Ground Coffee Vs. Instant Coffee

Coffee is one of America’s favorite beverages and no wonder many people are looking for more ways to get their caffeine kick while on-the-go. It is one of the healthiest drinks you can have, it’s full of antioxidants, boosts your mental alertness and cognitive functions, and is low in calories too! However, when it comes to making a choice between ground coffee and instant coffee, the choice is clear.

History of Instant Coffee

Instant coffee , also known as soluble coffee and coffee powder, is a drink derived from brewed coffee beans. There are two methods of how they are manufactured:
  1. freeze-drying : The coffee extract is frozen to about – 40°C and cut into granules. After, they are dried in low temperatures and under vacuum.
  2. spray drying : The coffee extract is sprayed into a stream of hot air, as droplets fall from the tall cylinder tower they are placed in, they dry, and become a fine like powder once they reach the bottom of the cylinder.
The first American instant coffee was created in 1851. It was used during the Civil War and experimental instant coffee was shared in rations to soldiers. George Constant Louis Washington, American inventor of Beglian descent developed his own instant coffee process. During the First World War, instant coffee became very popular as it still is today.

How is Instant Coffee Made?

Instant coffee is made from brewed coffee that has been converted into powder (or crystals) by extracting the liquid of the coffee bean.
  1. First, raw beans are poured into large ovens where they are roasted.
  2. The beans are then roasted at a range of temperatures based on the desired roast (dark, medium, or light roast).
  3. Once the beans are roasted to the preferred roast, they are transferred into a large mill where they are ground into a coarse powder (become ground coffee). This is the ground coffee powder that you can purchase from the grocery store or make at home by grinding coffee beans. We will discuss it more when we get to the ground coffee section.
  4. The ground coffee then gets transferred into a coffee machine where the flavor of the bean gets forced out from the bean with hot water and high pressure.

History of Ground Coffee

Coffee grown worldwide can trace its heritage back centuries to the Ethiopian plateau. There, legend says the goat herder Kaldi first discovered the potential of these beloved beans. It is said that Kaldi discovered coffee after he noticed that after eating the berries from a certain tree he picked them from, his goats became so energetic that they did not want to sleep at night. With his findings, Kaldi reported them to the abbot of the local monastery, who then made a drink with the berries and found that it did in fact keep him alert through the long hours of evening prayer. As word moved east and coffee reached the Arabian peninsula, it began a journey which would bring these beans across the globe.

How is Ground Coffee Made?

Ground coffee is simply roasted coffee beans that have been ground by a grinder so they could be easily brewed. There are several ways you could make ground coffee. Some of these methods include:
  1. Roller grinding
  2. chopping
  3. pounding
  4. burr grinding
Burr grinding is the most common method, when it comes to making ground coffee. This method utilizes two elements that are shaped like wheels or cone-shaped components that crush and squeeze the coffee beans between the two surfaces. The oil from this process quickly extracts from the beans for a smooth and tasty infusion process when the beans meet the hot water. This type of grind calls for relatively same-sized coffee with a wide range of grind settings. Coffee grounded using this method is suitable for different brewing styles like espresso, French Press, drip, and many more. We offer our coffee as whole bean and finely ground coffee.

Caffeine Content

Ground Coffee

The caffeine content in ground coffee is determined based on the type of coffee (bean and roast). The type of roast you choose, whether it is light, medium, or dark, can influence the amount of caffeine that goes into your cup. Light Roast vs. Dark Roast Dark roasts have less caffeine than light roasts since roasting burns off some of the caffeine. If you prefer less caffeine in your cup, opt for a dark French or Italian roast for a less jolting cup. Robusta vs. Arabica Most coffees are made with either Arabica, Robusta, or a mixture of those two types of beans. Arabica beans have half the caffeine of Robusta beans. You can find Robusta beans in espresso-like coffee or coffee blends or traditional instant coffee brands

Instant coffee

Generally, instant coffee has less caffeine than in ground coffee. According to the USDA, one 2-gram packet of instant coffee contains 63 milligrams of caffeine. Hence, instant coffee and decaffeinated instant coffee are good solutions for people that want to cut down on their caffeine intake.

Coffee Quality

Many factors determine the quality of coffee and its resulting cup, but overall, instant coffee has less caffeine and an inferior flavor than traditionally brewed coffee with grounds. The easiest way to tell the difference is to try it for yourself. We offer our coffee as whole bean and finely ground coffee and you can compare and contrast it with any instant coffee you find. You’ll notice the difference between the two immediately!

Putting it All Together

There’s no debate that coffee brewed from grounds beats out instant coffee in quality, flavor, and taste. However, the convenience of instant coffee can be appealing for those who want something quick and easy and are less concerned about flavor and caffeine content. The best way for you to know which is best for you is to try both!

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