Two types of coffee beans are most commonly used to make coffee: Arabica and Robusta. Arabica is the more widely used of the two beans, with a milder flavor and smoother finish. Robusta is stronger and cheaper than Arabica, with bitter notes and higher caffeine content (via Taste of Home). When instant coffee is brewed, a lot of coffee is lost during the process, so having a cheaper bean, like Robusta, is important to the maker, says Coffee Magazine. And as Taste of Home notes, the stronger, more bitter taste of Robusta beans lends itself well to instant coffee.
When it comes to taste, manufacturers have really upped their game in recent years. According to Good Housekeeping, some of the best instant coffees include Joe Coffee’s The Daily, Café Altura Fair Trade Organic Freeze-Dried Coffee, Starbucks Instant Medium Roast, and Nescafé Clásico Dark Instant Roast. Not only do new instant coffees taste better, but some manufacturers have made convenient coffee even more convenient, with applications such as individual sachets, pour-over sachets and even tea bags, perfect for backpacking and road trips. camping.