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    Good instant coffee

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    I know although that the phrase instant coffee is akin to a blasphemy to
    most of the CoffeeSnobbers here, there are times when we have to resort
    to instant coffee.

    So far the best instant coffee that Ive tasted is Nescafe Short Black coupled
    with demerara sugar. Any opinion on good instant coffee or this is just
    strictly off-limits? 8-)

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    Re: Good instant coffee

    Im not sure that the word "Good" should be used in the same sentance as "instant coffee"

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    Re: Good instant coffee

    Quote Originally Posted by bolb link=1215303990/0#1 date=1215304314
    Im not sure that the word "Good" should be used in the same sentance as "instant coffee"

    Mal
    Id agree. If instant coffee is all thats on offer, Ill just have tea, or nothing at all.

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    Re: Good instant coffee

    Good advice Jakes
    Considering the huge range of teas available there is always something to suit everyones taste.

    When travelling to the inlaws i always take my stove pot or if we forget then its tea rather than drink the "international roast" they rave about.

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    Re: Good instant coffee

    IMO "Instant Coffee" is an interesting drink, but it sure isnt coffee.
    I have made iced coffee flavoured milk with it though, and I find that a dollop of Irish Mist improves the taste considerably!
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    Re: Good instant coffee

    Bit like having a good head ache instead of a bad one ;D

    I "agree" Tea is sometimes the safest option ;)

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    Re: Good instant coffee

    Hi afton

    Yes - I have to confess to having a bottle of Nescaf Short black at work for when I am too lazy to walk 20 min to the only coffee place near my work that makes coffee the way I like it.

    Though I have to adimt, good instant is a bit of an oxymoron.

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    Re: Good instant coffee

    Unfortunately I do have to drink Instant at work due to time constraints - If I must I usually drink Maconna (any of the varieties) but it still tastes bad. Occasionally I will duck out to a nearby cafe and grab a quick shot but it is still not like what I get at home. :(

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    Re: Good instant coffee

    think of it this way. take your favorite food and cook it badly. then freeze dry it, store it for 2 years then mix it with water. Would you eat that?
    Instant is not coffee but a poor imitation.

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    Re: Good instant coffee

    On my recent roadtrip up north I stayed at some pretty dodgey motels for the night, some of which had the classic, Internat-Roast.... I was curious so I tried some after not really touching the stuff for over 5 years or more..... lets just say, I reckon the 3 day old dreggs in my drip tray would have been more appealing. YUK!!!!

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    Re: Good instant coffee

    I dont remember Intl Roast tasting that bad but it has been a lot longer than 5 years.
    Maybe 25.




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    Re: Good instant coffee

    I just stick a pinch between my cheek and my gum....


    Mmmmmm, pure chewing satisfaction :)

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    Re: Good instant coffee

    Id been having this debate with my flatmate for a long time. He conceded the fact that my homeroasted coffee tastes amazing but refused to accept that something is wrong with his instant coffee.

    Hes also a bit of a wine drinker. So I put it to him this way -

    "Would you buy sachets of powdered wine?"




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    Hey 22a
    You should patent that concept. ;D

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    Re: Good instant coffee

    Quote Originally Posted by 22a link=1215303990/0#12 date=1215418320
    Hes also a bit of a wine drinker. So I put it to him this way -
    "Would you buy sachets of powdered wine?"
    I had a laugh What was his response?

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    I take my Moka pot to my parents house and I tell them" try this new coffee I roasted, tell me what you think."
    I say that so I dont have to say your coffee is crap, or I will just have tea.

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    Re: Good instant coffee

    Just walked into the supermarket today with my wife, she suggested that I get instant coffee since Ive packed my machine as Im staying at my friends place. Cant believe, I had the same respond, I prefer tea :)

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    Re: Good instant coffee

    I had good old Nescafe earlier this year at about 5am on new years day because I had a 4 hour drive ahead of me to get to Wilsons Prom. From memory after about 3 sugars and a dash of milk, it became palatable.

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    Re: Good instant coffee

    I know this is a coffee snobs website, but i find it funny that people are so snobbish about instant coffee, yet would prefer to drink supermarket tea instead??

    The difference between great tea and supermarket tea is like the difference between instant coffee and espresso, yet people dont mind settling for tea bag grade tea?


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    I rarely drink supermarket tea and prefer to get mine from a tea merchant.
    I find your standard tea from a tea bag just too unappealing in flavour when there are so many more options out there.

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    Re: Good instant coffee

    I have a Nescafe at mums when I visit, one spoon in a man-size mug with milk. I dream of getting home for a double ristretto based latte!!!

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    I rarely drink supermarket tea and prefer to get mine from a tea merchant
    Totally agree, but if youre being offered a choice between "tea" floor sweepings and "coffee" floor sweepings youre probably better off with the tea :(

    I used to have this theory that while coffee can be awful, tea is generally only mediocre, especially if you have control of the teabag! Then (working on this principle) I chose tea on a BA flight and was thoroughly disabused! Id forgotten that you can **stew** tea! :(

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    Re: Good instant coffee

    I once toured a tea factory in Sri Lanka and saw what went into a typical tea bag.

    It was literally all the floor sweepings of left over tea leaves and dust.

    I tell you, it put me off tea bags for years.


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    Oh no! I was joking! (well, sortof)

    Please tell me it wasnt Twinings. I subsist on Twinings teabags at work :-/

    Wonder what goes into those expensive little coffee bags...

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    Re: Good instant coffee

    Instant Coffee produced via the Freeze Dried Method - if done properly using will closely a match freshly brewed drip filter coffee.


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    I hate the tea bag dust crap you get in most teas Twinings et al. Tea Drop is doing a good job of using whole leaf teas.....love the convenience of the pyramid silk bags. You can see the tea and its good stuff.

    Metreo, not sure what kind of coffee youre putting in to your drip filter? No instant regardless of how well the freeze dried method is applied will match the flavour of a freshly ground, freshly brewed cup of drip! I guess this will always be true for me....I usually run a good SO through the drip at work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Metreo link=1215303990/20#24 date=1215526326
    Instant Coffee produced via the Freeze Dried Method - if done properly using will closely a match freshly brewed drip filter coffee.
    If its just instant, whatre the grounds left in the bag after "brewing"?

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    Re: Good instant coffee


    sorta back on topic for a sec...

    I tried a Jasper Coffee instant a couple of days ago.
    twas Fairtrade, Colombian arabica and not too bad either.
    (for instant anyway)
    ;)

    Mostly its a case of: "Ill have a tea thanks"




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    Re: Good instant coffee

    I am drinking nescafe now...7 teaspoon, no sugar no milk..just desperate for caffeine. Got a thumping headache.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rudy link=1215303990/20#28 date=1215582281
    I am drinking nescafe now...7 teaspoon, no sugar no milk..just desperate for caffeine. Got a thumping headache.
    Ever heard of Panadol? ::)

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    Sounds like the first coffee my daughter made for me.

    *Thinks "this is strong"

    Me: Darling, how many spoons of coffee did you use?
    Her: 5.
    Me: Why?
    Her: Thats how many spoons of Milo I put in my milk.
    Me: Mmmm...thanks.

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    Man...you are lucky not having a heart attack. I know I am close now.

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    Re: Good instant coffee

    Quote Originally Posted by short_black_fella link=1215303990/0#18 date=1215514650
    I know this is a coffee snobs website, but i find it funny that people are so snobbish about instant coffee, yet would prefer to drink supermarket tea instead??

    The difference between great tea and supermarket tea is like the difference between instant coffee and espresso, yet people dont mind settling for tea bag grade tea?
    Well, thats why were called Coffeesnobs, not Coffee&TeaSnobs... on that topic, Im sure some cs members here enjoy a KFC or 3, an instant pizza once a while, some takeaway chinese food, drive a bomb of a car... but wont put up with anything less than properly brewed coffee... were not connoiseurs of every good thing in life, just the coffee (and maybe another one or 2 other things)...
    Me, I wouldnt drink tea, good or instant. Just dont like tea. Id drink tap water instead if faced with the choice of instant or nothing.

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    You can buy good tea here occasionally.
    I bought some Darjeeling a while back and whilst I dont drink it, everyone I give some to loves it.
    I know its good and they all think Im a tea snob too.
    Maybe I am even though I dont drink it.

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    Re: Good instant coffee

    Quote Originally Posted by NewToEspresso link=1215303990/20#32 date=1215588508
    Quote Originally Posted by short_black_fella link=1215303990/0#18 date=1215514650
    I know this is a coffee snobs website, but i find it funny that people are so snobbish about instant coffee, yet would prefer to drink supermarket tea instead??

    The difference between great tea and supermarket tea is like the difference between instant coffee and espresso, yet people dont mind settling for tea bag grade tea?
    Well, thats why were called Coffeesnobs, not Coffee&TeaSnobs... on that topic, Im sure some cs members here enjoy a KFC or 3, an instant pizza once a while, some takeaway chinese food, drive a bomb of a car... but wont put up with anything less than properly brewed coffee... were not connoiseurs of every good thing in life, just the coffee (and maybe another one or 2 other things)...
    Me, I wouldnt drink tea, good or instant. Just dont like tea. Id drink tap water instead if faced with the choice of instant or nothing.
    Not to resort to name-calling or anything, but that attitude is a bit tryhard snobbish. Having an appreciation for fine coffee usually lends itself to a deeper appreciation of other foods or beverages.

    I just thought that with the tea industry having many similarities to the coffee industry that some may have an appreciation for finer teas. You obviously dont, so thats cool

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    hi short_black_fella

    I agree with your comments in that having an opportunity to tast a variety of coffees has also lead me to the same for Tea, the options and quality are probably as diverse as for coffee, not sure as i just purchase my full leaf tea from a small tea supplier and change types to suit moods i am in.

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    I live by the motto of "I wont serve it if I wont drink it."

    At my place youll get good (often really good) wine, fresh ground plunger coffee - now espresso, leaf tea, fresh squeezed juice, nice cold fresh milk, rain water, good beer or an aged single malt. *There might be some soft drink if the kids have a bottle open but Ill kick you out if you even suggest it and the malt go together.

    I presume the original question was asking for opinions on the better instants. *Unfortunately I cant give one. *Not from an ultra snobbish point of view, simply that I really dont enjoy it at all and avoid it like the plague.

    Tea on the other hand I declare Im a snob. *I rarely drink tea but if a guest wants one Ill share a pot. *And thats tea for me - leaf in a pot - or billy - anything else isnt tea for mine. *I wont serve it if I wont drink it.

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    I am ashamed to admit that I am game for anything coffee, therefore not quite a snob I should be.
    <but dont kick me out from this forum please>

    Back to topic I found mocona indulgence is drinkable for instant coffee, at the other end of the scale, hmm...anyone heard of Special Blend? That coffee is standard issue for pulpmill in New Zealand I used to work for. We call it black liquor...downright disgusting, cheapest/nastiest :P~

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    Quote Originally Posted by short_black_fella link=1215303990/20#34 date=1215595170
    Not to resort to name-calling or anything, but that attitude is a bit tryhard snobbish. *Having an appreciation for fine coffee usually lends itself to a deeper appreciation of other foods or beverages.

    I just thought that with the tea industry having many similarities to the coffee industry that some may have an appreciation for finer teas. *You obviously dont, so thats cool
    To start with I dont really even like espressos, I guess the purists would rule me out as a snob. In the present freedom we live in (aint Australia great), I get to choose how I spend my money, and I see buying anything apart from good (coffeesnob standard) coffee a waste. My reasons for not "appreciating" the other finer things like good tea, wine, etc... one is I dont like wine or tea, the other is I dont have enough money to spread around and spend on the other finer things so if I had to choose (which I do), Id choose coffee. Which is why I dont think youll ever see me in a BMW or dining regularly in Kobe Jones or Flower Drum... Even on coffee, I wish I had some of the available budgets that some here get to spend on a combo... Basic foundation of economics... the law of scarcity and choice.

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    Re: Good instant coffee

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    If you are going to have an instant coffee make sure its a quality freeze dried instant and make sure you dont pour boiling water over it. Just like you can burn roast and ground coffee and espresso coffee with boiling water you can burn instant coffee as well.

    Make sure you allow the water to rest after being boiled so it comes down to about 90 to 92 degrees celcius before you pour it over your instant coffee (this applies to instant powder, granules or freeze dried).

    Just experiment with the results you will be surprised - you will also find that if you are a "white and 2 sugar" person with intant you may even be able to reduce the amount of sugar you put into your instant coffee as well.




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