For a strong start to your day, a bit of espresso powder to your morning coffee will do the trick. Convenient, inexpensive, and long lasting, espresso powder is a great addition to any pantry.
History of Espresso Powder
There is no specific origin story for espresso powder. As is the case with espresso and it being a variant of it, espresso powder has an Italian origin. The origin of espresso powder dates back to the start of the 20th century.
The word espresso comes from Italian for “pressed out”. Espresso powder is made by grounding high-quality coffee beans. One cup of high-quality coffee beans yield almost a full cup of espresso powder.
Nestle was one of the first companies to develop their own commercially available instant coffee. In 1930 the brand launched Nescafe, which is now one of the most popular and widely available varieties of instant espresso.
The Flavor of Espresso Powder
Espresso powder has a richer and stronger flavor than normal coffee. Instant espresso powder is darker in flavor and more concentrated than instant coffee with a rich and chocolaty taste. Because espresso powder is so concentrated a little goes a long way; a teaspoon of espresso powder should do the job. If you want to devour a nice, strong mocha hot chocolate, check out this recipe.
Health Benefits of Espresso Powder
Due to how thoroughly it is ground and made, espresso powder has lots of antioxidants in it, even more so than even instant coffee. The process of how it is made makes it better suited for having more antioxidants in it than any other version of coffee. The high content of caffeine in the espresso powder helps in increasing metabolism and tackling constipation.
Studies have shown that espresso powder helps to lessen the risk of diabetes. Now that is one understated quality one would want in their daily intake.
Culinary Benefits of Espresso Powder
The main culinary use of espresso powder is as the instant form of coffee. Adding a teaspoon of espresso powder to one cup of hot water is the perfect ratio for making instant espresso. The dark and chocolaty flavor of espresso powder is a smooth combination and the perfect way to start a day.
Espresso powder is also a great addition to any chocolate-based treat. This S’more brownie recipe is a perfect way to try out this delicious combination. Another form of using espresso powder is in baking. Espresso powder adds that rich flavor to a brownie or a baked pudding. Instant espresso doesn’t necessarily overpower the taste of the desert, but helps to amplify the rich chocolate flavor. Try it in out in this delicious recipe which can be made in under 1 hour!
Espresso powder is also commonly used in hot cocoa, smoothies, and other hot chocolate drinks. The rich espresso powder can also be seen in lots of breakfast dishes as well. This mocha almond oatmeal is a perfect example.
Coffee also works well in braised dishes, stews and with steak. The strong flavor of the espresso powder complements these savory dishes.
Types of Espresso Powder
Where to start? There are so many good espresso powder variants. From Colombian to American to Italian.
Here are some of our favorite brands of espresso powder:
1. King Arthur Flour Espresso Powder.
2. Illy Classico Ground Espresso Powder.
3. Lavazza Caffe Espresso Ground Coffee.
4. Medaglia D’Oro Espresso Instant Coffee.
5. Cafe La Rica Gourmet Espresso.
These are just some of our favorite brands of instant espresso powders that are used to perk up your breakfast.
Espresso powder needs to be properly stored in a cool dry place to stay fresh. Once the seal is opened and the powder is used then it needs to be closed tightly and not let be exposed to air.
A properly contained espresso powder can last up to 5 months. While an unsealed jar or bottle of espresso powder can last up to 2 years.