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Looking ahead to making things w/ coffee. >>> (I am figuring out this post-question-inside thing!)

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Last updated: Mar. 21, 2013 5:46 pm
Posted: Feb. 15, 2013 7:53 am
Commented by: emeralds
Feb. 15, 2013 8:01 am
I want to experiment w/ some recipes using instant coffee (sweets). I don't want to start w/ an expensive one. Is one like Folger's ok? "ok" is fine for this stage. Some recipes say "espresso," some don't so ???. I did see Kalva (or similar name) w/ a lot less acid or something like that. Does this improve the flavor? I'm looking for flavor so want the coffee to be noticeable. Thanks.
Feb. 15, 2013 8:07 am
I use basic nescafe, nothing fancy. My last jar lasted for a couple of years and then got moldy so next time I would store it in the freezer maybe. Not sure how that would affect the flavor over time though. I have read that using double the instant coffee instead of espresso can work but can possibly make it bitter.
Feb. 15, 2013 8:13 am
Thanks, maybe a buzzer who often bakes w/ coffee will see this. That's funny about coffee getting moldy!! I had a jar of opened Folgers instant for 4 yrs, decided to pitch it, not knowing if it'd gotten bad.
Feb. 15, 2013 8:21 am
They sell individual serving packets in boxes of instant coffee/expresso. They keep for a long time and that way are fresh. Find them with the instant coffees.
MOG (AKA Connie-O)
Feb. 15, 2013 8:25 am
I use Folger's instant crystals and I DO store it in the freezer. I've had it forever and a couple of weeks ago it was still fine. I don't have any experience with espresso though.
Feb. 15, 2013 8:30 am
Do you grind the Folgers crystals first (espresso is more powdery)? sassy, the only pkts I've ever seen are super expensive - do you know some that aren't?
Feb. 15, 2013 9:19 am
Any coffee is expensive. I don't drink it at all and hubby won't drink the instant. So, when I need it for making desserts or cooking, I buy one of those little boxes and it lasts me a year or two. Depending on the recipe whether you use it dry or if it needs to be made first. You can always grind it(I have a spice/coffee grinder) or just put in a bag and smash or roll it to powder it up more. I'd just start with a small jar of instant and taste as you go. I have used the bottom of the pot that hubby leaves in the mornings to use in a recipe before LOL!
Feb. 15, 2013 9:31 am
I've started drinking coffee again, even beans because I don't go through a lot. So it's ok to use beans, just grind them to smithereens? Would be cheaper than also buying instant right now. Hubby's coffee reminds me: I've had some (free) coffee from places I've been at lately, like auto repair shop. Left it in car, frozen for a wk. Tasted just fine when thawed!
Feb. 15, 2013 10:36 am
Most recipes call for the coffee to be made first, with water. Some call for expresso powder(which normally dissolves into the liquids required. I don't know about just using fresh ground beans, even if you grind them down. Although some recipes use them ground on top of desserts.
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