Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Vancouver, BC, .
I've been using the Starbucks instant coffee on trips since it came out. My take:
1) It tastes just as good as "real" coffee. At least, outdoors it does.
2) It's convenient to make; no special equipment needed and no grounds to throw away afterwards.
3) Being sealed in individual sized portions, the smell of coffee doesn't permeate everything else in my pack and the entire car driving up there, like it does when I grind up real coffee to bring (in other words, possibly less of a bear attractant?)
1) They come in tiny portion sizes. For one decent strength mug of coffee, you (or I do, at least) need 3-4 packages of it. Therefore
a) You're looking at $3 - $4 per cup. Outrageous.
b) First thing in the morning when you are clumsy, grumpy, and in desperate need of caffeine, it's a pain in the butt to fiddle with 3-4 packages, especially since they don't open all the way and you need to go get a knife or something to open them fully so that you can actually release the contents. I can't think why they would design the packages not to open fully.
My overall impression: tastes pretty good (and keep in mind I'm picky) but I don't know if it's so much more convenient than throwing regular coffee into a mug with a built-in French press, so it depends how much you mind paying $3-$4 per cup.