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Tips For Making Your Instant Coffee Actually Drinkable

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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at BU chapter.

We all know that instant coffee has a long-standing reputation for tasting, well, awful. Even the better brands can never hold up to the flavor of a traditional brew. But instant coffee also has the benefit of being cheap, fast, and non-perishable, which are all essential qualities to the hectic life of the poor college undergrad. So are there any ways to make the instant version any more bearable? Yes, and we’ll give you the low down on just how! 

Make It Hot, Hot, Hot  

By far the most important step to insuring that your instant coffee tastes as much as the regular variety as possible is to make sure the water you’re using is heated to the boiling point. If it’s too cool the coffee won’t completely dissolve and you’ll be left with those gross granules floating in your mug.  

Double Up Your Cup 

Insider tip: even though your jar of coffee grounds might say to do only one spoonful per cup of water, doubling the serving will actually make the flavor much richer and the overall consistency much less watery.  

Shake In The Spice 

Trick yourself into thinking that you splurged on a Pumpkin Spice or Gingerbread Latte by stirring in a liberal amount of cinnamon, nutmeg, or ginger. Just like instant coffee, jars of spices are super cheap and will never go bad. Even just a dash will go a long way! 

Make An Instant Mocha 

One powdered drink mix that has a much better rep than coffee is hot chocolate. Swiss Miss especially makes some tasty flavors (some with mini marshmallows!). Mix in half a packet of hot coco powder with a spoonful of coffee to create the world’s quickest and easiest mocha.  

Natural Sweeteners  

If all else fails but you’re still desperate for the quick caffeine fix, do your best to mask the extra bitterness and after taste by pouring in something sweet. Obviously many people already take sugar in their coffee, but I would also suggest experimenting with more natural options like honey or maple syrup.  

So next time you don’t have the time or funds to make your morning Starbucks run, don’t despair. With a little creativity you can have the best of both worlds.  


Summer is a Boston University graduate ('15) that received a BS in Journalism with a concentration in magazine journalism. Her interests include editorial design and lifestyle, fashion, and beauty content, as she aspires to be a fashion magazine writer and editor. She is currently a fashion and beauty writer for Bustle.com and previously served as a Campus Correspondent for Her Campus Boston University. Summer likes to think of herself as a lipstick enthusiast and smoothie connoisseur, so when she isn't writing for Bustle, you could probably find her sipping on a strawberry-banana smoothie and planning her next purchases at Sephora. Follow Summer on Twitter @SummerArlexis