The world of specialty instant coffee is fiercely competitive. Each company in this space is striving to redefine the long-standing negative stereotypes associated with “instant coffee”. In this article, we take a closer look at one company who is leading the charge in this thriving niche': Alpine Start Coffee.
Alpine Start Coffee is a unique coffee company from Boulder, Colorado. It was founded by a professional rock climber and the company seeks to make instant coffee “that actually tastes good.” Traditional instant coffee usually lacks flavor and distinctly tastes like instant coffee, but Alpine Start instant coffee actually tastes like a premium cup of coffee. Not only does the coffee taste great but all of their products are non-GMO certified, dairy free, and vegan/vegetarian.
As an avid outdoorsman I instantly was drawn to this product. I constantly find myself in situations where I either don’t have time, or don’t have the resources to brew a cup of my favorite coffee. The company was generous enough to send over some of their gourmet instant coffee for me to critique.
With Alpine Start, I am able to brew a great cup of coffee with minimal resources and in a fraction of the time. As long as I have access to cold or hot water, I can brew one of Alpine Start’s distinct cups of coffee. There are three types of Alpine Start coffee: Original Blend, Coffee + Creamer, and Dirty Chai Latte. Each bring a unique flavor profile and I really appreciate them all.
The Original Blend is my personal favorite. This medium roast, Colombian Arabica coffee is truly spectacular. I made my cup of coffee with hot water, and drank it black.
The result was a full-bodied medium roast with rich and smooth flavors. It reminded me of the coffee I brew using my French press. The aroma was of a premium cup of coffee and mid-way through drinking my cup of coffee I had completely forgotten this cup was instant coffee. It truly tasted that good. I see so many applications for this instant coffee in my life. Whether I’m on a long road trip, mountain biking through the mountains, or camping with some friends – this cup of coffee is my new go-to option. One thing that I really appreciated about this coffee was its ability to hold its bold flavor all the way through until the end. A lot of instant coffees have flavor at first, but this quickly fades. Not the case with the Alpine Start Original Blend. The cup of coffee was extremely flavorful and I never got a bad after taste or felt like the cup of coffee was lacking flavor.
Alpine Start Coffee + Creamer
If you would have told me that I would have liked a cup of coffee with instant non-dairy creamer in it, I would have never believed you. However, Alpine Start has crafted an instant coffee and creamer option that is brilliant. What struck me about this cup of coffee was just how creamy the creamer was. For an instant non-dairy creamer, I was very impressed. The balance between the coffee and the creamer is very well-balanced and I never felt like there was too much creamer or not enough coffee. The convenience of having the creamer and the coffee together in one instant packet is fantastic, but it would be nice to have the option to add more or less creamer to the cup of coffee.
Alpine Start Coffee – Dirty Chai Latte
The Dirty Chai Latte is such a great addition to Alpine Start’s instant coffee lineup. This Dirty Chai is a great treat to have when you are either on the go, or camping in the mountains. The dirty chai is full of spice and has the kick you would expect from a dirty chai latte. The aroma is rich and powerful and the flavor is pleasantly strong. This is the perfect drink to have in the winter time due to its warm and woodsy flavors. I really enjoyed the flavor of the soy creamer and wish there was more of this creamer in the blend. Other than that, the Dirty Chai was extremely pleasant.
Alpine Start has produced some truly fantastic products. All three flavors of their instant coffee are delicious and extremely convenient. The ability to make great coffee in almost any situation is extremely appealing. If you are an avid outdoors person or are just a busy mom constantly on the go, Alpine Start instant coffees are a great option for your morning cup of coffee. Be sure to try each of the three flavors and determine which flavor is your favorite and enjoy your new favorite cup of coffee!