Why does instant coffee need more milk/sugar to get desired taste?

2018-04-08 01:35:30

This morning I brewed some coffee at work using a pour-over and noticed that the amount of milk and sugar required to get the desired taste and whiteness was significantly less.

I do not mean because it tastes better it needs less, the amount of milk and sugar needed was less. Is this due to the density of instant coffee which requires it to have more for the taste to be recognizable? Or is there more to it?

The answer is subjective, and even if we agree on taste, it will still be unclear, because reasons:

The instant coffee, unless it's Starbucks or some other name brand, will most likely be made of Robusta varietal beans, which are widely known to taste far worse than the Arabica beans you will find used for pourovers. (Interesting fact: Robusta contains roughly 3 times the amount of caffeine than Arabica beans do, by weight.)

Instant coffee is essentially coffee concentrate. Remember how concentrated orange juice tastes.

Before becoming instant coffee, the be

  • The answer is subjective, and even if we agree on taste, it will still be unclear, because reasons:

    The instant coffee, unless it's Starbucks or some other name brand, will most likely be made of Robusta varietal beans, which are widely known to taste far worse than the Arabica beans you will find used for pourovers. (Interesting fact: Robusta contains roughly 3 times the amount of caffeine than Arabica beans do, by weight.)

    Instant coffee is essentially coffee concentrate. Remember how concentrated orange juice tastes.

    Before becoming instant coffee, the beans may have been roasted more heavily than one would normally like, in order to remove any distinguishing flavors, and to create a uniform flavor profile. Remember-- most people who buy instant coffee drink it for the caffeine, and don't care about the flavor. In fact, if there is a distinct flavor, they may hate it.

    To add to those points: the more heavily roasted my coffee is, the more cream/sugar I must add to make it drinka

    2018-04-08 02:23:25
  • This question is fairly ambiguous as you've simply described the result as a 'desired taste' so I cannot tackle the question from a specific angle. However, the differences you describe may be a symptom of the fact that there are big differences between instant coffee and your pour-over.

    Actual coffee. Your pour-over must be done with coffee grounds and so you are producing a cup of coffee freshly extracted from the grounds and subsequently freshly enjoyed. Not to mention the quality of the beans used might simply be of a higher quality than that used in instant coffee manufacturing.

    Pour-over. The brewing method itself is often known to produce much more nuanced flavours as it allows the brewer control of water flow as opposed to other automated brewers. This means that you can better extract the sugars and compounds that give coffee its aroma and flavour. Instant coffee is not fresh and the general manufacturing process is done en masse so the level of control that you would hav

    2018-04-08 02:26:07