Simple Ways to Master Your Morning Instant Coffee
Whether you like coffee hot, cold, black, or with whipped cream, we got you covered! Here are a couple ways you can spice up your morning cup of instant coffee.
If you’re a regular coffee person, you probably drink the same kind of coffee every day. Everything about your coffee is prepared, made, and drank the same way. To the point that you’ve got it down to a science. After a while, you might even get tired of it and want to change things up.
On the other hand, if you’re new to coffee or wanting to start, it can be hard to figure out what kind of coffee you like. How do you make it? What do you use?
We’re here to help you! There are many variations of coffee, and there are always new methods, trends, and flavors to try out. You can experiment with these tips until you find something you love.
Ultimately, there are two factors that you can change in your morning cup of coffee: how you make it and what you add to it. Here are a few ways you can do that.
How to make a better instant coffee
Hot vs. cold
People often swear by only having their coffee hot. However, it doesn’t hurt to try adding in ice to change things up a little. It requires no effort but can still make a big difference. A nice iced instant coffee can be refreshing and maybe even wake you up more.
A few iced coffee recipes to explore right now:
- Iced cube latte instant coffee recipe
- Vietnamese iced instant coffee recipe
- Sparkling cced americano instant coffee recipe
A typical cup of coffee is made from coffee beans, water, and milk. The varying types of coffee are based on the type of coffee you’re using, and the ratio at which you use the three ingredients. For example, an americano is 50% coffee 50% water, whereas a latte is 30% coffee and 70% milk.
If you’re not a total coffee connoisseur but still make your own coffee at home, you probably make black coffee and add in your sweetener. You can experiment with your ratios of water, creamer, sweetener, and coffee to see what fits you best. This helps if you’re a new coffee drinker that doesn’t like it too strong, or someone who wants it even stronger to get you through the morning.
With instant exploring your coffee to water ratio is so much easier. Simply adjust the amount of granules used in your cup if you want a stronger or lighter brew. Waka Coffee recommends 1-2 tsp of 8-10 fl oz of water. Read more how to make the best instant coffee here.
Froth or whip
This method is newer and a little more advanced, but still easy to do. Frothing your milk is when you stir, whip, or mix your milk enough that it turns into a foam texture. Doing this doesn’t actually change the flavor, but it adds dimension and contrast to your instant coffee because it is so light and airy (It also just looks really fancy).
There are multiple ways you can froth, but the easiest way is to either hand mix or use a milk frother. If you don’t have all the time in the world, especially during your morning, we recommend using those tools so you’re not whipping for 10 minutes.
A new trend that has arisen recently is the dalgona coffee method, where you whip the instant coffee itself with water and sugar, then compliment it with milk of your choice. Although the coffee is virtually the same flavor, the change in texture and consistency makes it enjoyable and fun to drink!
What you can add to your coffee
This one is pretty self explanatory. It’s the easiest and most common way to sweeten your instant coffee, and it’s popular because it does the trick with no fuss. You see it in restaurants, cafes, and it’s included any time you order coffee. Plus, you most likely already have it in your kitchen. Common sugars include white sugar, brown sugar, raw sugar, or healthier alternatives like mokfruit sugars.
Here is one to try out:
Syrups are a great sweetener to add if you’re looking to significantly change up the flavor of your coffee. Flavored syrups add complexity and boldness to your coffee with little to no effort! Cafes use them often, but you can easily find them in your local grocery store. If you want an earthy and nutty flavor to complement your coffee, hazelnut is a good choice. Vanilla and caramel syrups are also great to make your coffee sweet because of its strong sweetness.
Here are a few to try out:
Simply put, honey is a healthier alternative to sweeten your coffee, as opposed to artificial sweeteners. It’s a common kitchen ingredient that can be put to good use for your coffee! Check our our honey coffee recipe here.
Here is one product to try now:
Milk and milk alternatives
Adding milk to your coffee drastically changes your coffee experience. Milk, milk alternatives, and creamers are the most popular compliments to add to your coffee. There are different ways you can prepare your milk as well. In cafes, they often steam milk for lattes and cappuccinos.
Milk alternatives have grown in popularity over the years. Popular milk alternatives include almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk, and the infamous oat milk.
Creamers can be found in local grocery stores and even come in powdered form. They get the job done if you want different flavors and even have non-dairy options. It’s variety in brands and flavor can make it easy to try something new each time and change up your coffee every now and then.
It’s not that common, but toppings can make a big difference to your cup of joe. Here are some toppings that you might already have in your kitchen that you can add to your coffee.
Whipped Cream - Great for both hot and cold coffee if you want a more
Spices (Cinnamon, Nutmeg) - Adds an entire new element to your coffee
because of its bold flavor.
Cocoa Powder - Great if you’re going for a more mocha flavored coffee.
Salt - Enhances the flavor of the coffee, and you get a good contrast between
bitter, sweet, and salty.
Mint - It’s like a mint mojito, but with coffee! (Better if iced)
Whatever your usual preference is for your coffee, we encourage you to try something new.