I don’t have a very good record with instant coffee. One time, a friend and I ordered a pot of room-service coffee because the room had only instant coffee. Sure, if I have no other option, I’ll embrace it and treat it as a simple caffeine-delivery device. And until now, I haven’t been happy with any instant version at all. Yes, I tried Starbucks. No, I didn’t like it.


The simple fact is that pour-over, French press, and café-made coffee really rocks. And a lot of instant really doesn’t. After tasting Alpine Start Instant Coffee, I’m now OK with instant on the road.


First, Alpine Start uses slow-roasted Arabica beans grown on high-altitude Colombian farms, and brews it just like normal coffee. It’s then gently dehydrated, to keep the fresh flavor and aroma. And stored in small packets, it’s easy to tuck into a pocket, purse, or bag for use when you need it.


When you do need it, just pour it out of the packet into a cup, add hot or cold water, and you’re done. With 120 mg of caffeine per serving, it’ll get you going.


Whether I’m traveling or at home, there are those mornings that I don’t have time to brew a pot of coffee before I have to run out the door. And before now, I’ve just sucked it up and hoped to snag a cup on the road.


An added benefit of keeping Alpine Start around is that the company donates 1% of all sales to 1% for the Planet, and is also a Foundation Partner with Protect Our Winters (POW).


If you’re especially sustainably minded, get Alpine Start in the 30-serving bulk jar for $24.99. If you want to try it out, snag a box of 8 packets for $8.99. Original Blend is my favorite, but there’s also Dairy-Free Coffee and Creamer Instant Latte, as well as Dairy-Free Dirty Chai Tea Instant Latte.