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Old 11-04-09, 11:03 AM   #1
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Starbuck`s now makes instant over-roasted coffee.

Can you say "thanks for the product we never asked for"?
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Old 11-04-09, 11:12 AM   #2
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I'm not a coffee drinker, but I have to say this seems weird. They even claim it is hard to tell the difference between their instant coffee and their regular coffee. ?????

Why would people take the time to drive to a Starbucks if they weren't going to get a regular item? I can't picture people stocking up instant packets either, because most people who drink coffee have a coffee maker at home, at work or wherever. Unless you're going camping and are miles away from civilization why would you want it?
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my mom drinks this instant coffee stuff (gag) because she only drinks coffee a couple times a week, and doesn't keep a grinder & coffee maker around any more. She stopped because the beans got stale.

IMHO, go buy 1/4 lb a week from the bulk bin, then... instead of lowering your standards -that- much.
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I have a coffee maker at work, but I don't like the coffee available. Its tough to make your own coffee when the other workers already have a half-empty pot sitting there.

If i don't have time to make coffee at home before I leave (or don't buy some on the way in), thats when I use the instant coffee in my desk. I didn't like starbucks instant, I have taster's choice "columbian" as my emergency backup.
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I have a coffee maker at work, but I don't like the coffee available. Its tough to make your own coffee when the other workers already have a half-empty pot sitting there.

If i don't have time to make coffee at home before I leave (or don't buy some on the way in), thats when I use the instant coffee in my desk. I didn't like starbucks instant, I have taster's choice "columbian" as my emergency backup.
I'd go without before drinking instant! Egads!


Get up 10 minutes earlier and make a press pot and put it in a thermos. That's my setup.
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my mom drinks this instant coffee stuff (gag) because she only drinks coffee a couple times a week, and doesn't keep a grinder & coffee maker around any more. She stopped because the beans got stale.

IMHO, go buy 1/4 lb a week from the bulk bin, then... instead of lowering your standards -that- much.
I've started keeping a little instant coffee around because occasionally I could really use a cup, and I don't want regular coffee or a coffee maker around. I like it too much and will drink it if it's there. I got addicted to caffeine once and decided I'm not ok with it.

I'm also not very picky about my coffee. Folgers and Yuban never hurt anyone.
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I'd go without before drinking instant! Egads! Get up 10 minutes earlier and make a press pot and put it in a thermos. That's my setup.
yeah, I`ll make 8 shots of espresso to put in a thermos, and then add it to hot water when I want a cup.
It might be better than what they serve on planes, so I guess it might work for some people.
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I'd go without before drinking instant! Egads!
Get up 10 minutes earlier and make a press pot and put it in a thermos. That's my setup.
Thats my usual as well. My rare but special talent is turning off my alarm and instantly falling back to sleep, to wake up with 10 minutes to catch the next train before I'm noticably late for work, and no memory of the alarm ever going off.
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yeah, I`ll make 8 shots of espresso to put in a thermos, and then add it to hot water when I want a cup.
It might be better than what they serve on planes, so I guess it might work for some people.
reminds me of the coffee I got on a short hop flight, prop plane. It was black colored water and I could see to the bottom of the 3" tall white cup.
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Starbuck`s now makes instant over-roasted coffee.

Can you say "thanks for the product we never asked for"?
Sadly a lot of people in the States think that coffee should be over roasted and oily. Yuk. Here in Europe I drink dark roasted coffee. When I go to the States I buy the lightest roast I can find, which is still darker than what I drink at home.
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yeah, I`ll make 8 shots of espresso to put in a thermos, and then add it to hot water when I want a cup.
It might be better than what they serve on planes, so I guess it might work for some people.
When I first got my espresso maker a few months ago, I just had 6 or 8 espresso shots in a cup as my "cup of coffee".



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reminds me of the coffee I got on a short hop flight, prop plane. It was black colored water and I could see to the bottom of the 3" tall white cup.
That's how my grandparents made it. I think it was probably something they did to save money back in the depression days. They put in 1 or 2 scoops of Maxwell House for an entire pot of coffee. You could see to the bottom of the normal sized coffee cup. Then they'd reuse the grounds and put less scoops in the next day.

When I stayed there once, I made a pot of coffee in the morning not knowing their routine. I used 4 scoops for a pot (which I considered normal). My grandfather complained all morning that he could "chew" his coffee.
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I've started keeping a little instant coffee around because occasionally I could really use a cup, and I don't want regular coffee or a coffee maker around. I like it too much and will drink it if it's there. I got addicted to caffeine once and decided I'm not ok with it.

I'm also not very picky about my coffee. Folgers and Yuban never hurt anyone.
+1. Since I only drink coffee at home on the weekends (get it free in the office during the week), and my wife wants nothing to do with the stuff, I drink instant at home. We do have a camping percolator, a french press, and ground regular and decaf for when we have company, but I very rarely bother to get it out for myself.

But Starbucks instant is predestined to suck... and make them tons of money.
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+1. Since I only drink coffee at home on the weekends (get it free in the office during the week), and my wife wants nothing to do with the stuff, I drink instant at home. We do have a camping percolator, a french press, and ground regular and decaf for when we have company, but I very rarely bother to get it out for myself.
I generally don't even drink it at work unless I'm having trouble staying alert. The headaches after having busy weeks that cut into my sleep convinced me pretty effectively that voluntarily addicting myself to something was a bad decision.
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I buy 100 paper filters every 4 months or so and I bring coffee grounds to the office. So much better then Starbucks or what the crapeteria downstairs offers, and a helluva lot cheaper too.
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I don't quite understand - Starbucks tried for awhile to go up-market (Black Apron coffees that costed $15/half LB, now they're going the total opposite. Instant coffee isn't good...I don't know how they can talk out of both sides of their mouth, upscale and low-brow.

To those of you who like espresso but don't want to drop tons of cash on a in-home machine I highly recommend the Aerobie coffee press:

Perfect for home, even better if you're travelling.
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When I stayed there once, I made a pot of coffee in the morning not knowing their routine. I used 4 scoops for a pot (which I considered normal). My grandfather complained all morning that he could "chew" his coffee.
I get that too if I make the coffee at family gatherings. They're all used to weak coffee, so if I make it with a proper amount of grounds, they can't believe how strong it is.

I keep one of those Melitta holders at work, too. I grind my coffee at home before I leave, then make it in the kitchen upstairs.

And to the Charbucks--I wouldn't be at all surprised if the instant tastes the same as their regular brew, since their regular brew is burned, anyway.
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reminds me of the coffee I got on a short hop flight, prop plane. It was black colored water and I could see to the bottom of the 3" tall white cup.
There's nothing weak about the coffee I make that way. It's basicly a Cafe' Americano. Strong, dark, and full of flavor.
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Starbuck`s now makes instant over-roasted coffee.

Can you say "thanks for the product we never asked for"?
I am not a Starbucks drinker. Think their regular coffee is spiked with battery acid it's so acidic. I'm not an instant drinker, either.

Being said, who the heck cares if they introduce a product to compete with the Folgers and Taster's Choices of the supermarket aisle.

Some people just want their caffeine. And they want it now. So an instant packet is the preferred caffeine delivery system for them. So what?
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Remember people, proper coffee strength is 2 tbsp grounds/8 oz. cup. Hearing 4 scoops per pot made me cry a little.



I love coffee.
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I generally don't even drink it at work unless I'm having trouble staying alert. The headaches after having busy weeks that cut into my sleep convinced me pretty effectively that voluntarily addicting myself to something was a bad decision.
Yeah, 99% of the time I am a decaf drinker.
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Remember people, proper coffee strength is 2 tbsp grounds/6 oz. cup. Hearing 4 scoops per pot made me cry a little.



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Remember people, proper coffee strength is 2 tbsp grounds/8 oz. cup. Hearing 4 scoops per pot made me cry a little.



I love coffee.
First....amount of coffee per water is dependent on the brewing method.

Frankly...when I did 4 scoops per pot, that was back before I knew anything about coffee. I don't even do drip coffee, so I wouldn't have a clue how many scoops would be appropriate.
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I'd go without before drinking instant! Egads!


Get up 10 minutes earlier and make a press pot and put it in a thermos. That's my setup.
Dooood - I've even been known to nuke the day before's instant coffee ... for a cup of that recharged joy.
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Dooood - I've even been known to nuke the day before's instant coffee ... for a cup of that recharged joy.
Yes, I know. When I think of you, I work REALLY HARD to not think of how you treat coffee consumption (most of what you drink I wouldn't even call coffee).

Please don't remind me....it just makes me die a little more inside each time.


I've been upping Couchy's coffee profile even more than it already was (and it was already decent). Hopefully, he'll be setting you right in due time.
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