I drink instant coffee most of the time in the backcountry in the morning because it's a substantial weight/volume savings over real coffee.
But there's no need to resort to instant tea when backpacking. Good loose leaf tea and quality premade tea bags are both very light on a per cup basis. And it's easier to dry out the used tea for carrying out than it is for coffee grounds. After five years nobody has addressed my theory of nocturnal animal beverage preference.
If you like strong teas look into ones that include some Lapsang souchong in the blend, or use a good version of it in full strength if you prefer. It adds a nice smoky punch to tea. If you like that sort of thing.
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