I’ve been into ‘real’ coffee for a few months (aeropress and hasbean subscription anyhow, can’t be arsed with anything more complicated/expensive) but still don’t mind the odd cup of instant, Alta Rica tastes pretty good IMO but you just don’t get any depth of flavour and it’s crap without milk.Posted 7 years agoCougarSubscriber
I drink both. I like proper coffee but don’t like the faff (and am not prepared to lock myself into a cartridge system based on the Gilette pricing model). I barely have time to get dressed of a morning when I’m going to work, so it’s instant coffee or no coffee. Too much blood in my caffeine stream makes for a grumpy Cougar.
At the moment, I’m tending towards Dowe Egberts and Kenko ‘Really Rich’ as weapons of choice. Both are superior to anything Nestlé ever came up with. Quite partial to Alta Rica as well though.Posted 7 years agoStonerSubscriber
I use Starbucks Via when Im in the London office (The office “coffee” is catering tin of nescafe instant) – I keep a load of sachets in my work bag and they are excellent for an “instant” coffee. They are bloody expensive though, but for 3 or 4 decent cups one day a week, I think it’s worth it.
I think its about £4 for 10 or something.Posted 7 years agoatlazMember
I make a fresh pot every other day or so. Nothing to do with snobbery, just don’t like instant as much as fresh and the extra 3-4 mins to make a pot fresh isn’t that problematic. As for milk, not sure where I’ve ever been where people use 50-50 milk to coffee outside the milky coffee drinks (latte, cappuccino etc) so it’s not just a British thing. I like just a splash at most.
If you can get some, try some coffee from Monmouth coffee (yes, it’s in “That London”), excellent stuff. Problem is it vanishes in our house as Mrs Atlaz works from home and she drinks it all day.Posted 7 years agoernie_lynchMember
Whilst “the real thing” might well be more desirable, our modern busy lifestyles often leaves one needing an instant quick-fix solution to satisfy a sudden urge.
For that reason, I also like carry one of these around with me. Just in case I get a sudden irresistible urge to carry out a random act of insurrection…..
Posted 7 years agorootes1Member
Instant coffee – One of the world’s most pointless inventions
Don’t think of instant as poor coffee but a delicious drink in its own right…
if you set the boundary of expectation correctly (i.e. don’t think that it is coffee) then it can be very nice..
stir in a couple of heaps into a mug of hot milk… yumPosted 7 years agoIdleJonSubscriber
As for milk, not sure where I’ve ever been where people use 50-50 milk to coffee outside the milky coffee drinks (latte, cappuccino etc) so it’s not just a British thing. I like just a splash at most.
The Italian cafes in the Welsh valleys (Cresci’s etc) tended to make it that way as ‘normal’ coffee. 50:50 instant coffee:hot frothy milk.Posted 7 years agoElfinsafetyMember
Never ceases to amaze me the snobbery involved with coffee, much akin to the snobbery in the choice of wine .
This is why I like beer. Because with beer, it really is all about the taste, and not the lifestyle. Although there will always be snobs wherever you look.
Me and Capn’ Flash could sit down together and enjoy beer, and it’s got now to do with the cost, or how many digestive tracts it’s been through, or any of that poncy guff. It’s just beer. And whilst there may be a small difference in the price of a pint/bottle depending on what it is, it’s not like you get stupidly expensive beers like you do with wine.
I’m quite happy being a philistine. It makes life simpler, and I don’t feel the need to have to possess some expensive coffee maker and freshly-ground beans etc, less my peers think me inferior.
I bet most folk prattling on about ‘real coffee’ couldn’t tell the difference between civet cat shat coffee and supermarket instant, in a blind test….Posted 7 years agoWoodySubscriber
Oh dear, I must confess to being a coffee peasant. In fact I’ll drink anything with caffeine in it that is hot and wet – which thankfully rules out RedBull’esque concoctions.
My current tipple is Spar’s own brand at £1.45 a jar which I ‘re-brand’ into a jar of Douwe Egberts purely because I like the sealed top. Works for me!Posted 7 years agoIdleJonSubscriber
I bet most folk prattling on about ‘real coffee’ couldn’t tell the difference between civet cat shat coffee and supermarket instant, in a blind test….
I’d have thought that any idiot could tell the difference between instant and ground coffee?
Whether a snobby coffee drinker could tell the difference between a coffee from a cheap filter machine compared to an expensive beans to cup thing is what I’d question.Posted 7 years ago
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