Hey, We Found a Pretty Good Instant Coffee and It’s Not StarbucksBoulder, Colorado-based Alpine Start has been around for a little while now, not sure for how long, but for the past couple of years someone from the brand has stuffed little packets of their instant coffee in our bags at Outdoor Retailer. I’d always tossed them in my camp kitchen box but hadn’t gotten around to trying the coffee until recently. It’s better than the venerable Starbucks Via packets, though I still really like those too. It’s ground into a super fine powder and I’ve found you don’t really even need to stir it if you don’t have a spoon or a twig nearby, it dissolves that nicely. This size is ideal for car camping, even backpacking if you don’t mind putting up with a little extra weight.