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Starbucks Instant Coffee?

Starbucks today launched an instant coffee brand. I am appalled - the last thing the world needs is encouragement to drink this vile coffee impersonator. They say it will taste the same as the coffee in their shops - though to be fair, Starbucks' coffee is pretty awful.

Mandelson says: "please don't project Starbucks onto the UK economy as a whole."

For now Caffe Nero has my Hight Street vote, though the coffee brewed in my kitchen is probably the best :) at which we're currently experimenting with some Lavazza, kindly donated by Chris Oldfield.


  1. instant coffee tends to be very popular in other countries. but i'm surprised starbucks even saw a market for this. why?

  2. pleasure! glad you're enjoying it! seems I've also found the buy-in for the somewhat bizarre "blog of the week"! Having bribed my way in I'll try to make it worth people's while and post a few more...

  3. instant coffee can be quite nice if you don't think of it as coffee :)
    and starbucks is not so much about the coffee than the experience anyway so it's better than costa - it's all we've got up here :(

  4. It is just wrong really... why would starbucks do this?! WHY! lol

  5. Bizarre - I'm not against them selling instant, but claiming that it will taste the same as their in-shop espresso-based coffee just devalues their brand

  6. I can well believe it will taste the same, but you're right Si, it's less a compliment for the instant and more a blatent condemnation of their real coffee.

  7. Hmm... Starbucks is my brand - mainly because they are the only place you can get real coffee rather than espresso-based nastiness...

    Can't imagine the instant will be good though. When is it ever?

  8. i think this is getting a little out of hand - some instant coffees are nice (not many, but some)! just as long as you don't think of it as coffee!

  9. ...but Gethin, if it's not Coffee then what's the point. Sad though this has garnered more comment than the preceding post on the atheist bus, very telling I guess!

    Next lunchbar topic: Coffee...

  10. you're right. i suppose if it's not coffee, all it pointless.
    all is vanity - except coffee.

    i wouldn't worry about a lack of response to the atheist bus - London's responding quite a lot. I was there at the weekend and didn't see a single atheist bus - but saw loads of the "Christian Party" ones and the TBS's "You're a fool!! Would you like a Bible? :)"


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