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How to Make Instant Coffee

Instant coffee is great when you need a pick-me-up but don't have a coffee maker. Just mix a teaspoon of it with hot water, add milk, sugar, or spices, and start sipping your caffeine fix. For a refreshing iced coffee, mix instant coffee with a little hot water, add cold water or milk, then pour it over ice. If you’re in the mood for something fancier, use instant coffee to make a fabulous latte or delicious iced coffee shake.

IngredientsEdit

Basic Instant Coffee[1]Edit

  • 1 cup (240 mL) hot water
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons instant coffee
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons sugar (optional)
  • Milk or creamer (optional)
  • Cocoa, spices, or vanilla extract (optional)

Instant Iced Coffee[2]Edit

  • 2 to 3 teaspoons instant coffee
  • 12 cup (120 mL) hot water
  • 12 cup (120 mL) cold water or milk
  • Ice cubes
  • Milk or creamer (optional)
  • Sugar, spices, or vanilla (optional)

Instant Latte[3]Edit

  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee
  • 14 cup (59 mL) hot water
  • 12 cup (120 mL) hot milk
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons sugar (optional)
  • Cocoa, spices, or vanilla extract (optional)

Instant Coffee Shake[4]Edit

  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee
  • 34 cup (180 mL) milk
  • 6 ice cubes
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons chocolate syrup (optional)

Method One of Four:
Making Basic Instant Coffee
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  1. 1
    Bring 1 cup (240 mL) of water to a near boil. Use a pot or kettle to heat water on the stovetop over medium-high heat. Take the water off of the stove just before it starts to boil.[5]
    • You could also microwave the water for 1 minute.[6]
    • For 1 serving, heat 1 cup (240 mL) of water. Use more water if you want to make additional servings.
    • Using a kettle will make it easier to pour the hot water into your mug.
  2. 2
    Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of instant coffee to a mug. Check your instant coffee container’s label to see how much you should use to get the best taste. Most companies recommend using 1 to 2 teaspoons for 1 cup (240 mL) of water.[7]
    • Use more if you like stronger coffee and less if you like weaker coffee.
  3. 3
    Dissolve the coffee with a tablespoon of cold water. Mixing the coffee with a bit of cold water gently dissolves it. Gently dissolving the coffee instead of shocking it with hot water will improve the flavor.[8]
  4. 4
    Pour the hot water into the mug. Add the water carefully, especially if you’re not using a kettle. Remember to leave room for milk or creamer if you don’t like your coffee black.[9]
  5. 5
    Mix in sugar or spices, if desired. For a richer coffee flavor, add sugar or spices after mixing the coffee with hot water. If you’d like, add a teaspoon of sugar, cocoa powder, cinnamon, or allspice.[10]
    • You could also use a flavored coffee creamer. Keep in mind that most flavored coffee creamers are really sweet, so you probably won’t need any extra sugar.
  6. 6
    Add milk or cream if you’re not a fan of black coffee. Spoon dairy milk, almond milk, or another non-dairy option, cream, or flavored creamer into your coffee. The right amount to use depends on how light or dark you like your coffee.[11]
    • You can also skip the milk or creamer and drink your instant coffee black.
  7. 7
    Stir your coffee and serve it. Give the coffee a good stir before enjoying it or serving it to someone else. Mix it until it’s uniform in color to evenly blend the milk and sugar (if you’re using them).
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Method Two of Four:
Making Instant Iced Coffee
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  1. 1
    Mix 2 teaspoons of instant coffee with 12 cup (120 mL) of hot water. Heat the water in the microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Stir the coffee and hot water together until the coffee granules are dissolved.[12]
    • You can mix your coffee in the glass you want to drink from or in a separate cup. For example, if you’ll drink your iced coffee in a metal travel mug, make the coffee in a microwave-safe cup. Since you’ll pour the coffee over ice, it’s easiest to use a measuring cup or other vessel with a spout.
  2. 2
    Stir sugar or spices into the warm mixture, if desired. If you’re using sugar or spices, add them before the ice and cold water or milk. Sugar, cinnamon, allspice, and other ingredients will dissolve better in the warm mixture.[13]
    • You can also add flavored coffee creamer or syrup instead of sugar and spices.
  3. 3
    Add 12 cup (120 mL) of cold water or milk to the warm mixture. For creamier iced coffee, use cold milk instead of water. Stir until everything is combined and evenly distributed.[14]
  4. 4
    Pour your cold coffee over some ice. Fill a tall glass with ice cubes, and slowly pour your cold coffee over the ice.[15]
    • If you made the coffee in the glass you want to drink from, just add ice to it.
  5. 5
    Stir in more milk or creamer if you want your coffee lighter. If you’re adding more milk or creamer, mix your iced coffee thoroughly with a spoon until the color is uniform.[16]
  6. 6
    Serve the instant iced coffee immediately. Sip your iced coffee straight from the glass or add a straw to it. Serve or drink it before all the ice melts and waters it down.[17]
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Method Three of Four:
Whipping up an Instant Latte
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  1. 1
    Mix a tablespoon of instant coffee with 14 cup (59 mL) of hot water. Heat the water in the microwave for 20 to 30 seconds. Add the instant coffee, and stir until the coffee granules are completely dissolved.[18]
    • Combine the water and coffee in the mug you plan on using. The mug should fit at least 1 cup (240 mL).
  2. 2
    Add sugar or spices, if desired. If you like your latte sweet or flavored, add a teaspoon of sugar, cinnamon, pumpkin spice, vanilla extract, or a flavored coffee syrup. Add it to the mug and stir until it’s well combined.[19]
  3. 3
    Shake 12 cup (120 mL) of milk in a sealed jar. Pour the milk into a lidded microwave-safe jar, seal the lid, then shake it hard for 30 to 60 seconds. This will froth the milk for your classic latte.[20]
  4. 4
    Microwave the milk uncovered for 30 seconds. Remove the jar’s lid, then heat the milk. The foam will rise to the top of the warm milk.[21]
  5. 5
    Pour the hot milk into the mug. Use a large spoon to hold back the froth as you pour the hot milk into the coffee base. Gently stir the mixture until it’s uniform in color.[22]
    • If you like your latte darker, don’t add all of the steamed milk. Add just enough to reach your desired color.
  6. 6
    Top the latte with the milk foam or whipped cream. Spoon the milk froth from the jar over the latte, or add a dollop of whipped cream for extra richness.[23]
  7. 7
    Garnish with a sprinkle of spices and serve the latte immediately. Lightly dust the milk foam or whipped cream with cinnamon, nutmeg, cocoa, or other spice of your choice. Sip or serve it promptly while it’s hot and the milk is still frothy.[24]
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Method Four of Four:
Blending an Instant Coffee Shake
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  1. 1
    Set up your blender and plug it in. Take your blender out of storage, make sure it’s off, and plug it in. Double check that you have the lid and that it fits tightly.[25]
  2. 2
    Add the ice, instant coffee, milk, vanilla extract, and sugar to the blender. Combine 6 ice cubes, 1 teaspoon of instant coffee, 34 cup (180 mL) of milk, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and 2 teaspoons of sugar. If you’d like, you can also add 2 teaspoons of chocolate syrup.[26]
  3. 3
    Blend the mixture on high for 2 to 3 minutes, or until it becomes smooth. Put the lid on the blender and turn it on. Hold your hand on the lid as you blend everything until the ice is completely crushed. The final product should be smooth and thick with a smoothie-like consistency.[27]
    • If the consistency is too thick, add a little bit more milk. If the consistency is too thin, add an ice cube.
  4. 4
    Pour the coffee shake into a tall glass. Turn the blender off and remove the lid, then slowly pour the shake into the glass. You may have to use a spoon or spatula to scrape the sides.[28]
  5. 5
    Garnish with a swirl of chocolate syrup or chips. Add final touches like whipped cream, chocolate syrup, or shaved pieces of chocolate. Try topping the shake with whipped cream, then dust it with cocoa or drizzle chocolate or caramel over it.
  6. 6
    Serve your coffee shake immediately. Start sipping or serve your shake before it has a change to melt. Drink it straight from the glass or with a large straw. A spoon might come in handy, especially if you’ve garnished it with chocolate shavings or whipped cream.
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  • Does it take a lot of practice to design the latte?
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    • It does -- you actually need to get lessons or workshops for that, as it is considered a form of art.
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  • How is coffee beneficial to the body?
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    • Coffee has a bad reputation as an unhealthy drink, but it has lots of interesting attributes which help improve your health by: -acting as a painkiller after workouts, or to ease hangovers -increasing your fiber intake -protecting your liver against unhealthy alcohol intake -lowering your risk of type-2 diabetes, Alzheimers, suicide and depression -strengthening your DNA, and -reducing your risk of cancer.
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  • Is there any harm in making coffee with only cold water (without adding hot water at all)? I made a cold cup of coffee, and my colleague said it's not healthy.
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    • My research says that cold brew/iced coffee is better for you. Feel free to Google it.
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  • How do I make a chocolate latte?
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    • You will need a shot of espresso or strongly brewed coffee, a cup of steamed milk (250 g), sugar to taste, and a tablespoon (15 ml) of cocoa powder or chocolate syrup. Add the cocoa/chocolate syrup to the warm coffee and stir to avoid lumps. Add in milk and sugar and mix it together. If you want it iced, just add a handful of ice and put it into a blender.
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  • Do I add hot/cold milk before adding water to instant coffee?
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    • You always add cold milk to instant coffee because the water you add is boiling hot so it easily warms the milk. Unlike tea, when you can add milk before or after, you always add the milk after the water. If you're adding milk to decrease the strength, you can also try adding less instant coffee to the water to get the same result.
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To make instant coffee, start by microwaving 1 cup (240 mL) of water for 1 minute. Then, in a separate mug, add 1–2 tablespoons (15–30 mL) of instant coffee and 1 tablespoon (15 mL) of cold water — the cold water will dissolve the coffee so it tastes better. Finally, pour the hot water you microwaved into the mug and stir everything together with a spoon. To learn how to make instant iced coffee or an instant latte, scroll down!

TipsEdit

  • Store instant coffee in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 2 to 3 months after opening the container. Store an unopened container at room temperature for 1 to 2 years.[29]
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