Jump to content

Are you an instant coffee snob? (total fluff)
Buying a coffee machine when you don't drink coffee

  • Please log in to reply
96 replies to this topic

#1 Oddsox22

Posted 22 February 2012 - 10:32 AM

I don't really drink coffee. I might have one if I go out with a friend or having a bad day and need a pick up, but thats pretty much it.

I really feel its now getting to the point where you are expected to have a coffee machine (or maybe its just my friends cool.gif ) at home. Now, seeing as I don't drink coffee, i don't see the need for  a machine. I do have instant for anyone visiting who might like a coffee, but that is regularly getting noses turned up at it.

So, do you expect machine coffee when you visit or is instant ok?

#2 Stellajoy

Posted 22 February 2012 - 10:35 AM

I don;t expect a coffee machine but i would decline the offer of instant.

#3 VioletRose

Posted 22 February 2012 - 10:36 AM

Anything in a clean cup suits me. Even tap water is just fine.

#4 ~Supernova~

Posted 22 February 2012 - 10:36 AM

I drink instant if I have to. It can in no way compare to real coffee though. But, having said that, I would never expect a friend who was not a coffee drinker to own a coffee machine  huh.gif If I'm realllly honest, whether or not I'd drink an instant would also depend on the brand. Some are even more hideous than others!

#5 Jupiter123

Posted 22 February 2012 - 10:37 AM

In short no I do not expect a coffee machine when visiting.

Although I would like a real cup of coffee instead of that instant crap that DH makes me of a morning, ph34r.gif  he is after all standing right next to the coffee machine.... oh well its the thought that counts

#6 Alacritous~Andy

Posted 22 February 2012 - 10:39 AM

DH is a coffee snob.  We have a machine at home.  I don't drink coffee.

At work, for customers, we have the Robert Timms Coffee Bags if people want a "proper coffee".  A lot of people comment on how nice they are.

#7 morgansacre

Posted 22 February 2012 - 10:39 AM

I dont drink coffee either, so as DH is the only one, I would never entertain the idea of buying a coffee machine. I feel it would be a complete waste of money.

On the rare occasions we get visitors, if they want coffee they have to make do with instant, I have never had anyone complain yet. In fact I don't know of anyone who has a coffee machine.....


#8 Isolabella

Posted 22 February 2012 - 10:39 AM

OK Another non coffee or tea drinking household question for you...

what Instant (if you were going to drink instant coffee) would you actually drink?

#9 Guest_pessi_*

Posted 22 February 2012 - 10:40 AM

Instant is an ok hot beverage if you don't think of it as coffee, and it's drowned in milk and sugar... I wouldn't expect to a coffeemachine in a non-coffee-drinker's house, instant is a perfectly acceptable alternative. But if you care enough and get semi-regular visits from snobbish coffee drinkers, buy a cheap plunger.

#10 BadgerBasher

Posted 22 February 2012 - 10:43 AM

I'm a dedicated instant coffee drinker. People know that there's one choice when visiting me: Instant.

#11 Feraldadathome

Posted 22 February 2012 - 10:45 AM

I'm happy with tea or water rather than coffee if only instant is available. It's been a long time since I've done instant and I'd rather nothing to instant.

It may be old skool, but we even have the drip filter machine we bought almost 20 years ago, which comes out when there is a big group visiting.

Before moving to a non-instant household, we did keep some Nescafe gold around - if forced to drink instant, this or Moccona would be what I wished for.

#12 EBeditor

Posted 22 February 2012 - 10:46 AM

I am a caffeine addict so I will take it in any form I can get. I would only buy a coffee machine for myself, not just to store in the cupboard for visitors.

Mine gets used several times daily!

#13 **Xena**

Posted 22 February 2012 - 10:46 AM

I hate all coffee equally biggrin.gif
Also hate all tea equally too!

I'm happy for water when I visit friends, though I usually bring my own anyway original.gif

ETA We only have instant available. If people don't want that then they don't have it original.gif

Edited by **Xena**, 22 February 2012 - 10:47 AM.

#14 HRH Countrymel

Posted 22 February 2012 - 10:46 AM

I don't drink coffee nor tea - but my partner LOVES his coffee. We have a little stove top percolator (purchased a St Vinnies for 50c over a decade ago - but you can buy similar new for under $20) and good quality ground coffee.

My coffee drinking friends are delighted when they visit now as they can have a really good quality cuppa instead of the geriatric dregs from a mummified jar of instant that I kept lurking in the depths of the cupboard which was what they were used to consuming at my home in the pre DP years.

After staying with us my sister and her husband went out and purchased one for themselves - in spite of having a whizz bang coffee machine already...

Why? Because they are simple, easy to clean and you can have an excellent cup of great coffee within minutes.

I suggest you do the same OP! Just stifle their snobbery at the source.

#15 unicorn

Posted 22 February 2012 - 10:49 AM

You need friends like my BIL, he goes above and beyond coffee snob and bought his 2 closest friends coffee machines so that when he visits he can have real coffee.  laughing2.gif
I have asked him to visit us on numerous occasions, I would love a coffee machine.

I only drink real coffee, but I wouldn't expect anyone who didn't drink coffee to have a coffee machine, I probably wouldn't even expect them to have instant if they didn't drink it.

Countrymel, all I use is a stove top espresso pot, I splurged and bought a milk frother as well, it's like a little stick blender, all up less than $50 at one of the kitchen shops in town. It does make nice coffee for sure.

Edited by unicorn, 22 February 2012 - 10:51 AM.

#16 Feraldadathome

Posted 22 February 2012 - 10:50 AM

A cheap plunger is another option - $10-15 for a 2 cup version in Coleworths. I'd completely forgotten about this option, even though DP uses one most mornings as she's never learnt how to use either espresso machine.

#17 ~Flick~

Posted 22 February 2012 - 10:51 AM

QUOTE (BadgerBasher @ 22/02/2012, 11:13 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'm a dedicated instant coffee drinker. People know that there's one choice when visiting me: Instant.

Same here. Moccona Freeze Dried.
I HATE "real" coffee.  sick.gif  Having said that, I will drink cappuccinos.

#18 idle

Posted 22 February 2012 - 10:51 AM

i agree with pp about the percolator. I wouldn't drink instant but I also wouldn't expect to find espresso coffee at other people's houses. Plunger or percolator is a great option or they can harden up and drink whatever you are offering original.gif

#19 ~mimo~

Posted 22 February 2012 - 10:52 AM

I found out yesterday that there are hot chocolate capsules as well as coffee. The machine I was looking at can even do double capsules! Like if you wanted a double shot or a mocha. I'm tempted now lol.

#20 Bel Rowley

Posted 22 February 2012 - 10:53 AM

I love coffee. I don't have a coffee machine since the one my parents bought me while I was at uni died, unfortunately with DH being a non-coffee drinker and a tightarse buying a new one is low on the priority list. I do have both a small and large plunger and always have nice ground beans on hand for making a plunger pot for guests. I find the majority of people I have over are just as happy to have instant. I find it's easiest to not be too snobby as most people I visit only have instant, and I still prefer instant coffee to tea or no hot drink at all. I am a bit snobby with my instant though, I don't do Blend 43.

#21 *LucyE*

Posted 22 February 2012 - 10:54 AM

[/quote]I don;t expect a coffee machine but i would decline the offer of instant.[/quote]

At home, I offer those coffee bags. They're not a bad substitute.

#22 Rosie Sparkle

Posted 22 February 2012 - 10:57 AM

We have a coffee machine but would never expect any of our friends to get one just because it's our thing. If I'm visiting friends and absolutely dying for the real thing, I'll get take away and pick one up for them too.

#23 tothebeach

Posted 22 February 2012 - 10:59 AM

It's been a long time since I've done instant and I'd rather nothing to instant.

I don't drink instant coffee.  At all - not even to be polite.  I was very surprised when I first met my mother's group at someone's house to find that an offer of coffee meant instant, rather than a pot or a plunger.  I always ask for water there now.

#24 Luly

Posted 22 February 2012 - 11:02 AM

Coffee bags. Get some coffee bags.original.gif

I wouldn't expect a non coffee drinker to have a machine. only get a machine if you will use it yourself! Although you can use the frother to make delicious hot chocolate  ph34r.gif We've had our boiler based espresso machine for 6 years and still going strong! LOVE it. It's not the fastest thing in the world if we have a lot of coffee drinkers over though.

A plunger is a great thing to have in the cupboard for when you host dinner parties and get togethers..but not so great for the 'drop ins' unless you have freshly ground coffee to go with it or an unopened in date vacuum pack. (same with a drip filter)

If I am guest at someones house I'll still accept instant as opposed to nothing  wink.gif so I'm not too snobby! I wouldn't expect them to have anything fancy if they don't drink coffee.....and instant is prob no worse than stale old coffee or coffee grounds that have been kept unopened in the fridge for 12months. NEVER keep your fresh coffee grounds in the fridge or freezer. Ruins it!

Edited by Luly, 22 February 2012 - 11:04 AM.

#25 ComradeBob

Posted 22 February 2012 - 11:04 AM

I love coffee, but I wouldn't expect to be offered "real" coffee in the house of a friend who I know isn't a coffee drinker. I also love tea, so I'll happily drink that. I will NOT drink instant coffee. The only use I have for it is to flavour coffee cakes or icing.

If you really want to be hospitable, just get a cheap plunger or coffee bags. While they're not as good as an espresso machine, they make perfectly acceptable coffee and are cheaper and easier to store in the bargain.

1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users


Newborn baby found in a nativity scene

Police are trying to trace a woman who abandoned a baby boy in the manger of a church nativity scene.

Life would be harder without my kids

The Humans of New York Facebook page is well known for sharing touching, real stories from one of the world's biggest cities – and it's just hit the heart of parents everywhere.

Mum dresses as Wonder Woman for last day of chemo

A Brisbane mum dressed up as a superhero to celebrate the end of her chemotherapy and created a moment her family will remember forever.

How a raisin can predict a toddler's IQ

All you need to assess a child's future intelligence is a plastic cup and a raisin, according to new research.

Former Hi-5 member's cannabis hope

Former Hi-5 star Tim Harding hopes a cannabis-derived drug will help control his daughter's epilepsy, which sees the four-year-old suffering between 50 and 100 seizures a day.

The top 5 reasons your toddler throws a tantrum

Whilst to the outside world little people may appear to have it easy, it's actually not always the case – just ask any toddler who's had their toast cut up the wrong way.

Glenn McGrath thought he'd lost his wife and baby

Australian cricket ledged Glen McGrath has spoken about the moment he thought he might lose his wife, Sara and their baby daughter, Madison.


Inside my Centrelink nightmare

Mother Bec Smith has been trying for months to access Centrelink payments. A "serious error" is preventing her.

Warnings over push for hourly childcare billing

Australia's peak childcare body has called for caution around the Turnbull government's push for childcare centres to charge parents by the hour, not by the day.

Cate Blanchett thought about adopting for years

Cate Blanchett says her recent adoption of a baby girl had nothing to do with wanting a daughter after having three sons.

Kate Walsh: 'I can't have kids'

Grey's Anatomy star Kate Walsh has revealed she is unable to have children because she has experienced early menopause.

The parasite that could boost fertility

The Tsimane women of Bolivia are often revered as among the most fertile in the world - on average having 10 children in their lifetimes -- but some are even more fertile than others.

Family may sue cousin over genetics

A Melbourne couple is suing the Royal Children's Hospital for failing to diagnose a genetic disorder in their first child - an error they allege caused them to have another child with severe disabilities.

Strange things mums have done in labour

While most women in labour focus on the upcoming birth of their baby, some women do more interesting things.

Michael Clarke reveals baby's name

When Michael Clarke said he was wrapped around the finger of his little princess, he wasn't joking.

The logistics of breastfeeding twins

Our life is more or less divided into neat four hour parcels of time and it's hard to get much of anything done in the time between feeds.

How to stop people ruining Christmas

We can make a conscious effort about how we react to those curly Christmas day scenarios that can send us up the wall, or should we say chimney.

Lots of formula offers for desperate mum

The mum who was down to her last three tins of baby formula said she had received hundreds of calls and offers to send her formula.

Surviving breast cancer while pregnant

It was last thing Rebecca O'Donnell expected at 30 weeks' pregnant. One morning, while putting on her bra, she felt a pea-sized lump in her right breast.

Cot sheet brands for the nursery

With so many awesome cot sheet options these days, we thought we'd put together a list of go-to brands for you to seek out for your baby's bed.


What's hot on EB

How I survived breast cancer while pregnant

It was last thing Rebecca O'Donnell expected at 30 weeks' pregnant. One morning, while putting on her bra, she felt a pea-sized lump in her right breast.

Grieving father's letter to Bataclan terrorists: "...this little boy will threaten you by being happy and free"

A grieving father whose wife was killed in the attacks on the Bataclan Theatre last weekend has written an open letter to her killers.

5 challenges of motherhood - and how to see them differently

Despite the smiles, the sloppy kisses and the pure magic children bring to our lives, it's hard to deny that motherhood can be tough.

4 challenges of being a new dad - and how to face them

Becoming a parent is challenging – and that applies to both mums and dads.

My battle against antenatal and postnatal depression

I was five months pregnant when I realised I needed help.

Children swapped at birth will not be returned to biological parents

A boy and girl accidentally swapped on the day they were born will stay with the families who have raised them, a South African court has ruled.

A quarter of men believe they get 'man periods'

A British study has revealed one in four men believe they have a monthly cycle.

Baby deposit

How much do you need to save for a 'baby deposit'?

It's fairly straightforward to calculate a house deposit, but how much money do you need to save up for a baby?

Dad's beautiful note to his wife, a nurse

To anyone else it might just look like a picture of a mum having a nap with her toddler.

'I was a complete schmuck': Mike Baird opens up about his wife's postnatal depression

When his wife Kerryn was not well following the birth of their daughter, NSW Premier Mike Baird buried himself in his work.

Mum's desperate plea as whooping cough alert issued

A desperate mother has shared a heart-breaking video of her baby struggling to cope with a coughing fit caused by pertussis.

Coffee could help you live longer

New US research found people who report drinking three to five cups of coffee a day are less likely to die prematurely from heart disease, suicide, diabetes or Parkinson's disease.

The joy and dread of playdates

To live vicariously through your child is to rediscover anxieties you thought dead and buried.

Sick baby could die without scarce special formula, mum says

Lizzie Cann is down to her last three tins of a special formula in short supply.

Adorable toddler's strop foiled by squeaky shoes

We're probably all familiar with the pouty bottom lip and tightly crossed arms of a tot mid-strop.

More sex during World Cup created more baby boys

More sex during South Africa's World Cup meant a disproportionately high number of boys were born nine months later, a new study has found.

Win one of two ABC Shop prize packs in time for Christmas

What a boon it would be to have your toddler's Christmas gifts covered this year. We have two awesome ABC Shop prize packs to give away to two lucky winners.

Do fitness challenges really work?

Fitness challenges aren't new. There's Michelle Bridges 12WBT and a bunch of other programs if you really want to lose weight.

What are pregnant women Googling?

Pregnancy is a huge change for any woman, so it's natural we'll have questions - and turn to Google to ask them.



Can't decide?

Check out the Essential Baby Names section for some inspiration

Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.