In an effort to find the best instant coffee, I organized a remote taste test of 10 popular brands with editors Marguerite Preston and Marilyn Ong, two of my colleagues from the Wirecutter test kitchen. Considering that the bar is pretty low for instant coffee, we were surprised to find how much of a difference there was between each brand—some smelled and tasted pretty close to freshly brewed coffee, with subtle notes of chocolate or fruit, but others reeked of burnt rubber and tasted bitter, sour, or flat.
If your local grocery store is experiencing shortages right now, the best instant coffee is obviously whatever you can find. Luckily, our favorite brands are sold online, though keep in mind that prices and availability are subject to change. Here are the coffees we tried, ranked.
Source: NY Times – Wirecutter