VIDEO: A Quick Trick To Making the Best Instant Coffee

VIDEO: Want to learn how to make a cup of the best instant coffee? created this how-to video on the whipping technique.  

Coffee snobs are quick to turn their noses up at instant coffee, but perhaps that’s unfair. Yes, the just-add-water brew can be hard to justify in the face of the convenience provided by one-touch Keurig brewers and is less indulgent than a frothy drink from a local shop or, better, made at home. On the other hand, it’s cheap, easy and uniquely portable. Luckily, I have a trick for dressing up the average instant coffee — and all it requires is a little muscle.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • One instant coffee packet or one tablespoon of loose instant coffee grounds
  • Sugar, if you like it
  • A mug
  • Water or milk
  • A spoon
  • An electric kettle
  • Cream, if you like it

    Instant coffee

    Instant coffee gets a bad rap for being sludgy and weak, but there is a trick for making it a great cup of joe.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Pour your coffee grounds into your mug. If you take your coffee with sugar, add this in now as well.
  2. Measure the right amount of water or milk into your electric kettle (this will depend on the size of your mug) and set it to boil.
  3. While it is boiling, take your mug to the sink. Splash in just enough water to make the grounds damp. Then, still holding your mug, tilt it until it’s nearly horizontal. Take your spoon and whip the contents of the mug as hard and fast as you can.
  4. Continue whipping until the coffee, sugar and water reach a thick, creamy consistency. When it’s ready, the concoction will lighten to the color of caramel. This takes a couple of minutes and persistence.
  5. When you water or milk is boiled, pour into mug and top with milk or cream, if desired or needed.
  6. Enjoy!

The great thing about this trick is that you can do it no matter where you are. If you’re at home, traveling or even camping, you can quickly whip your coffee into shape to bring out its flavor and improve its texture. Anyone who says instant coffee can’t be smooth has never tried this trick.

Amina Elahi (51 Posts)

Amina Elahi writes about innovations in coffee makers for Viewpoints, drawing upon her interest and passion for coffee, tea and food. Amina also recommends good books and the recipes they inspire on her food blog,

  • carolfowler1

    Hi Jean – Glad it worked out for you!

  • Jean Thurman

    Takes alot of mixing but turned out pretty good! It doesnt have that instant taste. Thank you.