If you're looking for a gourmet cup of brewed coffee, this probably shouldn't be your first choice. That doesn't mean, however, that it doesn't have its uses. I purchased these to have an on-the-go option for coffee, which it works very well for. I have a few in my purse that I carry with me and simply mix in a to-go cup with hot coffee. That's certainly not the only use for these. I'm a big time baker and use these all the time when making new baked creations. Any recipe with chocolate in it is naturally enhanced by the addition of coffee. So recipes that have water in them, I replace it with equal parts water mixed with a packet or two of Nescafe. I've also used these to flavor whipped cream, custard, trifle, etc. You don't have to use the water - you can just mix it straight in to the cream until the crystals dissolve. Another big time use in my household is to mix a packet or two of Nescafe in with a smoothie and make my own "Starbucks Frappe" drinks. These are so much fun for experimenting!