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How is instant coffee made?

How instant coffee is prepared in the factory: Coffee beans are roasted They are ground very finely (0.5 mm - 1.1 mm in diameter) The ground coffee is mixed with water in percolation columns which ...
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If I'm in a rush, can I simply use raw ground coffee like instant coffee?

It boils down to taste - some people even chew whole beans. Safety-wise there are no concerns1 and the method you propose is not unheard of, it goes by the term "Cowboy coffee" and others. Some ...
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How hot should the water be for instant coffee?

There's an answer to this question at Seasoned Advice: see What water temperature should be used for instant coffee? A brief summary, taken from @PatrickSebastien's answer: Use water at whatever ...
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Why does instant coffee have a poor reputation?

Because the taste and aroma are horrible. I've been places (for instance Shanghai and Beijing) where it's hard to get a cup of coffee outside of business areas catering to foreigners. The instant ...
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Why does instant coffee have a poor reputation?

Being someone who was involved in the manufacturing process, instant coffee is made with the cheapest possible grains, always. Doesn't matter if you think Nestlé is good they do choose the cheapest ...
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Instant coffee has less caffeine than percolated and filter drip?

With instant coffee, you are not "practically eating the beans;" you are drinking reconstituted dried coffee. To create instant coffee granules, the manufacturer first brews the coffee using ...
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If I'm in a rush, can I simply use raw ground coffee like instant coffee?

Seems like a bad way to start a day to me. This method will over brew the coffee and give it a gritty texture (especially at the bottom) but as the other poster have mentioned it really just boils ...
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Is preparing instant coffee a brew?

I'd agree with you. There isn't a brew happening because the solution was already created. What you are performing is a rehydration. However, "let me rehydrate some coffee" is a pretty awkward turn ...
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Why does instant coffee have a poor reputation?

Instant coffee suffers from a number of drawbacks that put it on the far end of the spectrum from well raised and processed, properly roasted and freshly ground coffee. To start with, instant coffee ...
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Finding if coffee is a health risk after best before

With all foods, FAT TOM is your best start to gauge their susceptibility to spoilage. Now, FAT TOM is actually an acronym for the six factors that influence the growth of microbes. And bacterial ...
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Volume of water to 2 grams of instant coffee

Those sound like single-serving packets; they are probably intended for a single "cup" of coffee -- somewhere between 150mL - 250mL (5 fl. oz. - 8 fl. oz), depending on how strong you prefer your ...
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Is there actually any taste (especially flavor) difference between Dalgona method and normal method of making instant cofffee?

My first instinct was to answer “no way, that’s instant coffee, where there’s no complex flavor to start with, we can stir the heck out of it and get no change”. On the other side, preparation can ...
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If I'm in a rush, can I simply use raw ground coffee like instant coffee?

There are absolutely no safety problems here. For reference, what you are describing actually was THE method of brewing coffee before the invention of filters! (See for example the wikipedia article, ...
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Why does instant coffee have a poor reputation?

Apparently some instant coffee varieties include parts of the plants including stems, bits of leaves, etc. Source: 2006 documentary Black Gold (IMDB page).
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If a recipe calls for instant coffee, can just regular ground coffee be substituted?

Unlikely that you will run into any problems, although chemically they won't behave the same way. Instant coffee completely dissolves while the ground coffee will be in there as solid pieces that soak ...
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If I only occasionally brew at home, should I keep instant or grounds (or something else)?

I've been that person - I kept ground coffee forever. The difference in taste between fresh and old ground coffee is enormous, but so is the difference between old grounds and instant. It's just a ...
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Why did my instant coffee turn dark and hard?

The most sensible solution is to throw it out. Instant coffee is hygroscopic, it will absorb moisture from the air if possible. I guess either someone was sloppy when scooping out the instant coffee ...
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Why does instant coffee need more milk/sugar to get desired taste?

This question is fairly ambiguous as you've simply described the result as a 'desired taste' so I cannot tackle the question from a specific angle. However, the differences you describe may be a ...
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Does instant coffee give a lesser buzz/high than conventional filter/french press coffee?

Caffeine content varies greatly by preparation and brew method. Instant coffee is generally designed to produce something close to a cup of drip coffee. "Cups" is unfortunately not well defined and ...
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Maxwell house instant coffee powder aroma

Instant coffee is not generally considered to be the epitome of great tasting, or smelling coffee. It's almost the antithesis of artisanal whole bean arabica coffee. The iconic and appealing smell of ...
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Quick Homemade Great Tasting Coffee vs Price?

There are a few options you have here and 500€ is a good budget. You want good coffee throughout the day with the least amount of work possible. Also I assume you are looking for large cups of coffee ...
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Is dalgona coffee without sugar still "fluffy"?

I have just made one batch with Xylitol: Other websites also recommend Erythritol - which isn’t surprising, considering that both are sugar alcohols. (Note that both can have a laxative effect, ...
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Stirring Nescafe before filling the mug

Based on this question and the experiment it prompted, I’d say no difference whatsoever. There’s one small caveat, though: if you happen to have a brand of instant coffee that doesn’t dissolve well, ...
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Adding creamer after boiling water vs before

It's likely better to completely dissolve the coffee before adding creamer. I'm inexperienced with instant, but with regular brewed coffee and tea, the addition of cream impedes the brewing/steeping ...
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Adding creamer after boiling water vs before

Since you want to amplify the taste I would suggest using water that is just about to boil (95°C). I don't have experience with creamer but when I used to drink instant I have always added sugar ...
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Adding creamer after boiling water vs before

I wouldn't say it would amplify it, and you may very well not be able to tell much of a difference. Unless the milk or cream is hot, your coffee won't brew very well (or at least not as fast) on just ...
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Why does instant coffee have a poor reputation?

Instant coffee is usually made with robusta beans instead of Arabica beans. Not only are these beans less flavourful and aromatic, but making the coffee beforehand generally allows all of the ...
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Does instant coffee give a lesser buzz/high than conventional filter/french press coffee?

This is a bit more complex than it seems at first blush. The reason why instant coffee may have more caffeine than your typical brewed coffee is that it's usually Robusta instead of Arabica coffee. Or ...
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Why does instant coffee need more milk/sugar to get desired taste?

The answer is subjective, and even if we agree on taste, it will still be unclear, because reasons: The instant coffee, unless it's Starbucks or some other name brand, will most likely be made of ...
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Why does instant coffee foam when stirring it?

I have noticed the same thing. I believe it occurs because minute gas particles in the instant coffee, trapped during the production process, are suddenly released. This gas (air or something inert) ...
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