The introduction of high-quality instant coffee is fast changing the dynamics of the market. Read on below to learn more about this product.
What Is Instant Coffee?
Instant coffee is created with real coffee beans. Freeze dried and ground up, this instant coffee provides a quick solution compared to the whole bean solution.
What are the most common creation methods?
Instant coffee is made using two different methods,
- spray drying
- freeze drying
Spray-drying is the lower quality method for producing instant coffee. The powder created from the spray drying process appears to be a more powdery substance.
Freeze drying, on the other hand, is an intricate process used by artisans to yield, in their opinion, the higher quality, tastier instant coffee.
Even though instant coffee is extracted from regularly brewed coffee, the extraction processes described above rob it of its flavor and aroma. Freeze-dried coffee usually retains much of its flavor owing to the gentler extraction methods used.
However, spray-dried instant coffee loses most of its flavor as a result of the harsh extraction methods, such as exposure to very high temperatures, used.
Generally, instant coffee has a lower level of caffeine than regular ground coffee. However, this, in part, depends on the type of beans used to produce instant coffee in the first place. If you are interested in less caffeine, consider going for an instant coffee extracted from a dark roast Arabica as opposed to one derived from a light roast or a Robusta.
You can also find decaffeinated instant coffee as well.
Even though instant coffee is perishable, once packed into envelopes or tubes, it can last for up to a year without losing any flavor.
Today, you will find a variety of instant coffee products including single sourced specialty products, most of which are 100 percent Arabica, and Robusta products, which are considered to be relatively lower quality, and blends.
Coffee lovers, therefore, get the opportunity to choose their preferred type of instant coffee from this available variety.
Instant Coffee Profits
In the past, instant coffee was considered to be the cheaper form of coffee because if we compare the two today, the production techniques using only water and coffee are especially natural when preserving the taste of the bean.
As a result of the higher quality coffee beans and more expensive extraction process, freeze-dried instant coffee is pricier than its spray-dried alternative.
The Bottom Line
Even though instant coffee is yet to equal the quality and rich flavor associated with ground coffee, technological advancements of Herb Connects’ coffee distribution network have made the extraction of a high-quality product possible.