Posted on December 3, 2008 by
Years ago, I had a job at an office where we weren’t allowed to use the coffee pot to make coffee. You see, using the coffee pot for it’s intended purpose gets it dirty. Instead, we were supposed to use the coffee pot to make hot water, then use the hot water to make instant coffee. And since the damn (not)coffee pot didn’t get the water quite hot enough, we were then supposed to put the instant coffee in the microwave to get it to the ideal temperature. I really really really wish I were making this up.
And I really really really wish I’d known about Mount Hagen Instant Organic-Café back then.
Regular instant coffee has a bad rap for a reason. It sucks. It’s either like drinking brown hot water, or it’s like drinking bitter brown hot water with a nasty aftertaste.
Mount Hagen Instant Organic-Café, on the other hand, makes an excellent cup of coffee. It’s rich, dark, and isn’t thin and watery like conventional instant coffee. I bought some fresh ground fancy organic coffee from the natural food store a few weeks ago that didn’t even compare to Mount Hagen. Crazy, huh?
InterNatural Foods sent me some to try over the summer, and I’ve actually bought it several times over since I used up that first round. We made it in our JetBoil when we were camping in Washington State, saved money, cut down on waste, and drank fantastic coffee every morning.
It also makes quick and easy iced coffee in the summer, and is a great addition to recipes.
I’m not sure the environmental benefits of instant coffee are clear. Sure, you don’t need a filter, but when you make ground coffee, you can use a reusable filter to cut down on waste. Mount Hagen coffee is packed in Germany, but it’s not like anyone is growing coffee in upstate New York. There aren’t local options for beans here (although there are local roasters, and I do like to support them whenever possible). But since it’s freeze dried, the shipping weight is probably far less than that of a bag of beans. But there’s also energy that goes into processing the coffee to turn it into instant granules. I’m guessing it’s something of a toss up.
But in addition to being excellent, Mount Hagen Instant Organic-Café does have one added advantage over ground coffee: Your coffee pot stays clean.
I just found out that they make an organic instant cappuccino, and I have to see if my local natural foods store carries it. I’m dying to try it.