January 25, 2022

5 things we love about instant coffee

By Philippe Jolicoeur
Cup of instant coffee
5 Reasons We Love Instant Coffee

It Goes Wherever You Go
There are a number of factors that make instant coffee the ultimate travel companion, and if you’re on the go like we are, that means a lot. Whether you want a consistent cup of coffee you can count on in a hotel room or on an airplane (31,000ft Cubano Silver, anyone?) or whether you love the outdoors and want to wake up to a no frills cup of coffee in the morning when you’re camping - instant coffee is there for you when you need it most. The fact that you don’t need equipment besides access to hot water (which now easier than ever thanks to portable water kettles) as well the ease of portability that comes with being able to casually pack a container of instant coffee in any bag is why we take it with us wherever we go. It’s also the fastest way to a cup of coffee and ,since instant coffee dissolves completely in water, it doesn't leave you with any waste to dispose of. Jaques Custeau would’ve been all over this stuff!

It Lasts Longer
Like the best of friends, a good instant coffee is something you can count on for a long time. Sew the oils in ground coffee evaluate at a quicker rate, which means that ground coffee will typically last only around 3-5 months past the best before date. Whole coffee beans last a little longer than that if stored right because they are still in solid form, with some reports saying they can last about 6-9 months in your pantry if properly sealed. Instant Coffee on the other hand can last up to 12 to 18 months at room temperature. We’ve even seen reports online of instant coffee lasting up to 20 years. Although we cannot in good conscience encourage that, you’re more than welcome to try it yourself and write us an email in 2042 to let us know it went! If you want to make sure your instant coffee lasts as long as possible, we recommend you keep moisture away from the jar by always checking the lid is properly sealed as well as avoiding ever using a wet spoon to scoop your instant coffee.

It’s Versatile
Everybody knows that thanks to instant coffee your favorite drink is easier than ever to prepare. You no longer need to be a barista or a gastrologist with fancy equipment to make a consistent cup of coffee every morning. Instant coffee also makes it easier to prepare drinks such as Mumbai Style Lattes, Irish Cream coffee and South Korea’s Dolgona Iced Coffee. It also has a great place in the kitchen as an ingredient that can be used to heighten any number of recipes from Mocha chocolate muffins to tomato sauces and steak rubs. In the coming months, we will be sharing some of our favorite instant coffee recipes with you on this blog, but believe us when we say, your imagination is the limit!

It Contains Less Caffeine
Whether you are trying to enjoy a late night cup of coffee that won’t keep you up all night, or trying to mitigate some of the side effects of caffeine such as headaches, restlessness or anxiety, instant coffee is a great way to take in the delicious taste of coffee while consuming a more controlled amount of caffeine. For reference, a cup of brewed coffee is known to contain somewhere between 80 to 120 mg of caffeine, whereas a cup of instant coffee only contains between 60 and 80 mg. It sits a little higher than black tea (around 45 mg per cup) and brewed green tea (around 30 mg per cup) but still contains significantly less caffeine than brewed coffee. Trust us, there’s nothing quite like being able to come home after work and knowing you can enjoy the second wind of energy that will come from a delicious cup of coffee and knowing you’ll still be able to get a good night’s sleep.

It Contains Nutrients and Antioxidants
On average, a cup of instant coffee contains only about 7 calories, but it contains magnesium, potassium, Vitamin B3 as well as our favorite, antioxidants. Coffee is one the biggest sources of antioxidants in the common diet, and according to one study , the preparation of Instant coffee results in higher levels of Antioxidants than that of Coffee from a whole bean. A regular intake of antioxidants may reduce the risk of diseases such as heart disease and certain cancers. Antioxidants help neutralize free radicals in our body cells that we may be exposed to by any number of activities in everyday life that produce oxidative stress, such as environmental pollution, excessive exercise, smoking, and exposure to chemicals. Instant Coffee also makes it that much to take in all the known benefits of coffee, such as boosted metabolism, enhanced brain function, improved liver health, and decreased diabetes risk. Here at the 1936 office we’ve certainly been drinking instant coffee like our life depends on it, and now it appears it might!

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