I’m going back to my origins for my final piece. I published a piece around two years ago in which I ranked a variety of instant coffees available at the store. It became viral on the internet.
People have strong, passionate sentiments about the beverage they consume as part of their daily routines, and some of these strong, passionate opinions came in my email with fiery aplomb. But, you know, I’m understanding. I’m a big coffee drinker.
In another sense, writing about coffee connects me to my roots: I’ve been drinking it since I was about 12 or 13.
Many of the bags sold in supermarkets are roasted locally, and many are produced by small businesses.
My mother is a big cafe goer, and she’s been dragging me out for her daily coffee since I was a youngster, furious that hot chocolate didn’t get her an additional stamp on her loyalty card. As a result, I was quite eager to advance to mochas.
From there, it’s been all downhill; nowadays, you’ll find me waxing lyrical about microroasters, V60 drippers, and grind size.
Since I’ve already stuck my neck out with instant coffee, here is my take on the best bags of beans (whole or grinded — they usually offer both at the supermarket, but everything on this list is plunger grind, for convenience sake) you can use in your plunger or other brewing device.
If you have a little more time in the day, I genuinely recommend brewing rather than filling your mug up with instant — the taste and enjoyment level is leaps and bounds ahead.
There are many coffee roasters in New Zealand, and supporting local businesses is a smart idea no matter where you are. Many of the bags sold in supermarkets are roasted locally, and many are produced by small businesses.