Make your own Espresso Powder for baking with this easy recipe! A secret ingredient of many professional bakers, it’s amazing in so many recipes and treats!

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Today, I’m sharing that one special ingredient that intensifies the chocolate flavor in your baking for the best chocolate cakes, brownies, cookies, (and any other chocolate baked goods!).

Imagine everyone drooling over that chocolate cake topped with chocolate buttercream frosting that everyone requests for their birthday, anniversary or any other special occasion?

Well, I’ve shared that cake and frosting with you many, many years ago and I even shared the one secret ingredient that I think takes that cake to the next level of deliciousness – espresso powder!

Now, let’s learn how to make it at home!

Espresso Powder Recipe

Many of you have asked me over the years where to find espresso powder. Well, you can purchase it online at many bakery supply stores, online at Amazon and grocery stores. I’ve seen it in my local Publix and Kroger grocery stores recently. But I still want to be able to have the absolute best – and I can make it myself!

Friends, this super simple recipe is one that once you make your own, you’ll want to make sure to have a supply of it on hand at all times!

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What Do You Need to Make Homemade Espresso Powder for Baking

To make homemade espresso powder for baking, you only need a few items.

  • Espresso beans
  • Baking Sheet
  • Coffee or spice grinder
  • Airtight spice container

Espresso Beans

For my espresso beans, I prefer to use organic, medium roast espresso beans. I love to pick up a small bag of local roasted beans from my local CSA or farmer’s co-op, but your local grocery store may also have a good selection to choose from. I’ve also found a few brands online that I’ve enjoyed such as Jo Espresso and Kicking Horse Cliff Hanger Espresso.

If organic espresso beans aren’t available, you can use your favorite espresso beans from your local grocery store or order online. Some that I have used and enjoyed are Starbuck’s Espresso (I use their dark roast) and Cafe Don Pablo.

Baking Sheet

I highly recommend having at least one good baking sheet in your kitchen, if you can possibly have two, please do! My favorite baking sheet is a rimmed half-sheet pan. It is perfect for toasting the espresso beans since it heats evenly in the oven and the sides contain the espresso beans inside the pan.

Coffee or Spice Grinder

You will also need a coffee or spice grinder for grinding your toasted espresso beans. Many people love to freshly grind their coffee and that grinder is also excellent to use for your espresso powder. I use a small burr style conical grinder often for grinding coffee beans for making coffee. So if you have one on hand, I highly recommend it for grinding your espresso beans for your espresso powder. I have a dedicated grinder that I use for making my espresso powder since I use it so often in my baking. It was fairly inexpensive and does a wonderful job evenly grinding my espresso beans in just a few seconds.

Airtight Spice Container

Once you’ve made your espresso powder, you’ll want to store it in an airtight container to maintain the flavor. I use the same style container for all of my seasonings, spice blends, and for this. I’ve had wonderful luck with it keeping items fresh.

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How Many Espresso Beans Do You Need to Make Espresso Powder

One question that I had when I first started making my own espresso powder was how many espresso beans do I need to make my own? What I have found is that generally one cup of espresso beans will yield close to 1 cup of espresso powder. So, if you need more or less, you can easily make as much as you need.

I will say that I love to make a larger batch and then give it as gifts to friends and family!

How to Make Homemade Espresso Powder for Baking

Once you have all of your needed supplies for making your homemade espresso powder, you are ready to start making your own for baking! To make it, you begin by preheating your oven and then spreading your espresso beans in a single layer on your baking sheet. Next, you’ll bake your espresso beans until they have dried and are lightly toasted. I’ve found that this generally takes about an hour.

Then, remove the pan from the oven and allow the espresso beans to cool. Working in batches, grind your espresso beans into as fine of a powder as your grinder will grind.

Transfer your powder to your airtight container and store for up to 5 months.

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Favorite Recipes Using Espresso Powder

Once I discovered the power of a little espresso powder to enhance the flavor of chocolate baked goods without leaving a bitter, coffee aftertaste, I never looked back! I’ve included a list of some of my favorite recipes using it for you below. These are all a great way to get started using this in your baking!

The Best Chocolate Cake Recipe – A one bowl chocolate cake recipe that is quick, easy, and delicious! Updated with gluten-free, dairy-free, and egg-free options! //

The Best Chocolate Cake

Perfect Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Chocolate Banana Bread Recipe

Best Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe

Fudge Brownies Recipe

… and more

Frequent Questions Regarding Espresso Powder in Baking Recipes

I receive many of the same questions and comments regarding espresso powder for the recipes that I share with it included.

Does espresso powder leave your baked goods tasting like coffee?

I do not believe that espresso powder leaves a coffee flavor in baked goods when the right amount is used in the recipe. You’ll notice that for my chocolate cake, only 1 teaspoon of espresso powder is used.

Does espresso powder leave an aftertaste in your recipe?

No. I believe that there is no aftertaste in your chocolate recipe when using the right amount of espresso powder in your recipe. Again, you’ll want to make sure you aren’t adding too much espresso powder to a recipe when using it. I make sure to test, test, test my recipes to make sure that the ratios are perfectly balanced especially when including an ingredient like espresso powder.

As a matter of fact, when I was testing my chocolate cake recipe, I made the cake using a cup of coffee instead of boiling water. It left a strong coffee flavor with an aftertaste. For my next test, I tried using instant coffee granules and boiling water. Still a strong coffee flavor with a bitter aftertaste. Then, I tested with espresso powder (at various amounts until I got it just right!) and found that it heightened the flavor of the chocolate without adding the flavor of coffee and there was no bitter aftertaste! Eureka! 🙂

Do I have to use the espresso powder in the recipe?

If you would prefer not to use it, you can absolutely omit it from any of the chocolate baking recipes that I have included it in. It will not change the texture or the baking results of the recipe. But once you taste the cake baked with the espresso powder, you’ll be able to immediately notice when you bake it without!

Espresso Power Recipe - Learn how to make your own espresso powder for baking! It is the secret ingredient of many professional bakers and now you can make it in your own home! //

Here’s my Homemade Espresso Powder recipe. I hope you enjoy it and the delicious recipes you create with it!

Espresso Power Recipe - Learn how to make your own espresso powder for baking! It is the secret ingredient of many professional bakers and now you can make it in your own home! //

Espresso Powder Recipe

Espresso Power Recipe - Learn how to make your own espresso powder for baking! It is the secret ingredient of many professional bakers and now you can make it in your own home!
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Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Servings: 1 cup
Course Dessert
Calories: 3kcal
Serving Size 1g
Cuisine American
Author: Robyn Stone


  • 1 cup espresso beans


  • Preheat oven to 200º F. 
  • Spread espresso beans in a single layer onto a baking sheet. Bake until lightly toasted and dried, about 1 hour. Remove from the oven and grind in batches in a coffee or spice grinder until finely ground. 
  • Pour into a container with a tight fitting lid, such as a small Mason jar or spice jar, and store for up to 6 months. 


Nutrition Information

Serving: 1teaspoon | Calories: 3kcal
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  1. Your recipe doesn’t state the oven time but I did see where you said it takes about an hour @200 degrees for them to be toasted enough. They are dark beans so to me that would be hard to tell when they are toasted or not.

    I never thought about making my own espresso powder. This stuff can be expensive to buy. I normally use it for ice cream and use it often…this is a great idea!

    1. Hi Cheryl,
      I sure hope you enjoy making your own! I use it fairly often as well and it can get pretty pricey in the stores. It does take about an hour in a 200º F oven to lightly toast. I can generally tell the difference if I keep a few of the espresso beans on the counter so that I can compare them. They will be different in coloring and in dryness. 
      Robyn xo

      1. Robyn,
        I have espresso beans that have already been grounded. Do you think it would work to toast the grounded version ? I’m ready to make the cake this morning and that is the only thing I am missing.

  2. Do you happen to know how much caffeine is in one teaspoon. I would love to use it but hubby is very sensitive to caffeine. I wondered if baking would affect the caffeine in the way cooking with alcohol “burns off” the alcohol. I hope this makes sense.

    1. Some google maths says around 95ml Caffeine in 8oz of coffee (call it 12ml for 1oz), 1 teaspoon would have 1/6th of that, so 2ml caffeine, and that’s spread around the entirety of the dessert.

      Or, another way to think of it is: there is 1/48th of a cup of coffee in a teaspoon of powder.

      The other thing is that while caffeine is highly water soluble, (it’s the first thing that extracts while brewing, flavor is much slower) it’s temperature stable until 250C. So in all likelyhood, it’s sticking around in the oven post-roasting. This makes sense as coffee roasting goes past 205C.

      One last thing is if you use dark roast coffee (generally synonymous with “espresso” as espresso is typically brewed with dark roasted beans), there’s less caffeine as the beans have gotten closer to that 250C temp and some of the caffeine gets burned off.

      Get a decaf dark roast bean (Peet’s Major Dickason’s Decaf might well be stocked by your local grocery), keep the bag in the freezer, follow this recipe, and you’ll have caffeine free espresso powder for months!

      1. I ‘read’ temp wrongly as 200c, not Fahrenheit – Oh dear, big difference in temp. Should convert to half that!

  3. Does this espresso powder dissolve completely in water like the the commercial instant espresso powders? Thanks!

    1. Hi Mona,
      I made this for baking purposes and I’ve not used this as for drinking or compared it to instant espresso powder. It is definitely delicious in my chocolate cake! Thanks! xo

  4. Just had a chance to make “The Best Chocolate Cake Recipe {Ever}” for my husbands birthday and mine which are two days apart What a Delicious Cake and the icing was just as tasty!
    I used my Vita Mix to grind the roasted coffee beans down and it worked just fine!

  5. Hi Robyn, it is easy to buy roasted coffee beans here for making espresso. I’m gathering that it is important that the beans have this second roasting to develop additional flavour? Thanks for the fabulous recipe – I have never come across one as good as this in all my years of cooking and my daughter actually discovered this one!

    1. Hi Judy,
      I’m so happy you and your daughter enjoy the recipe! Make sure you use espresso beans when roasting them according to the recipe. I personally love the results from roasting them for the espresso powder this way. Hope this helps! Thanks!

  6. Hi!

    I have a Nespresso espresso maker. Can I just use the espresso that is in one of the Nespresso pods for this recipe?

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Diane,
      I don’t think it will give the desired results. The espresso powder for baking is easy to make with my recipe. You can also purchase it in most baking sections of grocery stores and online. Hope this helps! xo

    1. Christina,
      If you are asking about using the espresso powder for the Best Chocolate Cake recipe, you can just add the espresso powder. This espresso powder recipe was to show how to make espresso powder from the beans if you could not find it in your grocery store.

  7. Robyn – Just to be doubly sure, so I get it right. My Expresso coffee beans already come roasted, which I typically grind down each time to make coffee. I gather you mean, that such already bought roasted coffee beans are to be additionally roasted as per your recommendations, before being ground down to make the fine powder. Sounds though like such a treat, but just wanted to verify that little point, as I expect people can get coffee in various forms! Cheers!

  8. Hi,

    Can I just add a shot of espresso instead of the powder? For instance in your chocolate cake recipe could I add espresso along with the boiling water? Thanks

    1. There are a number of chocolate cake recipes that use brewed coffee or espresso in lieu of ground or instant. In my experience, having tried both, the results are quite similar.

  9. Hi Robyn,
    Seconding Anne Jeremy and Judy’s question above, if you buy already roasted coffee beans, do you still need to roast them?
    And thanks for the recipe! I plan to make the powder for your chocolate cake. I’m new to baking and my husband has requested a chocolate cake. After searching the internet, your chocolate cake recipe seems to be the most successful. I can’t wait to bake!

    1. Hi Angelique,
      I use beans that have already been roasted. I buy medium roast espresso beans for this recipe. The information in my post might help you when you get ready to roast these. I hope you and your husband enjoy my chocolate cake recipe. Thanks so much.

  10. Seconding Angelique, Anne Jeremy and Judy’s question above, if you buy already roasted coffee beans, do you still need to roast them? Say I buy a 12oz bag of Starbucks Expresso Beans. Do still need to roast them again in my oven before I grind them. In other words Starbucks has already been roasted when you buy the bag. Are you saying I need to roast them again???? Please clarify. Thank you

    1. I use espresso beans that have already been roasted. I prefer to use medium roast espresso beans and then roasting them until they are lightly toasted and dried. This helps to dry the beans even further so they can be ground to a finer powder. Thanks!

    1. Cary, you can use the Instant Espresso in any of my recipes if you have it but I had readers who could not find it in their grocery store and wanted a way to make if for themselves.

    1. Dee, if you enter “espresso powder” in the search bar on the right side at top of my site, it will list all the recipes I have that include espresso powder as an ingredient. Hope this helps!

  11. Hi Robyn,

    I can buy some roasted expresso beans from my local roaster. Am I correct that I need to toast them again to add depth of flavor? I am worried about burning the beans and then having that taste? I love the idea of making my own expresso powder, as it is not an item I can find in my town. Can’t wait to try it! Thank you!!

    1. I toast my medium roast espresso beans, Dani, just until they are dried and slightly toasted. Check with your local roaster to see if the beans you buy need to be toasted more to grind into espresso powder.

  12. How fine should I grind the toasted beans? I use a 16 for making drip coffee, 10 for espresso Am I correct in assuming I have to grind finer than that?

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