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These Are the Best Cities in America to Get a Cup of Coffee

These Are the Best Cities in America to Get a Cup of Coffee

WalletHub details the top 20 cities with the most coffee shops and the cheapest cups per capita, for National Coffee Day

You won’t be too surprised to find so many of these on the West Coast.

Whether you’re a Starbucks fan, Dunkin’ aficionado, or prefer a local café, most of us have strong opinions on coffee. Just in time for National Coffee Day today, WalletHub detailed the top 20 cities in America to get a cup of joe.

Wallet Hub used 12 key metrics including number of coffee shops per capita, the average price of a cup of coffee, and the amount of times coffee popped up in a Google search. The No. 1 city for a cup of coffee is Portland, Oregon, followed by Seattle — the unofficial coffee capital of America — while Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, and Orlando, round out the top five.

Here are the rest of the cities, ranked:

  1. Portland, Oregon
  2. Seattle
  3. Minneapolis
  4. Pittsburgh
  5. Orlando
  6. San Francisco
  7. New Orleans
  8. Madison, Wisconsin
  9. Cincinnati
  10. Scottsdale, Arizona
  11. Oakland, California
  12. St. Louis
  13. Tampa, Florida
  14. Atlanta
  15. Boise
  16. Anchorage, Alaska
  17. Denver
  18. Reno, Nevada
  19. Honolulu
  20. Miami

The same survey found where the cheapest pack of coffee was (Hialeah, Florida), where the most expensive cappuccino was (San Jose, California), where there’s most coffee shops per capita (San Francisco), and where there’s the fewest (Fort Worth, Texas).


The Best Instant Coffees Make On-The-Go Sipping so Much Better

In a rush? You don&rsquot have to settle for an average cup of joe.

Sometimes there&rsquos a trade-off when searching for the best instant coffee: Taste in exchange for convenience, flavor, or affordability. But the instant coffee game has seriously upgraded in recent years to meet the needs of those without a coffee maker, on-the-go commuters with travel mug in hand, or just the average Jane demanding more from her cup of joe.

In addition to the classic &ldquojust add hot water&rdquo varieties, you can now find instant coffee tucked into tea bags or placed in fold-out pour overs for your fastest-ever cup. Grocery store favorites are raising the bar with higher-quality brews, while specialty roasters are bringing us single-origin blends in an instant, literally.

After nearly two weeks of caffeine-fueled taste tests by our editors, family, and friends, we rounded up the best brands of instant coffee to make your hassle-free morning brew even better. Our top picks are perfect to take on your next backpacking trip or hiking adventure, or to whip into Dalgona whipped coffee. Consider this your quick guide to better instant coffee . that you just might want some extra time to enjoy.

The reason kids don&rsquot drink coffee isn&rsquot just because they don&rsquot need the caffeine, it&rsquos also because coffee can be bitter. And that&rsquos precisely what we love about it. This cup of Joe has that bitter edge that we look for in our daily brew, with a citrusy, slightly nutty flavor and sweet, chocolate-pecan aroma to balance it all out. This blend also held up well to dairy add-ins, which is great news &mdashbecause the other thing we love about coffee is that extra splash of cream.

Open a packet of this instant coffee and you might think you accidentally tore into a pack of Earl Grey. This single-serve specialty coffee comes in tea-like bags that yep, you guessed it &mdash steep in hot water like tea. Our tasters loved the slightly nutty, citrusy flavor of the California Blend medium roast, but you should try the well-balanced Odyssey Blend if you prefer dark roast. To enjoy your café without the caffeine, their Eventide Decaf option is single origin and boasts mellow flavor with low acidity and hints of molasses.

One of the few organic, fair trade instant coffees on the market, this roast resulted in a balanced, smooth cup without any overpowering flavors or bitterness. Pick up a jar of their decaf blend to enjoy after dinner (best served with dessert). At just around .17 per cup, it&rsquos also an incredible value. Many of our tasters preferred this cup over the pricier brands.

The strong, pleasant, freshly brewed coffee aroma of this option smelled like walking into &hellip well, a bustling Starbucks. What&rsquos more, the smooth, balanced cup looked and tasted as good as it smelled, with a dark chocolate color and toasted nut flavor. Instead of braving the morning commute crowd, we&rsquod happily enjoy a cup of this instant instead, right at home.

For those who prefer to greet the day with a mild roast rather than a kicked up cup of coffee, this mellow blend is perfect. Low acidity and flavors of black tea make this easy drinking joe a great way to start your morning. Plus, each jar only costs about $5 and contains 100 cups of coffee &hellip yep, that&rsquos just 5 cents a cup.

The deeply chocolatey aroma of this coffee, straight from the packet, cues you right away that this isn&rsquot your average (cup of) joe. The fruity, nuanced flavor of their Gute Sodu medium roast might just turn you into an instant coffee convert, or try their Stoker blend if you prefer dark roast. Made from a specialty roastery in Portland, ME, this is our worth-it upgrade pick.

Forget everything you think you know about instant coffee &mdash this complex cup exceeded our expectations in almost every way. The sweet, milk chocolatey smell gave way to a strong, citrusy flavor that was zingy but not overwhelming. Some tasters detected a mushroomy flavor with some molasses, while others tasted hints of fresh fruit. It&rsquos definitely a cup that&rsquoll keep you curious until the last sip.

If you love a drop of cream or sugar in your morning cup, this full-bodied blend holds up to any of your favorite add-ins. The complex, citrus-forward flavor, milk chocolate smell, and smooth finish of this brew shines through any dairy extras and tastes just as delicious on its own.

Tasters loved the full-bodied and citrusy character of this instant coffee blend, and hints of coconut and fresh berries left us savoring every sip. Be sure to take some time to enjoy this option&mdash one serving costs more than your average latte. But we think a little extra caffeine TLC is worth it if you&rsquore traveling or camping where there&rsquos not a coffee shop in sight.

This instant coffee lives up to its name&mdash and its Instagrammable packaging. Thanks to a new roaster partnership with Flight Coffee (based in Wellington, New Zealand), the coffees in every &ldquoDiscovery Box&rdquo are sourced from all around the world. Enjoy a nutty, balanced cup from Rwanda, or sip on a bright, fruity coffee from Colombia. There&rsquos truly something to discover&mdash and savor&mdash in every 100% compostable packet.

If you&rsquore brewing for two (or you just need a hefty cup for yourself), this option yields 10 ounces of coffee in every single-serve packet. We were worried that the high water-to-coffee grounds ratio would produce a weak cup, but every ounce was strong, full-bodied, and compelling with citrusy, bright flavors. If you&rsquore an iced coffee drinker, this option tastes great hot or cold.

At around $3 per cup, this instant coffee isn&rsquot cheap to steep. But its rich, full-bodied texture and strong, nuanced flavor could pass for a coffee-house cup at a comparable price. Our tasters were blown away by the fruit-forward, citrusy flavor of all the blends we tried. Instead of a quick and convenient caffeine fix, this option offers a luxurious coffee break.

This specialty instant coffee was made with campers, hikers, and adventure-seekers in mind the evergreen trees and canoeing couple illustrated on each pack says it all. Each tube of coffee grounds yields a strong, well-rounded, toasty cup. It&rsquos perfect for someone who prefers sleeping under the stars, and waking up to a campfire-warmed cup of joe.

This brand boasts the best setup &mdash by far. A single-serve, pour-over filter comes in an individual packet that unfolds to sit perfectly on top of your mug. The filter comes filled with toasty coffee grounds ready to be brewed with hot water. We wouldn&rsquot call this coffee truly &ldquoinstant&rdquo&mdash it&rsquos more like pre-packed coffee grounds &mdash but it&rsquos perfect for pour-over enthusiasts who want something just as good on the go.


The Best Instant Coffees Make On-The-Go Sipping so Much Better

In a rush? You don&rsquot have to settle for an average cup of joe.

Sometimes there&rsquos a trade-off when searching for the best instant coffee: Taste in exchange for convenience, flavor, or affordability. But the instant coffee game has seriously upgraded in recent years to meet the needs of those without a coffee maker, on-the-go commuters with travel mug in hand, or just the average Jane demanding more from her cup of joe.

In addition to the classic &ldquojust add hot water&rdquo varieties, you can now find instant coffee tucked into tea bags or placed in fold-out pour overs for your fastest-ever cup. Grocery store favorites are raising the bar with higher-quality brews, while specialty roasters are bringing us single-origin blends in an instant, literally.

After nearly two weeks of caffeine-fueled taste tests by our editors, family, and friends, we rounded up the best brands of instant coffee to make your hassle-free morning brew even better. Our top picks are perfect to take on your next backpacking trip or hiking adventure, or to whip into Dalgona whipped coffee. Consider this your quick guide to better instant coffee . that you just might want some extra time to enjoy.

The reason kids don&rsquot drink coffee isn&rsquot just because they don&rsquot need the caffeine, it&rsquos also because coffee can be bitter. And that&rsquos precisely what we love about it. This cup of Joe has that bitter edge that we look for in our daily brew, with a citrusy, slightly nutty flavor and sweet, chocolate-pecan aroma to balance it all out. This blend also held up well to dairy add-ins, which is great news &mdashbecause the other thing we love about coffee is that extra splash of cream.

Open a packet of this instant coffee and you might think you accidentally tore into a pack of Earl Grey. This single-serve specialty coffee comes in tea-like bags that yep, you guessed it &mdash steep in hot water like tea. Our tasters loved the slightly nutty, citrusy flavor of the California Blend medium roast, but you should try the well-balanced Odyssey Blend if you prefer dark roast. To enjoy your café without the caffeine, their Eventide Decaf option is single origin and boasts mellow flavor with low acidity and hints of molasses.

One of the few organic, fair trade instant coffees on the market, this roast resulted in a balanced, smooth cup without any overpowering flavors or bitterness. Pick up a jar of their decaf blend to enjoy after dinner (best served with dessert). At just around .17 per cup, it&rsquos also an incredible value. Many of our tasters preferred this cup over the pricier brands.

The strong, pleasant, freshly brewed coffee aroma of this option smelled like walking into &hellip well, a bustling Starbucks. What&rsquos more, the smooth, balanced cup looked and tasted as good as it smelled, with a dark chocolate color and toasted nut flavor. Instead of braving the morning commute crowd, we&rsquod happily enjoy a cup of this instant instead, right at home.

For those who prefer to greet the day with a mild roast rather than a kicked up cup of coffee, this mellow blend is perfect. Low acidity and flavors of black tea make this easy drinking joe a great way to start your morning. Plus, each jar only costs about $5 and contains 100 cups of coffee &hellip yep, that&rsquos just 5 cents a cup.

The deeply chocolatey aroma of this coffee, straight from the packet, cues you right away that this isn&rsquot your average (cup of) joe. The fruity, nuanced flavor of their Gute Sodu medium roast might just turn you into an instant coffee convert, or try their Stoker blend if you prefer dark roast. Made from a specialty roastery in Portland, ME, this is our worth-it upgrade pick.

Forget everything you think you know about instant coffee &mdash this complex cup exceeded our expectations in almost every way. The sweet, milk chocolatey smell gave way to a strong, citrusy flavor that was zingy but not overwhelming. Some tasters detected a mushroomy flavor with some molasses, while others tasted hints of fresh fruit. It&rsquos definitely a cup that&rsquoll keep you curious until the last sip.

If you love a drop of cream or sugar in your morning cup, this full-bodied blend holds up to any of your favorite add-ins. The complex, citrus-forward flavor, milk chocolate smell, and smooth finish of this brew shines through any dairy extras and tastes just as delicious on its own.

Tasters loved the full-bodied and citrusy character of this instant coffee blend, and hints of coconut and fresh berries left us savoring every sip. Be sure to take some time to enjoy this option&mdash one serving costs more than your average latte. But we think a little extra caffeine TLC is worth it if you&rsquore traveling or camping where there&rsquos not a coffee shop in sight.

This instant coffee lives up to its name&mdash and its Instagrammable packaging. Thanks to a new roaster partnership with Flight Coffee (based in Wellington, New Zealand), the coffees in every &ldquoDiscovery Box&rdquo are sourced from all around the world. Enjoy a nutty, balanced cup from Rwanda, or sip on a bright, fruity coffee from Colombia. There&rsquos truly something to discover&mdash and savor&mdash in every 100% compostable packet.

If you&rsquore brewing for two (or you just need a hefty cup for yourself), this option yields 10 ounces of coffee in every single-serve packet. We were worried that the high water-to-coffee grounds ratio would produce a weak cup, but every ounce was strong, full-bodied, and compelling with citrusy, bright flavors. If you&rsquore an iced coffee drinker, this option tastes great hot or cold.

At around $3 per cup, this instant coffee isn&rsquot cheap to steep. But its rich, full-bodied texture and strong, nuanced flavor could pass for a coffee-house cup at a comparable price. Our tasters were blown away by the fruit-forward, citrusy flavor of all the blends we tried. Instead of a quick and convenient caffeine fix, this option offers a luxurious coffee break.

This specialty instant coffee was made with campers, hikers, and adventure-seekers in mind the evergreen trees and canoeing couple illustrated on each pack says it all. Each tube of coffee grounds yields a strong, well-rounded, toasty cup. It&rsquos perfect for someone who prefers sleeping under the stars, and waking up to a campfire-warmed cup of joe.

This brand boasts the best setup &mdash by far. A single-serve, pour-over filter comes in an individual packet that unfolds to sit perfectly on top of your mug. The filter comes filled with toasty coffee grounds ready to be brewed with hot water. We wouldn&rsquot call this coffee truly &ldquoinstant&rdquo&mdash it&rsquos more like pre-packed coffee grounds &mdash but it&rsquos perfect for pour-over enthusiasts who want something just as good on the go.


The Best Instant Coffees Make On-The-Go Sipping so Much Better

In a rush? You don&rsquot have to settle for an average cup of joe.

Sometimes there&rsquos a trade-off when searching for the best instant coffee: Taste in exchange for convenience, flavor, or affordability. But the instant coffee game has seriously upgraded in recent years to meet the needs of those without a coffee maker, on-the-go commuters with travel mug in hand, or just the average Jane demanding more from her cup of joe.

In addition to the classic &ldquojust add hot water&rdquo varieties, you can now find instant coffee tucked into tea bags or placed in fold-out pour overs for your fastest-ever cup. Grocery store favorites are raising the bar with higher-quality brews, while specialty roasters are bringing us single-origin blends in an instant, literally.

After nearly two weeks of caffeine-fueled taste tests by our editors, family, and friends, we rounded up the best brands of instant coffee to make your hassle-free morning brew even better. Our top picks are perfect to take on your next backpacking trip or hiking adventure, or to whip into Dalgona whipped coffee. Consider this your quick guide to better instant coffee . that you just might want some extra time to enjoy.

The reason kids don&rsquot drink coffee isn&rsquot just because they don&rsquot need the caffeine, it&rsquos also because coffee can be bitter. And that&rsquos precisely what we love about it. This cup of Joe has that bitter edge that we look for in our daily brew, with a citrusy, slightly nutty flavor and sweet, chocolate-pecan aroma to balance it all out. This blend also held up well to dairy add-ins, which is great news &mdashbecause the other thing we love about coffee is that extra splash of cream.

Open a packet of this instant coffee and you might think you accidentally tore into a pack of Earl Grey. This single-serve specialty coffee comes in tea-like bags that yep, you guessed it &mdash steep in hot water like tea. Our tasters loved the slightly nutty, citrusy flavor of the California Blend medium roast, but you should try the well-balanced Odyssey Blend if you prefer dark roast. To enjoy your café without the caffeine, their Eventide Decaf option is single origin and boasts mellow flavor with low acidity and hints of molasses.

One of the few organic, fair trade instant coffees on the market, this roast resulted in a balanced, smooth cup without any overpowering flavors or bitterness. Pick up a jar of their decaf blend to enjoy after dinner (best served with dessert). At just around .17 per cup, it&rsquos also an incredible value. Many of our tasters preferred this cup over the pricier brands.

The strong, pleasant, freshly brewed coffee aroma of this option smelled like walking into &hellip well, a bustling Starbucks. What&rsquos more, the smooth, balanced cup looked and tasted as good as it smelled, with a dark chocolate color and toasted nut flavor. Instead of braving the morning commute crowd, we&rsquod happily enjoy a cup of this instant instead, right at home.

For those who prefer to greet the day with a mild roast rather than a kicked up cup of coffee, this mellow blend is perfect. Low acidity and flavors of black tea make this easy drinking joe a great way to start your morning. Plus, each jar only costs about $5 and contains 100 cups of coffee &hellip yep, that&rsquos just 5 cents a cup.

The deeply chocolatey aroma of this coffee, straight from the packet, cues you right away that this isn&rsquot your average (cup of) joe. The fruity, nuanced flavor of their Gute Sodu medium roast might just turn you into an instant coffee convert, or try their Stoker blend if you prefer dark roast. Made from a specialty roastery in Portland, ME, this is our worth-it upgrade pick.

Forget everything you think you know about instant coffee &mdash this complex cup exceeded our expectations in almost every way. The sweet, milk chocolatey smell gave way to a strong, citrusy flavor that was zingy but not overwhelming. Some tasters detected a mushroomy flavor with some molasses, while others tasted hints of fresh fruit. It&rsquos definitely a cup that&rsquoll keep you curious until the last sip.

If you love a drop of cream or sugar in your morning cup, this full-bodied blend holds up to any of your favorite add-ins. The complex, citrus-forward flavor, milk chocolate smell, and smooth finish of this brew shines through any dairy extras and tastes just as delicious on its own.

Tasters loved the full-bodied and citrusy character of this instant coffee blend, and hints of coconut and fresh berries left us savoring every sip. Be sure to take some time to enjoy this option&mdash one serving costs more than your average latte. But we think a little extra caffeine TLC is worth it if you&rsquore traveling or camping where there&rsquos not a coffee shop in sight.

This instant coffee lives up to its name&mdash and its Instagrammable packaging. Thanks to a new roaster partnership with Flight Coffee (based in Wellington, New Zealand), the coffees in every &ldquoDiscovery Box&rdquo are sourced from all around the world. Enjoy a nutty, balanced cup from Rwanda, or sip on a bright, fruity coffee from Colombia. There&rsquos truly something to discover&mdash and savor&mdash in every 100% compostable packet.

If you&rsquore brewing for two (or you just need a hefty cup for yourself), this option yields 10 ounces of coffee in every single-serve packet. We were worried that the high water-to-coffee grounds ratio would produce a weak cup, but every ounce was strong, full-bodied, and compelling with citrusy, bright flavors. If you&rsquore an iced coffee drinker, this option tastes great hot or cold.

At around $3 per cup, this instant coffee isn&rsquot cheap to steep. But its rich, full-bodied texture and strong, nuanced flavor could pass for a coffee-house cup at a comparable price. Our tasters were blown away by the fruit-forward, citrusy flavor of all the blends we tried. Instead of a quick and convenient caffeine fix, this option offers a luxurious coffee break.

This specialty instant coffee was made with campers, hikers, and adventure-seekers in mind the evergreen trees and canoeing couple illustrated on each pack says it all. Each tube of coffee grounds yields a strong, well-rounded, toasty cup. It&rsquos perfect for someone who prefers sleeping under the stars, and waking up to a campfire-warmed cup of joe.

This brand boasts the best setup &mdash by far. A single-serve, pour-over filter comes in an individual packet that unfolds to sit perfectly on top of your mug. The filter comes filled with toasty coffee grounds ready to be brewed with hot water. We wouldn&rsquot call this coffee truly &ldquoinstant&rdquo&mdash it&rsquos more like pre-packed coffee grounds &mdash but it&rsquos perfect for pour-over enthusiasts who want something just as good on the go.


The Best Instant Coffees Make On-The-Go Sipping so Much Better

In a rush? You don&rsquot have to settle for an average cup of joe.

Sometimes there&rsquos a trade-off when searching for the best instant coffee: Taste in exchange for convenience, flavor, or affordability. But the instant coffee game has seriously upgraded in recent years to meet the needs of those without a coffee maker, on-the-go commuters with travel mug in hand, or just the average Jane demanding more from her cup of joe.

In addition to the classic &ldquojust add hot water&rdquo varieties, you can now find instant coffee tucked into tea bags or placed in fold-out pour overs for your fastest-ever cup. Grocery store favorites are raising the bar with higher-quality brews, while specialty roasters are bringing us single-origin blends in an instant, literally.

After nearly two weeks of caffeine-fueled taste tests by our editors, family, and friends, we rounded up the best brands of instant coffee to make your hassle-free morning brew even better. Our top picks are perfect to take on your next backpacking trip or hiking adventure, or to whip into Dalgona whipped coffee. Consider this your quick guide to better instant coffee . that you just might want some extra time to enjoy.

The reason kids don&rsquot drink coffee isn&rsquot just because they don&rsquot need the caffeine, it&rsquos also because coffee can be bitter. And that&rsquos precisely what we love about it. This cup of Joe has that bitter edge that we look for in our daily brew, with a citrusy, slightly nutty flavor and sweet, chocolate-pecan aroma to balance it all out. This blend also held up well to dairy add-ins, which is great news &mdashbecause the other thing we love about coffee is that extra splash of cream.

Open a packet of this instant coffee and you might think you accidentally tore into a pack of Earl Grey. This single-serve specialty coffee comes in tea-like bags that yep, you guessed it &mdash steep in hot water like tea. Our tasters loved the slightly nutty, citrusy flavor of the California Blend medium roast, but you should try the well-balanced Odyssey Blend if you prefer dark roast. To enjoy your café without the caffeine, their Eventide Decaf option is single origin and boasts mellow flavor with low acidity and hints of molasses.

One of the few organic, fair trade instant coffees on the market, this roast resulted in a balanced, smooth cup without any overpowering flavors or bitterness. Pick up a jar of their decaf blend to enjoy after dinner (best served with dessert). At just around .17 per cup, it&rsquos also an incredible value. Many of our tasters preferred this cup over the pricier brands.

The strong, pleasant, freshly brewed coffee aroma of this option smelled like walking into &hellip well, a bustling Starbucks. What&rsquos more, the smooth, balanced cup looked and tasted as good as it smelled, with a dark chocolate color and toasted nut flavor. Instead of braving the morning commute crowd, we&rsquod happily enjoy a cup of this instant instead, right at home.

For those who prefer to greet the day with a mild roast rather than a kicked up cup of coffee, this mellow blend is perfect. Low acidity and flavors of black tea make this easy drinking joe a great way to start your morning. Plus, each jar only costs about $5 and contains 100 cups of coffee &hellip yep, that&rsquos just 5 cents a cup.

The deeply chocolatey aroma of this coffee, straight from the packet, cues you right away that this isn&rsquot your average (cup of) joe. The fruity, nuanced flavor of their Gute Sodu medium roast might just turn you into an instant coffee convert, or try their Stoker blend if you prefer dark roast. Made from a specialty roastery in Portland, ME, this is our worth-it upgrade pick.

Forget everything you think you know about instant coffee &mdash this complex cup exceeded our expectations in almost every way. The sweet, milk chocolatey smell gave way to a strong, citrusy flavor that was zingy but not overwhelming. Some tasters detected a mushroomy flavor with some molasses, while others tasted hints of fresh fruit. It&rsquos definitely a cup that&rsquoll keep you curious until the last sip.

If you love a drop of cream or sugar in your morning cup, this full-bodied blend holds up to any of your favorite add-ins. The complex, citrus-forward flavor, milk chocolate smell, and smooth finish of this brew shines through any dairy extras and tastes just as delicious on its own.

Tasters loved the full-bodied and citrusy character of this instant coffee blend, and hints of coconut and fresh berries left us savoring every sip. Be sure to take some time to enjoy this option&mdash one serving costs more than your average latte. But we think a little extra caffeine TLC is worth it if you&rsquore traveling or camping where there&rsquos not a coffee shop in sight.

This instant coffee lives up to its name&mdash and its Instagrammable packaging. Thanks to a new roaster partnership with Flight Coffee (based in Wellington, New Zealand), the coffees in every &ldquoDiscovery Box&rdquo are sourced from all around the world. Enjoy a nutty, balanced cup from Rwanda, or sip on a bright, fruity coffee from Colombia. There&rsquos truly something to discover&mdash and savor&mdash in every 100% compostable packet.

If you&rsquore brewing for two (or you just need a hefty cup for yourself), this option yields 10 ounces of coffee in every single-serve packet. We were worried that the high water-to-coffee grounds ratio would produce a weak cup, but every ounce was strong, full-bodied, and compelling with citrusy, bright flavors. If you&rsquore an iced coffee drinker, this option tastes great hot or cold.

At around $3 per cup, this instant coffee isn&rsquot cheap to steep. But its rich, full-bodied texture and strong, nuanced flavor could pass for a coffee-house cup at a comparable price. Our tasters were blown away by the fruit-forward, citrusy flavor of all the blends we tried. Instead of a quick and convenient caffeine fix, this option offers a luxurious coffee break.

This specialty instant coffee was made with campers, hikers, and adventure-seekers in mind the evergreen trees and canoeing couple illustrated on each pack says it all. Each tube of coffee grounds yields a strong, well-rounded, toasty cup. It&rsquos perfect for someone who prefers sleeping under the stars, and waking up to a campfire-warmed cup of joe.

This brand boasts the best setup &mdash by far. A single-serve, pour-over filter comes in an individual packet that unfolds to sit perfectly on top of your mug. The filter comes filled with toasty coffee grounds ready to be brewed with hot water. We wouldn&rsquot call this coffee truly &ldquoinstant&rdquo&mdash it&rsquos more like pre-packed coffee grounds &mdash but it&rsquos perfect for pour-over enthusiasts who want something just as good on the go.


The Best Instant Coffees Make On-The-Go Sipping so Much Better

In a rush? You don&rsquot have to settle for an average cup of joe.

Sometimes there&rsquos a trade-off when searching for the best instant coffee: Taste in exchange for convenience, flavor, or affordability. But the instant coffee game has seriously upgraded in recent years to meet the needs of those without a coffee maker, on-the-go commuters with travel mug in hand, or just the average Jane demanding more from her cup of joe.

In addition to the classic &ldquojust add hot water&rdquo varieties, you can now find instant coffee tucked into tea bags or placed in fold-out pour overs for your fastest-ever cup. Grocery store favorites are raising the bar with higher-quality brews, while specialty roasters are bringing us single-origin blends in an instant, literally.

After nearly two weeks of caffeine-fueled taste tests by our editors, family, and friends, we rounded up the best brands of instant coffee to make your hassle-free morning brew even better. Our top picks are perfect to take on your next backpacking trip or hiking adventure, or to whip into Dalgona whipped coffee. Consider this your quick guide to better instant coffee . that you just might want some extra time to enjoy.

The reason kids don&rsquot drink coffee isn&rsquot just because they don&rsquot need the caffeine, it&rsquos also because coffee can be bitter. And that&rsquos precisely what we love about it. This cup of Joe has that bitter edge that we look for in our daily brew, with a citrusy, slightly nutty flavor and sweet, chocolate-pecan aroma to balance it all out. This blend also held up well to dairy add-ins, which is great news &mdashbecause the other thing we love about coffee is that extra splash of cream.

Open a packet of this instant coffee and you might think you accidentally tore into a pack of Earl Grey. This single-serve specialty coffee comes in tea-like bags that yep, you guessed it &mdash steep in hot water like tea. Our tasters loved the slightly nutty, citrusy flavor of the California Blend medium roast, but you should try the well-balanced Odyssey Blend if you prefer dark roast. To enjoy your café without the caffeine, their Eventide Decaf option is single origin and boasts mellow flavor with low acidity and hints of molasses.

One of the few organic, fair trade instant coffees on the market, this roast resulted in a balanced, smooth cup without any overpowering flavors or bitterness. Pick up a jar of their decaf blend to enjoy after dinner (best served with dessert). At just around .17 per cup, it&rsquos also an incredible value. Many of our tasters preferred this cup over the pricier brands.

The strong, pleasant, freshly brewed coffee aroma of this option smelled like walking into &hellip well, a bustling Starbucks. What&rsquos more, the smooth, balanced cup looked and tasted as good as it smelled, with a dark chocolate color and toasted nut flavor. Instead of braving the morning commute crowd, we&rsquod happily enjoy a cup of this instant instead, right at home.

For those who prefer to greet the day with a mild roast rather than a kicked up cup of coffee, this mellow blend is perfect. Low acidity and flavors of black tea make this easy drinking joe a great way to start your morning. Plus, each jar only costs about $5 and contains 100 cups of coffee &hellip yep, that&rsquos just 5 cents a cup.

The deeply chocolatey aroma of this coffee, straight from the packet, cues you right away that this isn&rsquot your average (cup of) joe. The fruity, nuanced flavor of their Gute Sodu medium roast might just turn you into an instant coffee convert, or try their Stoker blend if you prefer dark roast. Made from a specialty roastery in Portland, ME, this is our worth-it upgrade pick.

Forget everything you think you know about instant coffee &mdash this complex cup exceeded our expectations in almost every way. The sweet, milk chocolatey smell gave way to a strong, citrusy flavor that was zingy but not overwhelming. Some tasters detected a mushroomy flavor with some molasses, while others tasted hints of fresh fruit. It&rsquos definitely a cup that&rsquoll keep you curious until the last sip.

If you love a drop of cream or sugar in your morning cup, this full-bodied blend holds up to any of your favorite add-ins. The complex, citrus-forward flavor, milk chocolate smell, and smooth finish of this brew shines through any dairy extras and tastes just as delicious on its own.

Tasters loved the full-bodied and citrusy character of this instant coffee blend, and hints of coconut and fresh berries left us savoring every sip. Be sure to take some time to enjoy this option&mdash one serving costs more than your average latte. But we think a little extra caffeine TLC is worth it if you&rsquore traveling or camping where there&rsquos not a coffee shop in sight.

This instant coffee lives up to its name&mdash and its Instagrammable packaging. Thanks to a new roaster partnership with Flight Coffee (based in Wellington, New Zealand), the coffees in every &ldquoDiscovery Box&rdquo are sourced from all around the world. Enjoy a nutty, balanced cup from Rwanda, or sip on a bright, fruity coffee from Colombia. There&rsquos truly something to discover&mdash and savor&mdash in every 100% compostable packet.

If you&rsquore brewing for two (or you just need a hefty cup for yourself), this option yields 10 ounces of coffee in every single-serve packet. We were worried that the high water-to-coffee grounds ratio would produce a weak cup, but every ounce was strong, full-bodied, and compelling with citrusy, bright flavors. If you&rsquore an iced coffee drinker, this option tastes great hot or cold.

At around $3 per cup, this instant coffee isn&rsquot cheap to steep. But its rich, full-bodied texture and strong, nuanced flavor could pass for a coffee-house cup at a comparable price. Our tasters were blown away by the fruit-forward, citrusy flavor of all the blends we tried. Instead of a quick and convenient caffeine fix, this option offers a luxurious coffee break.

This specialty instant coffee was made with campers, hikers, and adventure-seekers in mind the evergreen trees and canoeing couple illustrated on each pack says it all. Each tube of coffee grounds yields a strong, well-rounded, toasty cup. It&rsquos perfect for someone who prefers sleeping under the stars, and waking up to a campfire-warmed cup of joe.

This brand boasts the best setup &mdash by far. A single-serve, pour-over filter comes in an individual packet that unfolds to sit perfectly on top of your mug. The filter comes filled with toasty coffee grounds ready to be brewed with hot water. We wouldn&rsquot call this coffee truly &ldquoinstant&rdquo&mdash it&rsquos more like pre-packed coffee grounds &mdash but it&rsquos perfect for pour-over enthusiasts who want something just as good on the go.


The Best Instant Coffees Make On-The-Go Sipping so Much Better

In a rush? You don&rsquot have to settle for an average cup of joe.

Sometimes there&rsquos a trade-off when searching for the best instant coffee: Taste in exchange for convenience, flavor, or affordability. But the instant coffee game has seriously upgraded in recent years to meet the needs of those without a coffee maker, on-the-go commuters with travel mug in hand, or just the average Jane demanding more from her cup of joe.

In addition to the classic &ldquojust add hot water&rdquo varieties, you can now find instant coffee tucked into tea bags or placed in fold-out pour overs for your fastest-ever cup. Grocery store favorites are raising the bar with higher-quality brews, while specialty roasters are bringing us single-origin blends in an instant, literally.

After nearly two weeks of caffeine-fueled taste tests by our editors, family, and friends, we rounded up the best brands of instant coffee to make your hassle-free morning brew even better. Our top picks are perfect to take on your next backpacking trip or hiking adventure, or to whip into Dalgona whipped coffee. Consider this your quick guide to better instant coffee . that you just might want some extra time to enjoy.

The reason kids don&rsquot drink coffee isn&rsquot just because they don&rsquot need the caffeine, it&rsquos also because coffee can be bitter. And that&rsquos precisely what we love about it. This cup of Joe has that bitter edge that we look for in our daily brew, with a citrusy, slightly nutty flavor and sweet, chocolate-pecan aroma to balance it all out. This blend also held up well to dairy add-ins, which is great news &mdashbecause the other thing we love about coffee is that extra splash of cream.

Open a packet of this instant coffee and you might think you accidentally tore into a pack of Earl Grey. This single-serve specialty coffee comes in tea-like bags that yep, you guessed it &mdash steep in hot water like tea. Our tasters loved the slightly nutty, citrusy flavor of the California Blend medium roast, but you should try the well-balanced Odyssey Blend if you prefer dark roast. To enjoy your café without the caffeine, their Eventide Decaf option is single origin and boasts mellow flavor with low acidity and hints of molasses.

One of the few organic, fair trade instant coffees on the market, this roast resulted in a balanced, smooth cup without any overpowering flavors or bitterness. Pick up a jar of their decaf blend to enjoy after dinner (best served with dessert). At just around .17 per cup, it&rsquos also an incredible value. Many of our tasters preferred this cup over the pricier brands.

The strong, pleasant, freshly brewed coffee aroma of this option smelled like walking into &hellip well, a bustling Starbucks. What&rsquos more, the smooth, balanced cup looked and tasted as good as it smelled, with a dark chocolate color and toasted nut flavor. Instead of braving the morning commute crowd, we&rsquod happily enjoy a cup of this instant instead, right at home.

For those who prefer to greet the day with a mild roast rather than a kicked up cup of coffee, this mellow blend is perfect. Low acidity and flavors of black tea make this easy drinking joe a great way to start your morning. Plus, each jar only costs about $5 and contains 100 cups of coffee &hellip yep, that&rsquos just 5 cents a cup.

The deeply chocolatey aroma of this coffee, straight from the packet, cues you right away that this isn&rsquot your average (cup of) joe. The fruity, nuanced flavor of their Gute Sodu medium roast might just turn you into an instant coffee convert, or try their Stoker blend if you prefer dark roast. Made from a specialty roastery in Portland, ME, this is our worth-it upgrade pick.

Forget everything you think you know about instant coffee &mdash this complex cup exceeded our expectations in almost every way. The sweet, milk chocolatey smell gave way to a strong, citrusy flavor that was zingy but not overwhelming. Some tasters detected a mushroomy flavor with some molasses, while others tasted hints of fresh fruit. It&rsquos definitely a cup that&rsquoll keep you curious until the last sip.

If you love a drop of cream or sugar in your morning cup, this full-bodied blend holds up to any of your favorite add-ins. The complex, citrus-forward flavor, milk chocolate smell, and smooth finish of this brew shines through any dairy extras and tastes just as delicious on its own.

Tasters loved the full-bodied and citrusy character of this instant coffee blend, and hints of coconut and fresh berries left us savoring every sip. Be sure to take some time to enjoy this option&mdash one serving costs more than your average latte. But we think a little extra caffeine TLC is worth it if you&rsquore traveling or camping where there&rsquos not a coffee shop in sight.

This instant coffee lives up to its name&mdash and its Instagrammable packaging. Thanks to a new roaster partnership with Flight Coffee (based in Wellington, New Zealand), the coffees in every &ldquoDiscovery Box&rdquo are sourced from all around the world. Enjoy a nutty, balanced cup from Rwanda, or sip on a bright, fruity coffee from Colombia. There&rsquos truly something to discover&mdash and savor&mdash in every 100% compostable packet.

If you&rsquore brewing for two (or you just need a hefty cup for yourself), this option yields 10 ounces of coffee in every single-serve packet. We were worried that the high water-to-coffee grounds ratio would produce a weak cup, but every ounce was strong, full-bodied, and compelling with citrusy, bright flavors. If you&rsquore an iced coffee drinker, this option tastes great hot or cold.

At around $3 per cup, this instant coffee isn&rsquot cheap to steep. But its rich, full-bodied texture and strong, nuanced flavor could pass for a coffee-house cup at a comparable price. Our tasters were blown away by the fruit-forward, citrusy flavor of all the blends we tried. Instead of a quick and convenient caffeine fix, this option offers a luxurious coffee break.

This specialty instant coffee was made with campers, hikers, and adventure-seekers in mind the evergreen trees and canoeing couple illustrated on each pack says it all. Each tube of coffee grounds yields a strong, well-rounded, toasty cup. It&rsquos perfect for someone who prefers sleeping under the stars, and waking up to a campfire-warmed cup of joe.

This brand boasts the best setup &mdash by far. A single-serve, pour-over filter comes in an individual packet that unfolds to sit perfectly on top of your mug. The filter comes filled with toasty coffee grounds ready to be brewed with hot water. We wouldn&rsquot call this coffee truly &ldquoinstant&rdquo&mdash it&rsquos more like pre-packed coffee grounds &mdash but it&rsquos perfect for pour-over enthusiasts who want something just as good on the go.


The Best Instant Coffees Make On-The-Go Sipping so Much Better

In a rush? You don&rsquot have to settle for an average cup of joe.

Sometimes there&rsquos a trade-off when searching for the best instant coffee: Taste in exchange for convenience, flavor, or affordability. But the instant coffee game has seriously upgraded in recent years to meet the needs of those without a coffee maker, on-the-go commuters with travel mug in hand, or just the average Jane demanding more from her cup of joe.

In addition to the classic &ldquojust add hot water&rdquo varieties, you can now find instant coffee tucked into tea bags or placed in fold-out pour overs for your fastest-ever cup. Grocery store favorites are raising the bar with higher-quality brews, while specialty roasters are bringing us single-origin blends in an instant, literally.

After nearly two weeks of caffeine-fueled taste tests by our editors, family, and friends, we rounded up the best brands of instant coffee to make your hassle-free morning brew even better. Our top picks are perfect to take on your next backpacking trip or hiking adventure, or to whip into Dalgona whipped coffee. Consider this your quick guide to better instant coffee . that you just might want some extra time to enjoy.

The reason kids don&rsquot drink coffee isn&rsquot just because they don&rsquot need the caffeine, it&rsquos also because coffee can be bitter. And that&rsquos precisely what we love about it. This cup of Joe has that bitter edge that we look for in our daily brew, with a citrusy, slightly nutty flavor and sweet, chocolate-pecan aroma to balance it all out. This blend also held up well to dairy add-ins, which is great news &mdashbecause the other thing we love about coffee is that extra splash of cream.

Open a packet of this instant coffee and you might think you accidentally tore into a pack of Earl Grey. This single-serve specialty coffee comes in tea-like bags that yep, you guessed it &mdash steep in hot water like tea. Our tasters loved the slightly nutty, citrusy flavor of the California Blend medium roast, but you should try the well-balanced Odyssey Blend if you prefer dark roast. To enjoy your café without the caffeine, their Eventide Decaf option is single origin and boasts mellow flavor with low acidity and hints of molasses.

One of the few organic, fair trade instant coffees on the market, this roast resulted in a balanced, smooth cup without any overpowering flavors or bitterness. Pick up a jar of their decaf blend to enjoy after dinner (best served with dessert). At just around .17 per cup, it&rsquos also an incredible value. Many of our tasters preferred this cup over the pricier brands.

The strong, pleasant, freshly brewed coffee aroma of this option smelled like walking into &hellip well, a bustling Starbucks. What&rsquos more, the smooth, balanced cup looked and tasted as good as it smelled, with a dark chocolate color and toasted nut flavor. Instead of braving the morning commute crowd, we&rsquod happily enjoy a cup of this instant instead, right at home.

For those who prefer to greet the day with a mild roast rather than a kicked up cup of coffee, this mellow blend is perfect. Low acidity and flavors of black tea make this easy drinking joe a great way to start your morning. Plus, each jar only costs about $5 and contains 100 cups of coffee &hellip yep, that&rsquos just 5 cents a cup.

The deeply chocolatey aroma of this coffee, straight from the packet, cues you right away that this isn&rsquot your average (cup of) joe. The fruity, nuanced flavor of their Gute Sodu medium roast might just turn you into an instant coffee convert, or try their Stoker blend if you prefer dark roast. Made from a specialty roastery in Portland, ME, this is our worth-it upgrade pick.

Forget everything you think you know about instant coffee &mdash this complex cup exceeded our expectations in almost every way. The sweet, milk chocolatey smell gave way to a strong, citrusy flavor that was zingy but not overwhelming. Some tasters detected a mushroomy flavor with some molasses, while others tasted hints of fresh fruit. It&rsquos definitely a cup that&rsquoll keep you curious until the last sip.

If you love a drop of cream or sugar in your morning cup, this full-bodied blend holds up to any of your favorite add-ins. The complex, citrus-forward flavor, milk chocolate smell, and smooth finish of this brew shines through any dairy extras and tastes just as delicious on its own.

Tasters loved the full-bodied and citrusy character of this instant coffee blend, and hints of coconut and fresh berries left us savoring every sip. Be sure to take some time to enjoy this option&mdash one serving costs more than your average latte. But we think a little extra caffeine TLC is worth it if you&rsquore traveling or camping where there&rsquos not a coffee shop in sight.

This instant coffee lives up to its name&mdash and its Instagrammable packaging. Thanks to a new roaster partnership with Flight Coffee (based in Wellington, New Zealand), the coffees in every &ldquoDiscovery Box&rdquo are sourced from all around the world. Enjoy a nutty, balanced cup from Rwanda, or sip on a bright, fruity coffee from Colombia. There&rsquos truly something to discover&mdash and savor&mdash in every 100% compostable packet.

If you&rsquore brewing for two (or you just need a hefty cup for yourself), this option yields 10 ounces of coffee in every single-serve packet. We were worried that the high water-to-coffee grounds ratio would produce a weak cup, but every ounce was strong, full-bodied, and compelling with citrusy, bright flavors. If you&rsquore an iced coffee drinker, this option tastes great hot or cold.

At around $3 per cup, this instant coffee isn&rsquot cheap to steep. But its rich, full-bodied texture and strong, nuanced flavor could pass for a coffee-house cup at a comparable price. Our tasters were blown away by the fruit-forward, citrusy flavor of all the blends we tried. Instead of a quick and convenient caffeine fix, this option offers a luxurious coffee break.

This specialty instant coffee was made with campers, hikers, and adventure-seekers in mind the evergreen trees and canoeing couple illustrated on each pack says it all. Each tube of coffee grounds yields a strong, well-rounded, toasty cup. It&rsquos perfect for someone who prefers sleeping under the stars, and waking up to a campfire-warmed cup of joe.

This brand boasts the best setup &mdash by far. A single-serve, pour-over filter comes in an individual packet that unfolds to sit perfectly on top of your mug. The filter comes filled with toasty coffee grounds ready to be brewed with hot water. We wouldn&rsquot call this coffee truly &ldquoinstant&rdquo&mdash it&rsquos more like pre-packed coffee grounds &mdash but it&rsquos perfect for pour-over enthusiasts who want something just as good on the go.


The Best Instant Coffees Make On-The-Go Sipping so Much Better

In a rush? You don&rsquot have to settle for an average cup of joe.

Sometimes there&rsquos a trade-off when searching for the best instant coffee: Taste in exchange for convenience, flavor, or affordability. But the instant coffee game has seriously upgraded in recent years to meet the needs of those without a coffee maker, on-the-go commuters with travel mug in hand, or just the average Jane demanding more from her cup of joe.

In addition to the classic &ldquojust add hot water&rdquo varieties, you can now find instant coffee tucked into tea bags or placed in fold-out pour overs for your fastest-ever cup. Grocery store favorites are raising the bar with higher-quality brews, while specialty roasters are bringing us single-origin blends in an instant, literally.

After nearly two weeks of caffeine-fueled taste tests by our editors, family, and friends, we rounded up the best brands of instant coffee to make your hassle-free morning brew even better. Our top picks are perfect to take on your next backpacking trip or hiking adventure, or to whip into Dalgona whipped coffee. Consider this your quick guide to better instant coffee . that you just might want some extra time to enjoy.

The reason kids don&rsquot drink coffee isn&rsquot just because they don&rsquot need the caffeine, it&rsquos also because coffee can be bitter. And that&rsquos precisely what we love about it. This cup of Joe has that bitter edge that we look for in our daily brew, with a citrusy, slightly nutty flavor and sweet, chocolate-pecan aroma to balance it all out. This blend also held up well to dairy add-ins, which is great news &mdashbecause the other thing we love about coffee is that extra splash of cream.

Open a packet of this instant coffee and you might think you accidentally tore into a pack of Earl Grey. This single-serve specialty coffee comes in tea-like bags that yep, you guessed it &mdash steep in hot water like tea. Our tasters loved the slightly nutty, citrusy flavor of the California Blend medium roast, but you should try the well-balanced Odyssey Blend if you prefer dark roast. To enjoy your café without the caffeine, their Eventide Decaf option is single origin and boasts mellow flavor with low acidity and hints of molasses.

One of the few organic, fair trade instant coffees on the market, this roast resulted in a balanced, smooth cup without any overpowering flavors or bitterness. Pick up a jar of their decaf blend to enjoy after dinner (best served with dessert). At just around .17 per cup, it&rsquos also an incredible value. Many of our tasters preferred this cup over the pricier brands.

The strong, pleasant, freshly brewed coffee aroma of this option smelled like walking into &hellip well, a bustling Starbucks. What&rsquos more, the smooth, balanced cup looked and tasted as good as it smelled, with a dark chocolate color and toasted nut flavor. Instead of braving the morning commute crowd, we&rsquod happily enjoy a cup of this instant instead, right at home.

For those who prefer to greet the day with a mild roast rather than a kicked up cup of coffee, this mellow blend is perfect. Low acidity and flavors of black tea make this easy drinking joe a great way to start your morning. Plus, each jar only costs about $5 and contains 100 cups of coffee &hellip yep, that&rsquos just 5 cents a cup.

The deeply chocolatey aroma of this coffee, straight from the packet, cues you right away that this isn&rsquot your average (cup of) joe. The fruity, nuanced flavor of their Gute Sodu medium roast might just turn you into an instant coffee convert, or try their Stoker blend if you prefer dark roast. Made from a specialty roastery in Portland, ME, this is our worth-it upgrade pick.

Forget everything you think you know about instant coffee &mdash this complex cup exceeded our expectations in almost every way. The sweet, milk chocolatey smell gave way to a strong, citrusy flavor that was zingy but not overwhelming. Some tasters detected a mushroomy flavor with some molasses, while others tasted hints of fresh fruit. It&rsquos definitely a cup that&rsquoll keep you curious until the last sip.

If you love a drop of cream or sugar in your morning cup, this full-bodied blend holds up to any of your favorite add-ins. The complex, citrus-forward flavor, milk chocolate smell, and smooth finish of this brew shines through any dairy extras and tastes just as delicious on its own.

Tasters loved the full-bodied and citrusy character of this instant coffee blend, and hints of coconut and fresh berries left us savoring every sip. Be sure to take some time to enjoy this option&mdash one serving costs more than your average latte. But we think a little extra caffeine TLC is worth it if you&rsquore traveling or camping where there&rsquos not a coffee shop in sight.

This instant coffee lives up to its name&mdash and its Instagrammable packaging. Thanks to a new roaster partnership with Flight Coffee (based in Wellington, New Zealand), the coffees in every &ldquoDiscovery Box&rdquo are sourced from all around the world. Enjoy a nutty, balanced cup from Rwanda, or sip on a bright, fruity coffee from Colombia. There&rsquos truly something to discover&mdash and savor&mdash in every 100% compostable packet.

If you&rsquore brewing for two (or you just need a hefty cup for yourself), this option yields 10 ounces of coffee in every single-serve packet. We were worried that the high water-to-coffee grounds ratio would produce a weak cup, but every ounce was strong, full-bodied, and compelling with citrusy, bright flavors. If you&rsquore an iced coffee drinker, this option tastes great hot or cold.

At around $3 per cup, this instant coffee isn&rsquot cheap to steep. But its rich, full-bodied texture and strong, nuanced flavor could pass for a coffee-house cup at a comparable price. Our tasters were blown away by the fruit-forward, citrusy flavor of all the blends we tried. Instead of a quick and convenient caffeine fix, this option offers a luxurious coffee break.

This specialty instant coffee was made with campers, hikers, and adventure-seekers in mind the evergreen trees and canoeing couple illustrated on each pack says it all. Each tube of coffee grounds yields a strong, well-rounded, toasty cup. It&rsquos perfect for someone who prefers sleeping under the stars, and waking up to a campfire-warmed cup of joe.

This brand boasts the best setup &mdash by far. A single-serve, pour-over filter comes in an individual packet that unfolds to sit perfectly on top of your mug. The filter comes filled with toasty coffee grounds ready to be brewed with hot water. We wouldn&rsquot call this coffee truly &ldquoinstant&rdquo&mdash it&rsquos more like pre-packed coffee grounds &mdash but it&rsquos perfect for pour-over enthusiasts who want something just as good on the go.


The Best Instant Coffees Make On-The-Go Sipping so Much Better

In a rush? You don&rsquot have to settle for an average cup of joe.

Sometimes there&rsquos a trade-off when searching for the best instant coffee: Taste in exchange for convenience, flavor, or affordability. But the instant coffee game has seriously upgraded in recent years to meet the needs of those without a coffee maker, on-the-go commuters with travel mug in hand, or just the average Jane demanding more from her cup of joe.

In addition to the classic &ldquojust add hot water&rdquo varieties, you can now find instant coffee tucked into tea bags or placed in fold-out pour overs for your fastest-ever cup. Grocery store favorites are raising the bar with higher-quality brews, while specialty roasters are bringing us single-origin blends in an instant, literally.

After nearly two weeks of caffeine-fueled taste tests by our editors, family, and friends, we rounded up the best brands of instant coffee to make your hassle-free morning brew even better. Our top picks are perfect to take on your next backpacking trip or hiking adventure, or to whip into Dalgona whipped coffee. Consider this your quick guide to better instant coffee . that you just might want some extra time to enjoy.

The reason kids don&rsquot drink coffee isn&rsquot just because they don&rsquot need the caffeine, it&rsquos also because coffee can be bitter. And that&rsquos precisely what we love about it. This cup of Joe has that bitter edge that we look for in our daily brew, with a citrusy, slightly nutty flavor and sweet, chocolate-pecan aroma to balance it all out. This blend also held up well to dairy add-ins, which is great news &mdashbecause the other thing we love about coffee is that extra splash of cream.

Open a packet of this instant coffee and you might think you accidentally tore into a pack of Earl Grey. This single-serve specialty coffee comes in tea-like bags that yep, you guessed it &mdash steep in hot water like tea. Our tasters loved the slightly nutty, citrusy flavor of the California Blend medium roast, but you should try the well-balanced Odyssey Blend if you prefer dark roast. To enjoy your café without the caffeine, their Eventide Decaf option is single origin and boasts mellow flavor with low acidity and hints of molasses.

One of the few organic, fair trade instant coffees on the market, this roast resulted in a balanced, smooth cup without any overpowering flavors or bitterness. Pick up a jar of their decaf blend to enjoy after dinner (best served with dessert). At just around .17 per cup, it&rsquos also an incredible value. Many of our tasters preferred this cup over the pricier brands.

The strong, pleasant, freshly brewed coffee aroma of this option smelled like walking into &hellip well, a bustling Starbucks. What&rsquos more, the smooth, balanced cup looked and tasted as good as it smelled, with a dark chocolate color and toasted nut flavor. Instead of braving the morning commute crowd, we&rsquod happily enjoy a cup of this instant instead, right at home.

For those who prefer to greet the day with a mild roast rather than a kicked up cup of coffee, this mellow blend is perfect. Low acidity and flavors of black tea make this easy drinking joe a great way to start your morning. Plus, each jar only costs about $5 and contains 100 cups of coffee &hellip yep, that&rsquos just 5 cents a cup.

The deeply chocolatey aroma of this coffee, straight from the packet, cues you right away that this isn&rsquot your average (cup of) joe. The fruity, nuanced flavor of their Gute Sodu medium roast might just turn you into an instant coffee convert, or try their Stoker blend if you prefer dark roast. Made from a specialty roastery in Portland, ME, this is our worth-it upgrade pick.

Forget everything you think you know about instant coffee &mdash this complex cup exceeded our expectations in almost every way. The sweet, milk chocolatey smell gave way to a strong, citrusy flavor that was zingy but not overwhelming. Some tasters detected a mushroomy flavor with some molasses, while others tasted hints of fresh fruit. It&rsquos definitely a cup that&rsquoll keep you curious until the last sip.

If you love a drop of cream or sugar in your morning cup, this full-bodied blend holds up to any of your favorite add-ins. The complex, citrus-forward flavor, milk chocolate smell, and smooth finish of this brew shines through any dairy extras and tastes just as delicious on its own.

Tasters loved the full-bodied and citrusy character of this instant coffee blend, and hints of coconut and fresh berries left us savoring every sip. Be sure to take some time to enjoy this option&mdash one serving costs more than your average latte. But we think a little extra caffeine TLC is worth it if you&rsquore traveling or camping where there&rsquos not a coffee shop in sight.

This instant coffee lives up to its name&mdash and its Instagrammable packaging. Thanks to a new roaster partnership with Flight Coffee (based in Wellington, New Zealand), the coffees in every &ldquoDiscovery Box&rdquo are sourced from all around the world. Enjoy a nutty, balanced cup from Rwanda, or sip on a bright, fruity coffee from Colombia. There&rsquos truly something to discover&mdash and savor&mdash in every 100% compostable packet.

If you&rsquore brewing for two (or you just need a hefty cup for yourself), this option yields 10 ounces of coffee in every single-serve packet. We were worried that the high water-to-coffee grounds ratio would produce a weak cup, but every ounce was strong, full-bodied, and compelling with citrusy, bright flavors. If you&rsquore an iced coffee drinker, this option tastes great hot or cold.

At around $3 per cup, this instant coffee isn&rsquot cheap to steep. But its rich, full-bodied texture and strong, nuanced flavor could pass for a coffee-house cup at a comparable price. Our tasters were blown away by the fruit-forward, citrusy flavor of all the blends we tried. Instead of a quick and convenient caffeine fix, this option offers a luxurious coffee break.

This specialty instant coffee was made with campers, hikers, and adventure-seekers in mind the evergreen trees and canoeing couple illustrated on each pack says it all. Each tube of coffee grounds yields a strong, well-rounded, toasty cup. It&rsquos perfect for someone who prefers sleeping under the stars, and waking up to a campfire-warmed cup of joe.

This brand boasts the best setup &mdash by far. A single-serve, pour-over filter comes in an individual packet that unfolds to sit perfectly on top of your mug. The filter comes filled with toasty coffee grounds ready to be brewed with hot water. We wouldn&rsquot call this coffee truly &ldquoinstant&rdquo&mdash it&rsquos more like pre-packed coffee grounds &mdash but it&rsquos perfect for pour-over enthusiasts who want something just as good on the go.


The Best Instant Coffees Make On-The-Go Sipping so Much Better

In a rush? You don&rsquot have to settle for an average cup of joe.

Sometimes there&rsquos a trade-off when searching for the best instant coffee: Taste in exchange for convenience, flavor, or affordability. But the instant coffee game has seriously upgraded in recent years to meet the needs of those without a coffee maker, on-the-go commuters with travel mug in hand, or just the average Jane demanding more from her cup of joe.

In addition to the classic &ldquojust add hot water&rdquo varieties, you can now find instant coffee tucked into tea bags or placed in fold-out pour overs for your fastest-ever cup. Grocery store favorites are raising the bar with higher-quality brews, while specialty roasters are bringing us single-origin blends in an instant, literally.

After nearly two weeks of caffeine-fueled taste tests by our editors, family, and friends, we rounded up the best brands of instant coffee to make your hassle-free morning brew even better. Our top picks are perfect to take on your next backpacking trip or hiking adventure, or to whip into Dalgona whipped coffee. Consider this your quick guide to better instant coffee . that you just might want some extra time to enjoy.

The reason kids don&rsquot drink coffee isn&rsquot just because they don&rsquot need the caffeine, it&rsquos also because coffee can be bitter. And that&rsquos precisely what we love about it. This cup of Joe has that bitter edge that we look for in our daily brew, with a citrusy, slightly nutty flavor and sweet, chocolate-pecan aroma to balance it all out. This blend also held up well to dairy add-ins, which is great news &mdashbecause the other thing we love about coffee is that extra splash of cream.

Open a packet of this instant coffee and you might think you accidentally tore into a pack of Earl Grey. This single-serve specialty coffee comes in tea-like bags that yep, you guessed it &mdash steep in hot water like tea. Our tasters loved the slightly nutty, citrusy flavor of the California Blend medium roast, but you should try the well-balanced Odyssey Blend if you prefer dark roast. To enjoy your café without the caffeine, their Eventide Decaf option is single origin and boasts mellow flavor with low acidity and hints of molasses.

One of the few organic, fair trade instant coffees on the market, this roast resulted in a balanced, smooth cup without any overpowering flavors or bitterness. Pick up a jar of their decaf blend to enjoy after dinner (best served with dessert). At just around .17 per cup, it&rsquos also an incredible value. Many of our tasters preferred this cup over the pricier brands.

The strong, pleasant, freshly brewed coffee aroma of this option smelled like walking into &hellip well, a bustling Starbucks. What&rsquos more, the smooth, balanced cup looked and tasted as good as it smelled, with a dark chocolate color and toasted nut flavor. Instead of braving the morning commute crowd, we&rsquod happily enjoy a cup of this instant instead, right at home.

For those who prefer to greet the day with a mild roast rather than a kicked up cup of coffee, this mellow blend is perfect. Low acidity and flavors of black tea make this easy drinking joe a great way to start your morning. Plus, each jar only costs about $5 and contains 100 cups of coffee &hellip yep, that&rsquos just 5 cents a cup.

The deeply chocolatey aroma of this coffee, straight from the packet, cues you right away that this isn&rsquot your average (cup of) joe. The fruity, nuanced flavor of their Gute Sodu medium roast might just turn you into an instant coffee convert, or try their Stoker blend if you prefer dark roast. Made from a specialty roastery in Portland, ME, this is our worth-it upgrade pick.

Forget everything you think you know about instant coffee &mdash this complex cup exceeded our expectations in almost every way. The sweet, milk chocolatey smell gave way to a strong, citrusy flavor that was zingy but not overwhelming. Some tasters detected a mushroomy flavor with some molasses, while others tasted hints of fresh fruit. It&rsquos definitely a cup that&rsquoll keep you curious until the last sip.

If you love a drop of cream or sugar in your morning cup, this full-bodied blend holds up to any of your favorite add-ins. The complex, citrus-forward flavor, milk chocolate smell, and smooth finish of this brew shines through any dairy extras and tastes just as delicious on its own.

Tasters loved the full-bodied and citrusy character of this instant coffee blend, and hints of coconut and fresh berries left us savoring every sip. Be sure to take some time to enjoy this option&mdash one serving costs more than your average latte. But we think a little extra caffeine TLC is worth it if you&rsquore traveling or camping where there&rsquos not a coffee shop in sight.

This instant coffee lives up to its name&mdash and its Instagrammable packaging. Thanks to a new roaster partnership with Flight Coffee (based in Wellington, New Zealand), the coffees in every &ldquoDiscovery Box&rdquo are sourced from all around the world. Enjoy a nutty, balanced cup from Rwanda, or sip on a bright, fruity coffee from Colombia. There&rsquos truly something to discover&mdash and savor&mdash in every 100% compostable packet.

If you&rsquore brewing for two (or you just need a hefty cup for yourself), this option yields 10 ounces of coffee in every single-serve packet. We were worried that the high water-to-coffee grounds ratio would produce a weak cup, but every ounce was strong, full-bodied, and compelling with citrusy, bright flavors. If you&rsquore an iced coffee drinker, this option tastes great hot or cold.

At around $3 per cup, this instant coffee isn&rsquot cheap to steep. But its rich, full-bodied texture and strong, nuanced flavor could pass for a coffee-house cup at a comparable price. Our tasters were blown away by the fruit-forward, citrusy flavor of all the blends we tried. Instead of a quick and convenient caffeine fix, this option offers a luxurious coffee break.

This specialty instant coffee was made with campers, hikers, and adventure-seekers in mind the evergreen trees and canoeing couple illustrated on each pack says it all. Each tube of coffee grounds yields a strong, well-rounded, toasty cup. It&rsquos perfect for someone who prefers sleeping under the stars, and waking up to a campfire-warmed cup of joe.

This brand boasts the best setup &mdash by far. A single-serve, pour-over filter comes in an individual packet that unfolds to sit perfectly on top of your mug. The filter comes filled with toasty coffee grounds ready to be brewed with hot water. We wouldn&rsquot call this coffee truly &ldquoinstant&rdquo&mdash it&rsquos more like pre-packed coffee grounds &mdash but it&rsquos perfect for pour-over enthusiasts who want something just as good on the go.