Saturday, 3 September 2011

French Cafe bottled coffee

The FamilyMart convenience store across from my apartment complex used to sell Starbucks bottled coffee, but after selling out their first lot of stock never acquired any more. Most Chinese convenience stores sell a variety of mostly identical uncompelling bottled coffees.

These appeared on the shelf where the Starbucks bottles used to be and looked interesting enough to give a shot. Like the Starbucks bottles which are around 22 RMB, these are also expensive at around 18 RMB apiece.

Bottles from the front.

2011-08-21 - French Cafe Coffee - 01 - Front

Bottles from the back. Made in Korea, maybe that means the product quality is more trustworthy and one doesn't need to worry about things like malamine.

2011-08-21 - French Cafe Coffee - 02 - Back

I need to stop drinking these bottled coffees. I could make instant coffee with milk, cool it in the fridge and it would likely taste as good. It would cost a fraction of the price, and would more than likely be nowhere near as fattening.


  1. Hi Richard,

    I have found the easiest and best way to make iced coffee is to cold brew it. You buy the beans, grind them, add them to cold water, let the mixture sit in the fridge for about 24 hours, strain through cheesecloth, and voila. I usually add sweetened condensed milk and some other sort of dairy - makes a sort of faux Vietnamese coffee. I also flavor mine with cinnamon and vanilla extract (add that stuff in when you are brewing it). Far cheaper than bottled coffees. As far as the ratio of coffee to water - I do about 10 ounces of beans to 1 gallon of water (it might be a gallon and a half). You can adjust that amount to taste.


  2. Sounds worth trying. For now though out of laziness I will stick to instant coffee, it tastes pretty much like the bottled stuff. In fact it tastes pretty much indistinguishable from the "americano" coffees I buy in the coffee shops here. Maybe when we do that adventure back in the states, I can try some and maybe be converted. :-)