I frequently see instant coffee used in baking, candy making or liquor recipes.
Is there any reason I can't use actual coffee in recipes that involve mixing the coffee powder with hot water? Or even steeping coffee grounds in whatever liquid is in the recipe (milk, cream, water, whatever). Is there some benefit to instant coffee that I'm not aware of, besides convenience? I ask because I'm a coffee drinker and I always have coffee beans on hand, but I do not ever have instant coffee in the house.
I've tested this theory once already, steeping coarse ground coffee beans in the heated cream that I used to make the ganache for some truffles. It came out wonderfully, with a strong but not overpowering coffee flavor. In what situations would this not work? Any?