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Jake Adventure Time Themed Bowl

Look what are everyone’s favorite shape-shifting friend has changed into now. Come on and grab a friend and go on adventures to distant lands with this one-of-a-kind bowl piece.
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The History of Instant Coffee

We all have seen and possibly used instant coffee sometime in our life, but have you ever wondered where this dark, mysterious, water-soluble powder gained its popularity? Some might snub their noses at it today, but it has proved to us in the past that it is always ready when we need it most!

The earliest version of instant coffee is said to have been invented around 1771 in Britain. The first American product was developed in 1853, and an experimental version (in cake form) was field tested during the Civil War. In 1890, David Strang of Invercargill, New Zealand invented and patented instant coffee. ¹  In 1901, the first successful technique for manufacturing a stable powdered product was invented in Japan by Sartori Kato, who used a process he had developed for making instant tea. ²

The first time it was mass produced was in America around 1910 by George Constant Louis Washington (not related to President Washington). He accomplished a great feat and acquired a patent, but the instant coffee powder was perceived by most to be a novelty with a disagreeable taste. Around 1938, Nescafe became the most popular brand; by co-drying coffee extract along with an equal amount of soluble carbohydrate they improved the taste. Currently, the best process for retaining the taste is freeze drying, which came around in the 60’s.

Teaspoon of Instant Coffee
Teaspoon of Instant Coffee by Andy Straw

Where this novelty found its niche market was in the military. Caffeine consumption on the battlefield provided a much-needed boost, and now this was made much easier with instant coffee. In World War I some soldiers nicknamed it a “cup of George.” ³

I am very happy despite the rats, the rain, the mud, the draughts [sic], the roar of the cannon and the scream of shells. It takes only a minute to light my little oil heater and make some George Washington Coffee… Every night I offer up a special petition to the health and well-being of [Mr. Washington].

-American soldier, 1918 letter from the trenches

By World War II instant coffee was incredibly popular with the soldiers. G. Washington Coffee, Nescafe, and others had all emerged to meet the demand. One year, the entire production from the U.S. Nescafe plant (in excess of one million cases) went solely to the military. 4

Today instant coffee still has a force in the market. It is great in recipes like a quick mocha frosting for a cappuccino cookie. In the grocery store, you will see it in all of the instant cappuccino drinks and blended ice drink powders, some of which are even used in coffee houses. Even the military still provides instant coffee powder for that much-needed caffeine boost. Always in an instant, it is there for you!


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1: Instant Coffee on Wikipedia.

2: Instant Coffee on

3: George Washington (inventor) on Wikipedia

4: History of Instant Coffee on NestleUK (archived)

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Sevilla vs. Leganes in Copa del Rey semifinal: Time, TV channel, how to watch live stream online

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Leganes, making a surprisingly deep run after ousting Real Madrid, play host to Sevilla in the first leg of Spain’s Copa del Rey semifinals with a berth in the final on the line. Want to watch the game? Check out the details here.

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Preview: Ducks head south for critical matchup with Bay Area schools

Oregon (14-7, 4-4) hits the road this weekend for matchups with Cal (7-15, 1-8) on Thursday and Stanford (11-11, 5-4) on Saturday. The Ducks are coming off wins over UCLA and Oregon State and need to keep winning if they want a chance of making the NCAA Tournament. First up …

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Podcast: Culture wrap: How do we interpret art after the #MeToo movement?

On this episode of the Emerald Culture wrap, News Reporter Casey Crowley, Senior Arts and Culture Editor Sararosa Davies and Podcast Editor Alec Cowan discuss the recent story from on Aziz Ansari, and in particular, whether or not we as consumers of media can enjoy Ansari’s work after the …

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Reconsidering the Cocktail’s Seat at the Table

Generally speaking, Jeffrey Morgenthaler is not a fan of cocktail pairings. “I only provide them when requested,” he says. Morgenthaler is bar manager of Clyde Common, a lauded restaurant and bar in Portland, Oregon.“And when I do, the most important consideration is balancing strengths, not flavors.” Morgenthaler is not alone. Many sommeliers and chefs contend […]

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A Look Inside the World’s Most Remote Brewery

To get to Cervecería Mahina, the world’s most remote brewery, your journey starts in Chile. On most days there’s a single early morning flight from Santiago to Easter Island. The jet takes off, turns due west to the Pacific Ocean, and remains on that course for five and a half hours. It’s nearly the same […]

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The Seven Best Ryes for Sazeracs, Ranked

One of the earliest cocktails on record, the Sazerac hails from 19th century New Orleans. Its creator was reportedly Antoine Peychaud, a Creole pharmacist born in Haiti, whose eponymous bitters punctuate the drink. Originally a Cognac vehicle, today’s Sazeracs are often made with rye, riffing on the Old Fashioned’s whiskey-sugar-bitters rubric. To determine the best […]

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Countdown Begins to Kentucky Bourbon Affair Golden Ticket Release

“They’re at the post…” In Kentucky, they say the limestone water that flows through the creeks, rivers and lakes is good for two things; building strong bones in Kentucky thoroughbred horses and distilling Kentucky bourbon whisk…

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Colorado Distillers Guild Sets Date to Cut Ribbon for Colorado Spirits Trail

Colorado Spirits Trail or Bust. Though the Colorado Gold Rush dried up in the early 1860s, the Colorado craft spirits rush is just getting started. The 50 members of the Colorado Distillers Guild, founded in 2011, hope that their new Colorado Spirits T…

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