Pre-Ground Coffee vs Instant Coffee: What's the Difference?

Pre-Ground Coffee vs Instant Coffee: What's the Difference?

Waking up in the morning to a hot cup of coffee is one of the best ways to start the day. Pre-ground coffee and instant coffee are two of the most popular options, but did you know that these are actually two different types of coffee? If you thought that instant coffee is just really finely ground coffee beans, then you are not alone, and we’re here to help you know the difference!

How is Pre-Ground Coffee Made?

Pre-ground coffee is made from beans that have been roasted and then ground, ready to be brewed. While all coffee needs to be ground before it can be brewed, the word “Pre-Ground” means that the coffee has been ground before you buy it and take it home. If you prefer to grind your own coffee at home, then you would be buying coffee beans (sometimes referred to as whole beans on coffee packaging).

Depending on how you’re brewing your coffee at home, it’s important to buy coffee that is ground specifically for your brew device. For example, you will need a finer grind if you’re brewing espresso coffee at home, compared to if you are brewing with a plunger. That’s why at Timely, we offer 8 different grind sizes as well as whole beans, so you can get your coffee ground just the way you need it.

How is Instant Coffee Made?

Instant coffee is made from coffee that has already been roasted, ground, and brewed. Then, the brewed coffee is dried into a powder (most commonly using freeze drying) and packaged. Then, when you re-add water to instant coffee, the powder dissolves and turns back into brewed coffee.

Instant coffee is by far the most convenient way to brew coffee (unless you prefer an espresso-style drink, in which case you’d be better off with Nespresso Pods if you’re looking for a more convenient option).

Where do “Whole Beans” fit in?

When you buy coffee as “whole beans”, then you’ll be taking your coffee back to your home or office and grinding it yourself before brewing. There is no right or wrong way to brew coffee, and sometimes, grinding your own coffee can be a real headache. But if you find that grinding your own coffee makes the coffee taste better to you, or makes the experience more enjoyable, then we think that’s great! But, if you either can’t be bothered grinding your own coffee or even can’t afford a grinder for yourself, we don’t think that this should limit your ability to access delicious coffee. Keep ordering your coffee pre-ground, and enjoy your coffee the way you like it!

Which is the Better Choice?

There’s no such thing as “better” when it comes to brewing your own coffee other than what tastes good to you. The advantage of pre-ground coffee is that your selection of different coffees is far greater, as you can find truly great coffee from a local roaster and ask for it pre-ground instead of being restricted to the instant coffees you find in the supermarket. And while there are some interesting “specialty” instant coffees appearing on the market, the processing of instant coffee is very technical and has its own challenges, which can often make these products expensive.

At Timely, we believe the most important thing is that you find a way to brew your coffee the way you love it. If you like using pre-ground coffee, you’ll find the entire range of Timely coffees available to be ordered ground just as you need it. Or even better yet, consider subscribing to Timely and get your pre-ground coffee delivered to you on your schedule, with 100% free shipping, and let us bring the world of coffee directly to your door. For coffee subscriptions in Australia, get in touch with us today.

Also read: Pre Ground Coffee Can Be Best

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