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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Recipes yield horrible coffee with the Aeropress

These are good hypotheses. These topics depend on personal taste so I'll include personal experience. First, let me say that I find the AeroPress manufacturer's (current) instructions to produce ...
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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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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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How to transport coffee

Actually, I will change the direction to ground coffee. A few months ago, I have seen a nice solution for campers. I took a photo of it for reference at that time. It seems quite useful to me. However,...
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Quick Homemade Great Tasting Coffee vs Price?

I can make a few assumptions based on your story. First, I clearly understand that you are also short on time. Second, as you mentioned barista style you tend to drink espresso varieties and don't ...
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How to make thick, Indian style coffee without using instant coffee?

A Cuban friend of mine had a similar process with a mocha pot where he'd make the mocha the usual way, take a small amount of the coffee and use that to make a paste with some sugar he had previously ...
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How to make thick, Indian style coffee without using instant coffee?

Just like you described it. Add water a little by little, then took a spoon and swirl it. Then repeat, maintaining a thick paste, it will start to have a creamy colour. The most important thing is DON'...
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Finding if coffee is a health risk after best before

Well, the second picture looks exactly like moldy Nescafe (plain instant coffee, should be brown). We had some on hand to replicate an apparently common Greek preparation based on it, made it a few ...
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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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French press vs instant coffee - health

As far as I know there are no health concerns about coffee aside from caffeine consumption. Unless there are additives in instant coffee that I'm unaware of then there ought to be no substantive ...
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Using Arabica coffee beans for making instant coffee

The process should be quite the same. At least, according to this wholeseller's website. As far as I understand this company sells 100% Arabica or Robusta OEM instant coffee. For example, the well-...
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If I only occasionally brew at home, should I keep instant or grounds (or something else)?

Let me suggest different approaches that are much tastier, assuming that's your aim. You can get individually sealed servings of ground coffee, ready to brew, packed without oxygen to stay fresh. ...
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How to make mild instant coffee?

Making instant coffee is the same process as making a cup of coffee from grinding your own beans - at least the first part of it before the drying. How is instant coffee made So if I want a mild cup ...
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Is it possible to make instant coffee of varying roasts?

There is no reason why instant coffee couldn't be roasted differently. It's made from real coffee beans after they have been roasted and ground. Instant coffee is just dehydrated coffee basically. I ...
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Maxwell house instant coffee powder aroma

It could be a combination of things. I often notice a "fishy" smell from any coffee I consider roasted too dark. While the taste is generally fine, I find the smell off putting and it is one of the ...
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