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The Gold Standard
on 25 April 2014
Let's face it; this is the only generally-available instant coffee that doesn't taste like pants.
I've tried others - usually unwillingly - but apart from the odd short-life special blend (usually freeze-dried by the same company) I've always felt like I've drunk a ditch.
My mother, famously, made the worst coffee in the world, using Mellow B(custard) though sometimes Max Houseroom and always with a bizarre combination of milk and ersatz coffee-creamer, hand whisked and ladled from container to container and re-whisked or stirred at different stages of the complex operation like a perverse alchemical work of great significance. it tasted awful, scarred me for life and it drove me to finding the perfect coffee which is why I now have a kitchen full of mocha pots, caffetieres, espresso machines, filters and percolators. I use them all, but my standard, hassle-free fallback is Gold Blend.
I miss you, mom. I don't miss your coffee.
Sometimes instant hits the spot better than "real" coffee - it's a mood thing.
This stuff tasted great from a thermos. I normally knock up a litre and stick it under my desk and chug it between coffee breaks.
Oh - my father has a Gold Blend jar, from which he makes "coffee." I have no idea what's in it - he claims it's GB - but it too tastes like pants. Maybe there's a 50 Kilo container of some_thing_ my mother bought lurking in the cellar that he's decanting into it ? He doesn't whisk, stir and froth, though.