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Old 08-20-2019, 05:13 AM
 
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I know fresh brewed coffee is better than instant. Sometimes I just want one cup of coffee instead of brewing a pot for two or more cups. Iíve found Nescafť to be among the better brands of instant coffee. What I like about instant is you can control the strength per cup by the amount of water and amount of instant coffee on the spoon. I can make it as strong or weak as I want for that one cup. The coffee at work isnít consistent. Some use more water than others and some people add more coffee grounds than the premeasured bag. In those instances having your own instant coffee is better than a cup of burnt mud or a cup of flavored water.

Iíve tried the Folgers instant and no matter how I measured it never came out tasting good. Iíve tried a local brand called Community Coffee and it was very good. Problem with Community Coffee instant is itís a powder instead of loos grains of instant coffee. If left too long on the shelf it became rock hard. Iíve used those single serve instant coffee packets and they work well but cost much more per cup than a jar of instant coffee.
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Old 08-20-2019, 06:34 AM
 
Location: Central Mexico and Central Florida
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Good instant coffee does not not exist.

Get a pour over single serving cone filter; Melitta and OXO make some. I bring a plastic one with me whenever I travel.
https://www.amazon.com/Melitta-Coffe...ateway&sr=8-10
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Old 08-20-2019, 06:59 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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It’s been decades since I’ve had instant coffee but I seem to remember that Taster’s Choice freeze dried coffee was what we used most.
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Old 08-20-2019, 07:03 AM
 
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From someone who's normally particular about coffee (burr grinder, pour-over, french press, moka pot, etc..), there IS good instant coffee. She had some when we were in Italy, provided by our Air BnB, and it was Folgers brand, but with a label never seen in the US. We carry a mexican branded instant in our camper-van that's the best we've found in the US (from a local IGA store).


For home use it's FAR cheaper, better, easier to make a cold-brew concentrate. Since I don't drink coffee, but my wife loves the stuff, this is the easiest way for her to have a good cup. Pour a little in a cup, add hot water, milk, sugar, whatever and Maybe a few seconds in the microwave if it's not hot enough for you.
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Old 08-20-2019, 07:53 AM
 
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Tasters Choice Colombian is the brand of instant that comes closest to brewed coffee.
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Old 08-20-2019, 08:07 AM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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Take a look through this thread from earlier this year for some ideas, too.
Best instant coffee(if there is such a thing)
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Old 08-20-2019, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Great Britain
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Nescafť Azera, Douwe Egberts Pure Gold, Carte Noire (Lavazza), Percol Fusion etc
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Old 08-20-2019, 09:31 AM
 
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Taster's Choice Colombian. I've had Douwe Egbert's regular coffee, so would try that above recommendation if I found it. If you like espresso, Cafe Bustelo has an instant.
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Old 08-20-2019, 09:33 AM
 
Location: North State (California)
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Folgers coffee singles. They are bags like tea bags, & you just pour water over them, in a cup.
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Old 08-20-2019, 10:25 AM
 
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I know fresh brewed coffee is better than instant. Sometimes I just want one cup of coffee instead of brewing a pot for two or more cups. Iíve found Nescafť to be among the better brands of instant coffee. What I like about instant is you can control the strength per cup by the amount of water and amount of instant coffee on the spoon. I can make it as strong or weak as I want for that one cup. The coffee at work isnít consistent. Some use more water than others and some people add more coffee grounds than the premeasured bag. In those instances having your own instant coffee is better than a cup of burnt mud or a cup of flavored water.

Iíve tried the Folgers instant and no matter how I measured it never came out tasting good. Iíve tried a local brand called Community Coffee and it was very good. Problem with Community Coffee instant is itís a powder instead of loos grains of instant coffee. If left too long on the shelf it became rock hard. Iíve used those single serve instant coffee packets and they work well but cost much more per cup than a jar of instant coffee.
Uggh. I use one of these in my RV https://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/sto...E&gclsrc=aw.ds and the #2 coffee filters. You sit it over the mug add the filter and coffee and slowly pour water in so that it doesn't overflow. Takes a few tries to figure out how much coffee for the cup you like but it is well worth it than having yukky instant. I boil the water in the microwave but you can use a kettle.
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