Top 10+ Instant Coffee Brands

These coffee blends have been chosen on the basis of reviews, and consumer popularity. A listing here is not an endorsement of the brand. If you want to know about a brand’s particular ethics, see coffee brands to avoid. Now updated for 2021.

Starbucks VIA Ready Brew Coffee

Colombia blend

2000+ reviews

Flavor

Balanced & Nutty
A smooth coffee with a signature nutty flavor.

Ingredients

Soluble and Micro-ground Arabica Coffee (100%).

Starbucks Via comes in single-serve packets (typically 50 per package when bought in bulk). The unusual mix of both soluble and ground coffee makes for a slightly different texture to other coffees.

Caffeine: 130-140mg per serving (see more).

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Mount Hagen

Organic

200+ reviews

Flavor

Smooth, rich.

Ingredients

100% organic coffee.

Mount Hagen is processed in Germany and is regarded as one of the best organic (and fair trade) instant coffees available.

Caffeine: Unlisted (but estimated at 50-60mg per serving).

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Nescafé Azera

Americano Instant Coffee

1800+ reviews

Flavor

Smooth, aromatic, well grounded coffee.

Availability

Azera is sold in the UK, but is shipped by Amazon to the US. It is an enormously popular instant coffee. Check out the Nescafé Intensa version if you are after a stronger coffee.

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Nescafe Clasico

Dark Roast

480+ reviews

Flavor

Rich, bold.

Ingredients

100% Coffee.

Nescafe has an enormous range of blends and coffees, but this two-pack consistently remains a top seller. Each jar makes around 100 cups (depending on your preference). This makes it one of the most economical without compromising on flavor.

Caffeine: 57-65 mg per serving.

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Douwe Egberts Pure Gold

Pure Gold

1700+ reviews

Flavor

Medium, well-balanced.

Ingredients

100% Freeze-Dried instant coffee
Douwe Egberts (Also known as the Moccona brand in some countries) is a Dutch-made coffee, that many regard as having a superior flavor. There is a darker roast available called Pure Indulgence. Douwe Egberts can be a little more expensive than other brands.

Caffeine: Unlisted (but their faq lists an estimated amount of 60mg per serve).

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Folgers

Classic Roast

780+ reviews

Flavor

Classic, full.

Ingredients

Instant coffee

Folgers is a very popular brand of freeze-dried instant coffee – due to the price point, and ease of preparation.

Caffeine: Unlisted (but an early reference suggests 71mg per serving).

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Starbucks Via Ready Brew Decaf

Italian Roast

2000+ reviews

Flavor

Roasty & sweet.

Ingredients

Soluble and Micro-ground Arabica Coffee (100%)

No list would be complete without a decaffeinated coffee. Starbucks Via Italian Roast is one of the highest-rated decaf coffees. It comes in single servings (50 per packet) along with the unique blend of both soluble coffee and micro-ground.

Caffeine: Decaf is not caffeine-free, but will have small amounts of caffeine.

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Nescafe Taster’s Choice

House Blend

490+ reviews

Flavor

Smooth and well-balanced.

Ingredients

Soluble and Micro-ground Arabica Coffee (100%)

The House Blend is a light-medium roast that is preferred by many. Coffee is freeze-dried and dissolves near-instantly in hot water.

Caffeine: 65mg per serving (from Nescafe).

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Jacobs Kronung

House Blend

240+ reviews

Flavor

Rich and flavorful.

Ingredients

Freeze-dried instant coffee.

Jacobs is a coffee manufactured in Germany. Despite the house blend being referred to as “rich” – many consider this to be a mild flavor, with less acidity.

Caffeine: Unlisted (but estimated at around 60mg per serve).

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New Instant Coffee Brands to Consider

The following brands sent us samples of their instant coffees. These brands are trying to offer something different than the mainstream brands above.

Waka Coffee

100% Arabica Instant Coffee

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Flavor

Smooth and citrusy

Ingredients

100% Arabica freeze-dried coffee.

Waka Instant Coffee claims to taste as good as brewed coffee but without the time it takes to typically brew coffee. Its coffee beans are sourced from Columbia and 4% of each sale goes towards clean water projects in developing nations.

Caffeine: 56-84 mg per 8 fl oz serving. Their decaf version has about 4 mg per serving.

See our full Waka review here.

Waka also offers a light roast instant made from single-origin Arabica beans from India. We reviewed that version here.

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Alpine Start Instant Coffee

100% Arabica Instant Coffee from Colombia

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Flavor

Medium roast, full flavor profile

Ingredients

100% Arabica high altitude coffee from Colombia.

Alpine Start Instant Coffee was developed by outdoor adventurists as a way to get great-tasting coffee while out in the wilderness. Alpine Start dissolves easily in both hot and cold water. They also have two other versions: Coconut Creamer Latte and Dirty Chai Latte.

Caffeine: 120 mg per 8 fl oz serving.

See our Alpine Start review here.

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Written by James Foster, last updated on September 8, 2021