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Top 10 Best Instant Coffees in the Philippines 2021 (Nescafe, Kopiko, and More)

It's safe to say that most Filipinos like to kickstart their day and get their day's energy with a cup (or two!) of coffee, but not everyone has the time to actually brew or prepare coffee tediously for busy days. Hence, the popularization of instant coffees!


Coffee drinkers know that the taste of coffee isn't just plain bitter. You might want your coffee plain black, sweet or creamy. In this article, we've created a buying guide as well as product recommendations for your easy selection of instant coffee. Scroll down to read more! 

  • Last updated: 03-24-2021
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How to Choose Instant Coffee - Buying Guide

How do you like your coffee? Do you like it sweeter or do you prefer a bitter and bolder taste? Scroll down below to know what key points to look for when choosing coffee that will suit your palate. 

Choose Among the Well-Known Coffee Beans

Arabica and Robusta beans are the two most common types of coffee beans worldwide. In the Philippines, homegrown and cultivated Kapeng Barako is also widely-known. 

Arabica Beans for a Sweeter Taste

Arabica Beans for a Sweeter Taste

Arabica makes up 60% of the world's production of coffee because of its popularity and demand. Arabica coffee has a sweet flavor that includes floral and fruity notes, and it has higher acidity content. Since the price of Arabica beans tends to be more expensive compare to other beans, they are not usually used in instant coffees.

Robusta Beans has a More Bitter Flavor

Robusta Beans has a More Bitter Flavor

Robusta beans is the second most popular variety of coffee. It is characterized by a more bitter and deep flavor with earthy, smokey, and nutty notes. Compared to Arabica beans, Robusta has a higher content of caffeine. Robusta beans are easier to grow so they’re mostly used in instant coffees or mixes.

Proudly Filipino Kapeng Barako for a Strong yet Fruity Experience

Proudly Filipino Kapeng Barako for a Strong yet Fruity Experience

Another type of coffee bean that is popular in the Philippines is Kapeng Barako (classified under Liberica species). It is grown and cultivated locally and is characterized by its strong, woody flavor.

Look for a Deep Coffee Roast for a Full-Bodied Taste and Low-Acidity

Look for a Deep Coffee Roast for a Full-Bodied Taste and Low-Acidity

When choosing coffee, one of the main factors we look at is its taste. Some people like their coffee strong and bitter, while some prefer it light. This is where the type of coffee roast comes into the picture. Coffee’s aroma, flavor, and depth of bitterness are determined by its roasting.


Light roast has a light-body flavor with high acidity content. It preserves and highlights the original flavor of the coffee bean. Medium roast has a well-rounded and balanced taste, so this has been the most preferred type. This type of roast brings out a sweeter, deep-caramel-like flavor. Lastly, dark roast has a low-acidity and full-bodied flavor. Compared to a light roast, it has low caffeine content.

Choose a Pre-mixed Coffee if You Want Creaminess and Sweetness

Choose a Pre-mixed Coffee if You Want Creaminess and Sweetness

Pre-mixed instant coffees or widely known as 3-in-1coffee, already have a pre-determined amount of coffee, milk, and sugar. Depending on your taste, some brands offer different ratios of these 3, and some even replicate lattes, cappuccino, macchiato, etc. It’s a very quick way of making your own cup since you don’t have to get each ingredient for your preferred taste. 


Recently, there are also 5-in-1s, 7-in-1s, and more that offer a mix of different ingredients such as collagen powder, ginseng, and so on that claim to have health benefits. Do note, however, that some may find pre-mixed coffees on the unhealthier side because of their sugar content. 

Go Decaf for a Cup of Joe That Won't Keep You Up All Night

Go Decaf for a Cup of Joe That Won't Keep You Up All Night

If you would like a late-night coffee but you’re afraid that you won’t be able to sleep after drinking or if you are just simply cutting back on caffeine, choose a decaf coffee. It does not completely mean that there is no caffeine content but it simply means that there is less caffeine than its regular counterpart.

Top 10 Best Instant Coffee to Buy Online

Now that you know what to consider when buying coffee, we've prepared a list of instant coffees you could buy online without any hassle! 



**Prices may vary depending on the website and their campaign period**

1

NescafeClassic Instant Coffee

From ₱147

BeansRobusta
RoastMedium Dark
Type of CoffeeBlack
Package Content100 g per Pack
Weight200 g
2

KaffeaHealthy Coffee Blend with Coconut Sugar

12 sachets

From ₱247

Beans-
RoastNot Specified
Type of Coffee3-in-1
Package Content12 Sticks
Weight28g per Stick
3

KopikoBrown Coffee

25g x 10 sachets

From ₱70

Beans-
RoastNot Specified
Type of Coffee3-in-1
Package Content10 Sachet
Weight27g per Sachet
4
Beans-
RoastDark
Type of CoffeeBlack
Package Content-
Weight200 g
5

NescafeTaster's Choice Decaf

From ₱750

Beans-
RoastLight Medium
Type of CoffeeBlack
Package Content7 oz
Weight397g
6

Great TasteGreat Taste White 3-in-1 Twin Pack

10x50g

From ₱97

Beans-
RoastNot Specified
Type of CoffeeWhite Coffee
Package Content10 Twin Packs
Weight50g per Twin Pack
7
BeansBlend of Arabica and Robusta
RoastNot Specified
Type of CoffeeBlack
Package Content3.5 oz
Weight100 g
8

Great Taste Original Coffee Mix - Twin Pack

33g x 10

From ₱81

Beans-
RoastNot Specified
Type of Coffee3-in-1
Package Content10 Twin Packs
Weight50g per Twin Pack
9

FolgersClassic Roast Instant Coffee

From ₱799

BeansBlend of Arabica and Robusta
RoastMedium
Type of CoffeeBlack
Package Content8 oz
Weight453 g
10

San Miguel FoodsSan Mig Super Coffee Original Sugar-Free

10s

From ₱59

Beans-
RoastNot Specified
Type of Coffee3-in-1
Package Content20 Sachets
Weight9g per Sachet

Compare the Best Instant Coffee

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1
Nescafe Classic Instant Coffee 1

Nescafe

2
Kaffea Healthy Coffee Blend with Coconut Sugar 1

Kaffea

3
Kopiko Brown Coffee 1

Kopiko

4
UCC Class One Premium 1

UCC

5
Nescafe Taster's Choice Decaf 1

Nescafe

6
Great Taste Great Taste White 3-in-1 Twin Pack 1

Great Taste

7
Nescafe Gold Blend 1

Nescafe

8
Great Taste  Original Coffee Mix - Twin Pack 1

Great Taste

9
Folgers Classic Roast Instant Coffee 1

Folgers

10
San Miguel Foods San Mig Super Coffee Original Sugar-Free 1

San Miguel Foods

Name

Classic Instant Coffee

Healthy Coffee Blend with Coconut Sugar

Brown Coffee

Class One Premium

Taster's Choice Decaf

Great Taste White 3-in-1 Twin Pack

Gold Blend

Original Coffee Mix - Twin Pack

Classic Roast Instant Coffee

San Mig Super Coffee Original Sugar-Free

Features

Made from Locally Grown Robusta Beans, A Classic Coffee Taste for Every Morning

Instant Coffee That Uses Coconut Sugar for Extra Health Benefits

3-in-1 Coffee That Uses Brown Sugar for Just the Right Sweetness

The First Class Quality Coffee You Deserve

Rich Coffee Taste Minus the Caffeine and Bitter Aftertaste

Creamy and Slightly Sweet Coffee Perfect for a Mid-day Energy Boost

Blend of Arabica and Robusta Beans with a Hearty and Full Body Taste

A Balanced Mix of Coffee, Creamer, and Sugar in a Packet

An Economical Option for a Classic Roast Instant Coffee

A Low-Fat and Sugar-Free Coffee for Every Day Guilt-Free Coffee

Price Starts at₱147₱247₱70₱603₱750₱97₱219₱81₱799₱59
BeansRobusta-----Blend of Arabica and Robusta-Blend of Arabica and Robusta-
RoastMedium DarkNot Specified Not SpecifiedDarkLight MediumNot SpecifiedNot SpecifiedNot SpecifiedMediumNot Specified
Type of CoffeeBlack3-in-13-in-1BlackBlackWhite CoffeeBlack3-in-1Black3-in-1
Package Content100 g per Pack12 Sticks10 Sachet-7 oz10 Twin Packs3.5 oz10 Twin Packs8 oz20 Sachets
Weight200 g28g per Stick27g per Sachet200 g397g50g per Twin Pack100 g50g per Twin Pack453 g9g per Sachet
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Sweeten Your Coffee With These Sugar Alternatives

Sweeten Your Coffee With These Sugar Alternatives

Click the link down below to find out our recommended healthier sugar alternatives that you could enjoy with your coffee and other drinks as well. 

Summary

Drinking coffee has definitely been a part of almost everyone's daily routine, whether it's a cup in the morning or a quick mid-day pick-up. The Filipinos have embraced instant coffee since it doesn't require so much time preparing plus there are different variants of different flavors readily available in the market. 


With instant coffee, it's just a pour of hot water, a quick stir and voila, your coffee is now ready! You can even enjoy it iced. 


Author: Issa Honda


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