I really, really like 3-in-1 coffee. For those who do not know, this is an instant coffee mixture that is premixed with creamer and sugar. I get super excited when I travel to places where 3-in-1 is the norm. I tell myself to not consume it too often because the ingredients in non-dairy creamer are not the most healthful. Once I read the ingredient list, I don’t enjoy my coffee as much anymore. I drink it anyways.
Recently, I have felt the need for some enjoyable beverage around lunchtime. After spending that much time with 17 year olds, I look for anything that brings me some joy and some relief from the exhaustion. I got myself some Korean 3-in-1 to keep at work. But as my supply is running low, I am hesitant to get more of that stuff. I wondered why we could not just use powdered milk instead of non-dairy creamer.
So I started experimenting with making my own coffee mix. I searched the internet for tips and ideas for this attempt. Here are some of the results of my trials.
Milk powder: I grew up with milk powder so it is not as gross to me as it might be for some. Non-fat milk powder, I find to be, actually disgusting. Most people on the internet seem to be working with non-fat powdered milk but I can imagine the end product is likely to be more watery than if you used whole milk.
For the creamer, I mixed whole powdered milk with a little bit of coconut oil. Not enough to make the powder clump or to taste the coconut but enough to make the coffee a little “softer” tasting.
If one were interested in a mocha like beverage, this is where you would want to add the cocoa powder. I assume one could add any other flavors one would like in their coffee.
For it to be a true 3-in-1 you need the sugar. Powdered sugar works well because it creates an uniform mixture but if you want to use granulated, just make sure to shake your mixture before using.
Mix the instant coffee and creamer in the proportions you like. I like my coffee quite “white” so I like the coffee to creamer ratio of 1:2. Add the sugar, if using. If you usually measure sugar by the number of spoons per cup, remember you will be using more than a spoon of this mixture for your beverage.
I made my mix and put it in the fridge. When I am ready for my afternoon coffee, I heat up water in the microwave and add some of the powdered mix. In my opinion, it tastes better than the store bought stuff. It might not be as convenient for travel but for my workplace, it works wonderfully. It also ends up being significantly cheaper and creates less waste than the individual packages.
Do other people enjoy coffee mixes? Any brand recommendations?