In production since 1876, Camp Coffee was reputedly originally created to ease the making of Coffee on the battlefield. This is the current label – the original one depicted the Sikh soldier delivering the drink on a tray to the Gordon Highlanders’ officer. It was almost certainly changed to avoid accusations of racism. The irony is that the orginal label may well have been true to life as the Gordon Highlanders and the Sikh Regiment within the British army shared several campaigns and it’s not inconceivable that the Officer may have had a Sikh batman – Who knows!
Camp Coffee itself has a very bitter sweet taste and is probably best served as an iced drink in the summer rather than as hot coffee. However, its principal use these days is in baking for coffee cake and coffee flavoured icing. Fuller details of its history can be found on Wikipedia. Since 1876 it has remained… Ready Aye Ready!