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#207502 - 09/08/10 03:28 PM Best individually-packaged coffee?
Susan Offline

Registered: 01/21/04
Posts: 5163
Loc: W. WA
I am making up a survival kit for my co-driver. We sometimes have to go off-road to get to our crews. Winter is coming, and I found a spot in his vehicle that could hold a bag of necessities. I've got most of the stuff collected.

He's a coffee drinker. I'd like to include some decent individually-packaged bags (like teabags), preferably sealed in foil. Just regular coffee at regular strength, he hates expresso.

But I don't drink coffee, so I'm kind of out in the wilderness here, taste-wise.

Any suggestions?


#207503 - 09/08/10 04:10 PM Re: Best individually-packaged coffee? [Re: Susan]
MartinFocazio Offline


Registered: 01/21/03
Posts: 2148
Loc: Bucks County PA
The starbucks stuff is pretty good. It's called Via


#207504 - 09/08/10 04:18 PM Re: Best individually-packaged coffee? [Re: Susan]
LoneWolf Offline

Registered: 11/06/07
Posts: 103
Hi Susan,

I've used Folgers coffee bags and they were sealed in foil. They really were not too bad. I've also heard good things about the Starbucks Via, but I personally have not tried them. I'm thinking the Folgers is probably cheaper. I seem to recall, and please don't quote me on this, but I think the Via runs about $1 per serving.


#207505 - 09/08/10 04:48 PM Re: Best individually-packaged coffee? [Re: Susan]
Arney Offline

Registered: 09/15/05
Posts: 2485
Loc: California
I agree that Starbucks Via is as good as I've found.

#207513 - 09/08/10 07:13 PM Re: Best individually-packaged coffee? [Re: Susan]
7point82 Offline

Registered: 11/24/05
Posts: 478
Loc: Oklahoma
You can get individual bags of Folgers or Taster's Choice but the Starbucks via is far closer to the taste of brewed.
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#207514 - 09/08/10 08:34 PM Re: Best individually-packaged coffee? [Re: Arney]
LED Offline

Registered: 09/01/05
Posts: 1474
Agreed on Starbucks. Best instant out there.

#207538 - 09/09/10 01:35 AM Re: Best individually-packaged coffee? [Re: Susan]
EchoingLaugh Offline

Registered: 09/20/09
Posts: 156
Loc: MO, On the Mississippi
Starbucks Via is the best that I have tried. It is a rather strong cup though (I enjoy strong coffee, but many prefer it weaker than Starbucks strength so add extra water) Another cheaper alternative is Nescafe Tasters Choice Colombian Blend. Its cheaper and is drinkable. It is not in the league of Via but it passes most coffee drinkers levels of acceptability. Just my .02
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#207566 - 09/09/10 10:03 AM Re: Best individually-packaged coffee? [Re: NightHiker]
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Registered: 01/28/10
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Loc: MN, Land O' Lakes & Rivers ...
Originally Posted By: NightHiker
Originally Posted By: Susan
He's a coffee drinker. I'd like to include some decent individually-packaged bags (like teabags), preferably sealed in foil. Just regular coffee at regular strength, he hates expresso.

Folgers singles - foil packet and coffee that tastes like coffee.

Edited to add: I haven't tried the starbucks so I don't know how the two stack up head to head

+1 on the Folgers. Has both regular and instant coffee in the same 'teabag' so it brews a single cup quick and tastes like real brewed coffee. We use it in camp and at home when we dont want to brew a whole pot. I see it in most grocery stores.
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#207567 - 09/09/10 10:35 AM Re: Best individually-packaged coffee? [Re: Susan]
ame Offline

Registered: 10/15/05
Posts: 162
Loc: Korea
Maxim coffee sticks from Korea:


Try your local Asian supermarket (there are Japanese, Thai and Singaporean equivalents of the 3-in-1 instant coffee packets). The stick form is the most convenient, as you can use the packet as a stirrer. Inside is a measure of instant coffee granules, creamer and sugar. You can grip the stick near the end to trap some or all of the sugar. Each stick makes a small cup (about 4oz), but you can adjust this to taste.

There are other brands here in Korea. Maxim is the best, and Taster's Choice is awful. Each brand seems to have three levels of quality. Red- low level (not entirely unpleasant). Yellow- medium (drinkable). Brown- high quality (noticeably better, but still instant). There is also green for decaf.

Very common and very popular over here, together with little paper cups to make it in.


#207571 - 09/09/10 11:51 AM Re: Best individually-packaged coffee? [Re: Susan]
Matt26 Offline

Registered: 09/27/05
Posts: 309
Loc: Vermont
I love coffee! Via is absolutely hands down the best instant coffee I have ever had.
I liked it so much I posted Here
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