How to Make Instant Coffee as Hot, Iced, and as Espresso Drinks

For some coffee is second nature, no different than opening our eyes in the morning and slowly falling out of bed. Coffee is a given. A necessity, one would argue!

And the folks drinking the average of 400 million cups of coffee in the USA would probably agree with that statement too. But for some maybe it isn’t as natural, as much as you might love it.

Here are some ideas on how to make instant coffee in different ways to get you started!

Some Like It Hot

Sometimes all you need is some boiled water and a bit of coffee to get you going and that is perfectly fine with Instant Coffee. You have figured the equation out right there! 

We typically like 1 tbsp of Instant Coffee for every 8 oz of hot water. Play around with it a little to find your preferred ratio.

For those times when you need to take it a little further, here are some suggestions for those moments, hot or cold.

Latte at Home

You mean, I can make a latte without a fancy machine to steam milk with?!

With a few ingredients and a bit of kitchen wizardry, you can make yourself a Latte! You'll need:

  • 6 oz of hot water or milk (boil or use an electric kettle)
  • 1 tsp hot cocoa mix
  • 1 tbsp instant coffee
  • 3 oz milk or to taste
  • A microwave-safe jar with a lid

First, mix the coffee and cocoa with the hot water. Next, you need a lidded jar that is microwave safe.

Pour the milk into a mixing glass or bowl and use a handheld whisk to create a smooth frothy foam to top it off. 

Experiment with it! Adding peppermint is a great pairing to the cocoa or for a little more zest some cayenne and cinnamon. With a solid foundation, you can make any number of combinations.

And of course, if you want just a straight-up latte, leave out the cocoa mix and add more milk. We like to add a little honey and cinnamon to ours. 

Espresso anyone?

While still technically a “hot” method, the espresso method of coffee production is a very specialized method of brewing. This applies to using instant coffee or otherwise.

Espresso refers to high pressure forcing hot water through tightly packed and very fine coffee grounds. The process uses a specialized machine to do such.

By using a higher ratio of instant grounds you can create a more concentrated hot coffee drink, somewhat replicating the strength of espresso.

What is lacking with instant coffee is the production of “crema” or foam, which is a result of the Espresso brewing method. Try using a milk frother whisk to create a light crema.

Sure, this isn't true espresso but for the many of us without an espresso machine this is a close second for an espresso latte at home. New creations and trends have developed to replicate the taste and feel of espresso using instant coffee and have found positive results with many.

Cold as Ice

Who doesn't enjoy an iced coffee or iced latte for an afternoon pick-me-up? With instant coffee, this is easier than ever before.

The one thing that matters is taste. Great iced coffee can be a pick me up as well as transformed into a desert with a few simple changes.

Iced Latte

Much like a hot latte, an instant coffee iced latte is easy and quick to make.

Here's a simple recipe that we love in the afternoon.

  • 1 tbsp of hot water
  • 1 tbsp instant coffee
  • honey to taste
  • 6-8 oz of cold milk
  • ice

Add the hot water, instant coffee and honey into a mixing bowl or glass and stir until honey and instant coffee have dissolved. Next just add the cold milk and ice cubes and you're good to go!

Going Beyond

Make it into more of a sweet treat by blending it ice and whipped cream or similar substitute. Let it get a little frosty in the fridge or freezer and you have a coffee dessert on your hands!

Whipped Dalgona Coffee

Dalgona or Whipped Coffee

In early 2020 a new coffee treat popped up on social media platforms everywhere, the whipped coffee! Initially named for Dalgona candy from South Korea that inspired it.

Dalgona being a toffee sponge that looks like the whipped result when you make this coffee recipe.

The Dalgona coffee preparation is as simple as it is delicious! Using only three ingredients and a bit of elbow grease (you may not even need that if you have an electric mixer!) you can have a tasty coffee beverage.

All you need to do is mix equal parts of cold water, granulated sugar, and instant coffee. The most common starting point is 1 tablespoons of each for a single serving. But you can adjust depending on your needs.

Whip that up and serve it over milk and ice! If you are using a hand whisk it can take about 8 to 10 minutes so don’t give up early! We always recommend a handheld blender to save time and really get it to the fluffy consistency that has stolen the hearts of many.

If you enjoy it as a drink, you might love it in cooking recipes too! Works great as also in countless baked goods. Even better when you work Nutella into it.

The brand of instant coffee does not make a difference, it’s all up to personal preference.

Blended Drinks

The recipe will stay the same for each of these choices other than the star ingredient of the drink. The inspiration initially coming from the Nutella Blended Drink.

The flavors of coffee and Nutella pair perfectly and make a great dessert coffee. The drink consists of:

  • 1 cup milk or suitable replacement (oat milk works great with its consistency)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (this can change as the recipe changes)
  • 1 1/2 tsp instant coffee
  • 4 tsp Nutella
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 cup ice

Blend it up and enjoy it! Of course, scale-up on the coffee if you want it stronger, this is a good starting point. I prefer it on the stronger side myself.

Never Have to Worry About How to Make Instant Coffee Again!

Hot, cold, or somewhere in between, now you know how to make instant coffee and make it well. But the most important part is what you start with, quality coffee! 

Whether you are making a blended frappe coffee or a hot mocha you want to make sure you have high quality starting point like the offerings at Feliz! The bulk packs are a perfect solution for drinks and cooking needs alike.


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