A post here on America's coffee habits.
When I was a child, I could get a little tea in my glass of milk, but couldn't have coffee, as it was bad for kids. Of course that made me more determined to drink coffee, which I've indulged ever since I grew of age (maybe 15 or so?). Back then instant coffee was new, and the family gradually switched from the percolator pot to instant. During my working life I usually had a coffee cup on my desk, filled from the big coffee maker (12 cup maybe?). Who would refill the coffee pot and buy the 3 lb cans of coffee were often big issues among the office staff.
Now I'm addicted to Starbucks, using it as my big incentive to get out of the house and take some exercise. I've discovered to my surprise that the jars of instant coffee are no longer stocked at the local Safeway; they have the envelopes of instant instead, but mostly the "pods" for something called a Keurig. Which brings me to the post I started with. Apparently using a spoonful of instant coffee and boiling the water were too burdensome for modern Americans; instead we have the self-contained appliance.