Post by email@example.com Post by Peter Scales
I have often noted a smell emanating from the region of Banbury during
my frequent trips down the M40. It's not particularly unpleasant but it
is strong. It reminds me of brewing or Marmite - that yeasty odour. It
seems to be most apparent when I'm driving south, just before the
Banbury junction of the M40.
There is a big brewery in Banbury -- can't remember whose -- but
you can normally see (from the M40) the large plumes of whatever
vapour that breweries produce spouting from its tall chimneys.
Must confess that I've never smelled it though -- perhaps it
needs a brisk SW wind and a low level inversion in the atmosphere?
Wishful thinking, Pete ;-) AFAIK, there's no brewery of any kind in
Banbury - are you thinking of Hook Norton?
As it happens, my father was an executive at the (then) General Foods
& now Kraft plant for almost 20 years. I can confirm that what you're
seeing & others are smelling *is* the industrial production of instant
coffee. The steam is due to the percolation method of production.
The reason you don't smell it all the time is that the coffee is
produced in batches, so you have to be (un)lucky. The smell can be
extremely powerful & no, it doesn't smell particularly of coffee.
I seem to remember that they brew vast amounts at a time & then it
either goes into an evaporation unit or to freeze-dryers, depending on
what they're making that day.