Remember my article “Cravings of the Junk Food Kind” that I posted on December 10, 2015, when I talked about how sexy coffee tastes and smells?
Well, I was very disappointed with 2 small jars of $1 coffee that I bought from a Dollar Store a few months ago. I knew I would soon be running out of Folger’s instant decaf coffee and bought those just in case I didn’t find a brand name decaf like Folger’s, Maxwell House, Nescafe, or Sanka on sale.
I’d had some very good Beaumont decaf instant coffee for a little more than $1 from Aldi’s in the past which was delicious. If I’m on the run, I like McDonald’s decaf McCafé, Dunkin’ Donuts, Wawa or Burger King coffee.
So, I thought I was safe, but I didn’t realize that you need to read the whole label when buying coffee. First, the two small jars had no brand name at all. They were just labeled Decaf Instant Coffee. Secondly, my first cup of it had no taste at all, and I had the nerve to add milk which made it taste like weak tea with milk.
After I couldn’t get past the first couple of sips, I read the label. There was a warning posted.
“Warning. Consuming this product can expose you to chemicals including lead and acrylamide which are known to the state of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov/food.” It was made in Mexico. Distributed by Transnational Foods, Inc., Miami, FL 33131 USA, Info@TFINC.com.
The jars also have an encircled U which means:
“the product is certified as Kosher by an organization called the Orthodox Union. It is actually an O with the U inside and it’s the initials of the certifying agency. This is one of dozens of kosher symbols that can be found on products across the US and indeed the whole world. Kosher is a Hebrew word which means ‘fit for consumption’ by traditional Jewish people because their dietary laws have been followed.” David Bratspis, Israel Tour Guide answered this question 5/13/18 on Quora.com
Unfortunately, this “coffee” was not fit for consumption to me.
If you are really particular about your coffee, see the following resources:
“8 Coffee Brands to Avoid”, Caffeineinformer.com
“We Tested 13 Grocery Store Coffees and Here’s the Best One”, Extra Crispy, S://amp.myrecipes.com, John Sherman, February 8, 2019.
Written by Rosa L. Griffin