So, is there such thing as great instant coffee? Many people say no, but frankly, I don’t always have the time or inclination to fire up the bean to cup machine and get brewing at home. Sometimes, for example when I get back from dropping the kids off at school, I just want to stick the kettle on in between other jobs. That morning routine is hectic to say the least – walk through the front door, put the kettle on, head to the office and fire up the computer so it can grind into life while I go back downstairs to make a quick hot drink. The computer is the only thing grinding at that time on a weekday, the coffee beans stay on the shelf!
I have three brands of instant that I swear by. The first two vary by what happens to be on offer in Asda, and it’s mostly their own brand of gold blend. If I’m lucky though with the current promotions on the shelves, I do prefer Nescafe’s equivalent. Those two are separated only on price, though. The third is the ‘posh’ instant, and I’m a sucker for Azera. It’s the Americano version I like best, and it’s a definite cut above the freeze dried instant varieties.
I’m sure I’m going to get people telling me I’m wrong, but while a freshly ground pile of beans is always going to win hands down, there’s something great about the convenience and speed of this as a trade off, and it’s not half bad either!