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Instant Coffee/Capuccino Drinks Reviewed

Updated on November 22, 2019
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Instant Coffee Drinks

An Introduction: Coffee Shops are Expensive!

For some peculiar reason, coffee shops seem to have taken off quite a bit lately and things do not seem to be stopping, as we move into the 21st Century.

Sure, in the 1960's they were popular among certain crowds, serving as venues for poetry readings or folk musicians.

But this trend seemed to take off sometime in the 1990s and is going strong. You can walk into any Starbucks and see long lines. Most every little town has one of these places too - some have many.

When one considers the average price - $5 - for a 12 to 16 ounce beverage, this is quite expensive. Put into perspective, this is the equivalent of $40 a gallon. Compared to gasoline, which arguably lasts much longer, this is phenomenal.

Why not buy your own coffee beverage and make your drink at home. Instant cappuccino does not require a brew machine - you just have to add hot water. A cup, a spoon, some whip cream and toppings if you so desire. It's simple and cheap.

Here are some to consider...

Maxwell House International

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Maxwell House International

Rating: 8.5

One of my favorites. Very conveniently priced and a nice flavorful beverage that mixes up well.

Usually you can find these under three dollars or so (in 2019) and the can says that it provides 9 servings. Depending on how much you use, you can stretch that a little.

Intense French Vanilla flavor - or there are others such as Caramel - and a beverage with a bold taste that isn't overbearing.

This has been one of my favorites over the years and I like it a lot. A little sweet and I like to make mine strong.

I actually prefer this drink to actual cappuccinos made in the store. It's just water and much easier to drink than warmed milk. I like the way it warms me up and satisfies my craving for the French vanilla flavor.

One of the better ones out there overall as far as taste, convenience, and price are concerned.

The Competition

Brand
Servings per Container
Average Price Per Serving (2019)
Flavor/Consistency
Strength
Value for Price
Overall
Caffe D'Vita
32
12.5 cents a cup
9
8.5
8.5
8.5
Folger's
6
16.5 cents a cup
6
8.5
8
7
Great Value
17
23 cents a cup
7
6.5
8
7.5
Hill's Bros.
17
29 cents a cup
7
7.5
7
7
Maxwell House
9
29 cents a cup
9
8.5
9
9
Starbucks
5
$1.25 cents a cup
6.5
7
6
6.5
Values are based on a scale of 1 to 10 where 10 is the favored.

Hills Bros. Cappuccino

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Hills Bros.

Rating: 7

This is a beverage I like to try for a little variety. It comes in a number of flavors - I prefer either the Mocha or the French Vanilla.

First of all, this one sort of looks like instant chocolate mix - a blend of mud and dust. And intense and pungent odor of sweet preservatives greet you when you open the container top.

When you mix the little brown granules with hot water, you will notice that the two do not blend that well and it takes some intense working of your wrist to get things settled.

And when you do, the beverage is a little thick on the top - like the paste you used to try to eat when you were a child. Some of it may get stuck on your teeth. This is easily cured though with a little more twisting of your hands, a little wrist work.

Really, it's not that bad. A nice change of pace from the more refined drinks.

A little too intense in the sweetness department and not very coffee like. But for the price, it is okay to keep as a backup.

Consider This

At $5 dollars a glass, a coffee beverage fares around $40 - $50 a gallon. That's more than ten times the price of gasoline.

Caffe D'Vita Cappuccino

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....or cold/blended
....or cold/blended
with whippedcream
with whippedcream

Caffe D'Vita

Overall Rating: 8.5

I've seen this brand in both Mocha and French Vanilla varieties, although only one of the seven stores I looked at carried it. According to their website, they offer single serving options as well and a variety of coffee and tea beverages. They all look fairly appetizing and appeal to eclectic tastes.

This is a pretty good cappuccino drink. A nice strong flavor that isn't too sweet or overbearing. The aroma is clean and authentic and the consistency of drink has a nice color.

One of my favorites in the selection and definitely worth the price too. It blends really well with just a few teaspoons of mix which means the can will last you several beverages.

The flavor is good and has just the right amount of kick. The after taste is subtle and relaxing.

Definitely recommended.

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Folgers Noir

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Folger's Noir

Rating: 7

This drink probably shouldn't be here, but I included it because I found it with the instant cappuccinos.

It is one of those just add water coffees, but it is strictly coffee. Not a fancy beverage.

How does it taste? Well, it is a little strong, hence the name noir.

Do I like it? Well, I am not really a fan of black coffee, in fact, I prefer coffee in my cream if you know what I mean. Smile. That wasn't supposed to rhyme.

Of course, you can always use this and add a spoonful of cappuccino to it.

On it's own...I would pass.

Great Value (Walmart)

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Great Value

Rating: 7.5

Sometimes Walmart's products are right on and sometimes not.

This is certainly one of those situations, where the company is not quite on par.

The drink seems rather week and overly sweet, a little like flavored water with some shellac tossed in as an afterthought.

Now, it might get you by if you are a large family or at 4 in the morning when you just need something to help you sleep.

I don't recommend it as a morning beverage...or for that morning one in the afternoon or evening.

Well, okay, I guess it won't hurt as a follow up drink, but I don't think I would rely on it solely.

Starbucks Via Instant Latte

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Starbuck's Via

Rating: 6.5

The aroma is pleasant and as a dry powder, the mix looks pretty keen. The first major problem with the presentation though, is the fact that the drink comes in a "single serving" pouch which makes it a little inconvenient. Some people like to make their drinks stronger and some a little less potent. You can always meddle with the pouch, but it isn't as simple as dealing with a canister.

Second, the taste of this drink isn't that great. A little like Spackle almost, mixed with confectionery sugar. It's sweet and has a lingering after taste. The sweetness is a little intense and the aroma a bit aggressive. It isn't unpleasant...

...I once heard Andy Rooney say he didn't care for Starbucks coffee because it always seems like the beans are a little burned. The same with this drink, there is that intensity you get with their drinks and the effort to create a milky substance with the mix, was almost there.

Almost.

A little expensive too. At 6 dollars for 5 servings, you pay roughly $1.25 per glass (2019 prices) which I a LOT more than the other instant drinks.

I would either buy two canisters of Maxwell House, or just go get a freshly made beverage from the corner store.


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64% of American adults consume coffee every day. An average American drinks 3.1 cups of coffee per day. Americans drink about 400 million cups of coffee every day. Americans drink about 146 billion cups of coffee annually.

— Disturbmenot.com

Coffee Drinks

I really am not sure why coffee houses took off the way they did. When I was in college, in the late 1980s and early 1990s, I had heard about some. But I always thought they were something designed for a select crowd. Usually they catered to students and were located around universities - and not every college kid frequented them. They were usually an occasional, rare treat.

Now though, it seems like every grandmother, uncle and kid over eight years old is interested in them. They are always packed, the drive through lines are long and they are expanding their menus to include quick lunches and salads. Soon, I anticipate there to be full blown Starbuck's restaurants.

With the prices as high as they are for drinks - the average being around $5 - I am surprised they've retained their popularity.

So, save yourself some time and money and make your own at home.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Finn

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    • wpcooper profile imageAUTHOR

      Finn 

      6 months ago from Cheyenne

      I waiver back and forth but still preferred brewed from 7 Eleven

    • Luis G Asuncion profile image

      Luis G Asuncion 

      6 months ago from City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines

      I used to drink instant coffee at least once a day. Thanks for sharing.

    • wpcooper profile imageAUTHOR

      Finn 

      6 months ago from Cheyenne

      Yeah, they are pretty good....I like. I still enjoy the coffee shops once in awhile.

      thanks for the feedback

    • vocalcoach profile image

      Audrey Hunt 

      6 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Caffe de Vito is my choice. I've tried other brands including Walmart but they don't satisfy my tastebuds.

      Enjoyed this article...appreciate the chart comparisons. A good way to save a few bucks!

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