What Is The Difference Between Instant Coffee Granules and Coffee Grounds?

By Ann Hills / 5 years ago

If you are a coffee lover, you probably have a favorite flavor or brand. You also likely have a preference for either instant coffee or fresh-brewed coffee. I do sometimes drink instant coffee because I live quite a busy life. There are moments when I don’t have time to brew coffee.

Both kinds have roasted coffee beans, but unlike fresh-brewed coffee, instant coffee is created from a freeze dried base. This makes it faster while still retaining much of the coffee bean taste. The real question is: so who triumphs in the instant coffee vs. coffee grounds battle? When choosing between instant coffee and ground coffee, it all boils down to a question of convenience vs. the opportunity for higher quality. Read on and decide for yourself.

Instant Coffee Granules vs. Coffee Grounds

So how is instant coffee made? Technically, it is the same beans you will find in conventionally brewed coffee with some additional steps. Not all brands utilize the same exact way, however many coffee manufacturers will dissolve the coffee beans in water to concentrate the coffee solution. Next, it will dry the coffee beans through either freeze-drying or spray-drying. The last step is what produces either crystals or a powdery substance.

There are a number of differences between instant coffee granules and coffee grounds. We’ll break down the details below so that you can know for yourself which one is better for you:

Instant Coffee

Coffee Grounds


Instant Coffee
Coffee Grounds


Instant coffee still has a coffee flavor, however it is a little bit diluted. There are some coffee addicts that say there is no difference between instant coffee and coffee grounds. Other people say they want the milder flavor of instant coffee. Instant coffee has less caffeine with just 60 to 80 mg of caffeine.

Brewed coffee has a much stronger, deeper and fresher flavor. A number of people like the taste associated with freshly-brewed coffee and do not want to drink anything else. When it comes to taste, it is all subjective. A cup of ground coffee has more caffeine with 60 to 120 mg of caffeine per cup.


Instant coffee is, of course, much easier and quicker to make than brewed coffee. You just simply add instant coffee to a coffee cup with boiling or warm water and it is ready to serve in minutes. It does not require a coffee maker.There are also different kinds of flavors. In terms of convenience, instant coffee gets the upper hand.

Brewed coffee should be done in a coffee maker. It can take some minutes before it is ready to be served. It’s difficult to learn how to make a good cup of coffee. Moreover, it is quite a hassle to throw the used coffee grounds.


Instant coffee is more expensive but it lasts longer compared to brewed coffee. It also keeps longer and you can chill it in the refrigerator if you like.

A lot of people like to buy brewed coffee because it is cheaper and more delicious. Ground coffee loses its freshness faster because of the exposure to air after grinding. For the typical coffee drinker, ground coffee that is stored in an airtight container and drank within one to two weeks will have enough freshness to brew a cup of coffee.

How To Make a Cappuccino with Instant Coffee

There are many recipes you can make with instant coffee. One of them is cappuccino. Here is an easy recipe you can do:

Step 1: Boil 1 cup (237 ml) of water in a kettle, pot, or microwave

For the suggested measurement of instant coffee, refer to your specific brand’s directions. But usually, combine the boiled water in a cup with 1 to 2 teaspoons of coffee granules. Put your preferred amount of sugar.

Depending on the size of your cup, the amount of milk you want to put, and your own personal preference, minimize the amount of coffee or water as required.

Step 2: Heat your milk

Step 2: Heat your milk

Put your preferred amount of milk into a microwave-safe dish or a small pot. Heat it until it boils. Remove from heat after it starts to bubble and rise.

Times may vary depending on the amount of milk used and your microwave. Usually, it would take not more than a minute.

Step 3: Froth your milk

Transfer your milk into a sealable jar or similar container. Use one big enough so that the milk only fills it halfway at most. Cover the container tightly to prevent spilling and scalds. Then shake the container hard for twenty seconds, or until there is a froth.

Step 4: Pour milk on your coffee

Put milk into your coffee. Pour the liquid milk into your cup. Use a spoon to stir it into your coffee. Then scoop the foamed milk out of the container and top your drink with it. Put cinnamon or nutmeg over the froth if you like. Then enjoy your drink!


There you have it! Now you know the differences between instant coffee granules and coffee grounds. Both types have their own merits. Some want a quick fix for their coffee while others love the brewing methods. Instant coffee is more convenient to prepare at the price of experience. It discovered its niche as a rationed coffee boost for US army soldiers and was famous during the housewife-era during the 1950’s and the 1960’s.

However, currently we have more alternatives to choose from. We have freshly roasted, transparently sourced and traded, high-quality coffee beans, and the capability to brew them in just a short time. If you are still not convinced on instant coffee vs. coffee grounds, why not try them both and see which one suits your taste better? So, which do you prefer drinking? I want to hear your reasons. I hope you will share them in the comments section below and like our Facebook page.

About the author

Ann Hills

My name is Ann Hills and I am a food blogger and a yoga teacher. When I was a child, I often got around my mother and watched her cooking in our kitchen. My mom always says to me that: “Kitchen is the heart of any home”. I strongly believe in her saying that’s reason why I prefer spending my money to make my home better than other stuff.

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