What is instant espresso powder?

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What is instant espresso powder?
Instant espresso is convenient for home espresso. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of jenny downing)

Instant espresso powder is a dried espresso sold in jars. Instant espresso is an easy way to enjoy espresso at home without an espresso machine. It's also a popular ingredient for recipes that require a coffee or mocha flavour.


Instant espresso powder forms when prepared espresso coffee is freeze-dried. Espresso powder tastes weaker than a regular espresso shot, but much stronger than instant coffee.


Use 1 to 2 tsp of instant espresso powder to 236ml. of hot water. Drink it black, or add half and half and a sweetener to taste. Instant espresso also dissolves easily in cold beverages such as milk shakes.

What is instant espresso powder?
Instant espresso requires only hot water to prepare. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Demion)


Instant espresso powder retains the caffeine found in regular espresso. It's perfect in a purse or car for caffeine emergencies. The powder stores for months on a pantry shelf, or up to one year in the freezer.


Cooks use instant espresso powder as a recipe ingredient to add a coffee or espresso flavour. Bakers often add instant espresso to dessert recipes for a mocha flavour. Simply add or prepare the instant espresso according to the recipe's instructions.

What is instant espresso powder?
Many recipes use instant espresso to add a coffee flavour. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of thebittenword.com)

Fun Fact

Instant espresso powder enhances and intensifies chocolate flavours without adding a coffee taste.

What is instant espresso powder?
Add espresso powder to recipes to intensify the chocolate flavour. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Mariela M.)

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