How To Make Instant Coffee Powder at Home

By Robert Parsons June 1, 2021

Thousands of people are switching over to instant coffee powder each day. The ease, the lower price tag, and the advanced in quality of flavor are wooing people left and right. But did you instant coffee is not just for large factories? You can make it in your house! Whether you are in a pinch with some coffee beans that are on their last leg or simply want some instant coffee in the cabinet but don’t trust the mass produced version, we have you covered.

Some of you might have never tried instant coffee powder, so we do have to warn you, this is slightly different from mass-produced instant coffee. Don’t be discouraged though, it sure tastes just as good. Mass-produced instant coffee powders use freeze-dry methods as well as other unnatural processes to keep instant coffee lasting months on end. 

With this easy homemade instant coffee powder, you can be confident knowing what all is in it because, well, you made it! No worries about extra chemicals or preservatives, just decide on where you want to get your coffee beans and you are good to go. 

We are going to give you the step by step guide on how to make DIY instant coffee powder from home. Now, this truly is nothing complicated. Just 5 easy steps and you are all finished!

What you need

Before you start to get worried, unlike most types of coffee making today, you don’t need a fancy machine or even fancy coffee beans. In fact, all you need are your choice of coffee beans, a bowl, a coffee grinder, and a sifter. If you don’t have a coffee grinder, don’t panic, a food processor or blender will work just fine. Just make sure they are good quality and can grind up the bean to your liking. 

Step by Step Guide

  1. First, grab your coffee beans. Any type will work. We recommend finding beans that have not been tampered with, meaning no preservatives or added chemicals. 
  2. Now grab a coffee grinder. Like we said earlier, a blender or food processor will work fine if you don’t have a coffee grinder. A coffee grinder will simply grind up the beans finer than the other two.
  3. Grab a sifter and pour the ground up coffee beans into the sifter over a bowl. Make sure your sifter is extra fine. No one likes drinking coffee grounds that snuck their way into your cup. 
  4. If you have leftover coffee beans in the sifter that are too thick to pass through, simply grind them again and repeat the process. 
  5. You’re done! Now take a moment and be proud of your creation. Easy enough? 

Now what? 

It’s important to store your coffee powder in an airtight container. Don’t worry about refrigerating them, they will work just fine in a cabinet. Now you have homemade instant coffee powder ready whenever you need it! Just add some powder, pour in some hot water, and voila. The perfect cup of coffee in seconds. 

Just like with store-bought instant coffee powder, be cautious of leftover grounds that managed to make their way through, no matter how fine your sifter is, this can happen. Luckily, the ground will settle at the bottom of the cup. So unless you are particularly fond of coffee grounds, let’s save that last sip at the end of the coffee cup for another time. 

DIY instant coffee powder should last for about 7-10 days if held in a proper container. Just enough to become a vital part of your weekly routine. However, before each use, make sure to check your instant powder, you never know if your family members fully understand the word airtight like you do, and this can cause instant coffee to go bad quicker. 

Because there is such a low shelf life on homemade instant coffee, making smaller batches will keep from wasting time and coffee grounds from too much instant coffee with not enough time to use it!


Instant coffee has found its niche by appealing to those with not much time on their hands, and home instant coffee powder is not different. It is a fast and easy process that keeps life simple and coffee tasting good, our two favorite combinations. 

We hope this helped save you from wasting that batch of coffee beans that are on the cusp of going bad, or just gave you a new idea to make your morning routine quicker. This can be a fun routine for the familiar or yourself to enjoy weekly. Or a lifehack that you keep on the back burner until you’re in desperate need. We definitely have put this to use in our own coffee making when we bought just a little too much coffee without enough people to drink it. Regardless of what you do with this information, we hope it comes in handy someday.