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I would not say that I grew up in a culture of coffee, but it certainly has been around me all my life. When I was young, and continuing to this day, my parents drank coffee in the morning for breakfast every day. (They used a perculator to brew it, which probably means nothing to anyone, but it made a particular gurgling sound that is difficult to reproduce.) They drank it in the morning, but never at any other time of the day, because my father was extremely sensitive to caffeine, and one cup of coffee at lunchtime can keep him up all night. For that reason, coffee will forever be linked to breakfast with me, even though I personally drink it at all hours of the day.

One thing that I have noticed is that coffee truly does taste different in different parts of the world. I'm not all that worldly, but the coffee in America is definately weak compared to any other place that I've had it. Also, the coffee in Sri Lanka is so sweet! With all the cream and sugar, you can barely taste the coffee itself, in my humble opinion.

When I first came to Japan, I couldn't believe how good the coffee tasted, especially the instant coffee. Of course no one really expects instant coffee to be superb, but it's evident that the companies put a lot of effort into making their coffee taste good, because it really does.


Me and coffee are just starting to get to like one another. I have not tasted coffee anywhere except in the United States and it depends on how long it sits. It is nasty if it has been sitting all day. It taste burnt and is too strong for me.

I am into the ice coffees the most. Would you agree?
Come to Japan and try the coffee here. It's more fully bodied in my opinion. Although I must say...when I visited America last I paid a premium to get imported instant coffee from Japan, and it didn't taste as good as it should have. I wonder why. At the time, I didn't try American coffee to compare it against, so I don't have such a comparison, but it would be interesting to know what results a side by side comparison would have yielded!

BTW, I like ice coffee in the summer and hot coffee in the winter. I rarely drink hot coffee in the summer and vice versa, so I guess you could say that my preferences are seasonal.
I would love to try Japanese coffee, it sounds better than American coffee. What does it cost to import Japanese coffee?

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