Espresso powder producers create their products by roasting, grinding, brewing and dehydrating espresso beans. Instant espresso powder flavors traditional coffee-infused desserts such as tiramisu, cakes and chocolate mousses. If you are caught in the middle of making a favorite recipe and realize you are out of instant espresso powder, substitute with strong coffee or instant coffee granules.
Substitute strong coffee for instant espresso powder. Brew a pot of coffee using a half to a fourth of the amount of liquid you normally use. Adjust the liquid in your recipe to accommodate the extra liquid from the strong coffee.
If you are caught without your favorite espresso powder, substitute with instant coffee granules. Use the same amount called for in the recipe. For instance, use 1 tbsp. instant coffee if your recipe calls for 1 tbsp. of espresso powder. If you have the option, select dark roast instant coffee over regular. The flavor of darker roasts will be more like the strength of the espresso powder.
Finely Ground Coffee or Espresso
If you only have ground espresso in your pantry, you can substitute it for espresso powder by using a smaller amount. Because the ground coffee or espresso will not have been brewed, the flavor will be stronger. Try adding half of the amount called for in your recipe. For instance, if your recipe calls for 1 tbsp. espresso powder, substitute with ½ tbsp. ground coffee or espresso. For best results, grind the coffee or espresso in a coffee grinder or in a food processor before use. The finely ground coffee will distribute better in the recipe.
Make Your Own
You can make your own espresso powder at home if you are willing to spend the time and effort. Select a rich, dark roast coffee or espresso bean. Grind the beans to a normal grind size in a coffee grinder or food processor. Brew the coffee grounds. Dry the coffee grinds on a paper-lined cookie sheet. Grind the beans to a fine powder in a coffee grinder or food processor.