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 CoffeeInstant 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:
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- First, raw beans are poured into large ovens where they are roasted.
- The beans are then roasted at a range of temperatures based on the desired roast (dark, medium, or light roast).
- 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.
- 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 CoffeeCoffee 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:
- Roller grinding
- burr grinding