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  • #3678151
    Andrew Marshall
    Moderator

    @andrewsmarshall

    Locale: Tahoe basin by way of the southern Appalachians

    Companion forum thread to: CS Instant Coffee Review

    CS Instant Coffee is a small instant coffee product designed to compete with Starbucks Via and other popular backcountry coffee solutions.

    #3678194
    Greg Mihalik
    BPL Member

    @greg23

    Locale: Colorado

    Aftrer trying many, including Via, Café Bustelo has become my backcountry instant coffee –

    Bustelo

    Comes out to $0.17 per packet, or $0.34 per 12 ounce cup.

     

    #3678196
    Rex Sanders
    BPL Member

    @rex

    Locale: California

    Andrew,

    Your “In Defense of Instant” section gets my sympathies.

    I routinely drink hot, instant (OMG!) Lipton Unsweetened Iced Tea Mix with lots of milk (OMG! OMG!), morning, noon, and night – at home, on the road, and while backpacking.

    OTOH, my wife has roughly 20 kinds of bagged tea, and switches through each day.

    We all like what we like for different reasons.

    — Rex

    #3678403
    marvin barg
    BPL Member

    @grampa_kilt

    Locale: British Columbia

    Because I am a cranky old hiker, I refuse to pay $2+ (in Canadalands) for a packet of any coffee powder no matter the perceived quality. Waaaay overpriced! However, I do have some taste scruples. Enter Nescafe Gold Espresso, eh? GK

    #3678408
    Greg Mihalik
    BPL Member

    @greg23

    Locale: Colorado

    I think pre-measured packets are the key to happiness.

    Measuring by volume something so variable as instant coffee leads to wild swings in results.

    For a while I ground my Classicó through a sieve to help with uniformity, but even then scooping was inconsistent when weighed on a 0.1 gram scale.

    Packets resolved the issue.

    #3678409
    matthew k
    Moderator

    @matthewkphx

    I love the inevitable low-key fight people have over coffee any time it comes up on backpacking forums.

    #3678413
    JCH
    BPL Member

    @pastyj-2-2

    “I could agree with you, but then we’d both be wrong”

    #3678417
    Rex Sanders
    BPL Member

    @rex

    Locale: California

    I agree. Oh wait …

    — Rex

    #3678418
    Greg Pehrson
    BPL Member

    @gregpehrson

    Locale: playa del caballo blanco

    Greg, thanks for the tip about Bustelo instant. That’s what we drank at home for years, made in a Moka pot. I eventually had to switch to a lower acid coffee (and primarily get my caffeine from yerba mate), but my wife still drinks Bustelo daily and will be happy to know about Bustelo to go. I think it was here on BPL where I learned about Maxim coffee, a milk/sugar/instant coffee combo from Korea that’s priced similarly to Bustelo for those who like a sweeter and creamier cup. We brought a 100 pack on our cross country road trip.

    #3678422
    Ken Ross
    BPL Member

    @kr

    [I love the inevitable low-key fight people have over coffee any time it comes up on backpacking forums.]

    Or just about any other topic.

    #3678427
    matthew k
    Moderator

    @matthewkphx

    Greg – I’m a Maxim fan too but I actually prefer the one with a jet-setting couple standing in front of their helicopter. I don’t have any right now and can’t remember the name but we call it Helicopter Coffee.  :)

    #3678443
    Sean P
    BPL Member

    @wily_quixote

    Locale: S.E. Australia

    You can stop right there.

    Instant Coffee isn’t… coffee, that is.  Coffee is a drink made from water or steam passing through ground coffee beans.

    The proper nomenclature for the substance that you are referring to is Brown Drink.

    #3678447
    JCH
    BPL Member

    @pastyj-2-2

    ”I have opinions of my own — strong opinions — but I don’t always agree with them.”

    #3678455
    Karen
    BPL Member

    @granolagirlak

    There is no good instant coffee, only good enough.  Which for me has to be inexpensive, because why top dollar for instant coffee? I would never pay over a dollar a cup. Just has to taste sort of coffee like and be strong enough to stop the sleepies.

    #3678460
    Brad P
    BPL Member

    @brawndo

    DYOD (Drink Your Own Drink)

    I’ll use a French press when car camping, but I don’t want to deal with the mess and hassle on trail.

    I mean, people will cold soak Ramen noodles that are 90% sawdust but instant coffee isn’t good enough?

    #3678461
    Sean P
    BPL Member

    @wily_quixote

    Locale: S.E. Australia

    I didn’t state that Brown Drink isn’t good enough. I have no argument with whatever people wish to drink on the trail, or at any time.

    But let’s not pretend that it is coffee.

    #3678468
    Brad P
    BPL Member

    @brawndo

    Not pretending. It is coffee made from coffee beans.

    #3678469
    Sean P
    BPL Member

    @wily_quixote

    Locale: S.E. Australia

    … and then ruined through an industrial process that changes the flavour from coffee to Brown Drink ;)

     

    #3678475
    Roger Caffin
    BPL Member

    @rcaffin

    Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe

    ‘Brown Drink’ – indeed.

    Cheers

    #3678479
    dirtbag
    BPL Member

    @dirtbaghiker

    Anthonys instant organic coffee.

    I like it cold.. But u can make it hot if you like.  Buy nice big bag on Amazon .

    #3678624
    Brad W
    BPL Member

    @rocko99

    Tried CS Coffee, wanted to like it, was horrible. Had strange bitter chocolate taste. No where near as enjoyable as Via Italian Roast or Supreme Bustello instant coffee. Even Taster Choice 100% Columbian-the least expensive tolerable instant-was more smooth and had a great finish in comparison to the CS.

     

    Campcraft Coffee is another cottage instant I have had. Pretty decent. Nothing offensive-a good mellow instant. None of them are worth multiple dollars per cup though.

    #3678699
    Thomas
    BPL Member

    @thomas51

    Locale: Rainy Pacific Northwest

    Instant coffee — fine, but, what do you add to it for cream?  Powdered milk? Powdered Goat Milk Cream (has fat)?   Perfect Keto Chocolate MCT Powder? Primal Kitchen Vanilla Collagen packets?  Powdered butter?  I don’t add any sugar to my VIA coffee.  On Amazon I found packets from “Fat Fuel Coffee”.  Each packet has 22 grams of fat.  Ingredients are:  Grass Fed Butter powder, MCT Oil powder, Coconut Oil powder, instant coffee, and a bit of Himalayan salt.  Tastes OK.  Sometimes I add an additional VIA packet to it.  Not bad really.  Gives you some fat energy for your trekking.  Powder power.

    #3678704
    Brad W
    BPL Member

    @rocko99

    @thomas51 I bought a small nalgene container 2oz capacity and I take grass fed butter for my coffee for day hikes/overnight. Longer trips I vacuum seal 1-2oz of butter packets and take those.

     

    #3678771
    Edward John M
    BPL Member

    @moondog55

    Speaking as a cook/chef and acknowledged caffeine addict all I can say is that I’d need at least 2 packets of that for each cup of coffee in the AM; possibly 3 and I normally drink 2 cups minimum. Enter Nescafe Gold Blend in 200g foil refill packs, one of those usually last me 5 to 7 days.

    #3678811
    Brad W
    BPL Member

    @rocko99

    @moondog55 I see there is Nescafe Gold and Gold Blend? Are they both the same?

    Also, where do you get yours?

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