Instant coffee was invented and patented by a Frenchman named Alphonse Allais in 1881. In 1890, a New Zealand gentleman named David Strang patented his own version of instant coffee, which was characterized by a "dry hot-air" process.
Instant coffee is not just for drinking
Instant coffee can be used for anything other than keeping people awake. It is an active ingredient in "Caffenol-C", which is a non-toxic, homemade, black and white photographic development method. It has been shown in experiments that the cheap, less popular brands of instant coffee work much better than the more expensive brands.
Instant coffee by-products
The main by-product left over when making instant coffee is used coffee powder, which can be used as an organic material to create heat in the manufacturing process. About twice as much coffee powder is produced for each quantity of instant coffee.
Instant coffee facts
- Most instant coffee is made from the Robusta beans that grow in Vietnam.
- In 1771, a form of instant coffee was developed in England, but had the problem of getting bad pretty quickly.
- Of all the coffee that is drunk in the world, 13% is instant coffee.
Different ways to make instant coffee
You might think that you are only making a simple cup of coffee when you pour boiling water over your instant instant coffee with sugar and / or milk. But you can still be creative and create a delicious coffee. See here how:
- Ice-instant coffee is great to make in the summer. First, make an iced coffee base with half a teaspoon of coffee and 4 teaspoons of boiling water, which you stir until the coffee is dissolved.
- Then you can add flavor to your coffee concentrate with spices, vanilla extract, cocoa powder or syrup.
- Finally, add either cold or hot milk depending on your preferences. If cold, of course, you can supplement with ice cubes if you want.
- Blended iced coffee is pretty much the same as ice-instant coffee, except it is made in your blender.
- For an instant latte, also make a concentrated syrup, as for ice-instant coffee, add spices if you like, and then add warm milk. You can also choose to pamper yourself by topping your instant latte with whipped cream and a little extra spice.
How much caffeine is in instant coffee?
You may not imagine that instant coffee contains that much caffeine, but each teaspoon (1.8 grams) of instant coffee contains on average about 57 mg of caffeine. And the way to dose how much or little caffeine you want or need is by choosing how much instant coffee you put in your cup. Of course, this can vary depending on the brand you use.