Last Updated: 19th January 2021

10 Best Instant Coffees 2021

By Helen Cartwright
By Helen Cartwright
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    Here at Daily Espresso, we like to think of ourselves as coffee connoisseurs, believing that the best coffee is made using the best equipment.

    The truth is, instant coffee gets a bit of harsh treatment from the coffee world. You can argue that it isn’t really proper coffee, but there is also no denying that it is massively popular.

    Especially if you want to make a whipped Dalgona coffee, which can only be done with the instant stuff.

    But choosing instant coffee doesn’t mean you have to settle for substandard. The good thing about it being so popular is that there is some really decent stuff out there now, which tastes just like the real thing – perfect for coffee taste lovers who aren’t as bothered about the caffeine content or crafting their perfect cup.

    So without further ado, we bring you the best instant coffee available on the market.

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    The Best Instant Coffees

    Instant Coffee Buying Guide

    How To Choose The Best Instant Coffee

    Think about your regular coffee drinking. How strong do you like it, which roast and how do you make it?

    For example, if you like a dark, rich roast and to make it with frothy milk and sugar, find a roast which is dark and a coffee which isn’t too intense, so it will taste okay mellowed down.

    Capacity

    For each cup of instant coffee, you should use a teaspoon of granules, which is about 4g.

    So, a tin of 95g of coffee will still make around 24 coffees. But, if you have a household full of coffee lovers, then buying in bulk or a tub of larger capacity could work out better in the long run.

    Types Of Instant Coffee

    Instant coffee comes in jars or sachets.

    For the former, it is often just the pure coffee content in the jar which can be used as a base drink. However, a sachet of coffee will usually contain the milk and sugar content needed for a regular cup of coffee. Sachets can also contain all of the ingredients for speciality coffees such as iced, cappuccinos or lattes, and are great for taking on holiday, camping or to work.

    You can also buy freeze-dried granules or spray-dried granules, which is basically just two different methods of production but the former is often seen as the higher-quality product.

    FAQs

    How is instant coffee made?

    There are a few ways to make instant coffee, in order to make the grounds soluble.

    With freeze-drying coffee, the soluble parts of the coffee bean are extracted, and this is then freeze-dried to make smaller granules. They are dried, and the water is removed. It is a more expensive and longer process than spray-drying, but often gives better results.

    With spray-drying, a similar method is used but the faster drying and larger scale can mean a lower quality coffee granule.

    How do you make instant coffee?

    It is super easy – which is why it is so popular! Simply put one teaspoon of the granules into a cup, and pour the right amount of water over as described on the packaging.

    Some people like to put two teaspoons in for a stronger, more bitter taste, and some also argue that putting the water in first is best. Either way, use hot water rather than boiling.

    You can drink it as black or add milk and sugar. You can also use it as a base for creamy homemade cappuccinos or add flavoured syrups.

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