Ancient Czech Blend
Today's feature is Jihlavanka's "Ancient Czech Blend." It's coffee. The package clarifies below, in case you weren't sure what was in the bag, "genuine Czech Turkish coffee." A blurb on the back of the package suggests that, for "preparing a really strong genuine cup of Turkish coffee, the Ancient Czech Blend is absolutely ideal." Since this is bound to confuse some shoppers (I haven't met any Czech Turks in Tesco recently who might explain), the packaging includes a helpful serving suggestion (displayed at left): white cup and saucer, black foamy liquid. The white plumy thing is supposed to indicate, "serve piping hot."
I normally drink tea in the mornings, but it is nice to have coffee around. Being a graduate student I have inclinations toward coffee snobbery--actually it's not a matter of taste alone, buying instant coffee doesn't really cross my mind when I'm at the store in the U.S.--but, as the beverage post revealed, I have resorted to instant coffee here. There are practical reasons for this. It is, one, rare to find a large selection of whole-bean coffees in any store here. Most (if not all) of the downtown Tesco's coffee selection is instant; the rest is pre-ground. And, two, coffee-making equipment is not available either. I didn't even see filters while I was there this afternoon. This was explained in icon form on the back of the Ancient Czech blend. Recommended preparation: 1) Add seven grams of blend to empty cup. 2) Pour in 100-degree liquid (water?). 3) Look at cup?
Now I seem to be set. I don't have (only) imitation powdered coffee but the real thing. But there is one problem. I can't drink it. I have no cup to match.
Tags: food, packaging, czech