Instant Coffee Revisited


As mentioned in an earlier post, I have begun drinking instant coffee again. And I must say I enjoyed the first ten drinks or so! The familiar roasty taste of Nescafe made me nostalgic and is instantly recognizable. As a product, instant coffee really is unbeatable.

But instant coffee can only do so much for the palate. Drinking Nescafe Gold and International Roast on some occasions, and specialty coffee on others, it quickly became apparent that instant coffee captures only a slice of the spectrum of aromas and flavours offered up by proper brewed coffee. It’s rather like listening to music through a hi-fi system, and then the same music through tinny computer speakers. You just don’t get the whole picture with the latter.

What prompted me to look closer at instant coffee is this comment from

“Even instant coffee has the components responsible for stimulation of our taste…

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Coffee Diaspora


The coffees emerged from the African continent – Ethiopia and Republic of Congo (then a Belgian colony) – way back, borne on the waves of trade and commerce, and of course an addiction for the magic brew which gave clarity of thought. The ‘original’ arabica coffee, as one may call it, emerged from Ethiopia during what some think was the 6th century, and went to Yemen to be cultivated for export and to a lesser extent, local consumption. In the 1500-1600s coffee was exported up from Yemen to Turkey, from where coffee fever took hold of Western and Northern Europe (the average Fin consumes 12kg of coffee per year; the most coffee per capita in the world). From there, coffee was brought to the United States; at the same time, it is thought that arabica was smuggled to India.

A route through which Latin America received arabica was through the Caribbean. Seeds had been brought…

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