Which instant coffee sachets come recommended by the ukc collective knowledge base? I know there are plenty of coffee buffs on here who would be repulsed at the idea of instant, but after trying lots of different fresh ground options I've come to the conclusion that it's just too much hastle on alpine one cup trips.
In reply to LJC: i make my own, i use little plastic weed type bags, as mentioned i add hot choc powder(to mocha things up), tesco finest costarican coffee and a dash of sugar. also some dried milk depending on duration of trip. works for me
In reply to LennyJ1: The growers cup is good, but not really what I want to take for an instant caffeine hit in the mountains. Ideally after the best of a bad bunch in terms of instant sachets, not overly fond of starbucks via. I've tried the fresh coffee in fold out pods/plastic filters but it's just too much work in a sleeping bag, in a tent, at -10, at 3am.
In reply to LJC:
Carte Noire is pretty good instant coffee, and a lot cheaper than starbucks. You can get it in sachets in France, not sure about England.
Lyons coffee bags don't cost much more, if you're prepared to wait for your coffee.
> (In reply to LJC) The free ones you find in travel lodges are pretty good, as are the sugar sachets ;)
Too right and now you're talking at my level. I get so tired of coffee experts looking down their noses at me (this is not a reference to the above posters, but to a couple of sarcastic people at work) because I only drink instant coffee [sorry - rant over].
theres coffee and theres caffeine. the good stuff you drink whilst retelling the tales that include drinking the instant - indeed, its been said that if youre poncing around with the fancy stuff youre not climbing hard enough.
its all about knowing the right tool for the job. in a single skin being hammered by gales, where every minute requires attention, i dont f*ck about with presses and other paraphenalia of the soft world - i need caffeine straight to the main vein to get on with things of more importance.
BUT, back in flat land where gravity is my friend and few things matter more than the quality of the grind, what its forced thru comes to the fore.
ther was a time i knelt before the mountain gods for perrmission to enter their abode.
now i beg their forgiveness for the crap i drink there, seeking to balance it with quality at valley level.
In reply to LJC: Whilst coffee filled chocs aren't a bad idea, it really does need to be a hot cup to get going in the morning. Will try and buy some carte noir sachets out in France. Any other brand suggestions before I head to Sainsburys and impulse buy many packets for a back to back scientific comparison?
In reply to Jack Geldard - UKC Chief Editor: Now - anyone know about lightweight wine options?
A few years ago I found a 500ml carry handle bag of wine in an Asda that didn't actually taste second hand. I'd purchased it with fairly low expectations (it was an emergency backup for a beach party with a long walk in and I wanted to minimise the rubbish I'd have to carry back) but it wasn't awful.
Subsequent attempts at finding it haven't been as sucessful.
My local B&M Home Bargains (took over lots of the Woolworths stores) does both the Nescafe 3 in 1 coffee sachets and the Cofi 3 in 1s. The Cofi sachets are an absolute bargain at £2.99 for a jar of 40!! They're pretty similar to the Nescafe offering, but far far cheaper. They won't beat sipping a fresh coffee properly made, but when you're laying your sleeping bag and reaching for the Jetboil they're just the ticket!
In reply to LJC: I am not a taste snob, but i really cannot drink instant coffee, even tried the hot drink with caffeine psychology, just cannot do it, it makes me feel sick. I do not take milk in coffee so you'd think it would be simpler, surely in this age of science and wonder someone can make a long shelf life real coffee like a liquid expresso in a sachet for traveling.
They actually did a while ago - late 90s - Douwe Egberts made a kind of coffee essence type thing (possibly similar to the old Camp coffee essence, though I've never had that) which actually did taste quite good, but sales were low and it soon disappeared.
In reply to Neil Williams: ahh, do I have dim memory of that stuff?... Possibly, yeah I think we did buy it now I think about it. Shame it didn't take off, it might do now as Britain is slowly getting to appreciate or should a say no longer accept crap coffee. Good job on finding it.
In reply to SARS: I bought some last time in Ambleside, still had that weird ( only way I can describe it) taste that is what for me defines instant coffee. I am not expert mind, last time I was in harrods wine cellar they had a smell o vision thingy all the smells associated with good wine were there to be sampled, things like leather, cassis etc, didn't manage to recognise any of them. Lol.
In reply to The Ex-Engineer: Oh yay, the Lyons baggies are great. But for the flask filling I do a choccamoccadoodah. Hot chocolate powder reinforced with a heavy dose of instant coffee. Variations include extra sugar and milk powder, if you've got them.
In reply to Jack Geldard - UKC Chief Editor:
invented by the French mainly for the Marathon des Sables, i think - if you have a limited supply of liquid per day, why waste it drinking water?
However, it tastes like cak, even after a day's jogging in the desert
In reply to The Ex-Engineer:
Come on, lying in (prices not adjusted for inflation!) a £200 sleeping bag in a £400 tent wearing £500 of clothes with £1000 of boots, pointy things, ropes & gear decorating the floor, can you not justify spending £2.25 on a decent cup of coffee (& don't get me started on Nestle) given that the alarm has just woken you up at a time when most sensible people are returning from a club?
In reply to LJC: if you've got the space then take a bottle of espresso with you and top up each shot with hot water as and when you need it. I do this at work. I fill a Nalgene 500ml bottle with espresso and just make Americano's as I truly can't stand instant. I could get away with 250ml but everyone has those days when you need that little extra to get you through the day.
In reply to LJC: if I was really pushed and couldn't carry 8 or 16oz of liquid (I understand that alpine means potentially subzero as well) I'd take either Starbucks or kenko milicano (or similar). I'd go with the Starbucks purely from the point of view that you can buy them in packs of single serve sachets but they are expensive.