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    Question Which instant coffee?

    So, I know there has been a few coffee threads now. However, they have focused on machines and coffee beans etc. At home I use fresh coffee beans in my machine.

    However, at work, I have to use isntant coffee. For the past few years, I have been using Alta Rica. However, I have went off the taste now and find it a bit bitter. Maybe they have changed the composition of the coffee? I think lockdown (where I was able to use a variety of fresh beans and no instant) has ruined me.

    So, what instant coffee do people recommend?

    I have tried, Nescafe origonal, Gold blend, barista americano
    Lidl and Aldi coffee

    Can anyone point me in the right direction?

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    Re: Which instant coffee?

    I used to like the Kenco Smooth, but again after spoiled by the bean machine the last jar got thrown out for being too many years after the best before

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    Re: Which instant coffee?

    Kenco Smooth
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    Re: Which instant coffee?

    I'm not a coffeee aficionado by any stretch, but I like Nescase Azera Americano

    Has that smell of freshly brewed coffee, and gives a nice frothiness on the top, like coffee from a Cafetiere.

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    Re: Which instant coffee?

    If you have access to a kettle have you consider the aeropress? Its a lot more convenient than a French press and can give good coffee while its very small and just needs a kettle, ground coffee and a tiny pack of filters. Could be a good option if conditions allow? Just make sure you learn the inverted method. That way you can have real coffee... I know a lot of people like to take them camping. It took me real effort to get it just right (some beans work well at 95C and a quick plunge so no waiting) but was worth it.
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    Re: Which instant coffee?

    Quote Originally Posted by cheesemp View Post
    If you have access to a kettle have you consider the aeropress? Its a lot more convenient than a French press and can give good coffee while its very small and just needs a kettle, ground coffee and a tiny pack of filters. Could be a good option if conditions allow? Just make sure you learn the inverted method. That way you can have real coffee... I know a lot of people like to take them camping. It took me real effort to get it just right (some beans work well at 95C and a quick plunge so no waiting) but was worth it.
    Or even easier, a V60. This vid shows them grinding their own but pre ground works just as well. Takes me no longer than an instant coffee.

    https://youtu.be/sM3cB0i6ZZU

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    Re: Which instant coffee?

    The best thing about instant coffee...

    ...is cracking the seal on a new jar. It's all downhill after that.

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    Re: Which instant coffee?

    Get a single cup tea infuser and put ground coffee in it:
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?k=tea+inf...f=nb_sb_noss_2

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    Re: Which instant coffee?

    Just avoid anything with 'Nescafe' written on it.

    Mostly I just have whatever the Ttaskmistress buys in. Currently we have Cafe Direct and some Dowe Egberts.
    I like a smooth, gentle coffee with a heavy nuttiness to it... hazelnut, ideally, but I rarely find anything that really suits and can't be bothered messing around with expensive syrups.

    Maxwell House do a nice vanilla one that we have in the machine at work, but none of our local shops seem to have it.
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    Re: Which instant coffee?

    Quote Originally Posted by spacein_vader View Post
    Or even easier, a V60. This vid shows them grinding their own but pre ground works just as well. Takes me no longer than an instant coffee.

    https://youtu.be/sM3cB0i6ZZU

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    I guess it depends what you are looking for. This site has a good comparison: https://espressodojo.com/aeropress-vs-v60/

    I do like that even watered down the aeropress is decently strong (I like an americano style).
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    Re: Which instant coffee?

    Quote Originally Posted by cheesemp View Post
    I guess it depends what you are looking for. This site has a good comparison: https://espressodojo.com/aeropress-vs-v60/

    I do like that even watered down the aeropress is decently strong (I like an americano style).
    True. I compensate somewhat by going for a stronger blend in my V60.

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