How to Make Instant Coffee (And How Not To)

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Today when you say “coffee” many people immediately think of fancy drinks from Starbucks or other coffee chains, but the truth is that the ‘original’ type of coffee was actually instant! And this article will show you how to make your own instant coffee-the right way-as well as what not to do when making instant coffee.

1. What is Instant Coffee ?

Instant coffee is a concentrated product that you rehydrate by adding hot water. It comes in small, pre-measured envelopes or canisters and it’s usually dissolved into either hot or cold water.

People don’t typically drink instant coffee on its own-it’s used as a component to cappuccinos, iced coffees, and other specialty coffee recipes.

2. How to make the perfect cup of instant coffee

Now that you know what instant coffee is, let’s look at the basics of how to make a cup. Decide whether you want your coffee hot or cold, full-flavored or mild. Then choose the recipe that best fits your tastes!

a) Hot-brewed Instant Coffee

Step One : Place 1 tbsp of instant coffee (per serving) into a mug and add about 1/2 cup of water.

Step Two : Stir together until the coffee has dissolved completely, this may take a few minutes.

Step Three : For every 1/4 cup more of hot water you need to add, microwave the solution for 30-60 seconds.

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b) Cold-brewed Instant Coffee

Step One : Place 1 tbsp of instant coffee (per serving) into a mug and add about 1/2 cup of cold water.

Step Two : Stir together until the coffee has dissolved completely, this may take a few minutes.

Step Three : Add 2 tablespoons of sugar per serving. Top with ice.

3. Things not to do when making instant coffee

Instant coffee is easy to make-but there are a few mistakes people commonly make. Try not to do the following things when making instant coffee!

a) Don’t use too much water or milk

If you want your drink to taste like actual coffee, don’t dilute it with too much milk or water. The point of instant is that it’s concentrated-if you use too much liquid, you’ll lose the flavor and we don’t want that!

b) Don’t drink your instant coffee straight

Pour a little bit of cream or milk in your hot coffee before adding any sugar or sweetener. The heat from the water should be enough to melt and dissolve it, but if it doesn’t you can always microwave it for a few seconds.

c) Don’t add too much milk or sugar

If you want your coffee to taste like actual coffee, don’t load it down with too much milk and sugar. It will be difficult to dissolve the amounts you’re using in hot water.

Feel free to add more to your cup after you’ve microwaved it, but make sure to dissolve them before drinking.

d) Don’t use too much instant coffee

The point of instant is that it’s concentrated-if you use too much instant coffee, you could end up with a gritty taste because not all the particles are dissolved into the solution. If this happens, you should also heat your drink and dissolve more.

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4. Tips for creating your own instant coffee packets at home

Now you know how to make your own instant coffee, but now it’s time to learn how to create an instant coffee packet that will fit into your mug.

Step One : Measure out 1/2 cup of hot water and microwave the solution for 30-60 seconds.

Step Two : Combine 1 tbsp of dry, finely ground coffee with 1/2 cup of hot water.

Step Three : Allow the solution to cool, then pour it into an airtight container. Label it so you remember what kind of coffee is in each envelope. It’s always a good idea to include the date!

5. The history and benefits of instant coffee (optional)

Instant coffee was created by George Washington, who added boiling water to dry coffee grounds in an effort to make a quick pick-me-up. It was soon used by soldiers fighting in World War I and II to help them stay awake during long battles.

This drink became popularized in America after WWII, when soldiers brought it back with them to share with their friends and family.

Today, instant coffee is used in almost every American household-but it doesn’t taste so great when you accidentally use too much milk and sugar!

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