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Old 11-03-2006, 06:36 AM   #31
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Originally Posted by buckytom
i'm just curious, what kind of horrid event would cause you to drink instant coffee?
How about in the event of a natural disaster where you're boiling water on a grill or in a fireplace since plugging in the coffee maker won't get you anywhere?

I wish I could recall the name of the instant coffee this guy served where I used to work (we're talking 1977 or so)... had a red label and I think it started with a K. It wasn't anything I'd ever heard of before. Not Nescafe or Tasters Choice freeze-dried crap. It was a powder but it tasted like a nice rich freshly roasted cup of coffee. I can almost see the label in my mind. It will come to me eventually.


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Old 11-03-2006, 07:22 AM   #32
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We never drink instant coffee - I don't buy it. BUT, I have had some very good instant coffee in the past - the problem was no two cups were ever the same, even if they were made exactly alike. DH drinks quite a lot of coffee and I drink 1/2 to 1 cup in the morning and another 1/2 in early afternoon. I like it a lot, just don't drink that much. I try to drink water instead of everything else.

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Old 11-03-2006, 06:52 PM   #33
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I think it just fine serving instant coffee to a guest. It is the company and conversation that really matters. You seem to be a good host/hostess? just by wondering if this is ok. I have been to Asia many times and serve instant coffe in my home there. A coffee drinker can usually choke it down if my conversation is better than coffee.
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Old 11-03-2006, 07:48 PM   #34
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I just looked and it seems I do have some instant coffee in my kitchen though I cannot say why. I would never drink the stuff and I would never serve a guest something I would not consume.

You can look for a Gevalia offer. They sell very good coffee. When you sign up many times they will send you a free coffee-maker. You can get about a lb of coffee AND a coffee maker for about $25.00. Freeze the coffee and it lasts nearly forever and you have a coffee maker!

I'm currently using a 12 cup coffee maker from them and I have a 4 cup in the attic....

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Old 11-03-2006, 08:02 PM   #35
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It depends on your local culture and the quality of the available product. When I lived in Australia, instant coffee was pretty good and commonly used. When I moved back to the U.S. I bought what I thought was a quality product and it was positively vile. In addition, I found it fairly hard to find something as simple as an electric kettle in which to boil water. Of course I now prefer nicely brewed quality coffee from ground beans, but I must admit that I have a jar of Nestle Classico in my desk drawer at work, where they use Folger's drip in the machine.... yuck!
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Old 11-04-2006, 12:40 AM   #36
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I won't use instant coffee even in Australia Z ! I think life is too short to drink instant coffee and i would prefer tea or anything else to instant coffee! You can buy a plunger very cheaply and just keep that for visitors if you don't drink coffee yourself. I have a moccona/ philips Senseo machine which makes very quick coffee easily but is still "proper" coffee, I think they are available elsewhere in th world. they are only about $120AU.
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Old 11-04-2006, 12:52 AM   #37
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I used to drink instant cofee but i think the taste is too organic so everyday i would wake up a little eariler and make my own coffee.
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Old 11-04-2006, 06:27 AM   #38
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Shoot me down in flames people... ....

I drink HEAPS of instant coffee these days. And, I only drink decafe as my BP aint the best, but after 10 years living in Italy making AND drinking copious amounts of the stuff I happily now drink instant. And I like it!! OK, so once a day I have a ristretto at a bar or Cafe.

I have no idea what your instant coffee is like in Thailand, never had it there, but if you do feel the need to supply ' proper' coffee then a moka as has been suggested, would be a great, cheap way to go. Plus, I can tell you that most Italian households use a moka, NOT a fancy machine for their daily coffee fixes. At home when I do make ' proper' coffee, I use Lavazza, made in a moka. In fact I have 4 sizes of them.
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Old 11-04-2006, 09:17 AM   #39
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Invest in a cafetiere. Sizes from one cup, upwards. It's as quick to make coffee in one of those as it is to brew a nice cup of tea.
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Old 11-04-2006, 04:32 PM   #40
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I don't drink instant coffee - I only like the taste of real coffee. I wish I could be of some help to you but I have no idea what the name of the coffee you are trying to remember is.

Good luck.


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