Life is busy, and it makes sense to do things as quickly and efficiently as possible, but certain things take time. No matter how busy you are, you simply cannot cut corners. This includes your coffee.
Sometimes, hitting the kettle and stirring in some instant coffee seems like a much smarter move than to brew a new pot of freshly ground coffee (that is, if you grind your beans yourself). But is it worth it? Let’s explore the pros and cons of instant coffee together:
- Time saver – hence the ‘instant’ title
- Wide variety of flavours and brews to choose from
- It’s cheaper
- Can be easily transported
- Longer shelf life
- The processing removes healthy antioxidants that regular coffee has
- Contains slightly less caffeine
- Contains more Acrylamide, which is a potentially harmful chemical that forms when coffee beans are roasted
- More processed/less natural
- Doesn’t nearly mimic the taste of real coffee
Although there appears to be similar number of pros vs. cons, there’s one con that I simply cannot get over: the taste. No matter how efficient, easy and cheap instant coffee is, it simply isn’t the same. It’s better than nothing, but if you ever have the opportunity to choose between the two, please, please choose wisely (aka the real deal).