Instant coffee isn't my number one choice when I want (need) my cup of joe. I've found this hack very useful in order to make instant coffee taste more like a freshly brewed cup. Just mix your instant coffee granules with a little bit of cold water, stir to dissolve, then add your hot water. Scientifically, when boiling water is added directly to the dehydrated coffee, it hardens the "starches", giving off a strange flavour. With the cold water to start with, the granules melt gently, recreating that perfect cup of coffee. Enjoy!