i need to know if espresso POWDER is the same as espresso coffee ground fine?!
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Espresso powder is more similar to finely ground instant espresso than it is to the ground espresso beans. It's not the whole bean. It's the beverage, dried.
To the person who says it doesn't exist, I have a jar of it sitting right next to me! The instructions on it say to add 1/2 tsp to chocolate recipes to enhance the chocolate-y-ness, or dissolve 1 tsp in a cup of hot water to replace a cup of coffee in a recipe, or add 2-3 tsp to an average-sized frosting recipe.
To make your truffles, I would definitely recommend the espresso powder. It has a great flavor to enhance your truffles, but it is ground into such a fine powder that it won't intrude texture-wise. It dissolves very nicely.
If you don't have espresso powder, you could probably take the freeze-dried instant espresso crystals and pound them in a mortar and pestle, or in your coffee grinder, until it becomes a super fine powder.
I got mine at kingarthurflour.com
Espresso powder may refer to instant coffee - you can check by putting a dab of it in some water and let it dissolve. If there are grounds at the bottom, it is espresso roast beans ground finely. If it is like a cup of coffee with nothing in the bottom, it is instant.
If you are using it in a recipe there is a difference in ground coffee and instant. Know what you are using to have your recipe duplicate as given.
There is no such thing as "espresso powder"