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    Hi not sure if Im allowed to talk about instant coffee here ;D

    Anyway the one and only cafe at my workplace serves "espresso" but in name only.

    Its absolutely awful and honestly my Cafe Roma with pre-grind from the supermarket outperforms them!!!

    Anyway in order to save money Ive decided to boycott them and drink instant instead.

    Is enjoying instant coffee just a sign of how poor my taste in coffee is?

    What is the general consensus among "Snobs" about instant coffee??

    Hopefully this doesnt result me in being banned 8-)

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    Re: Instant Coffee - taboo topic?

    hi ahmadnz welcome to coffee snobs, The great snobs here will not treat you too harshly about (fake coffee) instant. :-?
    sounds like you dont have much choice near your work place .however *if you can put up with the inferior taste of fake coffee ! keep on keepin on.

    you say you *have a machine at home try fresh beans ground on demand at home , from a good roastery near you .so this means you will need a grinder however ! lots of good info on this site about grinders etc, just do a search.


    maybe talk your boss into buying a coffee combo package at work or have a reputable mobile barista call into your work place .
    worth a try , good luck .
    happy sippin
    V. *;D * * *The journey begins with just one sip and you will *be hooked. ;)

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    First the strange silence. Then the whispering in the darkness. Then the sound grows as the muttering and grumbling builds to a roar that makes it hard to hear the peacemakers calling for calm. Across all this the shrieks of the pitchforks on the grindstones and the clang of the anvils as portafilters are beaten into lethal short stabbing swords. Then they surge forward, each trying to be the first to lay the evil to rest. Run Ahmadnz! For the love of coffee ruuunnn....

    That aside, nah - sometimes you just gotta drink instant. Go for it.


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    as long as you KNOW deep down in your heart that what your drinking isnt coffee how god intended... no worries :)

    on a funnier side note.. my cousins friend from israel got into an argument at a cafe cause he wanted a nescafe (in his words a normal coffee) and the guy told him they didnt serve nescafe. neither of them could believe it.

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    Take the $3 a time saved and put it toward a new toy for home I say :)

    Some instant in a pinch is drinkable but I find needing sugar and a lot of milk to do it.

    Other fix is to buy a small S/Steel plunger or Aeropress (bouncable) for work and take in some preground from home. I used to do this and had even taken in a small electric pourover drip machine when I had my own office (used to really piss off the boss ;) )

    Make the best of a bad situation I say.


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    Ok thanks! So now that the ice is broken....

    Is it unusual that I should consider my instant coffee of superior taste to poorly brewed espresso?

    Would snobs here, when pushed, drink instant, bad espresso, or neither?

    I should say that my instant is "superior" - at least in terms of cost :p

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    I havent had an "instant coffee" in many years. I dont even consider "instant" to BE coffee. When "instant" is all thats available Ill drink water or chocolate milk.

    However you can talk about it all you want.

    My preferred solution for work was to freshly grind some beans before I left and make a french press or filtered coffee when I got there. The smell of fresh coffee would often drive some "instant" drinkers nuts!--I considered this an additional bonus. ;D

    Strangely enough, in years of doing this only one or two people went from "instant" to real coffee. The others just dont care enough to do the extra work--*shrug*.

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    My work situation is one where taking a jar of instant is feasible, but I dont have a safe place to keep any equipment to be honest.

    So yeah thats why this is my "best of a bad situation", and when coffee here costs $4 NZD, thats throwing away money I could invest into my dream MM/Silvia :p

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    I sometimes grind some coffee in the morning to take to work and make it in a one mug plunger. I only take one shot though because Im not prepared to waste it if I dont have time.

    After that I just resort to Moccona but like Greg I dont think of it as coffee, its just another drink like tea or cola.

    Since I have been drinking fresh ground coffee I have gone off sugar but still sometimes need a little with instant. I put the milk in before the hot water and it works slightly better.


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    Re: Instant Coffee - taboo topic?

    Have an extra one at home before you go, or buy some takeaway cups, or a good thermos.

    If you reheat a home coffee, its better than instant. The thermos will keep it warm for quite a while though.

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    Ok Moccona is what I buy. And for right or wrong reasons, I actually dont mind the taste.

    Better laboratories maybe? ;)

    And I watched a program on TV about how they make instant coffee. Pretty much dehydrated coffee brew right? So yes you lose in the process but it is in essence "real coffee" right? Perhaps not to snobs ;)

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    Re: Instant Coffee - taboo topic?

    i guess its real coffee in the same way that mc donalds is "real" food

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    Oh No! Now youve gone and done it. You called it real coffee! Doesnt the smell of burning pitch and the chanting give you any sort of hint?

    Next time you are somewhere with a really good coffee shop (NZ snobs help out here), take your $4.00 and get a point of comparison. Good instant is ok but it just doesnt stack up with freshly ground freshly roasted coffee.



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    Does drinking milk coffee mask the properties of espresso?

    Someone name me "good" coffee in Dunedin, New Zealand please :)

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    I am sure there is a Scottish sheep joke here somewhere ;D I struggled to get a really good coffee in NZ last time I was there so I settled for the beer instead :)

    Still recommend you have a look at the Aeropress as they go on top of the cup you are drinking from and give a good strong black coffee. Not an espresso shot but not bad. The other good thing is that no one will knock it off as it looks like a few bits of Tupperware ;)

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    Re: Instant Coffee - taboo topic?

    Quote Originally Posted by soupy link=1226098580/0#11 date=1226111654
    i guess its real coffee in the same way that mc donalds is "real" food

    Hey MacDonalds cooks to order now, that makes it real food. And it taste better too, just look at the happy faces on the customers waiting for the not so fast anymore swill.

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    Sounds like my old job where we had a full auto machine which made flavoured brown as I used to call it, being the only coffee snob in the office got me quite a reputation through the whole company... Always going to the tea room with plunger and beans in hand (ground at home that morning, so not perfect I know) to make a nice coffee that at least tasted like coffee

    Poor plunger has now been relegated to the cupboard, cant bear to sell it as it was my first foray into coffee snobbing

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    Re: Instant Coffee - taboo topic?

    Quote Originally Posted by fishinglizard1972 link=1226098580/0#15 date=1226116501
    Quote Originally Posted by soupy link=1226098580/0#11 date=1226111654
    i guess its real coffee in the same way that mc donalds is "real" food

    Hey MacDonalds cooks to order now, that makes it real food. *And it taste better too, just look at the happy faces on the customers waiting for the not so fast anymore swill.
    Hate to break it to you, but McDonalds "makes" burgers to order, they dont mention cooking in their ads. This is because the patties are cooked in advance and held until the orders come in. Then the burger is "made" using a precooked patty and presliced salad. Otherwise youd be waiting around 10 minutes for your order, and that is unacceptable to most Maccas customers.

    I thought I was incapable of drinking instant, and hadnt had any for a couple of years, including two hospital stays. Then I moved house. The machines were transported and parked on their new bench, I knew where the coffee and paraphernalia were, there was only one hitch. The electricity company hadnt connected the power, and were unable to do so until the next day. So no coffee that day. Got to work the following day and was faced with another day of drinking tea (no disrespect to tea drinkers intended) and a day long staff meeting. So I headed for the instant. It was ugly, but it was caffeine. I suspect that it will be a long time before I drink instant again, but that day it wasnt a hard choice.

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    Re: Instant Coffee - taboo topic?

    Quote Originally Posted by Viviane link=1226098580/20#20 date=1226129189
    Hate to break it to you, but McDonalds "makes" burgers to order, they dont mention cooking in their ads. *This is because the patties are cooked in advance and held until the orders come in. Then the burger is "made" using a precooked patty and presliced salad. *Otherwise youd be waiting around 10 minutes for your order, and that is unacceptable to most Maccas customers.
    10 minutes?.....uhm...no.

    I will correct you here. The most time you will wait for an order is 2 minutes.

    The meat is precooked, and this only is in holding for a small amount of time. Maccas now have a policy of "cook less more often" therefore suppling the customer with a fresh product. There is no longer the "production bin" where the burgers were made and left for awhile.

    Anyway, back on topic.

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    Thanks Linda, but I was saying that if the patties werent precooked THEN it would take 10 minutes to fill orders. For the record, I do eat McDonalds on occasion, and was by no means knocking them, simply correcting someones assumption that burgers were cooked to order. In fact very little cafe or restaurant food is completely cooked to order - there is almost always some degree of preparation done in advance.

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    Thats it I have been betrayed by a clown, cancel the wedding reception, where going to see the colonel.......here chook chook chook, *now thats real food

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