Coffee has been my campany for many years. My first cup can be traced back to high school era. Yes! I am a 100% genuine coffee lover. Yet, as many foreigners new to Japan, it’s unfortunate to see that coffee does not enjoy as high a status as in our home countries. Anyhow, the most favourite, everyday drink for Japanese people is green tea. They drink it as water so you can imagine. When you are back to the office or arriving to someone’s home, you will mostly likely be treated a green tea, instead of coffee or water. ‘I am not fond of tea but a cup or two is fine occasionally’ you may say. The problem is, Japanese tea has a unique taste and is quite different from the tea of other countries’, like that of Sri Lanka, Chinese, etc. Japanese green tea usually smells a bit stinky. It can be quite unpleasant for a foreigner’s taste buds.
Forget about coffee?
Speaking of coffee, there can be up to thousands of names. Japanese people usually serve and drink instant coffee, instead of brewed coffee. If you live in Japan for long and have ever tried to find a good coffee machine or your favourite coffee beans you used to drink in your home country, you will realize how small the coffee market is. Sometimes, in order to blend in to local culture in a given situation, you may need to temporarily forget about brewed coffee and switch to instant coffee, say, in an office where coffee machine does not even exist.
Sadly, the variety of instant coffee available is very limited. Coffee drinkers in Japan usually stick to a few typical types such as Gold Blend from Nestle, Key Coffee, Blendy. What to do if you find out one day you need to switch to instant coffee because, say, you come to a Japanese company where there is no coffee machine? Don’t worry, we’ve got internet these days and you can order high quality instant coffee overseas when you are in Japan!
Best tasting instant coffee
You may think that the best instant coffee may probably be Blue Mountain, as in the brewed coffee range. It’s not the case for instant coffee. From my personal experience and that of others, Noir, a type of French coffee, is the best instant coffee which is comparable to fine grade brewed coffee. There are two coffee companies which are regarded the best for their Noir coffee. One is Nestle with the name Noir. The other one is Carte Noire Instant Coffee from Carte Noire. The former is as well known as Mecca’s so there is no point to spend time on it. The latter, Carte Noire, is a leading premium coffee brand in France. No coffee lover in France does not know this name. Coffee of Carte Noire is actually available in coffee beans, ground coffee, and instant coffee. It partly explains why their instant coffee can taste so great.
It is time to try some real coffee, if you have been sticking with Gold Blend, Cap Colombie, Alta Rica………