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Six Simple Steps To Perfect Instant Coffee

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Have you had a truly dreadful hot drink in the past? I can’t be the only one who has been the proud owner of a barely brewed cup of tea from a motorway service station which cost more per cup than liquid gold. You know you can get a good cup from a mobile coffee franchise but if you’re at home and need a caffeine hit, instant might seem like the only option.

In honour of all those disgusting, lukewarm monstrosities, we’d like to give you some tips on getting the best cup of coffee possible, for very little extra effort.

So sit back, take note, and learn how to make a better cuppa at home.

  1. Use Fresh Water

If you only boil the amount of water you need, you’ll save on electricity. You’ll also save time, as a less full kettle will reach boiling point quicker than one which is nearly overflowing. By only using the water you need you’ll be saving on electricity, and you can get your cup a little bit quicker.

The other advantage is the taste. Water makes up the vast majority of your cup – unless you like a particularly milky number – and so it will definitely impact the end product. Ideally use freshly boiled, filtered water to maximise taste. The higher oxygen content of water which has only boiled once will improve the end product.

  1. Add The Milk First

The order you add milk might seem like a personal preference. It can be, of course, but for the very best cups of coffee, add a small amount of milk before you add water. This will prevent the freshly boiled water from scolding the grounds which can result in a fairly unpleasant and bitter taste.

While we’re on the subject, it’s better to use water which has not quite boiled. This is more important if you’re a fan of the milk-free stuff, because you won’t have that dairy buffer.

  1. Don’t Skimp On Quality

If you’re using instant coffee be aware that there are two different types. Spray drying denatures the coffee beans more than freeze drying, so a freeze dried coffee is more likely to taste like the real deal. Price is a bit of an indicator of quality, although you can buy a really pricy jar which will be no better than an own branded bargain. You’ll have tasted the difference when you buy from mobile coffee franchises and overpriced but poor quality cafes.

Shop around and try a few until you find one which you like best. The chances are you’ll find that you have a preference as instant coffee can vary wildly.

  1. Teaspoon Dilemmas 


Alt: Mobile Coffee Franchises use a measure rather than different sized spoons for consistent taste.

Teaspoons come in all shapes and sizes, so one man’s one and a half sugars could be another’s three. It can be particularly  problematic when trying to make a coffee for someone else, so we would like to propose an international teaspoon size and shape to be used at all times. It exists in the world of baking – why can’t we use it to make a better cup? A teaspoon (should) hold 5ml, in case you wondered.

If you find a teaspoon which makes the perfect coffee for you, stick with it. You can keep the spoon in your coffee jar so you know where it is at all times.

This is basically a scientific process. You know how much effort has gone into getting your grounds to you, so why spoil it by treating it like it’s an insignificant beverage?

  1. Pick A Mug


Alt: The right mug can make or break your coffee experience.

Every coffee lover should have a favourite mug. If you use a different one each time you’ll end up with different amounts of water, and a different strength. It all comes down to keeping all the variables the same. If you always use the same spoon and the same mug, your coffee will be consistently great every time. The paper cups from a mobile coffee franchise are specifically sized because it makes the baristas job easiest.

Mugs come in all shapes and sizes, and you might prefer a teeny bone china number to a giant ceramic one. It’s all about what works best for you.

  1. Don’t Use Instant

Yes it takes longer, and yes it can be more expensive, but it is entirely worthwhile.

There is a reason people continue to buy from coffee shops and mobile coffee franchises, and it isn’t because they’d rather spend the money than make their own. Coffee outlets use espresso machines and freshly roasted and ground coffee to maximise taste and quality. Your freeze dried grounds probably didn’t even start out life as the best quality beans, so they have little hope later on. 

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