Have you ever needed a cup of coffee and didn’t have any instant coffee, although you did have ground coffee at your disposal? Making your instant is more cost-efficient, tastes better, and is easier than you think.
How to Make Ground Coffee Into Instant Coffee
You can make instant from your regular ground coffee. This is a great way to save money if you’re running low on beans or just want to make a quick cup of coffee in a hurry.
What You’ll Need:
- Coffee ground (a scoop or two)
- Electric coffee grinder
- Fine-mesh strainer or sifter (optional)
- An airtight storage container with a lid
- A spoon or measuring cup for stirring.
- Add one or two scoops of your usual coffee grounds to the grinder. If you want to brew extra cups of coffee, adjust this quantity, as one scoop is sufficient for a single cup.
- Set your coffee grinder to the highest possible setting, then give the coffee a 40-second grind.
- Alternate between pulsating and a continuous whizzing motion while you grind the coffee until it lumps in the bottom corners of the grinder. If further grind is required, check your coffee and repeat for a further 30 seconds.
- Take out the container containing the coffee powder.
- Make sure the coffee powder is sifted or strained with a fine mesh. The finest powder bits should be the only thing remaining in the sieve. Most likely, you’ll have around half of the original serving of beans remaining. Put the coffee’s finest portion inside a sealed jar for storing.
How to Make a Cup of Instant Coffee
Making homemade instant coffee is surprisingly easy. It requires only two ingredients: instant espresso powder and sweetener of choice (sugar, Splenda, Truvia, or stevia).
You can use any combination of these ingredients that suits your taste buds. The best part is that it takes less than five minutes to make! Here’s how:
- 1 tablespoon of instant espresso powder (or 2 tablespoons for stronger flavor)
- 2 teaspoons sugar or other sweeteners
- Put 1 tablespoon of instant espresso powder in a mug or bowl.
- Add 2 teaspoons of sugar or other sweeteners if desired.
- Mix thoroughly until all particles are coated with the sweetener. You may need to stir it several times to ensure it’s completely mixed.
- Pour boiling water into the mug until it reaches about 3/4 full (about 6 ounces).
- Stir well until all the particles have dissolved completely into the water, so there are no clumps left behind.
- Let it cool, then enjoy!
How to Make a Cup of Instant Coffee: Tips
Instant is as simple to make as it sounds. You just need hot water and a spoonful of instant granules. However, if you’re looking for a more sophisticated cup, there are some tips and tricks you can use to achieve the perfect cuppa.
Use Quality Instant Coffee
If you want a decent cup of coffee on the go or in the office, you should use instant that has some character. Avoid the cheap stuff that comes in big plastic bags and look for higher-quality brands like
- Swiss Miss
- Nescafe (Nestle), or
Use the Right Amount of Water
The amount of water you use can significantly affect how your instant tastes. Using too much water will dilute the flavor of your coffee and make it weak and watery. If you use too little, you may have an unpleasant, bitter taste. Start with about 1/4 cup of water per 1-ounce serving of instant and adjust according to your preference.
Use Filtered Water if Possible (Not Necessarily Bottled Water)
Tap water is fine if it tastes good to you and doesn’t have too many impurities (like chlorine).
Filtered water will give your coffee a cleaner taste than tap water will—which is especially important if your tap water has a strong chlorine flavor or other off-tasting minerals like iron or sulfur compounds that can affect the way your coffee tastes when brewed in a pot (though not when brewed in an espresso machine).
Add sugar or sweetener after heating your drink and stirring it well together so that it dissolves appropriately into the liquid instead of settling on the bottom or sides of your cup, where you won’t be able to enjoy all its sweetness or bitterness while drinking!
If you are grinding coffee beans:
Use Fresh Beans
The fresher the beans, the better your cup of java will taste. Use whole bean coffee only—don’t use coffee grounds unless it specifically says “instant” on the package. Buy roasted beans from a reputable source, such as an upscale grocery store or specialty shop.
If you’re buying bulk coffee at Costco or Sam’s Club, check out its expiration date and ensure it’s within two weeks when you plan to brew it up.
What Is the Difference Between Instant and Turkish Coffee?
Instant is made from roasted and ground beans that have been freeze-dried. The instant is then dissolved in hot water to make a beverage.
On the other hand, Turkish coffee is made from fine, freshly roasted ground beans (usually one of about five varieties) and water. The mixture is boiled for several minutes before being strained through a metal pot called an ibrik or cezve.
Turkish coffee has a distinct taste that cannot be found in instant coffee. This is because the process of preparing it is different from instant. The final product is also different as it contains more caffeine than regular instant.
Instant is also made with more water than traditional Turkish coffee. The result is a weaker and less flavorful cup of coffee than you might expect from a cup of instant.
Preparation Time and Costs
Instant can be prepared easily anywhere with hot water and a mug or cup while making Turkish coffee requires an ibrik and some specialty ingredients like cardamom or cloves.
Can I Make Instant Coffee With Cold Water?
You can make instant coffee with cold water. Cold water will not affect the taste of your coffee. The advantage of using cold water is that it saves time and energy. You don’t need to wait for the kettle to boil, and you don’t need to wait for your coffee to cool down after brewing.
Is Ground Coffee Better Than Instant Coffee?
Ground coffee is better than instant because it’s more flavorful and easier to control the strength. Although if you’re just looking for something convenient and quick, instant might be the way to go.
Is Ground Coffee Stronger Than Instant?
Ground coffee is stronger than instant because it has more caffeine than instant. After all, the extraction process for ground beans is longer than that for instant coffee. The longer extraction time allows more caffeine to be extracted from the grounds.
Place one or two scoops of ground coffee into a grinder to make instant coffee. Set the grinder to its highest setting and remove the coffee powder container. Sift through a fine mesh and put the remainder back into your container, or resume grinding to continue making more instant coffee.