A friend of mine (here in Canada) is dating a Brit gentleman. She went to the UK to visit for a couple of weeks last summer and found, much to her chagrin, that almost everywhere she went (including most restaurants), there was only “instant” coffee. Hardly a brewed cup to be found.
One of the things she got her beau for Christmas was a coffee maker. Apparently, all of his friends and family now go to his house, since brewed coffee is so uncommon.
Why is instant coffee the standard in the UK? Or is it? Perhaps she just went to all the wrong places and he and his friends/family know nothing about real coffee.