Drying: Beverages and Soup

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Oxford Companion to Food

Oxford Companion to Food

By Alan Davidson

Published 2014

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Various beverages are prepared from dried ingredients. tea leaves and coffee beans are obvious examples. Instant coffee and tea are made by brewing the drink and drying the liquid in a spray dryer (see below) or, in the case of high-quality instant coffee, by freeze-drying. Other dried plant substances used to make infused drinks are chicory (dried root), cocoa (dried powdered seeds), guarana (dried powdered seeds, made into smoked cakes), cola ‘nut’ (dried powdered seeds), and maté (dried leaves).