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Jul 14, 2010 07:25 PM

Instant Espresso Powder

Where can I get instant espresso powder? At large grocery stores? What brands are available and which are better?

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  1. Medaglio d'Oro (sp?) I can find this at local markets.

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    1. re: pikawicca

      I spent several days recently trying to chase Medaillo d'Oro down in Los Angeles with no luck at all. It used to be reasonably available but, right now at least, it isn't even in the 3 or 4 Italian delis I tried.

      I used Starbucks instant Italian roast as an alternative. But, damn them!, it might be part of the problem that when they rent space -- as they do in the same mall with the Italian deli closest to me -- they make the lessor specify to all the other renters and lessees that they can't sell ANY coffee or tea product. grrrrrrrrr They're big enough and that's just scummy! ( my personal opinion)

    2. I know this was discussed at some length some weeks ago. I just can't find the thread. I do remember that the advice was to look in the ethnic aisle for Mexican foods and there were a couple of brands there, not the regular coffee aisle of your local grocer.

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      1. re: John E.

        I did that the other day and found instant coffee, but no instant espresso powder.

      2. You can get it on Amazon but to get a decent price, you will have to buy a lot of it. Do you have 3 friends that would like to go in with you?

        I have never found it at any of my grocery stores either. You might try World market or Trader Joes. They might carry something like that.

        Let me guess, you want to put it in chocolate dishes like Ina Garten does. Been there done that...

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        1. re: Hank Hanover

          Actually no, I just want to drink it. I'm not a big coffee drinker (I don't drink the stuff ever) and I'm going to school in the fall and figured it might be convenient to have around in case I'm in need of a quick caffeine fix.

        2. Cafe Bustelo (tag line "tostado y molido para al gusto hispano") is available in many markets with strong Caribbean ties. The label is yellow with blue lettering. It works well in chocolate recipes for a little boost and makes a perfectly accectable cafe con leche in a pinch. For a good blender drink, put ice cubes, miik (or substitute), and a couple of teaspoons of the instant coffee. Blend to desired consistency. Yum!

          1. Readily available where I am (and pretty good a well)