Let me begin by saying, I am not an avid coffee drinker. I do enjoy carrying coffee while hiking so that I can have a cup-of-Joe each morning; and while I do drink coffee at home, it is only on occasion. It is safe to say that I drink no more than 3 cups of coffee per week, and more often only 1 – 2 cups, depending on work. Now, some may say that this is not an excuse to enjoy “Instant” coffee, but the fact is, I actually do…
In the past I have tried a few different types of coffee while on the trail. I found some to be ok, while others just plain sucked. Here are a few of the other methods I have tried:
- Starbucks Via: I found these to be too strong for my liking, and personally feel that they are a bit too expensive.
- Java Juice: Great idea, but I can’t think of anything else that has tasted quite so bad…
- Grower’s Cup: I actually really enjoyed these; however, the weight and the packed size put me off for using these on backpacking trips. I have enjoyed these at home though, as well as when car camping, or even on the first morning of a hike when I am waiting for a shuttle. (You can read more of my thoughts on Grower’s Cup HERE.)
I have also tried some other packages of Instant coffee’s, and even Mocha’s & Cappuccino’s. I have even carried packages of hot cocoa to add in with my coffee to make a DIY version of Mocha’s. Some were better than others of course, but none of them really stood out to me and made me want to carry them all the time.
In the mist of all of this, I had also tried the Nescafe packets of Taster’s Choice Instant coffee. I actually enjoyed drinking these, and the single serving packages made them easy to carry and to use. However, being that I like a little sugar & creamer with my coffee, I still had to prepare and carry extra packaging materials.
I eventually ended up buying a jar of the Nescafe Taster’s Choice Instant coffee and began repackaging my coffee with the sugar & creamer added in, into the corners of plastic sandwich bags, then twist tied, or taped, them closed. This worked well as it gave me control over how much of each ingredient I wanted, it limited packaging material, and is likely the least expensive option there is. This method became my go-to coffee while on the trail, and yes, even at home.
Then, a while back I came across the single serving packets of Nescafe 3-in-1 coffee. This perked my interest! A single serving, prepackaged coffee, with the sugar & creamer already added in! This was essentially the same thing I was already doing, but I liked the idea of not having to prepackage them myself anymore, and just carrying these already made up packages. So, I picked some up!
I have not been able to track these down in local grocery stores, so I resort to ordering them online from Amazon (linked above). At the time of this posting, they are $17.95 for a package of 30 sticks, or $0.60/package. (Although, the last order I placed was $16 for a package of 30 sticks.) Sure, there are less expensive methods, and there are for sure more expensive methods, but for what I get and as long as a package of 30 will last me, I am happy with this price.
The individual packages themselves weigh between 0.7 & 0.8 oz each, and are packed with 87 calories per package. As for taste, I have added as little as about 8 oz of water, to as much as about 13 oz of water, and the taste has been just fine by me either way. Overall, I am personally happy with the amount of coffee, sugar & creamer added to the packages.
So, these have become my go-to coffee method when on the trail, and as I mentioned, even at home. My only problem with them is availability. As I said, I cannot find them locally, so I must order them online… Considering this, I just hope that they stay available online for me to buy…
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Disclaimer: I paid for the items mentioned in this post with my own money. I am not affiliated with any of the above mentioned companies, and have no obligation to write about them. As well, the above information is a reflection of my personal taste buds, and I do not expect everyone else’s to be the same. So, YMMV… HYOH… yada, yada, yada…