoy the Soylent experience, mix it up the night before when possible. Come time to head out the door, pour into your favorite portable container and drink up. CHEERS!