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  • #605223
    WIY
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    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.

    #902120

    Taster’s Choice.

    #902121
    uneeq
    Member

    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.

    #902122

    I love my Keurig!

    #902123
    Englishman
    Member

    uneeq,

    I actually like instant coffee better than brewed (i.e. Gevalia).

    #902124
    WIY
    Member

    estherhamalka

    They make instant?

    #902125

    Starbucks Via (very expensive, though). Otherwise, Taster’s Choice French Roast.

    #902126
    oomis
    Participant

    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.

    #902127
    ZeesKite
    Participant

    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)

    #902128
    Mammele
    Participant

    ZK: you really cracked me up!

    #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.

    #902130
    Naysberg
    Member

    Isn’t Dunkin cholov stam?

    #902131
    MorahRach
    Member

    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.

    #902132
    WIY
    Member

    DY

    Hey no fair this is my thread and I would prefer to hear more replies, open your own πŸ™‚

    #902133
    yehudayona
    Participant

    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.

    #902134
    mythoughts
    Participant

    Taster’s Choice French Roast has my vote.

    #902135
    Ken Zayn
    Member

    Kenco without a doubt!

    #902136
    ZeesKite
    Participant

    Are you MY mammele??? H E L P !!!!

    #902137
    Mammele
    Participant

    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…

    #902138
    ZeesKite
    Participant

    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…

    #902139
    Mammele
    Participant

    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…

    #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.

    #902141

    WIY,

    It’s your thread, but it’s not your website and you’re not a moderator, so too bad. πŸ™‚

    #902142
    WIY
    Member

    DY

    “And you’re not a moderator.”

    And you know this how?

    #902143
    ZeesKite
    Participant

    DY, let’s deal with ‘zeeskite. (it’s a mere few days since YK)

    #902144

    DY

    “And you’re not a moderator.”

    And you know this how?

    You didn’t remove my post.

    #902145

    DY, let’s deal with ‘zeeskite.

    I haven’t figured out yet how to deal with you. πŸ™‚

    I hope you realize that WIY and I are kidding around with each other (hence the emoticons).

    #902146

    Oh, and WIY, once Via and TC French Roast were mentioned, there was no point in continuing the discussion. πŸ™‚

    #902148
    ZeesKite
    Participant

    DY, No I didn’t realize. I’m sorry. I needed another fix of that wonderful life giving, mind clearing, brain restarter. (coffee ^ 3)

    #902149

    “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.

    #902150
    ZeesKite
    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?

    #902151

    ZK,

    Brewed coffee has a lot more caffeine than instant. I think it has twice the amount.

    #902152
    WIY
    Member

    ZK

    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).

    #902153
    ZeesKite
    Participant

    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?)

    #902154
    Ðash®
    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.

    #902155

    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!

    #902156
    vochindik
    Member

    How does Gevalia (brewed) coffee compare to Taster’s Choice (or other instant) coffee?

    #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).

    #902158
    oomis
    Participant

    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.

    #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.

    #902160

    How does Gevalia (brewed) coffee compare to Taster’s Choice (or other instant) coffee?

    No comparison.

    #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.

    #902162
    ZeesKite
    Participant

    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)

    #902163
    uneeq
    Member

    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.

    #902164

    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.

    #902165
    aurora77
    Participant

    Hello ZeesKite,

    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!!

    #902166
    The_Cool_Jew
    Member

    Taster’s Choice!

    #902167
    oomis
    Participant

    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.

    #902168
    uneeq
    Member

    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.

    #902169
    ZeesKite
    Participant

    aurora77

    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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