Saturday, 7 November 2009
Finding a decent coffee
It's very hard to find decent coffee in Turkey. The best I can find in the supermarkets is Jacobs filter coffee for my machine and cafetiere, and Nescafe Gold Blend when I want instant.
However, neither of these taste the way they should. Gold Blend tastes nothing like Gold Blend you buy in England, even if it is supposedly made by the same company. And the Jacobs filter is quite bitter....although better than anything else I can find.
So when I come to England I usually try to take back some decent filter coffee, to keep me going for a while.
There are lots of coffee shops in the town where I stay on my trips to England and I've always looked forward to frequenting them and enjoying real coffee.
However, I'm very disappointed this time. I don't know what's happened but the quality has really deteriorated. It's either too strong, too weak, or worst still luke-warm. I haven't managed to drink one decent coffee in the two weeks I've been here. Have people suddenly forgotten how to make coffee?
I did have a good one at Starbucks in Istanbul airport on the way here two weeks ago...even if they do charge the earth for it. I'm so desperate, I'll ignore the cost and look forward to another one on my return journey tomorrow.