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What's the "best" widely-available instant coffee?

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    Posted: 16 September 2016 at 13:52
I know, it's a loaded question from the start, but I do have a reason.

I'm looking for the best, widely-available instant coffee possible. Full-bodied, rich, roasty and just flat-out good-tasting, with an emphasis on the "savory" aspect of coffee, if possible.

Our choices are very limited up here in Siberia (whoops, I mean north-central Montana! ), so please don't get too esoteric on me!

Thanks in advance -

Ron
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote pitrow Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 September 2016 at 14:49
depends on what you're doing with it, but when I'm camping or somewhere without a coffee maker I'm a bit partial to the Folgers Coffee Singles. It's instant coffee and regular coffee mixed in a dunk bag like tea. To me it tastes better than just straight instant coffee. But obviously if you're wanting to use the instant in cooking or brewing that's not going to work for you.
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You're right, Mike - I forgot to mention what I needed to know for.

When I was visiting a friend this past summer, I sampled some home-made coffee liqueur (non-creamy) that his wife had made, and it was incredible. The best aspects of it were those described in my post above, and I was seriously impressed with the flavour, as it had an amazing balance between sweetness (from the added sugar) and savory-richness. There was some serious umami going on, and it reminded me in a way of a really, really good soy or teriyaki sauce; I know that sounds weird, but it's true.

Just thinking about it now makes my mouth water!

Even more impressive was that it was made using instant coffee, rather than some "fancy-schmancy" gourmet stuff.

Anyway, he wrote down the recipe, which is actually pretty easy, but his wife was out of town at the time and he couldn't remember the brand of instant coffee that she used.

Judging by the taste of the liqueur, I'd wager heavily that it is coffee from Arabica beans, but beyond that, I wouldn't have a clue.

Hope this helps -

Ron
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Seems to me, for that usage, instant espresso would be the way to go.

I know that when making coffee panna cotta, the espresso brings a richness and depth of flavor lacking in regular instant.

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I was thinking along the same lines, Brook - we do have this brand available here in the area:



I'll pick some up and give it a shot. I'll also post the recipe here as soon as I can.

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For anyone interested, here is the recipe etc.:

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Ron, 


Wow ..  Fascinating ..  

Definitely Instant Espresso  .. 


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