I was introduced to Medaglia d'Oro through Baking in America by Greg Patent. His Chocolate Espresso Layer Cake changed the way I look at chocolate in baked goods. I now use Medaglia d'Oro in just about all chocolate based desserts. I think it adds a toasty bite that deepens the flavor and brings even the creamiest dessert a dark chocolate character. Mr. Dwayne views coffee as one of the polluting flavors, but when I bake with Medaglia d'Oro, he only detects deliciousness.
Try this for winning literal brownie points at your work or social event: Make lots of brownies using the Ghirardelli Triple Chocolate Brownie Mix from Costco. Simply substitute melted butter for the vegetable oil, add a tsp. of Medaglia d'Oro to each 1/3 cup of water, and add 1 tsp. of good vanilla for each pouch used. People go crazy for these. They will think you are a genius. I don't typically used boxed mixes, but for mass quantities, this is a great enhancement.
Medaglia d'Oro is also a cheap girl's dream. A couple of heaping teaspoons in a mug with a little sugar and plenty of half and half and you have a smooth, creamy homemade coffee house style drink. I don't steam the half and half, so I don't think I can call it a latte, but it sure is good. Medaglia d'Oro is the only instant espresso that I have tried that actually produces it's own crema when boiling water is added. Medaglia d'Oro is now my morning coffee, and often my afternoon iced coffee. My neighborhood, family-owned, grocery store started carrying it after I requested it. I don't think I'm the only one who loves it because they sell out often.
Not local. Very processed. BUT, multipurpose and delicious! Ciao!