Espresso is the ultimate coffee pick-me-up. Espresso powder has the same uplifting effect when included in your cooking. It’s made by spray drying real espresso, offering a concentrated kick of flavor that enhances the other flavors in a dish. We’ve been using it in our test kitchen lately and are excited to share our notes with you. If you have a favorite way to use espresso powder, let us know in the comments below.
Chocolate, But More Chocolatey
Espresso powder is a springboard for anything chocolate–elevating chocolate’s sweet, roasted, and fruity flavors to new heights. One key tip is to use just enough espresso powder, as you’re not always trying to notice the coffee flavor so much as enhance the chocolate. (Unless you’re looking for a more coffee-forward flavor, then make it a double espresso!)
Take your favorite chocolate-flavored recipes and introduce a teaspoon of espresso powder. You’ll be amazed at how rich and deep the cocoa flavors become. Brownies are the perfect place to start. Try it on your favorite brownie recipe, or follow our recipe below.
Wake Up Your Chili
Chili is a rich, spicy, and hearty recipe. Coffee gives it an even richer depth of flavor. Many cooks like adding a cup of brewed coffee to their chili instead of beef broth. Espresso powder gives you a little more control over the coffee flavor when you’re experimenting. Try adding 2-3 teaspoons to the chili recipe below for an intensely flavorful bowl of chili.
Mocha in a Minute
Not everyone has a cool $10,000 to spend on an authentic Italian espresso machine. Luckily, you can get your cafe fix with a spoonful of espresso powder when added to any of our premium hot cocoa mixes. Our Classic Hot Cocoa Mix makes for an excellent cafe mocha at home, and our Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa is an extra special treat with some espresso powder.
Decadent Dalgona Coffee
Refresh your coffee routine with a dessert-like coffee drink. This recipe asks you to whisk espresso powder into a deliciously fluffy whipped topping. It’s an easygoing drink with an electric edge, thanks to the espresso powder.
Frostings and Dustings
The intense, bitter flavor of espresso powder is a perfect pairing for sweets. Whip it into your favorite buttercream frosting recipe to add another layer of flavor to your cakes. You can also mix it with cocoa powder to dust it over the top of your homemade tiramisu. You can make a quick and tasty dessert with store-bought angel food cake, homemade whipped cream, and espresso powder. Make the whipped cream on the sweeter side and balance it with a few dashes of espresso powder on top.