(Picture taken in Leon, Nicaragua at Surfing Turtle Hostel)
This thought has been brewing in my head for quite sometime now, especially since I have moved to the instant coffee capital of the world, (not really just relatively saying) Europe. Why is instant coffee such a staple and so popular here? Of course there is ground coffee, as I say, regular coffee here as well, but it seems the most common or even perhaps preferred cup of Joe is filled with little granules of Nescafe instant coffee.
Ok, ok… yes we have instant coffee in the states but it is not a common choice of coffee or found regularly like I have found in Europe. The very first time I tried instant coffee was actually in San Ignacio, Belize. In a hostel, Lower Dover, on the morning of my birthday 2 years ago. (Don’t worry, I will definitely have another post about my time traveling in Belize because it’s actually a huge life changer.) Anywho, when first taking on the task of making my first cup of instant coffee I felt like an idiot because I did not know how, haha I know, idiot. Soon realizing afterwards that, Wow… it really is as easy as adding hot water and milk and sugar if you choose to the coffee granules. Upon first sip of said cup of instant coffee, I instantly thought, ew. Dirt.
Let’s just say at this point it has grown on me. One might even go as far as saying I actually enjoy it now. I enjoy instant coffee that once tasted like dirt to me. Considering my boyfriend, Jon and I just bought a spanking new coffee maker, I am going to keep this tidbit of information to myself. We spent a pretty euro on a Nescafe Dulce Gusto Oblo. Side note: when I say a “pretty euro”, does it work the same way as saying a “pretty penny?” The Oblo is a bright orange color and brings a pretty fun vibe into the kitchen while bringing that ‘real’ coffee sensation back in the mornings!
After pondering this coffee debacle I went to the knower of all things, the internet, for some advice. From perfectgrinddaily.com I discovered that I actually am right in thinking that Europe is somewhat the ‘instant coffee capital’ with 77% of the UK drinking instant coffee and only 7% of the US.
Pondering this extremely random thought about coffee, I put together some facts about instant coffee and ground coffee:
- Instant coffee actually has less caffeine than ground coffee.
- Both instant and ground coffee are slammed with antioxidants- win!
- There is less clean up with instant coffee and no need to dispose of coffee grounds.
- Instant coffee is cheaper and you also spare yourself the cost of a coffee maker.
- Ground coffee tends to be fuller and flavorsome due to the essential oils still in tact.
With all these random thoughts laid on the table and out of my head, I can say that living in Europe I have come to enjoy instant coffee and it’s slowly becoming the norm for me now. To be quite frank, I am a sluggish slug in the morning so anyway I can get that spark of caffeine will do.
Give me all the coffee!!
Instant coffee or ground coffee? Which do you prefer?