July 12, 2005

Review: Wolfgang Instant Hot Latte by Single Serve Coffee

Library - 6778-1Review from Single Serve Coffee.com - Coffee Pod ReviewsDavid Cooper sent us a one of each of the 4 new Wolfgang Puck Instant Hot Lattes to try. We first covered this cool new single serve coffee idea earlier in the year. Each of the lattes come in a unique self heating can which heats to over 140 degrees F in just under 6 minutes to give you a very portable instant hot latte. We think you can't get more single serve coffee than a instant heating can with a yummy latte located inside.

The Technology of The Wolfgang Puck Instant Hot Latte

Header1The technology to create a self heating can took 7 years, and over 24 million dollars and was developed by OnTech. The OnTech self-heating container is built from two main parts: the container and the actuating "puck" (how appropriate). The container is composed of an inner cone that holds the mineral (Calcium Oxide), and the outer container body, which holds the beverage product. The puck holds water and is sealed by a foil membrane. All components are made from FDA-approved materials.

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The Instant Hot Latte Can though however is a can within a can. The hot quicklime mixture that is created after you fire up the can is in the outer cylinder and the beverage is in the inner cylinder staying super hot.

The Wolfgang Puck Instant Hot Latte Flavors

There are currently 4 flavors to choose from in the Wolfgang Puck Instant Hot Latte line:

  • Rich Caramel Latte
  • Rich Espresso Latte
  • French Vanilla Latte
  • Rich Mocha Latte

The interesting thing is the Wolfgang Puck Instant Hot Latte is very low in carbs and calories. Each latte has 100 calories and only 9 total carbs. Wowser! You can also buy the lattes in packs of 12 and 24. I'm sure you'll be able to buy them in singles as well.

Firing Up a Can of the Wolfgang Puck Instant Hot Latte

We decided to fire up the Rich Caramel Latte as our first taste of Wolfgang Puck Instant Hot Latte. First though, we need to fire up a can of Wolfgang Puck Instant Hot Latte. Here are the steps:

When it's time to enjoy a hot beverage, you simply pull off the tamper-proof cover on the bottom of the can and firmly pushe the button down.

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This releases the water into the quicklime and the combination of these two elements begins a natural thermal reaction that heats the beverage up. Now you have to wait for the Hot logo to go from pink to white. This was the only thing we found reversed. It should go from white (cold) to hot (pink). Oh well - usability of instant hot lattes has probably not been tested until now. :-)

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After 5 seconds the can is turned over, and in approximately six to eight minutes the beverage is hot and ready to drink. The beverage will stay hot for at least 20 minutes and warm up to an hour in the OnTech self-heating can.

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Now you can enjoy a hot beverage anytime, anywhere.

Tasting the Wolfgang Puck Instant Hot Latte

It's hot. Very hot. Surprisingly hot. Wow. And...it's very yummy. The taste is more of a hot coffee drink than a latte, which is fine from a can that just heated itself up to over 140 degrees. We've sample a ton of these iced coffee drinks (which the Wolfgang Puck line has as well) from Starbucks and others, and if you like the cold iced single serve coffee beverages than you will love this.

The fact that the drink also is just 100 calories and has such great flavor is very compelling. I often feel like I'm about to go overdose on lattes, coffee, cream, and sugar in general and this at least is around 2 points the weight watchers world, and just 100 calories to everyone else.

Library - 6776We tried all the instant hot lattes and really like the Rich Caramel Latte. Though it's the one we started with, it had such a different taste than other single serve coffee beverages in this category we just kept going back and tasting it.

The can also stays hot for longer than 20 minutes. Though they say 20 minutes, we got a good 40 minutes of pretty hot latte out of the drink just sipping away. The can itself is also easy to drink out of and they recommend not pouring it out into another container.

Availability of the Wolfgang Puck Instant Hot Latte

The Wolfgang Puck Instant Hot Lattes are currently available at all Kroger Stores nationwide,QFC/Fred Meyer Stores in the Northwest( Ralph's stores on shelf by the end of June), BJ's Club Stores, Target Stores(Midwest only so far), Publix by the end of June. They are expanding everywhere and expect to add Target nationwide, Safeway/nationwide and Albertson's in Southern California in July.


We like the Wolfgang Puck Instant Hot Latte. We can't find anything like it in the single serve coffee arena. We liked all the flavors we tried, and found being able to have a hot latte whenever is a great idea.

We are giving the Wolfgang Puck Instant Hot latte a 3 out of 5 pods. Great taste and a unique idea.

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Posted by Jay Brewer at July 12, 2005 3:32 PM
Recent Comments

We used these a few years ago camping and loved them. I just found one and thought I'd try to order some. Is there any place in California you can get these?

Posted by: Rhonda at October 13, 2015 4:37 PM

I found these in our local store years ago, then as fast as I found them they were gone. I was addicted to these the first time I tried them, they are wonderful. I've been looking forever for them, I'm glad you finally have a list of where we can get them, thank you. Good mornings are a coming again, lol.

Posted by: Christina Stahler at October 5, 2010 12:58 AM

I have the little coffee maker and it works great.....with WP pods. I have had very bad luck with other brand pods, specifically the Melitta ones. I guess I will use my old maker to use them up and then order WP pods. Anyone else try other pods with success?

Posted by: Diane at October 23, 2008 1:02 PM

DOUBLETREE MACHINE - I havae also been looking for the machine. Just found it. Go to wpcoffee.com, on the left side it say brewers. After all my looking, it is $39.00 for a double!! Good luck.

Posted by: CATHY at September 25, 2008 6:24 AM

The hillside soups are nasty, but the hillside coffees are tasty and convenient for long road trips, but I agree 100% with John, landfill much? I'd rather use my old travel mug and get burnt coffee at a gas station.

Posted by: Dana at March 16, 2008 1:33 PM

This stuff is nasty sweet, and it's got a huge amount of packaging for a little coffee. Think of what's going into the landfills. If there's anything that symbolizes what's wrong with a disposable consumerist hate-the-Earth society, this is it.

Posted by: John Parker at March 11, 2008 8:26 PM

Hey the idea is great now start working on tea and soup. Sorry not a coffe drinker but it is good but please level up to tea drinkers and when you'll could try soup but don't rush it because the product and flavors are great please don't loose change diffrent flavors unless you helping the diet groups.

Posted by: Jalisa at February 18, 2008 10:00 AM

Hey the idea is great now start working on tea and soup. Sorry not a coffe drinker but it is good but please level up to tea drinkers and when you'll could try soup but don't rush it because the product and flavors are great please don't loose change diffrent flavors unless you helping the diet groups.

Posted by: Jalisa at February 18, 2008 9:59 AM

This product is now sold under the Hillside brand at many Wal-Marts and grocery stores all across the US. It's also available online, though a little more expensive after shipping, at http://store.ontech.com/.

Posted by: Ontech at January 30, 2008 6:40 PM


Posted by: GAYLE CLEMENTS at November 28, 2007 4:28 PM

I have been tryong to purchase wolfgang pucks
one or two cup coffee maker.
The same kind that is in the doubletree hotel room where I recently stayed in anapolis MD
It use pods and is just the right size small
can you tell me where I can purchase this
lois Oxley

Posted by: l.Oxley at November 9, 2007 7:17 PM

its kind of like we were teased with it then it was gone. I think it was the best thing they came up with in a long time and i feel it was for the working person ecspiecialy for the people that work outside and in the "boonies"

Posted by: juli at September 10, 2007 3:51 PM

I have been looking for them also my husband loved them on cold days when he was working outside cause he works with concrete and now we can't find them any where and he is sad. please let us know if we can get them anywhere. from colorado
Thank you

Posted by: juli at September 10, 2007 3:48 PM

I am in Florida and can not find this product anywhere. Love it. Used to buy it at Kroger, when I lived in Va. Please someone let me know where in the West Palm Beach area I can find it.

Posted by: Ida at August 19, 2007 9:25 PM

Where can I find it? I'm hooked, but our Ralphs AND our Target seem to have abandoned the product.I'm in California. Help?

Posted by: Teri at September 2, 2006 3:27 PM

Sadly, the microwave post is probably not a joke! I did laugh pretty hard when I read it tho. I wish I could find them around here, would be nice to have in the car for those mornings where there traffic is horrible.

Posted by: Gail at November 27, 2005 9:35 AM

I tried a small cup at Bel Air Market at a tasting session and was absolutely delighted. I bought two immediately to see what the different ones tasted like, and I really love the Caramel. Two days later my daughter-in-law is carrying them with her in her car (and so am I) and a friend in Pennsylvania is searching vainly for a place to buy the product. Keep up the good work!

Posted by: Arlene M. Farmer at November 13, 2005 5:30 AM

Tasted like crap! Too bad given the technology...I really wanted to like it.

Posted by: coffee lover at November 8, 2005 11:34 AM

Tasted like crap!

Posted by: coffee lover at November 8, 2005 11:33 AM

Im invested in this product. There is a new hotchocolate one comming out soon and there is tea commmig out soon. i believe it is going to be sold at target. i have tried the hotchocolate one and it is very good. the maker of this one is called yummers but i think they are partners of wolfgang puck.

Posted by: Person at October 26, 2005 11:48 PM

I tried a 12-pack of the "Rich Mocha Latte" drinks from BJ's. I found that they have a bit of an artificial taste (reminds me of those Slender diet drinks that were popular in the 80s), and it has an annoyingly chalky aftertaste. But considering that it's a self-contained, self-heating coffee drink, it is still a good thing to have around in a pinch, or where portability is a concern.

I would STRONGLY suggest that, instead of following the directions in Step 5 for shaking it for 5-10 seconds, do this BEFORE Step 1. If you shake the can after it's heated, hot coffee will spurt out of the opening like soda from a can that has been shaken. I'm not sure why they instruct people to this in this order, since this problem had to have surfaced while they were developing and testing it.

And the microwave post was a joke, right? I mean, it says right on the can, "DO NOT MICROWAVE," and the instructions are clear enough, especially if one is following them "to the T"...

Posted by: Robert at October 22, 2005 10:52 AM

I saw these in Kroger on sale for $1.99 so I bought one for my husband. He drives a truck and I thought 'what a great idea if he wqants a coffee in the middle of the day'. Well ... he loved it . I went back the next day and bought 10 more . I like the Wolfgang Puck soups so I knew this would be good to try . We are very pleased with it .

Posted by: Karen at October 21, 2005 7:09 AM

I laughed so hard I spit when I saw that MICROWAVE post!!! There is clearly metal on the outside. Everyone knows never to micowave metal even if they cannot read!! Anyone know where to buy on-line???

Posted by: oliverpee at September 4, 2005 10:48 PM

I laughed so hard I spit when I saw that MICROWAVE post!!! There is clearly metal on the outside. Everyone knows never to micowave metal even if they cannot read!! Anyone know where to buy on-line???

Posted by: oliverpee at September 4, 2005 10:47 PM

I haven't seen them by mail/online ordering anywhere.

Posted by: Jay Brewer at September 4, 2005 7:55 AM

i want to buy some of the instant hot latte by mail. is this doable? i don't see it at target or anywhere else.

Posted by: terri at September 3, 2005 11:38 PM

Took a four pack up into the mountains with me on a camping trip with friends. In the morning, after I fired up the first can, I was surrounded by moochers. After I ran out of them, I was surrounded by whiners.

Posted by: Greg Donovan at August 25, 2005 1:00 AM

Your not supposed to microwave it. There are no instructions pertaining to microwaving the product. You are supposed to simply push the bottom item - and turn the can right side up and let it SIT for 5-6 minutes.

Posted by: Jay Brewer at August 8, 2005 3:31 PM

This product was a disaster. I followed the instructions to the T! But low and behold, I encountered a giant explosion in my kitchen. I set the microwave for only 6 minutes and heard a loud noise from the other room. I entered the kitchen to find my microwave, floor, ceiling, walls, stove, and countertop covered in what turned into something like PAINT! I had to use Simply Green and Grout Cleaner to remove it!! It has taken a week to clean it up. The ceiling is ruined.  And by the way, there was still 1 minute and 36 seconds left on the clock... That dot never turned from Pink to White - I have photos to prove it.
That product is dangerous - stay away!!!

Posted by: Casey Hunter at August 7, 2005 8:29 PM

I had read about this new invention six months ago. The coffee is awesome I am a Dunkin donuts coffee fan and this is just as good. I live in florida so good to have in my hurricane kit, I bought a case from Bj's. Truly amazing.

Posted by: palma ward at August 3, 2005 8:03 PM

I thought they were okay...a little to "diety" tasting to me...very good invention though...i got them @ bj's wholesale...12 for $22...which i thought was kinda expensive and not really worth the money...i ended up giving them away to mom!!!

Posted by: Rachel at July 13, 2005 10:57 PM

I'm definitely going to try them for myself. they didn't like the taste, but that differs for everyone. At only 100calories, I can afford to a rare indulgence if I like them...

Posted by: Jeffrey Spencer at July 13, 2005 9:13 AM

I tested them in perfect conditions. It's about 72 in our house, I didn't have any explosions, and well - it was the perfect temperature. I'll have to try this skating in like...4 months.

Posted by: Jay Brewer at July 13, 2005 9:08 AM

Someone "hacked" the cans to see how they tick.. pretty neat..


Posted by: Jeffrey Spencer at July 13, 2005 8:59 AM

consumer reports recently reviewed these or similar self heating drinks and found that on hot days, they could get too hot (i.e. dangerous temps) and on cold days they would hardly even warm. I love the idea, but there may be some bugs to iron out first.

Posted by: Jeffrey Spencer at July 12, 2005 4:03 PM
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