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recipes calling for "instant coffee" or "instant coffee powder"

nc213 Jan 5, 2007 08:31 PM

I actually avoid making recipes that call for it because I don't know what to buy. Do people buy one specific brand? Are there different types of instant coffee? I'm guessing I can buy a jar and leave it in the pantry for quite some time?
Is there a difference b/t instant coffee and instant coffee powder?

thanks for your help.

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    FlavoursGal Jan 7, 2007 01:15 AM

    The jarred instant espresso, if you can find them, are great to have on hand. In a bind, I've used finely ground espresso beans (purchased already ground), with great success.

    I'd advise to keep your "for baking/cooking" coffee in the freezer, for longer shelf life.

    1. bryan Jan 7, 2007 01:11 AM

      If you want a strong coffee flavor, I would use Cafe Bustelo powder.

      1. Becca Porter Jan 5, 2007 08:45 PM

        Yes, get you some medaglia D'Ora or Bakers Catalogue's espresso powder, and use that whenever Instant coffee is called for. It's flavor is pure and delicious.

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        1. re: Becca Porter
          pepperminta Jan 7, 2007 11:42 PM

          i agree - medaglia d'ora is a great brand..i've found it at gelson's before...but not at ralphs/pavilions.

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          Nyleve Jan 5, 2007 08:44 PM

          I keep instant coffee in the cupboard only to use in recipes that call for it - never for making coffee. I don't pay much attention to brands but I try to get the kind that's a fine powder, rather than crystally chunks. And even then, I rub it through a sieve when adding to dry ingredients. If diluting, it makes no difference. They're all equally vile.

          1. welle Jan 5, 2007 08:42 PM

            I'm pretty sure you can almost always substitute with fine espresso coffee. If you don't have espresso, but have a coffee grinder you can grind your coffee very fine and use it for baking. I would advise against storing a jar of instant coffee for a long time - it goes stale pretty fast.

            1. Candy Jan 5, 2007 08:40 PM

              I buy instant espresso, Medaglia D'Oro brand. I find it incorporates into batters better than regular instant coffee.

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              1. re: Candy
                Dommy Jan 8, 2007 06:20 AM

                That is the one I use. It comes in a small jar that I can use up easily (For the past few times, I've bought big jars that tend to get moldy fter a while...


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