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Substitute for Instant Coffee (Maxwell House)

Commented on January 08, 2014
Created January 05, 2014 at 5:36 AM

Hey everyone,

So to cut right to the chase - both my parents are addicted to Maxwell House International French Vanilla instant "coffee"...which is horrible. The worst part is, they eat a fairly paleo-ish diet (via my influence), yet still drink anywhere from 1 to 3 cups of this stuff daily. I try to tell them its like downing poison after a healthy meal, and they totally understand why and agree with me, but still drink it. So frustrating. It's kind of become their comfort food (drink), unfortunately.

Here's a link to view the product:

http://www.amazon.com/Maxwell-House-International-Vanilla-8-4-Ounce/dp/B004T434L0 (Ingredient list can also be seen in one of the pictures)

I'm just wondering if anyone else knows of a coffee substitute that's a little more innocent than this one. It doesn't even have to be 100% paleo-approved...just something that tastes similar, has kind of a creamy mouth-feel, and does a weeeee bit less damage to the human body. Even if it is typical grocery-store stuff..there have got to be better options than this right?! I've tried googling, but haven't come up with much. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

p.s. - they don't particularly like normal, ground & brewed coffee...my dad will drink it once in a while, but my mom doesn't like the taste.

E42df6ff885d9d40f63836ce804d9e8e

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on January 08, 2014
at 04:24 PM

I believe raw cane sugar retains molasses content (and therefore net-positive micro-nutritional content compared to white sugar), while white sugar is stripped of that and further processed with the use of several perhaps harmful chemicals.

sugar is sugar is sugar and the difference is negligible for most, but if it must be used and if the price is comparable, i say go with the the raw stuff.

Eb87941a669017dfb288d296cc672130

on January 06, 2014
at 03:13 AM

What's the difference metabolically from "high quality raw can sugar" and from regular cheap-o Domino Sugar that you can get at all the other grocery stores besides Whole Foods et al ?

Eb87941a669017dfb288d296cc672130

on January 06, 2014
at 03:04 AM

Why is instant coffee "like downing poison?" I'm just curious.

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on January 06, 2014
at 03:02 AM

That is NOT what downvoting is for. Downvoting in a Stack Exchange type community is for forcing down offtopic or misleading answers. This is NOT to be confused with answers that you disagree with - there is a fine but important line between there that must be recognized.

Matt's answer was that perhaps no change is necessary. If you disagree then that is what the 'reply' button is for. That is NOT what the 'down arrow' is for.

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on January 06, 2014
at 02:01 AM

Why is instant coffee "like downing poison?" Just curious.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on January 06, 2014
at 01:16 AM

Calling out scaremongering is negativity? Please.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on January 06, 2014
at 01:15 AM

Prove it

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19473)

on January 06, 2014
at 12:36 AM

Careful - barley is a gluten grain, very un-paleo stuff. I tend to react more to it than to wheat flour - A few years back I started getting that glutened feeling, turns out some blueberry tea contained barley in it. Was a very bad reaction.

E42df6ff885d9d40f63836ce804d9e8e

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on January 05, 2014
at 09:40 PM

this is a good oportunity to remind folks to vote down negativity!

35c04ef50472a9cde9ac0a58e98bf138

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on January 05, 2014
at 09:37 PM

..Hyperbole? This stuff is disgusting. Did you read the ingredients? It is NOT "just instant coffee with creamer and sugar added." And if they're drinking ~2 cups a day (at 2-3 tbsp/cup)...that IS a problem in the long term.

35c04ef50472a9cde9ac0a58e98bf138

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on January 05, 2014
at 09:32 PM

Thanks. I am trying to get them to appreciate the real flavors of foods, so this sounds like a good approach :)

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3fc95bca9e723edfbbb72b172798ab49

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on January 06, 2014
at 03:15 AM

Peoples' choice on how they take their coffee is a common issue on almost any diet - not just Paleo. It is not uncommon for people to find that it's not so much the coffee that they liked, as much as it was the caffeinated sugar-milk.

Is this a concern? Maybe. If you're concerned with the nickel and dime stuff it certainly can be. You can try finding a decent bean and cheap grinder and see if they will tolerate black at all. They...likely won't...so be economical about it if you give it a shot.

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on January 06, 2014
at 03:10 AM

You can make your own, and choose higher quality ingredients. The ratios I use (generally for camping) are 1/2 cup instant coffee, 2/3 cup icing sugar (or coconut/date sugar with 1/2 tsp or so tapioca starch), 2/3 cup powdered milk (use full fat, or mix with powdered coconut milk), cinnamon or ground vanilla beans, and a pinch of salt. Blend thoroughly in a food processor so everything is powdered together.

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on January 06, 2014
at 02:03 AM

My guess is that it's probably just mostly out of habit/convenience and liking the taste. How about a paleo home made version of a french vanilla cappuccino? You could use coconut milk if you're avoiding dairy, ditch the brown sugar and add some real ground vanilla beans instead of extract. Or perhaps regular coffee steeped with vanilla beans and coconut milk. You could even try to get them on to Bulletproof Coffee. Often the best way to change a habit is to replace it with something else (and something better hopefully!)

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on January 06, 2014
at 12:40 AM

They're addicted for a reason, and the fact that they don't like normal coffee with cream and sugar should tell you it isn't the caffeine that has them hooked... something hidden in there is a problem. I almost cheered when I saw coconut oil, but then I saw "hydrogenated" wtf... why? coconut oil is stable...

Something is very very evil about this stuff if they prefer it to high quality coffee (and I'm not talking Starbucks) - it's either hyper palatable, or outright addictive.

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on January 05, 2014
at 06:36 PM

all i can offer from experience is bring over some single source high quality stuff and making it as a treat. if they must use sugar, sweeten it with high quality raw cane sugar. if they must have cream, get some good quality half/half. maybe they'll catch on to it, maybe they wont.

Eb87941a669017dfb288d296cc672130

on January 06, 2014
at 03:13 AM

What's the difference metabolically from "high quality raw can sugar" and from regular cheap-o Domino Sugar that you can get at all the other grocery stores besides Whole Foods et al ?

35c04ef50472a9cde9ac0a58e98bf138

(191)

on January 05, 2014
at 09:32 PM

Thanks. I am trying to get them to appreciate the real flavors of foods, so this sounds like a good approach :)

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on January 05, 2014
at 03:27 PM

at any rate, we sometimes drink barley coffee, found in local italian stores. This year I am growing chicory root in the garden (I found the seeds). It makes a deep flavored bitter coffee. I have no doubts that coffee is more addictive than people let on, as I saw the effects on me and my wife when we forgot to buy it ahead of a camping trip in Sierra Nevada. My wife was in pain one week, and I was OK after 4 days, but not after sleeping 20 hours the second day, and being a general zombie the rest of the 4 days. It's been decaf at my place ever since.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19473)

on January 06, 2014
at 12:36 AM

Careful - barley is a gluten grain, very un-paleo stuff. I tend to react more to it than to wheat flour - A few years back I started getting that glutened feeling, turns out some blueberry tea contained barley in it. Was a very bad reaction.

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on January 05, 2014
at 03:02 PM

What's the big deal with it? It's just instant coffee with creamer and sugar added. "Horrible", "poison", 'guilty'? Hyperbole. Geez.

E42df6ff885d9d40f63836ce804d9e8e

(25)

on January 05, 2014
at 09:40 PM

this is a good oportunity to remind folks to vote down negativity!

35c04ef50472a9cde9ac0a58e98bf138

(191)

on January 05, 2014
at 09:37 PM

..Hyperbole? This stuff is disgusting. Did you read the ingredients? It is NOT "just instant coffee with creamer and sugar added." And if they're drinking ~2 cups a day (at 2-3 tbsp/cup)...that IS a problem in the long term.

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on January 05, 2014
at 06:09 AM

Yuck. I guess if I had to get close to that I add some cream & honey or rice syrup to a cup of regular coffee. You could also use coconut milk. Add a drop or two of vanilla. Off the shelf product that is healthy to compete with that - I doubt it.

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