Instant coffee often gets a bad rap. Its convenience makes it seem as if it is not real coffee, when in fact, it's just as real and beneficial as your morning espresso. Just easier to make.
Instant coffee is much more popular than you may believe. In a consumer choices questionnaire by NCBI (1), 50.9% of respondents would primarily choose instant coffee as their choice. More than the regular ground roasted and roasted coffee beans.
As for flavor, instant coffee doesn’t necessarily mean cheaper or bad-quality beans. With similar health benefits and high-quality beans being used, you can be confident you're getting a good morning pick me up in a delicious cup of hot and steamy instant coffee.
What Is Instant Coffee?
Instant coffee also comes from coffee beans that are roasted and ground, but the extra step goes into extracting the ground beans with hot water. This preserves the coffee flavor and aroma which is then dried in one of two ways: spray-drying or freeze-drying.
“In spray-drying, the coffee extract is sprayed into a stream of hot air at the top of a tall cylindrical tower. As the droplets fall, they dry, becoming a fine powder by the time they reach the bottom. The powder may then be texturized into granules to facilitate dosage and dissolution. The quality of the aroma and flavor are preserved thanks to the very fast drying occurring during this process. Spray-drying is the most commonly used drying process.”
“In freeze-drying, the coffee extract is frozen to about – 40°C and cut into granules. The frozen granules are then dried at low temperatures and under a vacuum. The quality of the aroma and flavor are protected by the very low temperature and gentle drying conditions.” (2)
How To Make Instant Coffee
Wondering how to make instant coffee? With the word instant in the title, you know it at least has to be easy and simple to make. Here at Grateful Earth Coffee, we try to make it even easier for you to not only enjoy a tasty cup of coffee but gain as many benefits from them as you can. We understand life gets busy, and sometimes we can either overstimulate our bodies with getting a little excessive on that spoonful of coffee or needing to have that morning coffee on the go. We provide you with the simplicity of single-serve instant coffee packets. Lightweight and perfect to grab and go.
Our single-serve packets work best when you place them in your favorite mug before adding water. This will help to activate the coffee’s maximum flavor and give you the full coffee experience by enabling the intoxicating aroma. The amount of water you would like to add is generally up to you and what your preferences are. Our coffees are made to be paired with 6oz of hot water for that full coffee flavor. However, if you are someone who opts for espresso or is simply in a rush and needs more of a shot of coffee, 3oz is the perfect amount for a wonderful espresso flavor.
For those iced coffee lovers who like more of a cool down with their morning jolt, don’t be disappointed as our coffees are wonderful in iced form. While our packets can be dissolved at room temperature in cold water, we recommend continuing to dissolve our instant coffee in hot water and then simply pour over ice.
Some of you can naturally measure 3-6oz, but for those who don’t, measuring at least your few first cups to know the perfect measurement is a great idea. Our products are here to benefit you not just in nutrition but flavor. We want to make sure you are getting the best out of your morning cup of coffee.
If you are someone who likes to get a little creative when it comes to coffee, feel free to try any of the ideas below
- Whipped coffee (Dalgona Coffee)
- 3-in-1 Super Brain blend instant coffee in iced coffee or shakes.
- Coffee flavored oats
- Summer Icicle pops
- Use as a marinade
Super Brain Blend Instant Coffee
Our Super Brain blends take instant coffees to the next level. While coffee has health benefits in itself, we take it one step further by adding specific nutritional boosters called adaptogens (6). What are adaptogens? They are non-toxic plants, herbs, and fungi that have been utilized in alternative and holistic medicine for centuries. These adaptogens bring a whole host of potential health benefits not only to your day but to your overall lifestyle.
Along with our specialty beans from the world’s best growing regions, we also add:
- Turmeric Titled as potentially the most beneficial spice in the world, turmeric provides incredible anti-inflammatory health benefits. However, it is also utilized as an antiviral and antifungal.
An odd addition for some, but turmeric’s best friend. Black pepper makes turmeric almost 2,000 times more absorbed in our bodies. While it encourages turmeric to do its job, black pepper in itself is an excellent source of vitamin K, manganese, fiber, Copper, Calcium, Chromium, and Iron.
Cinnamon is considerably older than all of us and while delicious on French toast or sprinkled on top of breakfast oats, it has some great medicinal properties too. Loaded with antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties, it's the sweet and warm taste we very much love.
A super mushroom. Yes, you heard that right, mushroom. It has been known to help support concentration, energize minds, enhance focus, inspire creativity, and help support daily immune functions.
Another super mushroom, Chaga has been utilized for centuries as a way to support the body and mind. They are also capable of supporting immune function, fighting inflammation, and aiding in proper digestion.
- L-Theanine Last but most definitely not least, we incorporate L-Theanine into our blends. L-Theanine is naturally found in tea and can be even more effective when mixed with a caffeine source. Studies have demonstrated it to increase creativity and alpha waves in the brain.
Two Incredible Options
Our first ESPRESSO SUPER BRAIN BLEND INSTANT COFFEE offers you the option of a nice luscious black coffee, Americano, or add less water and you have yourself a speedy espresso shot. Dark roast, delicious and beneficial in the most essential ways, you can find the perfect rich cup of coffee with this blend.
Our second is the 3-in-1 SUPER BRAIN BLEND INSTANT COFFEE. This instant coffee blend gives you all the same benefits as our espresso instant coffee, but with the added bonus of creamer and sweetener. Those are:
- As a dairy-free option, we add coconut creamer. With zero carbs and a smooth texture, it's sure to give you just the right amount of creaminess for your morning coffee.
- We also add that perfect sweetness with our choice of brown sugar. As a more natural source than the usual white table sugar, brown sugar contains calcium, potassium, iron, and magnesium. Giving you sweetness and benefits in one perfect serving.
Coffee doesn’t have to be confusing, it has to be based on what works best for you. With a busy lifestyle and no time to relax on the couch with a cuppa or dive into a Starbucks, we give you the fast cup of coffee you need, but with all of the benefits. Make it all a little easier on yourself by just adding water! Enjoy!