October 16, 2012 5:48 pm at 5:48 pm #605223
What is your favorite brand of instant coffee? I am getting bored of regular tasters choice and want to hear what you guys n gals think is good.October 16, 2012 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm #902120
Taster’s Choice.October 16, 2012 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm #902121
DISCLAIMER: ALL instant coffees taste bad. Which one tastes the least bad, would probably be a better (if it’s grammatically correct) question. IMO Tasters Choice French Roast.October 16, 2012 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm #902122estherhamalkaMember
I love my Keurig!October 16, 2012 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm #902123EnglishmanMember
I actually like instant coffee better than brewed (i.e. Gevalia).October 17, 2012 12:24 am at 12:24 am #902124
They make instant?October 17, 2012 12:42 am at 12:42 am #902125
Starbucks Via (very expensive, though). Otherwise, Taster’s Choice French Roast.October 17, 2012 3:44 am at 3:44 am #902126
Taster’s Choice FR (but I am a diehard REAL coffee maker, and will only drink instant if forced to (like on Shabbos). Otherwise I make my own fresh coffee, with a one cup drip (Melitta)and filter, lighten it with half and half, and add a little Sweet and Low.October 17, 2012 4:44 am at 4:44 am #902127
Taster’s Choice, Instant. The fastest method of getting my brain caffeinated. (ratio of how many tea spoons hot water to cups of instant, I do not disclose)October 17, 2012 5:44 am at 5:44 am #902128
ZK: you really cracked me up!October 17, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am #902129
Otherwise I make my own fresh coffee
Ok, let’s take this in a different direction. What’s the best fresh coffee? I like some of the Gevalia limited edition varieties, and Dunkin’ Donuts medium roast is pretty good. Oddly, I liked the Dunkin’ Decaf even more, but I haven’t seen it around.October 17, 2012 1:23 pm at 1:23 pm #902130NaysbergMember
Isn’t Dunkin cholov stam?October 17, 2012 1:35 pm at 1:35 pm #902131MorahRachMember
I love my shabbos instant coffee! And I am a big coffee drinker. I use folders instant. I agree Starbucks via is very good but, expensive, and a bit stronger than most other coffees.October 17, 2012 1:42 pm at 1:42 pm #902132
Hey no fair this is my thread and I would prefer to hear more replies, open your own 🙂October 17, 2012 1:43 pm at 1:43 pm #902133yehudayonaParticipant
oomis, make yourself a thermos of brewed coffee just before Shabbos. With a good-quality thermos, it will stay reasonably hot until the morning, especially when Shabbos comes in late. Not as good as fresh, but infinitely better than instant.October 17, 2012 2:07 pm at 2:07 pm #902134mythoughtsParticipant
Taster’s Choice French Roast has my vote.October 17, 2012 3:25 pm at 3:25 pm #902135Ken ZaynMember
Kenco without a doubt!October 17, 2012 3:38 pm at 3:38 pm #902136
Are you MY mammele??? H E L P !!!!October 17, 2012 5:34 pm at 5:34 pm #902137
ZK: Don’t you worry your pretty little head over this. Your mammele wouldn’t be laughing when she finds out how much coffee you are drinking — I mean ingesting…October 17, 2012 6:04 pm at 6:04 pm #902138
Memmele, IT’S SO TRUE!! (She knows though, to some extent..) But, you know, I can’t walk (or work) with my eyes closed. So…October 17, 2012 6:53 pm at 6:53 pm #902139
ZK: Don’t worry — your sharp brain can probably handle a little less caffeine and still function quite well. It’s the others in the C R I’m concerned about. Apparently everybody else was too drowsy to properly read your post and get your joke at the end…October 18, 2012 2:33 am at 2:33 am #902140
Isn’t Dunkin cholov stam?
The coffee itself is parve. After brewing it, one can put in cholov Yisroel, soy milk, cholov stam, cholov akum, or pig’s milk.
You can take a guess which ones I use.October 18, 2012 2:39 am at 2:39 am #902141
It’s your thread, but it’s not your website and you’re not a moderator, so too bad. 🙂October 18, 2012 3:53 am at 3:53 am #902142
“And you’re not a moderator.”
And you know this how?October 18, 2012 4:49 am at 4:49 am #902143
DY, let’s deal with ‘zeeskite. (it’s a mere few days since YK)October 18, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am #902144
“And you’re not a moderator.”
And you know this how?
You didn’t remove my post.October 18, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am #902145
DY, let’s deal with ‘zeeskite.
I haven’t figured out yet how to deal with you. 🙂
I hope you realize that WIY and I are kidding around with each other (hence the emoticons).October 18, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am #902146
Oh, and WIY, once Via and TC French Roast were mentioned, there was no point in continuing the discussion. 🙂October 18, 2012 2:15 pm at 2:15 pm #902148
DY, No I didn’t realize. I’m sorry. I needed another fix of that wonderful life giving, mind clearing, brain restarter. (coffee ^ 3)October 18, 2012 2:34 pm at 2:34 pm #902149🍫Syag LchochmaParticipant
“Oh, and WIY, once Via and TC French Roast were mentioned, there was no point in continuing the discussion. :)”
Yup. I was gonna say I’m with uneeq and oomis but then DY said it too. I really don’t like instant but if I have to on Shabbos morning (not enough room in a thermos for my coffee, we used to do that), it’s TC French Roast, and lots of it. My friend leaves a pan of coffee and milk on a seperate blech over shabbos for “shabbos coffee”. It is soo good.October 18, 2012 3:58 pm at 3:58 pm #902150
Just wondering, all those who are not so desperate, who have the time and luxury to actually (grow and) brew their coffee, does it have the same caffeine effect as instant? Does it also help keep eyelids open?October 18, 2012 5:43 pm at 5:43 pm #902151
Brewed coffee has a lot more caffeine than instant. I think it has twice the amount.October 18, 2012 6:29 pm at 6:29 pm #902152
Brewed coffee tastes better and tends to be stronger, although if you heap up the spoonfuls then your instant will be stronger (and very bitter).October 18, 2012 7:06 pm at 7:06 pm #902153
Thanks. Ok. Just maybe. I’m going to have to keep it constantly brewing. I survive on it. (read above) Can’t really wait until it’s dry and ready. (Do they have a version for a syringe?)October 18, 2012 7:07 pm at 7:07 pm #902154Ðash®Participant
Just wondering, all those who are not so desperate, who have the time and luxury to actually (grow and) brew their coffee, does it have the same caffeine effect as instant? Does it also help keep eyelids open?
More important than the brewing method are the species of beans used. The better brewed coffee use Arabica beans which have about half as much caffine as the cheaper Robusta beans used to make instant coffee.
The easiest method to make sure you get Arabica coffee without having to read the fine print is to buy 100% Colombian coffee, only Arabica is grown in Colombia.October 18, 2012 7:14 pm at 7:14 pm #902155Here We Go AgainMember
Instant coffee is nasty for those who appreciate REAL coffee, i.e. brewed or french press.
Regarding use of brewed coffee on shabbos, if you use the Melitta pour over cup, or the fantastic invention called the AeroPress, you might be able to use them on shabbos with a ‘klei revii’. I spoke to my rav and he explained to me how i can use it on shabbos.
No more nasty shabbos morning instant coffees! Now that’s true oneg shabbos!October 18, 2012 7:50 pm at 7:50 pm #902156vochindikMember
How does Gevalia (brewed) coffee compare to Taster’s Choice (or other instant) coffee?October 18, 2012 7:53 pm at 7:53 pm #902157
if you use the Melitta pour over cup, or the fantastic invention called the AeroPress, you might be able to use them on shabbos with a ‘klei revii’.
If you don’t mind violating two of the 39 melachos, bishul and borer (or, I guess, meraked).October 18, 2012 8:16 pm at 8:16 pm #902158
Here we go again – would that not be a case of borer, even WITH a kli revii? I am not questioning your rov’s p’sak, but it still makes me think. UNLESS – the water and coffee going through the filter is considered the tov, and the coffee grounds are the ra, so the liquid being the good part MAY be separated from the bad part of the grounds that remain in the filter. Interesting.
In the summertime, I used to brew double strength coffee (like tea sense) and just add hot water the next day. It was decent, certainly better than instant. I also experimented with using a thermos to just keep the hot coffee hot overnight for an early morning coffee. It was OK.
It takes literally 30 seconds more to make brewed coffee with a filter than to make instant, and it is SO worth it.October 18, 2012 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm #902159
the water and coffee going through the filter is considered the tov, and the coffee grounds are the ra, so the liquid being the good part MAY be separated from the bad part of the grounds that remain in the filter.
Taking the ochel from the p’soles doesn’t help when using a keili.
As an aside, it happens to be considered p’soles from ochel.October 18, 2012 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm #902160
How does Gevalia (brewed) coffee compare to Taster’s Choice (or other instant) coffee?
No comparison.October 18, 2012 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm #902161
I should point out that the bishul issue is not as clear cut as the borer issue; a kli shlishi might be okay (although that’s not the majority opinion), but I’ve never heard the requirement for a kli revii. Once you’re past kli sheini, I don’t think there’s a difference.October 18, 2012 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm #902162
The problem I see with brewed coffee, is that one must be proficient at it. One must be alert with all faculties intact to know what and how. WHICH IS WHY I’M HOOKED ON THIS THING TO BEGIN WITH. If I’d have my senses in gear (maybe) I wouldn’t need this whole thing. (or maybe I’d prepare one immediately after ingesting a dose)October 18, 2012 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm #902163
Regarding coffee on Shabbos- I have a friend that owns a coffee shop where they sell a concentrated cold brewed coffee (a process that takes at least 12 hours). In essence it is similar to tea sense, where you can just add it to hot water and you’re done. I’m not sure everyone would agree that it’s permissible to use on Shabbos as it is not “heat brewed” during the process.October 18, 2012 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm #902164🍫Syag LchochmaParticipant
I am too female to remember all the details but I DID ask and was told that coffee through a filter is NOT borer. The only thing I remember is that the water goes in and comes out after passing thru the coffee. They were never considered a mixture. If you had grounds boiling in a pot of water and THEN passed it thru a melita, THAT would be a problem. (and btw, I asked a posek, not someones brother-in-law). The kli revii is necessary for the bishul aspect.October 19, 2012 2:01 am at 2:01 am #902165aurora77Participant
I appreciate your homage to coffee…few worldly things have inspired such gratitude in my heart! I developed the taste for it about 13 years ago during my first year of law school, and at first I put up with the taste to reap the benefits. Fast forward 13 years, and I go out of my way to drink decaf in the evening even when I don’t want all that caffeine — because now I just LOVE the taste!
Should you decide to venture into brewing territory, you might be interested in activating the function that some coffee pots have to start brewing at a certain time of day. That way, you can add the requisite coffee scoops and water at night or some other time when you’re more alert than at the crack of dawn. The resultant quality is worth it!!October 19, 2012 2:07 am at 2:07 am #902166The_Cool_JewMember
Taster’s Choice!October 19, 2012 3:54 am at 3:54 am #902167
I’m not sure everyone would agree that it’s permissible to use on Shabbos as it is not “heat brewed” during the process. “
I only brewed my coffee (prior to Shabbos) the same way I would brew it for my morning cup, with boiling water poured through the grounds, but at double the amount of coffee that I would normally use (i.e., 1/4 cup rather than 1/8 cup of ground coffee to every six oz. of water). By making it double strength, it could then be diluted the next day, just like with my tea.October 19, 2012 1:02 pm at 1:02 pm #902168
Oomis: Sounds like a good idea, I’m not sure how good it would taste the next morning. Though cold brew has a major advantage- it’s much less acidic.October 19, 2012 4:38 pm at 4:38 pm #902169
I don’t pay homage to coffee. I revere it’s Maker, The Ribono Shel Olam (G-d, Master of the world). I thank Him daily (hourly) for making this life giving, rejuvenating plant as a semblance and token to the ??? ?? ????! (that’s the herb to be used for eventually awakening the dead) I wake up (if I’m at all sleeping) in the morning more not here then here, a quarter-way alive, my one alert eyelid half open, groggily aware of my environs, and after consuming this heaven sent drink, become FULLY ALIVE. ???? ???? ????!!!
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