Sometimes you need your coffee and you want it fast!
…and instant coffee lets you savor a fresh cup of coffee, just like that. Instantly.
Here’s how to make instant coffee at home
- Preheat your coffee mug with hot water and then empty
- Draw fresh cold water from the tap into a kettle or pot and set to boil
- Remove kettle or pot from burner and allow to rest for about 45 seconds to a minute for optimum temperature
- Add one heaping tablespoon of instant coffee to your cup for every 6 oz of water
- Pour hot water into the cup and stir to dissolve
- Optional: add milk, sugar or sweeteners as desired
- Serve and enjoy
Things to Know
Below are some tips for brewing a cup of instant coffee that you may never even thought of.
Start off with boiling extra water in your kettle as you will want to pour the extra in your cup(s) before you make the coffee.
This will allow the mug to help keep your coffee stay warmer for longer.
For me, there’s just a good feeling of holding onto a nice warm cup before I take my first sip in the morning.
Coffee and Water Mix
For instant coffee mix I like to suggest one heaping tablespoon ground coffee per 6 ounces of water, depending on how strong you like it. This comes from my own taste buds and is the recommendation from the folks at the National Coffee Association, Specialty Coffee Association.
If you prefer your coffee a little stronger or a little weaker, you can just adjust your tablespoons or add more water to your liking.
Stir until the granules dissipate. You may have some on the bottom when you finish but hey, that is okay!
You won’t need a thermometer for this part but making sure your boiled water sits for about a minute before pouring over your grounds should produce the perfect temperature. Ideally you’ll want your water temperature between 195 to 205 degrees Fahrenheit for optimal extraction.
You’ll get the most aroma and flavors from your grounds at this temp.
Colder water will result in flat, under-extracted coffee, while water that is too hot will also cause a loss of quality in the taste of the coffee and we don’t want that.
To get this desired temperature without using a thermometer, boil your water and then wait minute for it to cool slightly before pouring. Or what I do is right before my electric kettle is about to boil (I can hear it) I will just turn it off and then I can pour it into my cup
But… since I told you about pre-heating your cup. I allow my electric kettle to boil the water and then I fill my cup almost all the way to the top, let it rest for about 10-15 seconds and then empty it. Then I add my coffee grounds to my cup and now it’s been about a minute so the water is just about perfect.
This is up to you. Now you can add your milk/creamers and sugars. I enjoy half and half so I alway leave room in my cup for this.
Instant coffee sounds taboo to me since I am a coffee snob but I actually enjoy it. I don’t always have access to my makers and grinders and I’ve microwaved my water many of times for some coffee when I was In a pinch.
Enjoy making your coffee and try some of the many instant coffee flavors out there. There’s a method of making coffee and flavor for everyone.