Coffee in an Instant
Instant coffee has been around for a long time, but it's enjoying something of a renaissance thanks to the dalgona coffee craze. If you're a coffee snob like me, instant coffee is about the last thing you want to drink — it is never, ever going to taste as good as the stuff you brew from freshly ground beans. But you might be surprised to discover that the world of instant coffee is bigger than you may imagine, with familiar brands like Maxwell House, Nescafe, and Folgers sharing shelf space with rivals like Starbucks and small upstarts like Waka. To find out if any of these brands can satisfy, I sampled 13 instant coffees, one of which I almost mistook for the real thing. Coffees are listed worst to first.