You’ve just started a replacement job. Great salary, pretty good perks (4pm Friday finishes, discounted cinema tickets, free team lunches). All’s going well, then you head to the kitchen for your inaugural cup of coffee…
Only to seek out a lone, half-empty jar of best tasting instant coffee granules.
Brutal. Nothing is as disappoinment-inducing when someone casually offers “is instant okay?”. But why the bad reputation? It’s an extended story…
How is instant coffee made?
Coffee granules, crystals or powder – whatever you call it, its production has changed through the years. lately , there’s two main methods: spray-drying and freeze-drying.
Before that though, the coffee is usually concentrated – like orange juice! – to undertake and maximise the flavour after the beautiful brutal process is next goes through:
Pros: It’s as quick as brewing a cup of coffee itself!
Cons: the warmth affects the flavour, because it impacts the coffee oils
Brewed coffee (concentrated or not) is dispersed from a height into a hot chamber
As it falls, the water within the coffee evaporates
The remaining coffee crystals fall to rock bottom