Sooner or later, a modern marriage of the current artisan and coffee crazes was inevitable. Still, when that box of Jiva coffee cubes landed on our desk, we found the idea of 'artisan' instant coffee highly entertaining (it was a long day). And, to be fair, our Folgers times have changed. Starbucks introduced its line of instant coffee packets a few years ago, and refill pods for the (almost instant) espresso machines long been popular in Europe now line Smart & Final shelves.
jgarbee Jiva Coffee Cubes
With Jiva, the beans are fair trade Colombian Arabica, the sugar is not just any sugar, but panela (raw, unrefined cane sugar). The two are pressed together into a compact rectangle; each looks like a tiny relative of Mexican chocolate with its flecks of caramel-colored sugar amidst the dark coffee. As these are instant tablets, they're individually wrapped so you can pop one in your pocket for those unexpected caffeine-free moments: A spur of the moment camping trip, the untimely visit to a friend's mountainside retreat when everyone is on a juice cleanse, that sailing trip around the world, or at least to Catalina Island, that you've always wanted to take. So, how do they taste?More »