CS Instant Coffee Review
Oct 8, 2020 at 2:36 pm #3678845Cameron MBPL Member
@cameronm-aka-backstrokeLocale: Los Angeles
If a hike is short and I am in the mood I still carry ground real coffee, but on longer hikes or when I don’t want to bother I used to go to a lot of trouble to obtain the european Carte Noir L’Or, but the last two years have switched to Via Italian roast. I hate to admit it but it does seem superior. I will try the CS.
Along with coffee I have experimented with milk solutions. Hoosier Hill whole milk has been a staple, but I don’t love it in coffee. I am experimenting with evaporated milk and Carnation 1/2 1/2, not sure yet which I prefer and I don’t know yet how stable each is if I use my own container. I know, it is heresy to carry any liquids, but I got over that mental block once I started carrying a small flask of whiskey…
One advantage of the Via is that I have been ok just mixing and drinking it cold, it mixes just fine, with the addition of only a small amount of sugar, and ditching the milk altogether. Combined with low fuel/ longer dinner hydration periods, I could potentially get by with one esbit per day.Oct 8, 2020 at 6:46 pm #3678882
If you like sugar and milk with your coffee that’s your choice. But know that good coffee doesn’t need masking from sugar, flavors, or milk.
It will stand alone on it’s own merits.Oct 8, 2020 at 6:54 pm #3678884Roger CaffinBPL Member
@rcaffinLocale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
But ‘Instant Coffee’ usually does need sugar and milk, and masking.
CheersOct 8, 2020 at 8:35 pm #3678903
At home I’m picky enough to grind freshly roasted beans and brew with an aeropress.
Although Café Bustelo instant is not as good, for me it does stand alone.Oct 8, 2020 at 9:08 pm #3678906
I believe they are the same thing just different markets
Australia so I don’t know if the foil & plastic refill bags are available anywhere else, but here almost all the large chain supermarkets carry it.Oct 9, 2020 at 7:00 am #3678929
Looked into this a little bit mostly because I was unaware of this brand, and it seems the best source(s) in the US are sellers on Amazon who appear to be importing the product from other countries.
Many reviews center on “something has changed”, claiming the product is “not as good as it once was”. Another reviewer claimed to have extensively researched the subject, including contacting Nescafe, and posts “The product was changed and after a large outcry from British consumers, the ‘old’ product was reintroduced as ‘Gold Blend'”. Many reviewers complain of ordering one and getting the other, so maybe they are different?
Whether any of this is true is anyone’s guess as this wouldn’t be the first time that identical products were labeled differently for different markets. Buyer beware I guess.Oct 9, 2020 at 11:09 am #3678945
@greg23 Have you tried this? https://www.cafebustelo.com/en/coffee/instant/supreme-style-freeze-dried? It’s really good for instant and price.Oct 9, 2020 at 12:51 pm #3678956
IMHO, pre-measured packets are a key to success, regardless of your brand preference.Oct 9, 2020 at 5:48 pm #3679017
There definitely was a change, it was made with a milder roast bean and then re-introduced as “Classic” with the original dark roasted beans so the Nestle range now has at least 3 variations available in the Freeze dried instant coffee in most of the world.
We must be heathens here as we drink our coffee in the Dutch manner, double cream with sugar and very, very strong when using the plunger with freshly ground beans. Bushwalking I do the same but with extra sugar and full cream powdered milk. Just a note on cost, if I used sachets I would need 4 – 6 sachets per cup of coffee and still need to add extra sugar. economically they don’t make sense for me as well as being too much non-recyclable packaging. My coffee cup is either the old SS army kidney cup or the MSR Titan kettle, both of which hold 900ml usable. Some will think this is too much coffee, old chefs would say it wasn’t enough.Oct 10, 2020 at 9:48 pm #3679178ThomasBPL Member
@thomas51Locale: Rainy Pacific Northwest
Edward – what kind of “full cream powdered milk” do you use?Oct 11, 2020 at 7:30 am #3679195EnyawBPL Member
CS Coffee sounds good, but way too expensive for instant coffee. Usually go with Starbucks Via. As others have stated, it’s “good enough.” Usually drink coffee black, on the trail, mix it with a little hot cocoa mix.Oct 11, 2020 at 11:18 am #3679222Dylan AtkinsonBPL Member
Mount Hagen Freeze Dried coffee is my “good enough brown drink” of choice. Put two packets in a liter of water and shake it up for a good cold drink.Oct 11, 2020 at 2:53 pm #3679253Eric BlumensaadtBPL Member
@danepackerLocale: Mojave Desert
I read this while drinking a delicious cup of Peet’s “Alma de la Tierra” in the comfort of my casita.
I’ll try Alpine Start and CS but have a feeling for the weight and size I’ll stick with Bigbucks Via instant. Maybe I’ll take one of the CS packs with me for an end-of-trip brew.Oct 11, 2020 at 5:43 pm #3679268
Posting simply because I haven’t seen it mentioned…ran across Colcafe Classic in our local Publix. ~$5 for a 6 oz jar. It’s pretty good (for instant) and the price is right…certainly worth a try. Might just be your cuppa tea…uh…joe.Oct 11, 2020 at 8:02 pm #3679283DanBPL Member
Maybe this is a major faux pas, but I pre-mix store brand or Folgers instant coffee with coffee-mate and dump it all into a small zip-lock, which I leave in my “breakfast bag”, trip after trip, until it gets low. Each morning, I transfer two spoonfuls into a cup and add boiling water, then drink. When the zip-lock gets low, I top it off, like my tooth powder. ;-)Oct 11, 2020 at 11:53 pm #3679297
@thomas Whatever is on special when I shop. All Australian milk powders are much the same so I buy the cheapest.
@DylanA I was working in Mt Hagen when there was the talk of setting up that factory, I didn’t know it was a Freeze Dry facility tho; that area produces some of the best coffee I have drunk, worth the extra money when I can find it hereOct 16, 2020 at 8:53 am #3679945
Instant coffee has it’s time and place…specifically I choose it (only) when on a multi-day hike. Here is an interesting article comparing instant coffees. I post this because the tasting notes were surprisingly similar to my own. A shame more options were not tested.
An aside: My local grocery now carries Colcafe Granualted (in addition to the Classic). For less than $3 a jar I had to try it. I’m surprised at how much I like it and it is now my first choice.Oct 16, 2020 at 1:49 pm #3679990
Welp tried the Nescafe Gold in the 2g on the go sticks. Man, I was pretty impressed with how smooth it is. I really enjoyed it.Oct 16, 2020 at 1:52 pm #3679992
Brad, source? Amazon?Oct 16, 2020 at 2:02 pm #3679995Oct 16, 2020 at 2:38 pm #3679998
Thanks…thats what thought.Nov 26, 2020 at 11:50 am #3685901Anthony HBPL Member
Anyone try or drink Hiker’s Brew coffee? I just ordered a 6-Pack Sampler to try out all their flavors and the reviews seem really good. Never really tried instant coffee but this sounds appealing so I might give this a try. If anyone has a really good instant brew coffee I should try let me know. I’m more of a ground coffee user and my GSI coffee rocket and Mug makes a great little cup of coffee and it’s pretty light weight and compact. It’s also easy to clean and no filter paper to worry about. Here are some things I like about the Hiker’s Brew coffee:
-Organic & Fair trade coffee
-Yields – (4) 6 oz. cups of coffee per pouchFeb 11, 2021 at 10:30 pm #3698895Denis DBPL Member
I figure I:ll order some and a few people offered here on a 5 day trip. Make up my own mind what I like to stay with.Feb 12, 2021 at 4:14 pm #3699072Tom KBPL Member
Sugar, Corn syrup, instant coffee, coconut oil
Uhhh…………………….coffee?Feb 12, 2021 at 4:47 pm #3699086Roger CaffinBPL Member
@rcaffinLocale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
No, not coffee.
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