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Jul 26, 2006 11:53 AM

Best Instant Coffee

I know this is a pretty profane subject for anyone who appreciates well-brewed coffee, but I'm curious: what's the best instant coffee out there?

(To defend myself's an easy alternative to brewed when it comes to making a quick iced coffee)

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  1. When I'm in a rush for a quickie cup of coffee, I reach for Taster's Choice. I've never tried it in iced coffee though. I have had it as a Cafe con Leche, and it's not that bad at that. The flavor is not as strong, but it does it's trick.

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    1. re: sandrina

      The Taster's Choice Gourmet Roast (mine is brewed w/ rather much more than recommended) tastes better than the red label 'regular' but Medaglia d'Oro (sp?) is better still.

    2. One of Nicholson Baker's little novels -- "Room Temperature," I think -- has a wonderful little passage about his father's recipe for iced instant coffee with milk, and his dreams of someday canning it under the name Cafe Ole.

      1. Not exactly instant coffee, but Coffee Toddy makes a "pouch" of cold brew that can be used to make hot or iced coffee. My mom is a big fan of cold brewed coffee (it extracts less acid which is more gentle on her sensitive tummy). She recently tried the new packaged cold brew coffee, and loves it!

        Here are links:

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        1. re: Non Cognomina

          Toddy coffee is WONDERFUL for the iced stuff -- its low acidity translates much better to iced coffee than to hot coffee.

        2. Medaglio d'Oro, instant espresso. Just mix it up like regular instant. A can got me thru China, back when coffe was tough to find there....

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          1. re: galleygirl

            I second the madaglia d'oro instant. I love it bitter and thick with a twist of lemon. Doesn't taste good necessarily, but it will do if circumstances warrant.

              1. re: hertzdonut

                "Doesn't taste good necessarily"

                And this is what you recommend? Hell, I want some - but only if you can guarantee it doesn't taste good most of the time.

            1. Where do you buy the instant espresso? I've looked for it before.

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