"After exhausting the supermarket aisle, I’d all but given up on instant coffee and its convenience, portability, and promise of extra-hot mugs. But then I tried Waka Coffee and went gaga."
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The Kitchn
"Take it on the go during holiday travel, sip it at home while shopping for holiday gifts, or gift it as a fun stocking stuffer idea for your outdoorsy friends, travel lovers and coffee drinkers."
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"Enter Waka Coffee: finely chopped granules of Colombian Arabica beans are freeze-dried... a robust, layered flavor that you can brew on the go, anywhere you have access to hot water."
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"This coffee from Waka consists of freeze-dried Arabica coffee, resulting in coffee that tastes like a classic cup of drip coffee."
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"Waka Coffee is reinventing instant coffee with a fresh approach, using 100% Arabica beans and a freeze-dried process that preserves the natural taste and aroma."
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US Weekly
"Waka uses premium Arabica beans freeze-dried to preserve aroma and flavor, producing instant coffee with a fresh taste."
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"Despite inflationary pressures, Waka hasn’t increased prices. Instead, Mr. Kovalevski said he hopes to lower prices and offer a cheaper alternative to other companies’ brews."
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Wall Street Journal
"If you truly just can’t handle mornings: Instant coffee"
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"Just add water, and you'll get a cup of coffee that mimics something freshly brewed."
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Gear Patrol
"This instant freeze-dried coffee is made from 100% Arabica — not the cheaper, more common Robusta — with no added chemicals or ingredients."
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Circle Around
"Waka Coffee Quality Instant Coffee will fool even discerning coffee drinkers into thinking it is fresh brewed."
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"We’re big fans of the medium roast Colombian variety’s single-serve packets, thanks to its smooth, citrus-forward flavor."
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"Waka Coffee has introduced single-serve packets featuring quality coffees made from 100% Arabica beans."
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Progressive Grocer
"Waka Coffee is a fave for making TikTok-famous Dalgona coffee, but don't worry, it can hold its own without all the sugar and fluff too."
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Women's Health
"Pouring over hot water prompts that familiar aroma that sashays side to side as I blow before sipping until I’m content. Afterwards, there’s little waste and exactly one dish to clean. Instant coffee is a happy ending."
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"With purveyors like Waka turning out some fantastic coffee you’d never know was instant in a blind tasting."
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The Manual
"We love Waka Coffee Quality Instant Coffee, not only because it tastes great but because the individual sachets are extremely convenient while camping."
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The Morning Call
"Want to try the instant coffee of the future? Here's where to start. The best instant coffees you can buy... Waka Instant Colombian Coffee"
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"Try it, and you may not hassle with brewed coffee at home again."
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"Waka is a truly impressive instant coffee... I'll be keeping a few of these in my car for sure."
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"The taste is pretty high-end for an instant coffee, and Waka donates four percent of its profits to the "Add Water, Give Water" program, which helps fund clean water projects. Oh, and it probably will do your homework for you. It does it all!"
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"It seems well balanced, with ample depth and acidity, and a long sweet finish... it became more balanced and mellow as it sat for a few minutes."
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The New York Times
"If dad is waking up before sunset to get out on the road before traffic hits, treat him to instant coffee that's just as good as freshly-ground beans."
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"I'm so glad instant coffee is making a comeback—it has evolved so much recently and is about as close as you can come to a fresh brew while camping."
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Martha Stewart
"Waka starts with 100 percent single-origin Arabica beans—generally medium- or light-roast from Colombia and India, respectively—like you’d normally brew a pot of coffee from or grab from your local café."
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Robb Report
"Made in seconds, by mixing hot water with the crystalized beans, this coffee proves nearly indistinguishable from machine-made brews."
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Cool Hunting
"Another player is Los Angeles’s Waka Coffee, started in 2018. Waka Coffee only offers specialty instant coffee, a decision that founder David Kovalevski made out of necessity."
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Vine Pair
"A darned tasty cup of medium-roast coffee: well balanced, smooth-bodied, with faint notes of citrus. It’s as close to fresh brewed as instant coffee is ever likely to get."
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Men's Journal
"a robust, layered flavor that you can brew on the go, anywhere you have access to hot water."
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"What you’d expect from a good cup of joe. Try it and you may not hassle with brewed coffee at home again."
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Eat This, Not That!
"Los Angeles–based Waka Coffee, which uses 100 percent arabica beans and appeals to eco-minded instant drinkers by donating four percent of profits to clean-water initiatives."
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Imbibe Magazine
"Waka Instant Coffee, has carried out extensive research on the difference that freeze drying has on coffee, as opposed to the process of spray drying favoured by many of our household mass-produced brands."
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The Telegraph
"Instant has always been weighed down by being seen as a really low-end product. These specialty guys are making instant coffee cool again."
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Los Angeles Times
"'It passed my wife’s taste test,' he said, 'and that’s really saying something.' Walklet typically drinks the real thing but stocked up on a 35-serving pack of Waka instant."
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Bloomberg News
"Waka Coffee is a cut above, offering an instant coffee that tastes every bit as good as brewed."
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"Waka uses a smoother, sweeter Arabacia bean to make their instant coffee. This yields a coffee that tastes more like a French press from your coffeehouse, as opposed to a cheaper cup with a bitter taste."
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"If you've been late for work one too many times thanks to your Starbucks addiction, your boss might appreciate you keeping a stash of Waka Instant Coffee in your pantry. Just stir into hot water for a speedy cup of coffee."
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"eCommerce innovators are offering consumers the opportunity to get an energy boost from one instant cup of coffee without the need to find multiple cups of coffee outside of the house."
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"Waka's freeze-dried Arabica coffee mimics brewed coffee almost identically, with rich aromas and a satisfying depth of flavor."
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"Waka is another company that makes a relatively obscure, but phenomenal instant coffee... this blend will create a cup that will put the tin can coffee you grew up on to shame."
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Outdoor Life
"No wait, no lines, and no machines may sound too good to be true but it’s proven. Waka Coffee has developed instant coffee that destroys the stigma that instant is just, 'meh.'"
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"Waka Coffee, made of 100 percent Arabica beans, is a smooth and balanced Colombian roast, buzzing with citrus flavors. The beans are also freeze-dried, guaranteeing a fresh cup every morning, afternoon and, for you insomniacs, night."
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The Spruce Eats
"Waka is palatable. Good, in fact. It’s made from single-origin 100% Arabica type coffee beans sourced from Columbia. It’s a medium roast, not overpowering, slightly fruity (an orange-rind undertone, for me)."
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Paste Magazine
"Waka Coffee is 100% freeze dried arabica coffee, which means it's not just easy to make, but it tastes pretty damn good. "
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The Daily Beast
"This excellent instant coffee dissolves 100% in your cup, which means no leftover coffee grounds to be thrown away."
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"You honestly can’t tell that this isn’t a typical brewed cup of coffee. Especially stacking these brews up against other instants, we were pretty impressed... a pleasant surprise in the world of instant."
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Roasty Coffee
"Waka Coffee bonds the connection between high-quality taste and instant coffee. By offering instant coffee that’s 100% coffee, they set the standard for those to come."
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Coffee Finesse
"If you’ve been wary of instant coffee, give Waka Coffee a try! The difference will surprise you."
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Little Coffee Place
"I went in as a skeptic and came out as a convert. The Waka instant coffee is good. Not just good for instant coffee, but legitimately good. "
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Home Grounds
"After trying each of their coffees, I was very impressed with what Waka Coffee offered for the instant coffee space."
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Pull and Pour
"Upon first sip we were impressed. The flavor was full bodied, tasted good and had a solid flavor profile in each sip."
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"Waka Coffee is simply good instant coffee from a company that is doing good in the world. "
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Sort of Legal
"Waka Coffee was created to change the perception of instant coffee and bring it back to its glory days."
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Project Hatch
"Confirming the rising demand for premium soluble coffee in the US market, Los Angeles, California-based start-up Waka Coffee."
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Tea and Coffee Trade Journal
"Making your pre-workout cup of coffee is so much easier with this quality instant coffee. It is vegan-friendly and tastes like drip coffee, minus the hassle and time of making it."
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Pretty Progressive
"Waka uses freeze-drying—a much more expensive method that also preserves a lot more flavor. This is the method used to make astronaut ice cream, lightweight camping food, and those crunchy dried strawberries that are in your Special K Red Berries cereal."
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"Waka Coffee is a perfect solution for travelers and other coffee drinkers on-the-go... Instead of wasting coffee-shop to-go cups, you can toss your reusable bottle and a few Waka packets in your bag and just add hot water."
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Clean Plates
"It’s great that the Cali-based Waka donates a percentage of their sales to charity: water, which brings clean and safe drinking water to global communities. As for their coffee: They use 100% Colombian Arabica beans, and offer a smooth, not bitter sipper."
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Inside Hook
"Forget the chemicals and additives—Waka’s instant coffee is made with 100% pure Arabica beans. Bonus: As part of their “Add Water, Give Water” program, part of your purchase goes towards funding clean water initiatives around the world."
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Taste of Home
"Whether you are backpacking and need a reliable coffee source, running late to work but still need a fix, or wherever else you may find yourself in the throws of coffee withdrawal symptoms: Waka coffee is a great option to have on hand."
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Coffee Made Better
"With the idea that everyone should enjoy coffee effortlessly, Waka Coffee gives a great solution for our generation."
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"Waka doesn’t include anything except pure premium coffee, so you know exactly what’s in your cup. And after taking one sip, you won’t believe the coffee you’re drinking didn’t take 20 minutes to brew."
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"Chances are once the sun rises, you’ll be desperate for some caffeine, and stat. No Starbucks or coffee maker? No problem! Pack along single serve pouches of Waka Coffee. "
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Red Tricycle
"Waka Coffee (wakacoffee.com), a quality instant coffee startup that is on a mission to reinvent the instant coffee category."
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Thrive Global
"When we sample our coffee in local fairs, people are often hesitant to try a new instant coffee brand, but they are usually amazed by the flavor. Their reaction makes me smile every time!"
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"While most instant coffees on the market can be milder in flavor, Waka Coffee's Arabica bean ingredients are barista-approved and are commonly used in most coffee shops... Ideal for those looking to get a caffeine kick on the go without relying on a traditional drip coffee machine. "
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Trend Hunter
"This quality instant coffee is ideal for enjoying a fresh cup of coffee, anywhere, from the office to the campsite to the airplane."
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Best Company
"Waka Coffee sources and freeze-dries 100 percent arabica beans for its specialty instant coffee, and donates a portion of its sales to the nonprofit charity: water."
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Roast Magazine
"Waka Coffee debuts instant coffee made from 100% Arabica freeze-dried Colombian coffee beans."
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Todays Dietitian Magazine
"This quality instant coffee — Waka Coffee — tastes like the real thing, but it’s fast like instant. The coffee is packed in single-serve, eco-friendly little packets that are good for taking on a hike, a camping trip, or to the office."
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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"The taste was so smooth. Just as if I would have brewed it in my coffee maker. The smell was AMAZING! We added a bit of creamer (because creamer is just so good) and it did not take away from the amazing taste of WAKA Coffee!"
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"Finding a gift for the happy couple is no easy task...Waka Coffee is great for flying, traveling, and camping."
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"An appealing 100% Colombia coffee in instant format that largely preserves the character of the green coffee."
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"An instant coffee that doesn't taste like instant coffee!"
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"Seriously, it was absolutely delicious... even the aroma of Waka Coffee was incredible. It was rich, smoky, earthy, with a touch of an outdoorsy perfume... It’s clearly medium roast coffee, my favorite, with a great viscosity and non-bitter or burned flavor."
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Coffee Reviews
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"Whether you’re an instant-only kinda girl or a stand in line for your triple macchiato kinda guy, Waka Coffee is a good pick to have in your at-home arsenal for late mornings, crazy weather days, and camping trips. Loved and recommended by thousands, at this point, we’d be crazy not to recommend the brand ourselves. "
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"Caramel-toned, richly sweet. Dark caramel, magnolia-like flowers, cedar, baker’s chocolate, a hint of apricot in aroma and cup. Sweet-toned in structure with brisk acidity; smooth mouthfeel. The finish is crisply sweet and resonant, with lingering notes of caramel and apricot."
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"While most instant coffees have 'chalky' taste, Waka Coffee proves that coffee can be both instant and high quality. You'll be able to notice a myriad of flavorful tones that are caramelly, sweet, and smooth. The finish also has some nice fruity tones. We're big fans of Waka Coffee, and we also love that they donate 4% of each sale to support clean water projects."
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"I highly-recommend Waka Coffee to those who have been looking for a solid balance between quality and affordability in their instant coffee."
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"I was a little skeptical, but I have to admit – it was a darn good cup of coffee... it’s definitely a solid option to have in the cupboard when you’re in a hurry. Waka is also a business with a purpose – providing clean water to those who need it."
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"It has a rich balanced taste, but without acidic tones compare to some types of instant coffee. All beans are 100% arabica."
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"Instant coffee will always have a place in a coffee lover's heart as a quick coffee fix. But that doesn't mean we settle. Waka instant coffee is your best bet to a coffee compromise: The best taste with the fastest preparation."
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"The Colombian blend is the classic option for any coffee drinker. It is a mild, extremely well-balanced instant coffee, with the right amount of sweetness and bitterness to make it palatable to anybody. "
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"It was easily drinkable and not at all sour and bitter like most instant coffees. Overall, if you’re looking for an instant coffee, this would be a great one to try."
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"Overall, I can’t find anything negative to say about this coffee. The Indian coffee is perfect for me on a trip. It has a very smooth, sweet smell and taste to it. If I’m stuck somewhere I cannot get to milk and flavoring or sugar, I can drink this straight."
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"It has a light, citrusy, well-rounded flavor profile that exceeds many expensive coffee shop drinks I have had. Being a lighter roast, it would be ideal to drink black or with minimal dairy."
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"After enjoying the bold flavor, I noticed it quickly tapered into a smooth and balanced aftertaste where subtle citrus notes were readily discernible. I was impressed by how true this coffee remained to the traditional coffee experience."
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"Waka tastes nice and in some cases better than the brewed coffee I've had but overall pretty much on par with brewed coffee... Overall, Waka is a high-quality instant coffee and seems like it would be great for camping trips and other occasions when brewing coffee isn't an option."
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"No soapy aroma, and a nice balance of butterscotch sweetness with a subtle citrus/orange acidity... I was able to drink this black with no complaints – there was zero bitterness and no unpleasant flavors that I would have felt the need to cover up with milk/sugar."
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