Can I make espresso on the stove?
You can make espresso on the stove if you have a Moka pot. To learn how to make espresso in a Moka pot, you can see our blog about it.
Which coffee bean roast should I use to make espresso?
According to Italian baristas, a medium or medium dark roast is the best option to make espresso.
Can I make espresso using a French press?
You can use a French press to make espresso. Still, the result does not taste like an authentic espresso made in an espresso machine. Even if you use a finer grind size for coffee beans, a French press cannot produce the same taste as an espresso machine. That is because a French press cannot produce the necessary pressure to make a real espresso.
Here is a quick recipe to make espresso, the Italian way of enjoying coffee!
Espresso is an Italian coffee brewing method. In this method, ground coffee is packed in the shape of a puck, and then pressurized hot water is forced to pass through it. This water falls into a cup with all the flavor and oil it has absorbed during passage and brings about the espresso.
Espresso is either drunk on its own or used as a base for many coffee drinks called espresso drinks. Some examples of espresso drinks are americano, macchiato, cappuccino, mocha, ristretto, latte, iced versions of all these, and dirty chai latte, a delicious tea and coffee mixture.
Espresso is one of those strong coffees. The water-to-coffee ratio for espresso changes from 4:1 to 1:1. However, the golden ratio for espresso is 2:1 because 2:1 still provides a strong coffee while allowing you to taste all the beautiful flavors of coffee. Higher ratios decrease the strength, whereas lower ratios are too strong to taste all the good flavors coffee offers.
Now let’s move on to the recipe below and make espresso at home!
15-18 grams ground coffee, freshly ground at very fine grind size
Water, filtered or bottled, if tap water is low quality
Add water to the water reservoir of the espresso machine.
Ensure all components of the machine are fixed, including portafilter.
Turn on the machine to make a one-shot without adding coffee grounds so that both the machine and the cup are heated up.
Add coffee grounds to the portafilter.
Tamp coffee grounds and make sure that they are firmly packed into the portafilter.
Place the portafilter in its slot.
Start the machine to extract the espresso shot.
Stop the machine once the coffee in the cup reaches the desired amount or the flowing shot starts to turn blonde, probably 20-30 seconds after the flow begins.
Remove the cup from the machine.
Enjoy your espresso!
RECIPE NOTE FOR ESPRESSO:
The directions above are to make espresso using an espresso machine. Moka pot and AeroPress are also used to make coffee with pressurized hot water. You can also use these two methods to make espresso. It will taste very similar to espresso from a machine. Even a French press can make a coffee similar to espresso, but having an espresso machine is the best way to make espresso since it can produce the perfect pressure.
HOW TO SERVE ESPRESSO:
Espresso is usually served in a preheated porcelain cup. Ideal espresso cups have a capacity of 2-3 oz and are called demitasse.