Can You Use Instant Coffee in a Coffee Maker?

While instant coffee can never replace a cup of freshly brewed coffee, most of us have a package of instant coffee laying around in our kitchen for emergencies where it’s not possible to allocate time into brewing. Since instant coffee does not expire for a very long time, there is no harm in buying a pack and forgetting about it.

On the other hand, as ground coffee and coffee beans should be bought freshly, an unlucky chain of events can leave us with no coffee left, leaving us to think about alternate ways of brewing a cup of coffee.

At this point, you might be getting creative and thinking about using your instant coffee in your coffee maker in hopes of your coffee maker producing a better cup of coffee than what you would obtain by mixing the instant coffee with water as usual.

So, can you use instant coffee in a coffee maker?

While you can add instant coffee to your coffee maker, there is simply no reason to do so. Putting instant coffee in the filter basket will simply result in it dissolving when it comes into contact with water, just like how it would dissolve if you mixed it with water in a mug. Even though it won’t cause any problems for your coffee maker, it won’t positively affect your coffee either. 

That being said, you can add instant coffee directly to the carafe and run an empty cycle with your coffee maker or use the hot water dispenser to avoid having to warm water up in a kettle or on the stovetop.

How Do You Make Good Coffee with Instant Coffee?

So, if using your coffee maker to prepare a cup of instant coffee doesn’t have any positive impact on it, what can you do to make good instant coffee?

While there is only so much to do to make instant coffee taste better, here is a small checklist you can follow to ensure that you are getting the maximum amount of performance out of your cup of instant coffee.

Use High-Quality Coffee

Just as brewing a good cup of coffee starts with quality coffee beans, making a good cup of instant coffee starts with quality instant coffee granules.

Going for freeze-dried instant coffee from reputable brands is a good way to ensure that you’re getting instant coffee that is of high quality.

Start with Cold Water

After adding instant coffee granules to your cup, dissolve them with a small amount of cold water, and add the hot water afterward.

This process will help the flavors of the instant coffee to be extracted in a better way.

Use the Correct Coffee to Water Ratio

While we regularly talk about coffee to water ratio when it comes to brewed coffee, it often gets overlooked in the case of instant coffee, causing it to turn out either too weak or too bitter.

By following the ratio that is mentioned on the packaging of your instant coffee, you can ensure that you’re getting the coffee to water ratio correctly.

Use the Correct Water Temperature

Instant coffee being prepared with water that is boiling is something that we are used to seeing often.

That being said, using a water temperature that is just below the boiling point will cause your coffee to taste much better.

Add Some Extras

If nothing else is doing the job, giving your instant coffee some flavor and mouthfeel by adding ingredients such as milk, cream, and sugar can make a massive difference.

While this doesn’t exactly contribute to making good coffee, it will save the day for the times you end up having to drink instant coffee.

Can You Use Instant Coffee In a Keurig?

While the quickness of a Keurig may make you think that the coffee that is contained within a K-Cup is instant, you can see that a Keurig brews regular ground coffee if you open a K-Cup and check its contents.

Since a Keurig operates the same way as a drip coffee maker does, using instant coffee in your Keurig with a refillable K-Cup would also achieve nothing even though it’s possible to do so. 

The water would simply cause the instant coffee to dissolve in the K-Cup, and it would make its way into your cup by going through the filter, just as if you mixed instant coffee with water in a mug.

What Coffee Do You Use in a Drip Coffee Maker?

You can either buy whole bean coffee and grind it yourself or buy medium grind pre-ground coffee. As roast level is completely down to preference, feel free to go for a roast level that you enjoy.

When it comes to choosing between whole bean coffee and pre-ground coffee, we would highly recommend going for whole bean coffee and grind to brew to ensure that your coffee is as fresh as possible.


As there is absolutely no reason to put instant coffee in your coffee maker, you should just stick with the simple way of mixing instant coffee with water in your mug and save yourself the trouble.

That being said, using the hot water dispenser of your coffee maker is certainly a handy way of getting hot water for your instant coffee.

Have a great day, and enjoy your coffee!