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Instant coffee is the dehydrated version of our favourite drink, readily available with the same great taste. Not to mention, it’s quick and easy to make. But what is instant coffee? Keep reading to find out all you need to know.

Pouring Instant Coffee In A Mug

What is instant coffee?

Instant coffee is made from real coffee beans. The soluble and volatile contents of the beans are extracted. Then the water is removed so powder or concentrated soluble coffee powder are left over. It’s essentially been dehydrated for our convenience – just add water and you have yourself a brew!

You might also see instant coffee called:

  • Soluble coffee
  • Powdered coffee
  • Granulated coffee

Like most other coffees, instant coffee also comes in a variety of roasts: dark, medium and light, so you’re still able to choose the strength that you love. You might also be looking for the same rich flavour but without caffeine. Luckily, decaf instant coffee is here to satisfy your cravings with the same quick and easy process.

Spoon Of Ground Coffee

What’s the difference between regular coffee and instant coffee?

Regular coffee is usually made with roasted coffee beans, ground into a fine powder. With this type of coffee, there’s always coffee bean waste after the process is completed. As we mentioned previously, instant coffee is soluble. There’s no waste as it’s all dissolved into rich, deliciousness. 

In recent years, instant coffee sachets have been introduced to our shelves. These sachets are filled with delicious instant coffee but in powder form and some even come with added milk – even less fuss! Not to mention, dairy alternative instant coffee sachets are readily available. There’s truly an instant coffee for everyone!

Woman Pouring Instant Coffee In Mug

How to make instant coffee

As we said before, instant coffee is easy! Simply follow these 4 steps:

1. Most importantly, pick your favourite mug 

2. Add 2 teaspoons of instant coffee and boil your kettle

3. Let your boiling water rest for 30 seconds (pouring fresh boiling water onto coffee can lead to a bitter taste) and fill up your mug

4. Stir until the instant coffee is completely dissolved and enjoy!

And there you have it – a beautifully rich coffee with minimal fuss.

Of course, some of us like a little extra pizazz in our coffee cup. You can easily add a flavoured syrup (i.e., vanilla or caramel) but instant coffee with milk is also a common way to enjoy this drink.

Spoon Of Instant Coffee Granules

Why choose instant coffee?

If you’re not convinced already, instant coffee has a few more benefits. As mentioned previously, there’s no residue, but it also has a long shelf life, meaning it’s great in communal areas or when you’re on the go. It’s also typically cheaper than regular coffee too.

Overall, instant coffee is a low-calorie beverage.

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