Instant coffee is very popular in many areas of the world. It may even account for more than 50% of total coffee consumption in some countries. Instant coffee is also faster, cheaper and easier to make than regular coffee. As is well-known by now, drinking Instant coffee is linked to many health benefits.
Instant coffee is a type of coffee made from dried coffee extract.
The extract is made by brewing ground coffee beans, similar to when regular coffee is brewed, but more concentrated. After brewing, the water is removed from the extract to make dry fragments or powder, both of which dissolve when added to water.
There are two main ways to make instant coffee:
- Spray-drying: Coffee extract is sprayed into hot air, which quickly dries the droplets and turns them into fine powder or small pieces.
- Freeze-drying: The coffee extract is frozen and cut into small fragments, which are then dried at a low temperature under vacuum conditions.
Both of these methods preserve the quality, aroma and flavour of the coffee. The most common way of preparing instant coffee is to add one teaspoon of powder/granules to a cup of hot water. The strength of the coffee can easily be adjusted by adding more or less to your cup.