The Virtues of Instant Espresso Powder

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One of my readers recently asked what flavorings I like to add to my homemade Greek yogurt .  This brought to mind one of my favorite “secret ingredients” as Ina Garten of Barefoot Contessa calls them on her show.  Instant Espresso Coffee  by Medaglia D’oro.


The fine texture of this coffee means it will dissolve quickly and completely without heating in a liquid as long as there is enough moisture.  When combined with chocolate, it intensifies the chocolate flavor without a distinctive flavor of its own.  I used it in Dorie’s Espresso Cheesecake Brownies and my Coffee Ice Cream.  It’s also good added to just about any chocolate chip recipe–a teaspoon or so. Try it in a smoothie with yogurt and crushed ice.


After vanilla and almond, coffee is probably my favorite flavor to  add to yogurt.  Along with the coffee, of course, I use sugar-free  Torani syrup to balance the bitterness of the coffee.  No calories either.  So this fits in the “skinny secret” category.

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I buy it at my local super market but it’s also available from Amazon.

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Claudia August 8, 2013 at 9:37 pm

I love all your ideas for yogurt. I was introduced to making my own yogurt a couple years ago, and in the crock pot. I also love your flavoring ideas and can’t wait to try them. And I have to know, where do you get the strainer that you use? I’ve been using coffee filters, but it is messy, as they are not nearly big enough. I do have one of those gold coffee filters, that is fine mesh, and even though it is small, I’m thinking that may work, though I can’t find it right now. 🙁
Thank you! Claudia


Paula August 9, 2013 at 10:01 pm

It just so happens that I’m going to put a post about my beloved strainer this weekend. Watch for it. Meanwhile, you can read some about it here.


Kaki September 1, 2011 at 11:52 am

How do you get the espresso powder to completely dissolve? blender? Love this idea & bought the espresso yesterday!


Jessica June 14, 2010 at 5:27 pm

Such a great idea – I love my instant espresso powder too, and this is a great way to use it.


danielle September 9, 2009 at 7:15 pm

looks wonderful.
i looove coffee flavor but hate coffee.
go figure!


Christine September 9, 2009 at 12:06 pm

What a beautiful blog! I will follow.


scooter September 9, 2009 at 9:07 am


I have eaten greek yogurt every day since you introduced it to me ( and since I found the 0% fat one). I love to add different flavorings. Just in case you don’t know about
I thought I would share. They have tons of sugar free flavorings and I love adding different ones to my protein drinks and yogurt. My favorites are german chocolate cake and toasted marshmallow. I also like the white chocolate and pumpkin pie but you can get that same flavor with sugar free white chocolate instant pudding or pumpkin pie spice. Check it out.


Romaine September 7, 2009 at 9:00 am

Damjana, I have to use some kind of sweetener. My favorite is Torani Sugar-Free syrup. (I’m not afraid of Splenda.) But of course, sugar or honey would be delicious.


Damjana September 7, 2009 at 12:53 am

Wow, that’s amazing! I love coffee flavour as well. My only try to make coffee flavoured yoghurt by mixing instant coffee powder with yoghurt failed – the yoghurt turned out unpleasantly sour, I guess I used too much coffee powder for that small quantity of yoghurt. Anyway, I’ll give it another try. This last one with chocolate is just..wonderful.


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