So, this is now a real product, being developed on Kickstarter:
Coffee… extract? I suppose. They seem to have extracted the molecules from coffee that produce the nice flavours and aromas, and then mixed them in with some sort of unidentified brown powder. You brew the result like real coffee, and it tastes… like the good bits of coffee but not the bitter notes?
I am totally for getting people not to alter their coffee with cream and sugar, and it is the bitter notes in coffee that people object to most.
But this raises sooo many questions:
What is the brown powder????
Why do we need the brown powder to brew it with? Why not make it soluble? (Answer: because brewing the coffee is part of the experience, apparently… sigh…)
What about the oils? Good espresso – well, any style of coffee really, needs the oils in the bean to produce that amazing body and mouthfeel, as well as containing most of the fragrance and freshness. How does this recreate that component?
Is it caffeinated?
Is it actually coffee???
I am half-tempted to back the Kickstarter just to try some of this stuff.