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subsitute instant espresso powder

LBinFL Dec 1, 2011 08:40 AM

I need help from you bakers out there. I often see recipes that call for instant espresso powder. I am not sure exactly the best way to substitute grounded coffee. I always have a dark roast whole beans at home, can I just grind really fine and substitute? What is the correct ratio, is 1 tsp of instant equal to 1 tsp of fined ground?

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  1. iL Divo RE: LBinFL Dec 1, 2011 08:45 AM

    I've bought many a jar of instant espresso powder and given as gifts.
    Don't know where you live, what area, or state, but you can get this item at the dollar store.
    The jar lasts forever, like really years if you keep in the freezer. Well worth the buck you'll spend then this won't be an issue.
    Hope that's something you'd consider.

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    1. re: iL Divo
      Sushiqueen36 RE: iL Divo Dec 1, 2011 08:52 AM

      I didn't buy mine at the dollar store - I don't know if dollar stores even existed when i bought it - it does last forever.

      Espresso powder is basically freeze dried espresso so ground beans are going to result in a different outcome.

      1. re: Sushiqueen36
        LBinFL RE: Sushiqueen36 Dec 2, 2011 08:20 AM

        I was hoping to use what I already had to save storage space. But it seems like I really need the instant. Thanks for the advice!

    2. chowser RE: LBinFL Dec 1, 2011 10:09 AM

      You can do it but the coffee doesn't dissolve and you'll get the fine little granules of coffee. But, I think it's fine, depending on what you're making.

      1. Becca Porter RE: LBinFL Dec 1, 2011 11:25 AM

        Walmart and other stores now carry the Starbuck's Via packets... Super easy to find.

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