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Decent instant coffee

Posted: Sun Sep 13, 2020 6:58 pm
by backwoods doc
Anyone else out there frustrated by how lousy most instant coffee is (even Starbucks)? Frustrated, but not willing to pack a coffee press?

After reading some positive reviews, I bought a box of Mount Hagen instant coffee, which comes in single serving packets. It's actually surprisingly good for instant. One packet in 8 ounces of water seems to be about right, though some people might prefer 6 ounces.

Any other decent brands out there?

Re: Decent instant coffee

Posted: Sun Sep 13, 2020 7:18 pm
by Ingo
My first camp coffee was Maxwell House boiled in a pot of water (Folgers just wouldn't do ;)). So Starbucks VIA has worked pretty well for me. But I wouldn't mind finding something better, so it sounds like I should try Mount Hagen. And if I ever have a camping partner that hauls the french press in and the grounds out, I'll happily contribute some really nice ground beans :).

Re: Decent instant coffee

Posted: Sun Sep 13, 2020 7:59 pm
by Bobcat1
Years ago, when I was dating a coffee-drinker, I kept Maxwell House singles around, which were accepted ok by my boyfriend who was pretty picky about a lot of things. Incidentally, I gave the last of them away to a guy who had forgotten to bring anything caffeinated on a Boundary Waters trip and consequently was having splitting headaches deep in the backcountry. He wasn’t too picky either😀

Re: Decent instant coffee

Posted: Thu Sep 17, 2020 6:01 pm
by thesneakymonkey
I am pretty happy with starbucks via but I wouldnt mind trying something new. I will have to give them a shot.

Re: Decent instant coffee

Posted: Fri Sep 18, 2020 9:14 am
by torpified
Having been raised on percolated Folgers (which I started drinking when I was, like, 4), Via works for me. But I've meet backpackers who rave about Kuju coffee, which comes packaged in its own, adaptable-to-most-mugs, pourover system. It's pricey and weighty, but supposedly satisfying to the discerning.

https://www.kujucoffee.com/

(Bobcat, I can empathize with the fellow to whom you gifted the Maxwell House singles. About once per trip in the Sierras, I become convinced that I'm developing altitude sickness, only to realize that my headache is due to caffeine withdrawal---usually because I'd had only one packet of Via that morning--- instead. I now pack caffeinated shot blocs to address these episodes.)

Re: Decent instant coffee

Posted: Fri Sep 18, 2020 11:57 am
by Bobcat1
Yeah, I carry a bag of odds and ends of hot drink mixes, teabags, etc. I gave him all the coffee singles, and offered him some teabags too in case he needed more caffeine. It was a dad with two kids, a full days paddle from an entry point- his first night, our last night. I like to think the caffeine helped him have a great trip with the kids!

Re: Decent instant coffee

Posted: Sat Sep 19, 2020 7:41 am
by Ingo
backwoods doc wrote:
Sun Sep 13, 2020 6:58 pm
After reading some positive reviews, I bought a box of Mount Hagen instant coffee, which comes in single serving packets. It's actually surprisingly good for instant. One packet in 8 ounces of water seems to be about right, though some people might prefer 6 ounces.
Tried Mount Hagen this morning and it certainly will do :) ! On my third cup, as I've tried different proportions--2 sticks per 12 oz cup seems about right for me. I'd also consider getting a jar, and repacking in a zip lock with a measuring spoon--might save some weight and definitely packing material, esp. for longer trips. For 2 people I'd be bringing 8 packets/day, like I do with VIA. Not sure if I like it better than VIA or not. Thinking I need to set up a blind taste test :D .