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The Reality of Instant Coffee With Stefan Tribble

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Kenneth is once again joined by Stefan Tribble to discuss instant coffee. A drink that many coffee fans and connoisseurs dismiss as tasting awful. In reality, instant coffee has come a long way, it can taste quite good, provided you choose the brand carefully and make it in the right way. All of which Kenneth and Stefan cover in this episode, as well as sharing details of its history.


  • Instant coffee has gotten a bad rap, but it can be good.
  • Instant coffee is made as normal using beans, the water is then removed, so that it can be ground into a powder.
  • Some specialty coffee makers are now taking high-quality beans and using them to make instant coffee.
  • The science behind instant coffee has come a long way. Especially over the past few years.
  • Instant coffee has been available since the late 1800s.
  • About 75% of the coffee bought in the UK is instant. In Italy, it is just 1%.

‘Instant coffee can be good. ´
‘Instant coffee can be more predictable.’
‘Close to 50% of the world´s green coffee is used to produce instant coffee.’

Starbucks Instant Coffee -
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As a coffee lover, physician, chemical engineer, serial entrepreneur, competitive runner, writer, and family man, Kenneth knows what it’s like to push yourself to achieve goals very few accomplish. He’s one of the best specialty coffee roasters in the United States as he’s a multi-year US Coffee Roasters’ Competition Finalist. He created Umble Coffee
Co with the belief that, if sourced and roasted right, coffee can taste phenomenal and be good for you.
“Life’s too short to drink bad coffee.”

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