Instant coffee – Making of instant coffee

Instant coffee is made from concentrated coffee, where the water has been removed later. The end product consists of pure coffee grains or coffee powder. This is excellent for storing and you only need hot water or hot milk to easily make a cup of coffee. There are two ways you can get water from the concentrated coffee: spray drying in hot air or freeze-drying at -40 degrees Celsius. But did you know that instant coffee does not come from the West? How do you store coffee powder for a long time? And are there special drinks that you can prepare with this coffee?


In 1901, the Japanese scientist Satori Kato discovered this type of coffee. George Constant Louis Washington and the Nescafe coffee brand further developed the coffee powder process in 1910. Eventually, this product was launched in 1938 in the United States and in Europe after the Second World War. In 1954 Douwe Egberts came with Moccona coffee powder in jars of 50 grams. Nowadays you can buy this coffee everywhere in every supermarket and every store has its own and own brands. 

Producing instant coffee

The production process for instant coffee is similar to that for normal coffee. The green coffee beans are carefully selected, roasted and ground. After the beans are ground, the coffee is dissolved in water. This intermediate step is called extraction. This is then dried or, in some cases, stored in concentrated, liquid form.

 This is all done with a freeze-drying or spray-drying technique. Although spray drying is much better from a financial point of view, freeze-drying is more often involved because it produces a higher quality coffee product. After this has dried, the coffee is put into bags, pots, cans, and packages. Then the coffee is transported to cafes, shops and offices and of course your coffee mug!

Popularity over the years

You can easily store the coffee powder. Because it has a long shelf life, you can keep it in a dry place for many months. Thanks to the sustainable packaging of this coffee, this product has been used in various situations over the years.

Improve your technique

Buy quality instant coffee

Almost no instant coffee brand can compete with ground coffee, but some are decent. Try to find brands that have been processed with freeze-drying, which ensures a better coffee flavor than the other methods. If this is not stated on the package, check the consistency. Granules are more often processed by freeze-drying than powder, although this is not guaranteed. Expensive brands generally taste better.

  • Instant espresso is another product and intended for baking instead of drinking.

We are a fan of instant coffee from Waka Coffee.

Boil water

Do not use water that has been in your kettle for a while. This can get strange flavors or become very faint through repeated cooking. If you live somewhere with hard water or if your tap water just tastes bad, let it go through a filter first.

  • If you do not have a kettle, put a mug of water in the microwave before adding the coffee. Water that is heated in the microwave can 'explode' if it is made too hot. Prevent this by putting a wooden ice stick or teaspoon of sugar in the cup.

Determine how much instant coffee you want to put in your cup

Waka coffee instant coffee follows the instructions on the package before trying a brand for the first time. If it is too strong or too watery for you, adjust the coffee-water ratio next time. The most important thing is that you use the same cup and spoon every time. If you work with different dimensions every time, it is not possible to determine a ratio that you like.

  • If there is no recommendation on the package, try a slightly rounded teaspoon (5 ml) per 240 ml of water.

Stir a little cold water into the instant coffee (optional)

Add just enough cold water to wet all the coffee and turn it into a spread. This preparation gives your coffee a smoother taste, although it does not always have a huge impact.

Pour hot water into your cup

Instant coffee is already mixed with water before drying, so the taste is already fixed. This means that the temperature of the water is much less important than with normal coffee. Solvent coffee lovers cannot agree on whether boiling water can influence the taste. If you are worried about this, let the kettle/kettle cool down for a few minutes.

Add sugar and milk (optional)

Even if you prefer black, this adds enormously to the taste of instant coffee. Stir in as much or as little as you want, ensuring that the sugar dissolves completely. If your instant coffee has a very bad taste, the cream will hide better than milk.

Taste and experiment

The most effective way to improve the taste of your instant coffee is to continue experimenting and keep track of what you have already tried. Next time try an extra teaspoon (5 ml) of coffee if your drink was too watery or add a pinch of sugar if the taste is too bitter.

Finally: keep what remains in an airtight drum

Humidity will ruin the taste of your instant coffee. Prevent this by closing the jar properly.

  • If you live in a wet area or are on vacation, do what is left in smaller airtight containers. This will reduce the amount of air that makes contact with your coffee. If you are in the tropics, the fridge may be less damp than your kitchen cupboards.

Experiment with instant coffee

Replace the water with milk

Some people say that the coffee itself is hopeless. If the above techniques do not help, try replacing all the water with hot milk. Heat the milk on the stove until it starts to bubble around the edges. Pour it over the instant coffee instead of water.

  • Keep an eye on the milk and stir occasionally. If you do not do this, chances are that your milk will boil over.

Add frothed milk

Your dissolution cappuccino won’t impress an Italian, but a little frothed milk can help a lot. If you do not have a milk frother, foam the milk and instant coffee by whipping or shaking it in a pot.

  • To foam the mixture with a spoon, first, add instant coffee and sugar to a cup. Stir in enough water to make a spread. Beat this with a spoon until it foams and finally stirs in the hot milk.

Add flavors

Strong, usually sweet flavors are another way to hide bad flavors. Try the suggestions below:

  • Replace the milk and sugar with cream with a taste or homemade milk with a taste.
  • Add flavorings such as vanilla extract, cocoa powder or ground cinnamon, which you must stir well into your drink. Be careful because it is very easy to add too much to a single cup.
  • Replace the sugar with syrup. You can even add a liquid coffee essence or extract for a stronger coffee taste. Keep in mind that in commercial syrup often glucose syrup with a high amount of fructose

Add coconut oil or butter to your coffee

Not everyone is a fan of this trend, but you might change your mind when you have very bad instant coffee.


  • After making the instant coffee, put it in a blender and add a teaspoon (5 ml) of coconut oil or butter and mix until frothy.