Post by Nick Odell
I'm struggling to find any useful information about the amount of
caffeine in various brands of instant coffee and am appealing to umra
(Oh, no you're not - Ed)for help in this. Essentially I want the
cheapest source for the most caffein. Pleasantness to drink is not a
factor because I don't drink instant coffee.
Well, leaving aside whether what Clive Arthur found in Wikipedia is true
(that it might not be caffeine you're looking for, if I read it rightly)
I don't know if the amounts of caffeine in various instant coffees
actually vary by more than a factor of two. I wouldn't have thought so,
BICBAM. But if I'm right, then in terms of just amount of coffee per
pound (or penny), you can't beat the economy brands - Tesco Everyday
Value, Sainsbury's (I think) Basics, and similar from Asda. These used
to be less than 50p from Tesco and I think Asda, _including_ the jar,
and about 60p from Sainsburys (in bags - claimed to make you supply the
jar in the interests of economy/ecology, but the fact that they cost
more than Tesco/Asda despite the fact that the latter _include_ the jar
gave the lie to at least the economy bit). They're now about 60p for the
Tesco/Asda jars, and I haven't seen the Sainsbury bags for ages
(possibly over a year). These are only available in 100g, but work out
cheaper (by a factor of several, not just a small percentage) than
_anything_ else, even huge tins. In pence/pounds per gram(me) of coffee,
that is; they're usually rated "mild", hence my wondering about whether
amount of caffeine varies much. They're usually well hidden, e. g. at
floor level. Even Lidl have nothing to match them.
I buy them, because by the time I've added two sugars (or one sugar and
one pill) and milk, I see no point in going for an expensive coffee
(plus, I don't actually want strong, so mild suits me). Others MMV. On
the rare occasions when I've given them to anyone else, I've not had any
complaints - and I think I have asked if they are OK.
J. P. Gilliver. UMRA: 1960/<1985 MB++G()AL-IS-Ch++(p)***@T+H+Sh0!:`)DNAf
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