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How to make the perfect instant coffee at home

How to make the perfect instant coffee at home

4 mins read

Instant coffee is definitely the easiest way to make a delicious, creamy cup of coffee "your way". Learn the basics, start with a full teaspoon of NESCAFÉ instant coffee, and tweak to make it the perfect cup of instant coffee for you.

If you're searching for a recipe on how to make the perfect, creamiest cup of instant coffee, then you're in the right place. Read on, because a deliciously rich cup of coffee is a few easy steps away. That first cup of NESCAFÉ coffee to kickstart your day is the easiest, tastiest way to get your coffee fix. In a few short steps, you'll easily be able to turn any moment into the perfect NESCAFÉ moment.

Make your NESCAFÉ moment your way

There's nothing more relaxing than sitting back and enjoying a rich, steaming cup of NESCAFÉ Red Mug coffee made just the way you like it. Whether it's a slow, lazy, sunny weekend, or a break in between meetings - the perfect time to make your NESCAFÉ moment is whenever you feel like it. There's no need to head to a barista, or get an expensive coffee machine when NESCAFÉ instant coffee is in your kitchen. Just add water, milk/creamer and sugar to taste, and your perfect NESCAFÉ moment is within reach. Ready to learn how to make the perfect cup of instant coffee at home? Let's get to it.

Making the perfect instant coffee is easy

Your first step is to choose your coffee blend. You need something roasty enough to keep its bold flavours and captivating aromas when you add your milk or creamer - if that's how you like it. NESCAFÉ Red Mug is our signature blend of Arabica and Robusta beans, offering a balanced, smooth taste and rich aroma.

Making the perfect instant coffee is easy

Putting it all together

It's time to work on the iconic and perfect NESCAFÉ Red Mug instant coffee. There are some simple ways to create a creamy, rich and smooth coffee every time, and there's a good chance you have everything you need in your kitchen already. Here's how to bring it all together to make the perfect instant coffee at home.

The first step is always the same - heat your water to 80º Celsius, or 175º Fahrenheit. There's no need to heat the water until it's boiling - this uses more energy than is necessary, and heats the water up too much. 80º Celsius (or 175º Fahrenheit) is the perfect temperature for the perfect cup of instant coffee.

While that happens, spoon 1 heaped teaspoon of your favourite NESCAFÉ Red Mug instant coffee into a mug and add sugar to taste.

Once the water has heated up, pour it over the instant coffee and stir until the grounds have dissolved. If you would like some milk with your coffee, gently heat the milk on the stove, or in a microwave. It needs to be warm - not boiling!

Pro tip: Not all milk types froth equally. Dairy milk froths the easiest, but you might find that plant-based alternatives don't froth as well. This is because many plant-based milks have water as a base, and water just won't froth.

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  • • 1 heaped teaspoon (3g) NESCAFÉ Gold Instant Coffee
  • • Water heated to 80 degrees Celsius
  • • Milk or creamer of your choice (optional)
  • • Sugar to taste (optional)
Nescafe GOLD jar

Create It!


Add a teaspoon of NESCAFÉ Instant Coffee to your cup. If you like sugar you can add it now.


Carefully pour the hot water into the cup, leaving some space at the top. Stir it well to ensure the coffee and the sugar are fully dissolved - this will only take about 10 seconds.


If you like milk or creamer in your coffee, now is the perfect time to add it.


Taste your coffee. Not strong enough? Add more coffee granules next time. Too strong? Add less coffee, and a bit more milk or creamer.


How much coffee do you use for instant coffee? We’d recommend 1 teaspoon (3 grams) of NESCAFÉ Red Mug instant coffee, but you might prefer it a different level of intensity. An easy way to find your perfect flavour is to try using different amounts of water in your NESCAFÉ coffee. More water makes for a less intense brew, while less water means your coffee will be bolder, darker, and richer.

How to personalise your cup of instant coffee? You can add your favourite sweetener – whether it’s sugar, or a flavoured syrup. Milk or creamer will also help to cut the intensity and boldness of the coffee. It’s all about finding your personal taste, so experiment with what you like to find your flavour. Flavours that work particularly well with NESCAFÉ coffee are chocolate, hazelnut, and caramel. You can even do something as simple as sprinkling some cinnamon, nutmeg or chocolate powder on top of your coffee for a hint of spice or sweetness.

How do you make coffee more creamy? Making your favourite NESCAFÉ creamier and smoother is as simple as adding milk, creamer, or milk powder. If your diet doesn't include dairy, you can use some coconut oil as dairy alternative. Whichever way you choose, try blending the ingredients together for a few seconds before you drink it, to get a smooth, creamy coffee consistency.