Reviewed by Sylvie Greil
Instant coffee has come a long way since its invention under patent number 3518 in New Zealand in 1890. The standard bearer of this type has always been Nestle’s Nescafé, but then came Starbucks in the ‘90s and the still brewing coffee revolution and poof, instant coffee became a relic of a dusty past. But now, we harried and ever-stressed masses love things “insta” again.”
Barnie’s CoffeeKitchen calls its pronto! liquid coffee sticks “personal brew coffee,” which sounds much chicer. Made from 100 percent South and Central American Arabica beans, the medium-roast Barnie’s Blend is full-flavored and full-bodied, and for an instant coffee, pretty darn delicious. Simply add 10 oz. of hot water to the coffee concentrate, stir and sip.
Other available flavors include crème Brulée, Hawaiian Hazenut and Cool Café Blues, but our fave is definitely the basic, balanced Barnie’s Blend. It’s perfect for the office, when brewing an entire pot seems daunting.
Price: $8 for six-pack of Barnie’s Blend or other flavors on amazon.com