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To serve guests instant coffee

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Drinkingpimmsinmygarden Sun 06-Jul-14 17:57:48

DH and I aren't really coffee drinkers (prefer tea)so we just have a jar of instant coffee such as Nescafé. No real ground coffee.

Are we being unreasonable not to have 'proper' coffee in for guests?

PedlarsSpanner Sun 06-Jul-14 17:58:38

No yanbu


WorraLiberty Sun 06-Jul-14 17:59:31


We hate real coffee in our house, so we don't have a coffee machine.

MehsMum Sun 06-Jul-14 18:00:21

YANBU. I don't drink coffee. If DH wants to make the fancy stuff for people who do, that's fine, but if it's only me around, instant it is.

Vile stuff.

LaurieFairyCake Sun 06-Jul-14 18:00:53

Don't serve it without telling them - it's fine to not have it but don't serve it to me pretending it's coffee.

I'd rather have tea if you've no coffee

Parker231 Sun 06-Jul-14 18:00:57

I prefer instant coffee !

JoeyMaynardsghost Sun 06-Jul-14 18:01:56

You are to serve Nescafe. Get a jar of Douwe Egberts or Kenco, they actually smell like real coffee!

Nomama Sun 06-Jul-14 18:02:14

Yes! VU!!!!

OK, not really, I wouldn't expect real coffee in anyone elses house. But you'd have to steel yourself whilst I tried to explain why I wouldn't drink the baby murderer's crap stuff you would offer me.

2 of my pet hates in one jar - Nestle and instant brown stuff.

I usually stick to cold drinks in other people's houses - I don't drink normal tea either smile

SinglePringle Sun 06-Jul-14 18:02:24

Um??I wouldn't be able to drink it. Only drink proper coffee and can instantly tell the difference.

I too would opt for tea.

Drinkingpimmsinmygarden Sun 06-Jul-14 18:02:57

Yes I would normally say we only have instant coffee before serving it. We always have tea and a good selection of cold drinks

Nymeria01 Sun 06-Jul-14 18:03:11

YANBU. I'm a big coffee drinker bit I wouldn't get offended if I was given instant coffee. Its not like they are paying for it.

Hiphopopotamus Sun 06-Jul-14 18:03:33

YANBU as long as you are clear that when you offer coffee to guests,this is what they'll get. Im a big coffee drinker, but I won't touch instant, and would choose a cup of tea given the choice. I hate being offered tea or coffee, only to choose coffee and end up with a cup of Nescafé! But there is no way to ask about the quality of the coffee beforehand without looking like an absolute snob! grin

Hiphopopotamus Sun 06-Jul-14 18:04:09

Oops - massive x post!!

Kikaninchen Sun 06-Jul-14 18:06:01

I agree with Laurie Fairy Cake.

I don't expect to be offered coffee at someone's house, I certainly don't expect anyone to buy anything in specially. But I'd be slightly disappointed to be served instant if I was offered a coffee, I'd like to know that was what was on offer, so I could choose tea instead.

Mintyy Sun 06-Jul-14 18:06:42

Its fine if you say "do you want a cup of coffee, we only have instant". There are plenty of people who like instant coffee, including those like me who love instant coffee and love ground coffee too. But I do appreciate a slightly poncier instant (such as Carte Noire) rather than bog standard Nescaff.

magpiegin Sun 06-Jul-14 18:09:13

I wouldn't think about it, would give instant. All my friends and family would give instant too though so it wouldn't be a problem.

Selks Sun 06-Jul-14 18:10:25

YABU. If you're going to the trouble of making a good meal then it should be finished with decent coffee, if you're going to offer it. If it's a money issue however YANBU.

LuluJakey1 Sun 06-Jul-14 18:10:49

Nope. Nescafe Blend 39 here- whoever and whenever.

Biscuitsneeded Sun 06-Jul-14 18:10:52

It's your house, you have what you like available in it! But if you offer a coffee, I would stipulate that it's instant so people can choose between that or a cup of tea. I don't actually mind instant, but view it as a whole other drink to actual coffee, so might well take you up on it, or might also choose tea - but I'd like to know.

Biscuitsneeded Sun 06-Jul-14 18:11:50

Can you still get those little coffee pouches that you sit over a mug and pour the hot water through? You could just have a few of those in the cupboard in case of visitors wanting coffee...

DottyDooRidesAgain Sun 06-Jul-14 18:12:36

I never tell guests 'we only have instant' confused

I say 'tea or coffee'.

I mean it's still coffee it's not like I'm going to give them donkey piss instead.

I am always grateful to be accommodated in someone's home and wouldn't dream at turning my nose up if they only had instant.

*Disclaimer I would however pull a face should I be offered donkey piss.

usualsuspectt Sun 06-Jul-14 18:14:44

I would just offer coffee. I wouldn't say it was instant.

HappyYoni Sun 06-Jul-14 18:17:29

When did instant stop being coffee? I'm sure when I was growing up everyone just had instant, if they offered you a coffee it was just presumed it was instant.
I think YANBU op as I only ever have instant in, and I still refer to it as coffee when I offer it, because, err, that's what it is!

motherinferior Sun 06-Jul-14 18:22:03

Please don't offer instant. It's horrible and isn't remotely like coffee. Get some of those plastic all-in-one filter things that'll make a weak but real coffee, at the very least.

TheSpottedZebra Sun 06-Jul-14 18:24:27

This thread is hilarious! I cba to check exact figures, but the vast, vast majority of coffee sold in the uk (by volume) is instant - it is the de facto position.

So apologising in advance that you 'only have instant' ? No need.
And those who could not suffer to drink instant if given it unadvised by some barbarian? Bloody snobs!

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