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I like milk. So I thought of doing milk with instant coffee. I mean, I have coffee here but it says I should use water. I always use it with water and put a little bit milk.

Can I also use only milk without any water?

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With coffee this is okay, but with espresso it's much better. Unfortunately it can clog machines and break pumps (due to the difficulty pulling the milk ). –  mfg Mar 18 '11 at 20:38
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Milk is mostly water. Instant coffee will dissolve just fine in milk or even cream.

Of course, flavour-wise it's going to be more like a weak latte than coffee. That's essentially what a latte is - coffee and milk.

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On a similar note I have always made instance hot-chocolate with milk. This works even when the instance mix contains its own powdered milk. –  dmckee Jan 30 '11 at 0:28
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Or strong latte, depending on how much instant coffee you add <shrug> –  slim Jan 31 '11 at 10:23
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The principle is the same as adding instant chocolate milk powder to milk.

The end result is also similar: what you end up with is not so much coffee as it is brown-beige, caffeinated milk (so, something like a latte).

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There's no problem with using only water. In the nescafés recipe (nescafe.com/worldwide/en/nescafe/Pages/Nescafe+recipes.aspx) for cafe latte, there's no water involved. –  Mien Feb 1 '11 at 18:03
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Just in case your coffee doesn't dissolve in milk. You always mix your coffee with little bit of water before pouring in milk

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The only thing you might want to consider if you are thinking of adding it to hot milk is a chance of splitting the milk. I would suggest you mix it with a tablespoon of hot water before adding the milk. Less change of splitting.

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Or treat it like a cup of cocoa and make a slurry with cold milk first. –  Aaronut Jan 31 '11 at 15:55
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My grandmother's generation (in South Wales) would always make instant coffee using only hot milk. I would ask for it made with water, but she wouldn't dream of doing that for a guest, for fear of appearing mean.

As far as I'm concerned, there are no issues. With a suitable mug, you can heat the milk in situ in the microwave.

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Is all about your palate and the flavors that you enjoy. Is like any good wine. Try first with water, then with milk.

Then, try real coffee instead of instant coffee. You might never go back.

My two cents.

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I add the instant coffee BEFORE heating the milk in the microwave for 2 1/2 minutes. The coffee disolves better in the milk that way. Also, I used rice milk or not regular milk, so it can be compared to skim milk in terms of consistency. For even more added flavor I will add either cocoa powder or chocolate syrup.

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There are places in NE USA and Canada where you can go in and ask for "coffeemilk" - it is usually made with real coffee.

Go to India and a lot of places will serve you "char" which is tea boiled up with milk.

Whatever floats your boat ...

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It is Chai /tʃaɪ/. Not "char" :) –  harithski Aug 25 '11 at 4:49
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I usually just take a bottle (I have an eco-friendly aluminum bottle) and fill it with milk. Then I add some instant coffee, a tiny bit of sugar(helps the grinds dissolve), and some cinnamon or cocoa powder (to flavor). After that I just shake the bottle until it is mixed up very well. The ratio to how much of each ingredient depends on taste. And heating is really optional depending on how well you shake it. During the summer I usually don't heat my coffee because... well it's hot during the summer.

Anyway, if you try it and like it then the answer is most likely yes.

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One of my fave summer drinks - dissolve instant coffee in a tablespoon or so of water, add half a glass of cold milk and a squirt of chocolate syrup, stir really well, top up with more cold milk. –  Kate Gregory Aug 3 '11 at 12:43
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I also add the instant coffee before heating the milk. It does make the instant coffee dissolve better. Oddly enough, I also heat the milk for 2:30-2:45 like Melissa. To top it off, I then add a creamer like International Delight into the brew and then mix it all together. It is absolutely divine. I personally don't like the taste of coffee that has been brewed in water. It is too bitter for me. Making it with milk seems to take away the bitterness and only leave the coffee flavor and whatever creamer I have added.

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I put milk in a saucepan for 4-5 minutes on medium heat. When I come back, the milk usually has a "skin" on it. Remove that with a spoon, and then pour the milk into the cup. I add a healthy spoonful of instant granules and some sugar, and it's as good as any coffeehouse leche...and way cheaper.

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