There are some who will baulk at the notion of praising instant coffee granules.
I know this, because I know them.
They hate instant coffee – it's a waste of drinking time, they say, not worth the water it's made from. Better to drink the real stuff, freshly (or as fresh as vacuum-sealed bags can offer) ground coffee made with freshly boiled water. "Instant?" they say. "No thanks." Apparently they'd rather drink water. Or, horror of all horrors, another flavour of caffeinated beverage instead.
I get where they're coming from, to a point. There's no doubt that those brown misshapen granules don't taste as potent, as fresh (though I'm not sure you can ever describe the taste of coffee as "fresh") as the coffee made from shiny beans ground down to a fine powder. The instant stuff isn't quite as smooth, as tangy, perhaps. No matter what the clever adverts on the TV tell you, it just doesn't taste the same. But then, and here's where the coffee snobs and I differ, who cares? The instant stuff doesn't taste bad, though I have heard it described as "disgusting" in the past by some coffee puritans. Instant coffee tastes like (and I know this is a shocking assertion) coffee, just a slightly different version of it.
Perhaps my standards aren't that high, or my tastebuds not as sensitive, but give me a cup of instant coffee and I will happily drink it. In fact I'll enjoy it, even more so if it's served with a slice of cake.
The instant naysayers argue that it's because I take my coffee with milk and sugar (also a heinous crime in some coffee-drinking circles apparently) that I can enjoy this lesser brew.
They argue that if I drank a black espresso then my opinion would change altogether. I'm not so sure. Besides coffee tastes better with milk and sugar anyway...
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