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The Virtues of Instant Espresso Powder and What To Do With It

The Virtues of Instant Espresso Powder is a discussion of various ways to use instant espresso powder, especially in desserts.

espresso-flavored yogurt in a goblet, with strawberry garnish

One of my readers recently asked what flavorings I like to add to my homemade Greek yogurt.  This question brought to mind one of my favorite “secret ingredients” as Ina Garten of Barefoot Contessa calls them on her show.  Instant Espresso Coffee by Medaglia D’oro.

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Why instant espresso powder is one of my secret ingredients

The fine texture of the coffee granules means it will dissolve quickly and entirely without heating in a liquid as long as there is enough moisture.  When combined with chocolate, it intensifies the chocolate flavor without a distinctive flavor of its own. 

Adding it to recipes

I use it in my Coffee Ice Cream and Emergency Brownies. It’s also good added to just about any chocolate chip cookie recipe–a teaspoon or so. Try it in a smoothie with yogurt and crushed ice.

instant espresso coffee powder

After vanilla and almond, coffee is probably my favorite flavor to add to yogurt.  Along with the coffee, of course, I use sugar-free  Torani syrup to balance the bitterness of the coffee. 

Where can I buy it?

coffee flavored yogurt

I buy it at my local supermarket–in the coffee section, but it’s also available from Amazon.

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Thursday 8th of August 2013

I love all your ideas for yogurt. I was introduced to making my own yogurt a couple years ago, and in the crock pot. I also love your flavoring ideas and can't wait to try them. And I have to know, where do you get the strainer that you use? I've been using coffee filters, but it is messy, as they are not nearly big enough. I do have one of those gold coffee filters, that is fine mesh, and even though it is small, I'm thinking that may work, though I can't find it right now. :( Thank you! Claudia


Friday 9th of August 2013

Claudia, It just so happens that I'm going to put a post about my beloved strainer this weekend. Watch for it. Meanwhile, you can read some about it here.


Thursday 1st of September 2011

How do you get the espresso powder to completely dissolve? blender? Love this idea & bought the espresso yesterday!


Monday 14th of June 2010

Such a great idea - I love my instant espresso powder too, and this is a great way to use it.


Wednesday 9th of September 2009

looks wonderful. i looove coffee flavor but hate coffee. go figure!


Wednesday 9th of September 2009

What a beautiful blog! I will follow.