Once a week, after our 6 am gym session, we head to Whole Foods for a coffee and nibble before making our way to work. We have a little routine – I will get the coffee upstairs, and Jonty will pick out the nibbles downstairs. It started off as him surprising me with what we were going to eat. We have our favourites now, so the choice of nibbles does not surprise as often, but I still like the anticipation of seeing what our breakfast is going to be. Silly? Perhaps. But it doesn’t stop me from smiling, each time I wander over to our “usual table”.
One of our favourite treats is the Chocolate Espresso Muffin. We share it and dissect it’s contents in the most scientific fashion:
… “Can you taste a bit of orange in there?”…
… “Oooh, look at those dark espresso flecks!”…
… “Mmmm, I wonder what kind of chocolate they use?”…
This, of course, is done so that Jonty can attempt to recreate a version those muffins at home, which (spoiler alert) he has 🙂
For weeks, we searched high and low for instant espresso powder. We finally found a place that sold it, but the price was pretty steep for a small jar of it, so we just decided to make our own! On a scale of difficulty, this ranks equivalent to boiling water. Yes, if you can boil water (to brew your coffee), you can make homemade instant espresso powder 🙂
5 Easy Steps to Making Instant Espresso Powder:
- Make a pot of coffee, using your favourite coffee, and save the grounds.
- Spread those grounds on a baking sheet.
- Bake / De-hydrate those grounds in the oven, set to the lowest temperature (ours is 170°F) for 2 to 3 hours, or until they are dried out and feel slightly crunchy.
- Grind them again into a fine powder. We used our Blendtec blender (a food processor or mortar and pestle would probably work, too).
- Transfer into a small container with a tight-fitting lid.
And, voila! You have homemade Instant Espresso Powder! Add a few teaspoons of the powder into any baked treat when you want to enhance the chocolate flavour. Add a few tablespoons, if you want a nice mocha flavour.
This Instant Espresso Powder is very simple to make, and much cheaper than buying from the store. Hey, you’ve already bought the coffee, so really, you’re making instant espresso powder for free!
That, my friends, is the ultimate Pearson Deal 😉
- Coffee beans, freshly ground (use the quantity you make a pot of coffee with)
- Make a pot of coffee and save the grounds.
- Pre-heat the oven to its lowest setting (ours was set to 170F).
- Spread the grounds onto a baking tray and bake in the oven for 2 to 3 hours, until the grounds are dried out and slightly crunchy.
- Use a high-speed blender or food processor to blend the dried grounds into a fine powder.
- Store in a tightly-sealed container.