History of Instant Coffee

History of Instant Coffee
History of Instant Coffee

History of instant coffee – Who doesn’t know instant coffee? We’ve all seen and probably used instant coffee in our lives, but have you ever wondered where and when instant coffee became popular?

Some people might smack their noses today, but it has proven to us in the past that it is always ready when we need it the most.

The earliest version of instant coffee is said to have been invented around 1771 in England. The first American product was developed in 1853, and an experimental version (in cake form) was field tested during the Civil War. In 1890, David Strang of Invercargill, New Zealand invented and patented instant coffee.

In 1901, the first successful technique for producing a stable powdered product was invented in Japan by Sartori Kato, who used the process he had developed to make instant tea.

History of Instant Coffee

It was first mass-produced in America around 1910 by George Constant Louis Washington (not associated with President Washington). He achieved great feats and obtained a patent, but instant coffee grounds were considered a novelty with an unpleasant taste.

Around 1938, Nescafe became the most popular brand; By co-drying the coffee extracts along with the same amount of soluble carbohydrates they enhance the taste. Today, the best process for preserving its taste is freeze-drying, which came around the ’60s.

Instant Coffee Teaspoon

Where this novelty finds its niche is in the military. Caffeine consumption on the battlefield provided a much-needed boost, and now it’s made easier with instant coffee. In World War I some soldiers dubbed him the “Cup of George.”

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I was very happy despite the rats, rain, mud, wind, cannon roars and shell screams. It only took a minute to turn on my little oil heater and make George Washington coffee. Every night I offer a special petition for the health and well-being of [Mr. Washington].

With instant coffee World War II was very popular with the soldiers. G. Washington Coffee, Nescafe, and others all appeared to keep up with demand. One year, the entire production of the US Nescafe plant (over a million cases) was used only for the military, and all troops loved drinking coffee.

Coffee Market

Today instant coffee still has strength in the market. It’s great in recipes like the quick mocha frosting for a cappuccino cake.

At the grocery store, you’ll see it in all instant cappuccino drinks and powdered ice blended drinks, some of which are even used in coffee shops.

Even the military still provides instant coffee grounds for a much-needed caffeine boost. Always in a flash, it’s there for you!

That’s the history of instant coffee in the world, then what’s the history of instant coffee in Indonesia?

Source :

Instant Coffee Shop (Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Amazon Canada)
Instant Coffee (eBay)

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1: Instant Coffee on Wikipedia.
2: Instant Coffee on MadeHow.com
3: George Washington (inventor) on Wikipedia
4: History of Instant Coffee at NestleUK (archived)

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