Espresso Powder Recipe


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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, fudge brownies, brownie 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 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 where to find espresso powder over the years. You can purchase it online at many bakery supply stores, Amazon, and grocery stores. I’ve seen it in my local Publix and Kroger grocery stores recently. But I still want 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 at all times!

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What Do You Need to Make Homemade Espresso Powder for Baking

You only need a few items to make homemade espresso powder for baking.

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

Espresso Beans

I prefer to use organic, medium roast espresso beans for my espresso beans. I love picking up a small bag of locally roasted beans from my local CSA or farmer’s co-op, but your local grocery store may also have a good selection. I’ve also found a few brands I’ve enjoyed online, 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 grind their coffee freshly; that grinder is also excellent for your espresso powder. I often use a small burr-style conical grinder to grind 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 use a dedicated grinder for making my espresso powder since I use it so often in my baking. It was inexpensive and did 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 and 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 I needed to make my own. I have found 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 a gift 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 preheat your oven and then spread 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 powder as your grinder will grind.

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

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! //

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 great ways to use 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 Powder Recipe

5 from 7 votes
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!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 1 cup


  • 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. 



Serving: 1teaspoon | Calories: 3kcal

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Robyn xo

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Recipe Review


  1. Sarah Van Howe says:

    When I baked my espresso beans for 45mins they smell burnt but look okay, is this normal or should I start over?

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Sarah, when the beans are roasting to the final stage, the sugar in the beans are cooking off and may give a slight burn smell. I hope they are fine butt if they taste burned, then you will have to start over.

  2. Rita Shabazz says:

    what an you use if do not have a coffee grinder

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Rita, you could use a food processor to grind these beans into a powder. I hope this helps.

  3. Elizabeth says:

    5 stars
    I’ve been making this cake for years and it’s always a huge winner for me. However, I am wondering why I can’t just use espresso as already ground by the producer? I only drink espresso, and one of the distinctions of espresso is that it is a finer grind than regular coffee grounds. Can I just use a teaspoon of espresso to the recipe? I don’t think my spice grinder would be able to make it any finer. Any reflections would be appreciated. I love this cake, but I’ve never added the espresso and I’d like to try it this time! Thanks a lot and all the best!

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Elizabeth, you will need espresso powder so that it will dissolve in the batter and frosting.

  4. Pat says:

    Just recently discovered your site & have enjoyed several recipes already. Ur directions r easy & spot on. Look forward to trying more. Thanks for making this site available for us.

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Thank you, Pat. I’m so glad you found my site and have enjoyed some of my recipes. I hope you find many more on here you will love.

  5. Barb says:

    Not familiar with Espresso Powder, does the powder dissolve fully? And when making your own powder, does that dissolve fully or is it ‘gritty’?
    Thanks for your reply.

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Barb, the espresso powder does dissolve and is not gritty when you use it in baking. If making your own, be sure to grind the beans into as fine a powder as you can so it will dissolve.

  6. Katy Tetta says:

    Hi, Can I open a Nespresso espresso pod and use the espresso out of that for my cake and frosting?

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Katy, I’ve never tried that so I’m not sure how that would be. Maybe someone else on here has tried it and can tell you how it turned out.

    2. Amanda Thomas Castillo says:

      Hi- just wondering if you tried the expresso nespresso pod? Was hoping to do it this weekend.

  7. Noel Dran says:

    I love your site! Thank you. I have a question. In your “Best Chocolate Cake” recipe, espresso powder is recommended. But, I be looked everywhere & can’t find how much you add into the cake? I’ve never used it before and I have no idea how much to use. Please help! Thanks so much,

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Noel, it is the seventh ingredient in the Best Chocolate Cake Recipe. You add 1 teaspoon espresso powder to the cake ingredients.

  8. caro says:

    but why are you roasting them again ? aren’t coffee beans roasted regardless ?

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      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!