Good coffee is a treat, right? It can be expensive though if you’re getting your daily fix from your local baristas a couple of times a day.

Many of us compromise by enjoying a cup of liquid gold a couple of times a week and relying on instant coffee for the rest of the week to keep us awake. It’s quick and easy to prepare, just add hot water! There’s no mess, no equipment to clean, just your mug, and you don’t need any special equipment or training to prepare it.

We’ve got nothing against instant coffee, in the same we don’t have anything against Starbucks, Costa and Nero. They’ve all helped to shape the way that we start off our days. It could well have been your fist ever taste of the brown stuff, so for that, we thank it.

That’s as far as our praise will go for freeze dried coffee (and the big chain coffee shops for that matter) will go though.

Reasons to not drink instant coffee?

  1. The flavour! Instant is often made with inferior beans to drive down cost. When was the last time you bought a jar of instant and it had flavour profiles of raspberry and butterscotch? There’s no comparison to how freshly brewed coffee tastes.
  2. There’s no romance to the ritual. Brewing your own coffee fresh every morning is such a rewarding experience. Getting that brew just right, the way you like it. And don’t get us started on the smell. Coffee should be so much more than a caffeine hit, brew your own and it’s a sensory experience.
  3. Its not that difficult to brew up a fresh cup. Sure, it takes more than the couple of seconds instant does, but not that much longer. Have an Aeropress ready in a couple of minutes, a V60 in a couple more. Sure it can be daunting when you’re just starting out, but with a little bit of practice, you’ll be a pro in no time.

If you’re still not convinced, or would just like to learn more about how to replicate what your favourite barista makes you in the morning, we’re hosting a series of home brewing sessions at Two Brothers.

The first will take place on Sunday 26th August (it’s a Sunday) at 4pm. We’ll be covering V60, Aeropress and Cafetiere. If you’d like to come, Tickets are £10, but you get a bag of coffee to take home with you, so its essentially free. Ask in store for more details, or email sean@twobrothers.coffee