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    25 Reviews


    Get your fix before sunrise.

    You'll fall asleep waiting to brew a legit cup of coffee during alpine starts, so boil some water while packing all your climbing gear, and then slip one packet from Alpine Start's 8-Pack Original Blend into your mug for an instant, necessary caffeine fix. A combination of arabica beans and Alpine Start's proprietary brewing process makes sure these packets dissolve instantly in either hot or cold water, so you can just skip the boiling if you're okay with cold coffee. There's a hint of dark chocolate for an even better taste.

    • Instant coffee readies you for alpine starts and dawn patrols
    • Arabica beans with a hint of dark chocolate
    • Dissolves instantly in hot or cold water
    • Eight individual units per box
    • Item #ALU0001

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    alpine, backpacking

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    Good instant coffee, Okay coffee

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I found this stuff to be similar in quality to Starbucks Via. That is to say - it's worlds better than the old school instant coffee that your parents used to drink, it's better than most gas station coffee, but it's still instant coffee and it's not as good as a real cup.

    Crawling out of a tent or a bivy sack for an Alpine Start, this stuff definitely would scratch the coffee itch and you can't beat the convenience of instant coffee in the backcountry.

    great for instant

      As somewhat of a french press coffee snob I was a bit skeptical to try these. This is actually pretty delicious and doesn't have the fake taste that a lot of other brands I have tried. Personally this is perfect for a really early start when car camping or every day for in the backcountry. For general car camping I would still say getting the press dirty is worth the effort. They have some cool recipes on their website including a few cocktails. The powder will dissolve in hot or cold so it is very versatile.

      Convenient & Delicious, My New Go-To

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      This coffee is SO GOOD! My old go-to was Starbucks Instant Via, and I even got the French press system for my MSR WindBoiler because, personally, I don’t think those sbux packets are that great. Then Alpine Start made these packets with instant coffee that’s easily portable, delicious, and can be “brewed” hot or cold! It's a really good product created by a small team of passionate people, and I’m all about supporting that.

      I like my coffee black, so the original flavor is my favorite. My husband doesn’t like coffee without sugar and cream, but he loves a warm drink in the morning when we’re camping – the Coconut Creamer Latte is his favorite. I’ve just ordered the Dirty Chai Latte packets and can’t wait to try that flavor, as well!

      Fast and delicious!

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I always have grand intentions when heading out on a trip to bring fancy coffee making equipment. But the reality is, I keep going back to Alpine Start because it's SO good and SO easy. Why mess with whole or ground beans, waiting, waiting, pressing, dealing with the mess, etc...when you can just boil water and have coffee in seconds. The choice is easy, get this coffee!


      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I've never been much of an instant coffee fan until now. What I love most about Alpine Start is that you still get that rich flavor without the use of a coffee press. I also love the fact that Alpine Start is perfect for alpine starts! When I'm headed out into the alpine to make a summit push I'm packing items that are going to be light, versatile, and provides energy. Alpine start packs easy, supplies me with the energy I need to start my morning, and tastes amazing!

      The only instant coffee I will mess with

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I hate instant coffee more than anyone. It all tastes so bad. EXCEPT Alpine Start. Alpine Start is the best instant coffee in existence, by far. It's even better than some drip coffees. If you don't feel like carrying a press or pour over in the backcountry, just bring a few boxes of Alpine Start. It's really good, trust me.

      Best of Instant, better than most drip!

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Alpine start is superior to all other instant coffee that I have tried. I started out with grocery store instant in an attempt to go faster and lighter with my adventures. After trying everything in the states I would beg friends to bring back international instants, I no longer need to do so. Alpine start is rich, flavorful, without any chemical taste. Its significantly better than most diner coffee. Highly recommend it to reduce weight and volume in your pack and reduce cleaning time, and still enjoy great coffee.

      The BEST!!!

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      On the CDT now and have been surviving off Alpine Start, the best instant coffee I’ve found! Can make it cold or hot, depending on what you like! Mix in a little Nido or protein powder and voila! I also just completed the Nolan’s 14 line in Colorado while heading NOBO and stuck some in my running idea I’ve ever had. I LOVE coffee and Alpine Start has taken the place of my morning pour over or cup of beloved bialetti espresso when I’m out in the hills!

      Look no further

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Alpine Start has it going on! I don't even remember when I started drinking them, but I can tell you I haven't looked back since. The flavor is smooth and the caffeine/energy I get from it is similar to a legitimate cup of coffee. I use it backpacking, camping, emergency family visits, you name it.

      I'm Hooked!

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Alpine Start Instant Coffee is like real cup of coffee. Full body taste, easy to make and taste delicious hot or cold. I use this as my afternoon pickup instead of making a full french press, always have one in my purse, gym bag and travel luggage. I get excited when I make one as my afternoon treat!

      I'm Hooked!

      My All-Time Favorite Instant Coffee

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Alpine Start doesn't mess around when it comes to coffee. Its minimizes messes, AND you can drink it both hot or cold. In desperate situations, you may even be convinced its not instant coffee...

      quick, easy, and simply tastes good

        The name is absolutely fitting. I definitely don't have time to aeropress freshly grinded whole beans before trying to get out the door at 0300 for a big day, but coffee does make the morning drive super nice. Alpine Start encompasses all that is simple with being easy to make with hot water and tastes better than almost all other brands I've tried in the past. The coffee is good for the early outdoorsman, the rushed worker, or even the lazy coffee maker.

        For Climbers (or anyone) by Climbers

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        I started climbing without coffee, stoked only by the mountains, simply because I had no time at 0200 to make a cup of coffee or desire to strain it with my teeth. Now after a quick jet boil, I have a moment to savor. Having the capability to make a hot coffee provides warmth and a moment of peace before the struggle. I don't go without my alpine start!

        This coffee tastes better than Starbucks Via (the only instant alternative I have seen out there) and supports climbing and the environment we all love. It is so wonderful to have a supreior product that also stands for the deep values of our community. Rock on Alpine Start!

        The Best Instant I have ever had!

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        Alpine Start helps with those early mornings, because it's so easy and tastes great! I love my french press in the morning but sometimes it just takes too much time. I love that you can use Alpine Start with hot and cold water! This is really a must try!

        Pretty Cool, Pretty Easy

          This stuff is awesome because it's super quick and easy. All you have to do is add hot or cold water and WEE you have a cup of coffee. Also, very easy and light to pack. It's not the best coffee I've ever had, but it's really not bad and does the trick. I use this for climbing trips because it's so simple.

          Does the trick.

          • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

          I don't know about you, but I can never get camp coffee to taste quite right... but these packets managed to make a decent cup of coffee while minimizing prep and clean up.