The Scoop On Instant Espresso

The Scoop On Instant Espresso

What is instant espresso?

Rich, dark roast coffee that is delicately ground, brewed and then dried to readily dissolve for easy mixing. A baker's best-kept secret as a simple way to enhance and intensify any of your chocolate recipes without adding a distinct coffee flavor.

How-To Use Instant Espresso Powder

Can you drink it like regular coffee?

We don’t recommend it for your daily cup of joe. It’s super strong and made to accent baking recipes, but in a pinch, it will do.

Baker’s Deepest Darkest Secret

Best known for its role in the famed Italian dessert, tiramisu, espresso really is a baker’s secret ingredient. Its deep and complex flavor makes chocolate richer without adding any distinct coffee flavor. With a teaspoon or two of instant espresso, you will only amplify that rich chocolate flavor. Add more for a more pronounced coffee mocha flavor.

When it comes to tiramisu, instant espresso is both convenient and essential. Now there’s no need to brew a whole pot of espresso for dunking your ladyfingers. Give your classic Italian treat that bold rich coffee flavor with none of the hassle.

Indispensable Baking Ingredient

Add instant espresso powder to anything chocolate: homemade brownies, cookies and cakes. Try it in chocolate mousse, pudding, fudge and homemade ice cream. Even give breakfast treats like pancakes and waffles a bigger chocolatey presence. Along with baked goods, instant espresso is perfect for creating cold coffeehouse-style lattes, hot cocoa and frozen drinks at home without using piping-hot brewed espresso that could weaken your icy drinks.

Not Just for Sweets

Instant espresso can be used to accent savory recipes too. Use that rich coffee flavor to enhance meat rubs for steaks, prime rib roasts, pork chops and baby back ribs. Espresso’s deep dark flavor is perfect for pairing with spicy and smoked flavors in chilis, sauces and stews.

Tips for Using

  • A little goes a long way. Too much espresso powder might end up making your baked goods taste overly bitter. Just the right amount will accent chocolate without a distinct coffee flavor. ½ teaspoon – 2 teaspoons is perfect to complement chocolate flavor. Add more than 2 teaspoons for rich coffee (mocha) flavor.
  • Espresso is a rich accent. More than just a chocolate booster, instant espresso can be added to a number of recipes to complement sweet caramel, gingerbread spices, deep fruity flavors like fig and blackberry, sea salt, sweet custards and cheeses and even citrus.
  • Add to wet or dry ingredients. Instant espresso will dissolve in your wet batter or liquids, but also can be added to the dry ingredients of your baking recipes.
  • Instant espresso vs. instant coffee. Instant espresso delivers a truer darker flavor than that of instant coffee. Using instant coffee in your baking recipes isn’t going to make the rich notes pop like instant espresso will. If you try to double up on the instant coffee for a bolder flavor, it might end up making your recipes taste overly bitter or tinny.
  • Make a single espresso coffee in an instant. Add 1 tablespoon of espresso powder to 4 tablespoons of hot water.
  • Perfect for making Dalgona Whipped Coffee: Whip together 2 tablespoons of espresso powder, 2 tablespoons of sugar and 2 tablespoons of boiling water. Pour over 1/2 cup of cold milk.

Product Features

  • Enhances chocolate flavors without adding a coffee taste.
  • Amps up the chocolate flavor in baked goods and desserts like cakes, brownies, cookies and puddings.
  • Balances smoky, acidic and spicy flavors in savory recipes: meat rubs, chili recipes and salsas.
  • Try it in homemade lattes, hot cocoa and frozen coffee drinks.
  • DeLallo Instant Espresso Powder is free of gluten, egg, nuts, lactose and soy. Kosher.
  • Ingredients: 100% coffee.
  • 1.94-ounce glass jar.

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What is Espresso Powder

Espresso powder is made with rich espresso-roasted coffee beans. These espresso beans are ground, and then delicately brewed and dried. The resulting ground espresso is now ready to dissolve in hot water and easily mix into everyday recipes—both sweet and savory.

What is Espresso Powder used for?

While it is famous for its starring role in the no-bake dessert, Tiramisu, instant espresso enhances the chocolate flavor in cookies, cakes, icings, puddings and candies without adding a distinct coffee flavor. In savory dishes like salsas, chili recipes and meat rubs, espresso powder is a brilliant balance to acidic, spicy and smoky flavors.

What are some specific espresso powder uses?

Recipes ideas to consider:

- Brownies
- Waffles
- Roasted Almonds
- Spicy Sauces
- Hot Fudge
- Salsa Dips
- Chocolate Cakes
- Nut Butters
- Vegetarian Chilis

- Dry Rubs for Meats
- Stews
- Truffles
- Chocolate Cookies
- Baby Back Ribs
- Tiramisu
- Chocolate Ganache
- Ice Cream Sprinkles
- Chocolate Frostings
- Chocolate Soufflés


Yes, both are made from dark-roasted coffee beans that are brewed, dried and ground into a fine powder. Some companies choose to use the word "instant," while others do not. Both are instant, meaning they can be added as dry powder to any liquid or wet batter with no brewing necessary. Espresso powder is not to be confused with actual espresso, which are just roasted beans that requires brewing. This espresso is not instant and will not easily dissolve into your recipes.

Can instant coffee replace espresso powder?

No, instant espresso powder is much more concentrated than instant coffee and with a more intense flavor; therefore, less espresso powder is needed. In addition, instant coffee is usually produced in a larger granular form, where espresso powder is ground finely, helping it to dissolve readily in your recipes. Likewise, espresso powder is not an instant coffee substitute.

What can I substitute if I don't have Instant Espresso Powder?

Instant espresso powder is used as an ingredient to enhance flavors, so in most cases, you can omit it from the recipe. You can also try instant coffee, but you will need about 50% more.

Does espresso powder have caffeine?

We guarantee a minimum of 1.8% caffeine in our product. For example, in a serving size of 2g, there would be about 36mg of caffeine. As for the calories, they come from carbohydrates, so there is slightly over 1g of carbs per serving.

Where can I buy espresso powder?

Look in your local supermarket in the baking aisle or the coffee aisle. You can also buy online here and we will ship it directly to your door.