Originally Posted by bettinashoe
Good question, Mickeebabe. I haven't been able to find it at any of the local grocers. I asked my local Starbucks and they said I should use instant coffee which makes me wonder if they aren't the same thing, or very similar. I've seen it on the King Arthur link but it seems fairly expensive for 2 oz's. Does anyone know if you can use instant coffee instead of expresso?
The espresso powder is very strong and very finely ground so you don't need to add that much and it easily dissolves in your batter. If you use instant coffee, you may have to grind it up a bit and use more to have the same enhancing affect. I have used the grocery store brands instead of the KAF brand, but the grounds were a bit chunky (wasn't really a powder). The 2 oz jar lasts quite a while, so its been worth it for me, especially when I order other stuff along with it.