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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Why Arabica Coffee is Heading Higher…Much Higher

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The darling of this year’s commodity markets, arabica coffee, which at one point reached a return of 90% since the start of the year, has been taking a beating lately. On Friday, the July 14’ ICE coffee (KC) contract experienced its biggest one-day drop since 2011 of more than five percent, this after jumping 12 cents higher Thursday following Brazil’s Confab bureau announcement which cut the total coffee production estimate to 44.7 million bags.

The volatility has been wild in the past few months to say the least and it will probably continue, especially as the long-awaited harvest reports from Brazil start trickling in later this month.  If these initial reports come in more positive than expected, we can expect coffee to keep grinding lower in the short term.

Looking at the July 14’ coffee chart, major resistance sits at the March low of 166. If that breaks, the technical momentum…

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