How to make Instant Coffee


Please let me say RIGHT NOW, that I am not looking to start a mass debate about Baristers and the pros and cons of up-market coffee houses (which we have been known to frequent) or any similar fanatical argument...

But - this is the best combination of all the various coffee making tips gained over the years that actually WORK to allow a great, consistent tasting cup of hot, instant coffee to be replicated by almost anyone - and we drink a LOT of Coffee, so we should know!



1. Fill kettle with an enough water for the number of cups or mugs required (See Note 1)

2. Wash and rinse cups or mugs - ensuring ALL soap is rinsed away properly.

3. Pre-heat cups or mugs with hot water or steam from kettle - BE CAREFUL - HOT STEAM IS DANGEROUS - if you have a traditional kettle, two mugs can usually be balanced to allow one to be heated from the spout of the kettle.  If not possible, use near boiling water from the kettle - or very hot tap water - but don't be wasteful. (see Note 2)

4. Empty the pre-heated mug and dry the outside

5. Put fresh, preferably full-fat milk in the pre-heated cup or mug (See Note 3)

6. Add Sugar, preferably Brown, if required (See Note 4)

7. Add Instant Coffee AFTER sugar - a rounded teaspoon is a good starting point (See Note 5)

8. Add BOILING water to the cup or mug and stir well to dissolve sugar and coffee - take care with boiling water.

9. Enjoy a decent instant coffee - or delivery to someone you care enough about to not poison them with awful coffee!


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1. Don't overfill the kettle - it wastes a lot of electricity heating the extra water and wastes time waiting for it to boil.

2. Preheating the cup or mug is important as it stops the (relatively) cold cup or mug from cooling the coffee too quickly.  The coffee remains fresh and hot much longer.

3. You can use skimmed or semi-skimmed milk if you wish - but It's just not the same! Note - the Milk MUST be added before the hot water to avoid scorching the Coffee granules with boiling water, causing a bitter taste to the finished coffee.

4. Sugar - this MUST be added BEFORE the Coffee.  This is a very important part of the procedure.  If the Coffee is added first, then using the same spoon to add the sugar will inevitably contaminate the sugar with coffee.  The coffee then taints the sugar and removes the proper sweet taste, ruining subsequent cups of coffee.

5. Which Instant Coffee is a matter of personal choice, we use Douwe Egberts Dark Roast - but it's up to you - experiment!