The exact quote is: “Coffee may be instant… death …may not! ” It’s from the British Detective movie series Inspector Morse. Episode 1. Title: The Way Through.
When you were a kid did you ever have the story “Stone Soup” read to you? I did . It intrigued me that all these people came together with the same thought (SOUP) and each person added a rock or some carrots and Voila! Soup! That’s how Instant Coffee evolved. First a French man named Alphonse Allais in 1881. Then, David Strang- a New Zealander in 1890 patented it. In United States – Sartori Kato a Japanese chemist 1901 thought he was the first to patent it but later realized it had been done only 2 years before. Bummer! We can’t forget George Constant Lois Washington an American inventor who patented a process of mass producing instant coffee in 1910. Historically, our own President -George Washington (1732-1799) was known to love coffee. In 1770, he even ordered 200 pounds of coffee for his own use. I believe it was coffee beans …not instant. I think instant coffee versus coffee bean coffee is like comparing a cotton sweater to a scratchy wool sweater . Incomparable! But I did find ways to juice it up if you are stuck in some small hotel in the sticks and the only coffee is instant. 1) Hot chocolate mixes in a bag..it’ll taste like a mocha. 2) Butter…usually in small containers for toast. It’ll cut the acidity and create a smooth morning coffee. 3) Frothy milk…open up all those cute little creamers but first shake them vigorously …they should be “frothy” and it might remind you of a frappucino -don’t forget to throw in some ice! 4) Honey, jam, and condensed milk – stir well and it’ll remind you of a Vietnamese coffee. 5) Chai -hopefully you have in your purse… there’s a drink called a Dirty Grandfather and that’s coffee and chai so enjoy. 6) For the liquor I’m hoping there’s a country bar next door that will allow you to buy those tiny bottles of Kahlua, Bailey’s or whiskey don’t forget your creamers! Make sure the ratio is 3/4 alcohol and 1/4 coffee….
Please note: Inspector Morse is a British Crime Drama created by Colin Dexter. Developed by : Anthony Minghella and Kenny McBain. Executive Producer: Ted Childs.