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132 Years Of Instant Coffee

One day in 1890 David Strang of Invercargill, New Zealand, filed patent 3518 which announced to the world that he had invented Instant Coffee. He marketed the product as Strangs Coffee and it was an ‘instant’ success.
High-vacuum freeze-dried coffee was developed shortly after World War II, as an indirect result of wartime research into other areas.
The image above shows a modern freeze dryer.

Nowdays close to 50% of the world’s green coffee is used to produce instant coffee. It comes in powder or granulated form contained in glass and plastic jars, sachets, or tins.
In some countries, such as Portugal, Spain, and India, instant coffee is commonly mixed with hot milk instead of boiling water.
In other countries, such as South Korea, instant coffee commonly comes pre-mixed with non-dairy creamer and sugar and is called “coffee mix”.
Said to have been popularised in the UK by GIs during World War II, instant coffee still accounts for over 75 percent of coffee bought to drink in British homes, as opposed to well under 10 percent in the U.S. and France and one percent in Italy.

The caffeine content of instant coffee is generally less than that of brewed coffee.
The biomass produced from ‘spent coffee’ has some commercial uses and is often added by home gardeners to compost heaps.

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