When it comes to coffee, I have pretty simple tastes. I’m happy with instant coffee, but only one kind. I like Nescafé Columbian. Glass jar, blue label. That’s it. All the other instant coffees just don’t do it for me. Other instant coffees… something about them smells off.
Anyhow, for the last 2 weeks, my grocery store has been out. It’s been on sale, and the whole time it’s been on sale, they haven’t had any. It wasn’t so much about not getting it on sale, it was about not having any coffee!
So in desperation, I took the next nearest one – Nescafé French Vanilla. Glass jar, purple label. I’m not so much into vanilla, but what caught my eye was that it said Rich on the label. I like rich coffee. So this morning, I try it out.
One heaping scoop of the instant coffee powder. Two pouches of sweetener. Boiling water. A big pour of light cream.
It’s a good start – it doesn’t smell bad, though it doesn’t smell like my coffee.
It doesn’t taste like coffee, but it doesn’t taste horrible.
It tastes like something familiar.
I’ve had this before.
I know this taste.
What is it?
Oh Gods – it’s Werther’s Original hard candy!
I don’t want a big hot cup of werther’s original in the morning.
I just want coffee.
Tomorrow I will try a different grocery store.