Instant Coffee – Know the History Behind Its Invention in Switzerland

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Instant coffee is available everywhere in the world. It is the easiest way of making coffee and enjoying every sip of it. The motive of instant coffee is to help anyone prepare it. The super easy and convenient method has made life easier for youngsters and office goers. 

When the whole world is enjoying the flavours of instant coffee, very few knows that the most of instant coffee brands are from Switzerland. Switzerland may be a small population, but it has majorly contributed to the nation with the best inventions. Milk chocolate, LSD, Helvetica, Swiss chocolates, Swiss army knife, etc. are some of the masterpieces that were invented and are worldwide famous.

Swiss Made Direct is an online shop that sells Swiss products worldwide. Their goal is to get Swiss products to customers who are unable to get them in their state or country. After the 2017 ‘Swissness’ legislation no one can abuse the Swiss-made label. Therefore, whether it’s foods, drinks, beverages, clocks, watches, stationery, clothing, accessories, cosmetics, you will get all authentic Swiss products.

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The Story Behind Swiss Instant Coffee

  • The first coffee was made in 1771 in Britain. This coffee was called compound coffee and the patent was approved by the British Government.
  • Later in 1851, the first instant coffee was created. During the Civil war, the coffee was shared with the soldiers in their ration.
  • David Strang from New Zealand in 1890 created a soluble coffee that was manufactured through the Dry Hot Air process. This substance resembled more like a paste with milk and sugar added to it than the dry coffee that we drink today.
  • Instant coffee was largely appreciated by mass in 1901 after the Pan-America exposition. Satori Kato, a Japanese scientist introduced instant coffee to masses in Chicago.
  • In 1910, George Constant Louis Washington invented another method for creating coffee in Guatemala. He produced dry crystal coffee, Red E Coffee.
  • In the later 1800s, creators in France and New Zealand patented powder coffee, but it didn’t have good taste or quality. So it was declined by the market.

Involvement of Switzerland

  • Max Morgenthaler was a chemist who was working for Nestle in 1929 at Vevey on Lake Geneva. Nestle at that time was a start-up Swiss food company.
  • During the Great Depression period, the price of coffee also dropped drastically. This made coffee beans useless for manufacturers.
  • Nestle immediately came out with a water-soluble coffee. However, Max Morgenthaler was unable to create the recipe for the water-soluble coffee even after three years of working on it and the project was eventually closed.
  • However, five years after the project was assigned, Morgenthaler made the best quality coffee granules that were water-soluble and have a terrific taste.
  • This product was supposed to be launched as Nescafe across the world. It gained popularity during WWII.
  • Later this product became a part of every shelf all over the globe.

Drinking coffee has various benefits. It is the first thing in the morning that most people look for. Next time when you drink instant coffee, thank Max Morgenthaler.

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