Espresso Powder vs Espresso Instant Coffee.

Espresso Powder vs Espresso Instant Coffee.

There are many questions asked regarding Espresso Powder and Espresso Instant Coffee. This article is all about Espresso Powder vs Espresso Instant Coffee.

In this article I will detail what espresso powder is, how to make your own, how to make an instant espresso and a good substitute to use when you need to.

Let’s get going and get on with the article.

Espresso Powder Vs Espresso Instant Coffee: What Is Espresso Powder?

Espresso powder is an intense colored, dark concentrated instant coffee. It is more than simply espresso beans that have been finely ground. It is coffee crystals that easily and quickly dissolve in a liquid.

Technically, and factually speaking, you can dissolve espresso powder in water to make an instant espresso. It is not ideally used for this purpose or for making any coffee drink as the result will not be as good as you would expect.

Espresso powder is used for all those delicious coffee flavored treats by bakers in cookies, tiramisu, cakes and as I discovered in Viet Nam, Burgers.

You can even use espresso powder as an excellent rub for your summer barbecues.

The powder is different from regular instant coffee due to being more concentrated, meaning all that is needed is a teaspoon or so due to the intense flavor.

What Is Espresso Powder
Espresso powder is great for baking!

Is Espresso Powder The Same As Instant Coffee?

No,

Espresso powder is different from instant coffee. Instant coffee is weaker in flavour and is not made from the same coffee bean as an espresso powder, the latter of which is made from an espresso bean.

An espresso bean is a darkly roasted bean that has been roasted for longer and at a slightly higher temperature that gives it a more concentrated, intense, fuller taste.

The beans used in an espresso powder have been roasted, ground, brewed and then dried and ground for a second time to a very fine powder.
In a previous article I discuss does eating espresso beans give you energy?

 How To Make Espresso Powder At Home

To make espresso powder at home, very little special equipment is needed that you already may not have.

For best results your own espresso maker is required. Borrowing one from a friend is fine. A coffee grinder with the capability of producing a very fine grind is essential also. That is it for your specialist required equipment.

 How To Make Espresso Powder At Home
The only must have piece of equipment

Making Home Made Espresso Powder

To make your own home made espresso powder you need…ta da da… Espresso Coffee. I don’t mean any regular espresso beans or instant powder. I mean get the best most flavoursome Espresso beans to make the best possible espresso coffee.

And save the content of the portafiller from previously used espresso drinks. This ingredient is a total freebie and getting you more bang for your buck here.

(yes, you are recycling the used or wasted espresso grounds from your machine, nifty and thrifty!).

Use them while they are still fresh and flavoursome.

You can use as many or a few of these “espresso coffee pucks” as you want or need to. This is your super secret ingredient.

The next step is super simple.

Just slowly and carefully break them up into tiny small pieces as you can and place them on a baking tray.

Try to completely fill the baking try with your broken down “coffee pucks”. There is no need to pre-prepare your baking tray by using any oil, butter or anything else. Just an ordinary baking sheet is needed.

Now spread your broken down “coffee pucks” as evenly and thinly as you can.

You are now ready to bake your previously brewed coffee grounds.

 Once you have the used espresso grounds spread thin as you can get them on your baking sheet and on your baking tray. It is time for the most difficult of kitchen tasks which is placing them in your preheated oven at 175 F. Place them in the middle rack for 1 to 3 hours.

Be sure to regularly check up on your finely ground and now baking coffee grounds regularly. How long they take to be ready depends on how large a quantity you are making.

They are ready when you have a nice crunchy feel to them.

Now with your dehydrated ground coffee you next step is to take these leftover coffee grounds and grind them as finely as you can in your coffee grinder.

This is a task that you may need to do to get the end product super finely ground.

And viola, that is it you have your homemade espresso powder made from the best espresso finely-ground coffee beans that you got your hands on.

The video below displays an alternative method.

Non-Coffee Substitute for Espresso Powder

Looking to replace and switch out that instant coffee or instant espresso powder and use a non-coffee alternative? Then you are in luck as you have a few very interesting substitutes to replace the coffee flavor.

Here are just a few:

1. Dutch Processed Cocoa Powder: This is a double substitute. If you can’t get your hands on natural cocoa powder and don’t want to use instant coffee or instant espresso Dutch Processed Cocoa powder is easily available in Europe and else where.

This has a mellow taste and less acidic due to being processed with an alkaline salt. Deep in color and deep in taste while being not so harsh and bitter.

2. Natural Cocoa Powder: This is for you to consider as an alternative to coffee if you are looking to duplicate the bitter taste of espresso powder. It is a pretty awesome alternative.

Non-Coffee Substitute for Espresso Powder
Chocolate, a great tasting coffee alternative

3. Matcha Tea: Essentially, a quality healthy green tea ground into a very fine powder thanks to the drying process. Definitely a healthy alternative that will switch out that bitter coffee flavour.

4. Postum: An alternative to coffee for over a century and better known as a healthier substitute. Also available in an instant powder.

5. Golden Milk: A liquid replacement for espresso powder. You may need to experiment with vanilla, honey, cardamom or cinnamon to improve the taste and get that flavour that you are looking for.

 Can I Substitute Finely Ground Coffee For Espresso Powder?

This is not something that I would advise at all as the result may not be what you expect due to a completely different flavor profile. When using Espresso Powder instead of ground coffee, regardless of how finely it is ground you will have a more intense flavor to the drink you are making.

Switching the other way around, using Ground coffee instead of Espresso you will end up with a much weaker than expected beverage, no matter how much of it use.

 What Is A Good Substitute For Espresso Powder?

Assuming your objective is to make a quality espresso that you want to savour and enjoy there is no real alternative that will hit the spot and get the end result that you are seeking.

If your goal is related to culinary delights and baking cakes, cookies etc and looking for a different or alternative flavor profile, give serious consideration to the 5 previously mentioned substitutes in the above section.

How To Make Instant Espresso Without An Espresso Machine!

Making an instant espresso from home is super easy and does not require any specialist equipment. All you need is the right ingredients.

  • 1. 2 Teaspoons of Nescafe Instant Espresso Powder.
  • 2. Half a cup of milk.
  • 3. A few drops of milk to premix your ingredients.
  • 4. Instant Cocoa powder.
  • 5. Cinnamon.
  • 6. Sugar as per personal taste.

Instructions:

Put your instant espresso powder and sugar (if required) in your mug. Add a few drops of milk, barely enough to make a thick paste. Stir vigorously until you end up with an off white paste. Add a dash of cinnamon as desired and stir again.

Boil your milk and let it cool down for a minute or two. Pour your boiled milk into your coffee mug from a height to get that frothy effect.

Sprinkle on a dash of cocoa powder as desired.

Drink and enjoy!

Note this is about as close as you will get to a homemade espresso without an espresso machine. The result is still good, but not perfect.

How To Make Instant Espresso Without An Espresso Machine!
Without a machine an espresso is a close second to the real thing

Can You Make Espresso Powder From Instant Coffee?

In a word, yes, you can make espresso powder from instant coffee. All you need to do is to take your instant coffee and grind it down into a much finer powder.

It will not give you that full-bodied rich crema of an authentic espresso though. A different roast is used to make instant coffee powder or granules. When making baked goodies you will need to use a greater amount due to the weaker flavor profile.

Frappé-ing It All Up!

When it comes down to Espresso Powder Vs Espresso Instant Coffee for making coffee at home you can do it and make a good to very good espresso without a specialist machine but you won’t get that top quality perfect shot.

Making your own espresso powder from used coffee rounds is very easy – in fact highly advisable, as you can make a better quality end product and manipulate the flavor to your own liking, varying on your own baking skills.

And for your baked goodies you have a number of good substitutes that I mentioned in this article. An espresso is so-called due to the flavour profile and roasting method. It is different from other coffee and can not be replicated with instant coffee.

Coffee is love, it's more than love — it's a passion of mine. I've had the luck to have travelled and enjoyed the most exotic of coffee's and unique flavors, brewing methods and techniques of making the perfect coffee from Thai hill tribe coffee to Indonesian volcanic coffee, Malaysian coffee that comes in a tea bag and the array of flavors in Vietnam, from Vanilla to Orange to Coconut to Avocado to even salt coffee and the famous egg coffee. The best part of my coffee adventures is getting to mix with the locals over a nice brew and learning how they make it! I'm cited and referenced on Google Scholar for the topic of coffee.

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