Cant speak on French bread i rarely eat it.Coffee has changed, at least in the uk it has,because back in the 60's it was a choice between proper roast coffee bean coffee for which you required a percolator and there were shops you could buy coffee beans and drink proper coffee from and was an expensive luxury or for the majority it was kenco or nescafe or mellow birds instant,non of which could be described as coffee even if thats what theyre supposed to be.
These days we have far bigger and better choice of beans,grounds,instant,filter etc and there is a resurgence in coffee houses selling coffee beans so possibly one area where choice and quality has actually improved for uk consumers and caught up with Europeans who've been drinking proper coffee for years.
I seem to remember being told that instant coffee consumption has gone right down (in the U.K.).
I got a nespresso machine reciently (a gift) and my feelings are mixed. It’s amazingly convenient. I might go order some beans again and try to get back into using the coffee pot because I seem to just burn through those capsules.