I used both unsweetened cocoa powder and melted chocolate chunks in order to give that rich chocolate flavour. This recipe is one that all chocolate lovers should have in their chocolate baking recipes. On top of which, I have decided to use an hint of coffee through the use of instant espresso granules to form a nice background for the chocolate flavour to develop upon. When you make these brownies, should they be the first brownies you make with instant coffee granules, you will make that permanent conclusion that in whatever brownies you bake in the future, YOU HAVE TO ADD COFFEE.
For the coffee, if you do not have any instant coffee granules, you can consider using strongly brewed coffee as well. Simply add about 2 tablespoons of it into your mixture. We do not want the mixture to become overly watery.
Another question regarding coffee that I potentially foresee is the use of instant coffee such as 3-in-1 packages ( or 2-in-1 ). For those who do not know, 3-in-1 coffee packages consist of instant coffee granules, creamer and sugar. They produce a nice mixture of coffee that is automatically sweetened and enhanced with just the addition of hot water. If you really do not have instant coffee granules, you can substitute by using these packages ( really desperate scenario ). You should use 1/2 teaspoon of it in place.
On top of which, a considerably large amount of salt is added in this recipe. We are no longer sticking to just 1/4 or 1/2 teaspoons of salt, unlike most of the other recipes. Salt is crucial in this recipe in order to bring out the sweetness of these brownies.
Of course, speaking of sweetness, we also do not want these brownies to be overly sweet. We want these brownies to have a nice element of chocolate that is not overpowered with a sickly sweet aftertaste. As such, there are a few steps implemented to ensure this. The most straight forward one will be the usage of unsweetened cocoa powder. Next up, we use semisweet chocolate chips instead of milk chocolate chips. This will allow us to be able to have more independence in determining the amount of sweetness in these brownies. Personally for me, 3/4 cups of white sugar work well for me. You can add more to of course a cup if you prefer ( and this would bear more resemblance to my Oreo Stuffed Fudgy Brownies ). Personally, I prefer my brownies to be on the not so sweet side.