3 Things to Consider When Buying Instant Coffee

Whether you’re looking to whip your coffee dalgona-style or drink it straight, it’s important to start with good grinds.

Cup of coffee on a table
All you need to do next is foam up some milk.Pexels

Instant coffee is back, big time. There are tons of delicious brands out now, along with some fun recipes for things like dalgona (aka whipped) coffee. The instructions for whipped java are easy: vigorously whisk 2 tablespoons of instant coffee, 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar, and 2 tablespoons of hot water. Pour over a glass of milk for a sweet treat with a surprising texture. Whether you’re making a whip or drinking it straight, here’s what to consider before buying instant grinds.

Four Sigmatic Mushroom Coffee with Lion’s Mane & Chaga For Concentration + Focus, Vegan, Paleo, Gluten Free, 0.09 Ounce (10 Count)
With only 50 mg, this instant coffee provides a low-caffeine alternative.Four Sigma Foods

Like regular coffee, instant coffee comes in many varieties of caffeine levels. If you’re sensitive to caffeine or your teens like the taste, consider a decaf or low-caffeine option like this one.

Folgers Classic Roast Instant Coffee Crystals, 8 Ounces
Get the classic, affordable taste of Folgers in an even more convenient way.Folgers

Of course price matters. If you’re using your grounds in a whipped dalgona coffee or another recipe with sugar and other strong flavors, there’s no need to splurge on an expensive brand.

Cafe Tastle Gold Freeze Dried Instant Coffee, 17.85 Ounce
Fans of this instant coffee say it tastes even better than brewed—and it comes in a jumbo container.Cafe Tastle

Instant coffee can be used in a variety of desserts, from mocha cheesecakes to coffee shortbread. So stock up!