Most of us like a cup of coffee. We add coffee grounds or beans to the espresso maker for an espresso shot or add frothy milk from a milk frother for that delicious coffee or latte.
But what happens if your expensive espresso machine doesn’t work or you simply don’t have one? There are three basic ways of brewing a good espresso without the use of a coffee machine, these are:
- Moka pot
- French Press
Making espresso coffee with Aeropress
To make espresso with the aid of Aeropress, you need the following:
- An Aeropress
- Coffee beans (freshly roasted)
- A grinder( this could be manual or automatic)
- A tablespoon or a scale for measuring your coffee
- Gooseneck kettle (electric) or stovetop kettle
To make your coffee with Aeropress, you can simply follow these steps:
- Pour sufficient amount of water in the kettle and heat up to about 85 C and remove after 30 seconds of heating. You need to make sure you sufficient amount of water to make your coffee. You will need a half cup of water for instance to produce 4 oz of coffee (take note of the fact that 96 C is the ideal temperature for making water for coffee).
- Grind the coffee beans with your manual or automatic grinder. Make sure you grind the beans while your water is heating up and make sure the grinding attains the best consistency. If you are using an automatic grinder, you can make use of a burr auto grinder because it helps provide the best consistency for coffee. Make sure you have a minimum of 2 tablespoons of ground coffee.
- Arrange the Aeropress – Rinse the Aeropress with hot water by putting a filter on the drain cap and then pouring the hot water in. Place the drain cap onto the Aeropress and then place the Aeropress into the coffee mug. Make sure the mug is very strong to hold the pressure that will be exerted.
- Fill your coffee ground into the Aeropress then tap the coffee ground down to ensure that they are compact enough to stay and brew when hot water is poured on them. You may want to use a cylindrical shape item to press down the ground coffee.
- Steep and stir by first measuring out some 4 oz of the hot water and then pour it inside the Aeropress before storing the coffee inside quickly.
- Wait for about 30 seconds before plunging. Gently plunge the coffee with your hand and make sure you push down steadily even if you feel some resistance. You can remove the press as soon as the plunger has been fully pressed.
- Transfer your espresso into a cup and serve immediately when hot.
The Moka pot can best be described as a piece of art but still relevant in sciences. It was invented by the Italians over a century ago. You may not get it right the first time but once you do, the Moka pot is one sure way of getting the tastiest and perfectly brewed espresso.
To make your espresso easily with a Moka pot, you can simply follow these steps:
- Get all you items ready. You will need a Moka pot, which is sold at special stores, this pot generates an excellent pressure for water and this is why it can help make an excellent espresso coffee. You will also need freshly roasted beans, a manual or automatic grinder, a tablespoon or scale for measurement, and a stove pot kettle or electric gooseneck kettle.
- Grind the beans into a fine powder. You need to ensure that you have as much as 20 – 22 g of coffee ground available.
- Pour water into the Moka pot and then add the ground beans in the filter basket.
- Connect the Moka pot to the spouted top and then place the pot on a stove and turn on the heat to medium.
- Make sure the coffee level is checked before stirring. Once the water starts boiling the increasing pressure will then push the steam up into the coffee in the upper chamber. Once the top has been filled with coffee, simply remove the heating stove from the bottom. You will notice that some foam (hazel brown color) appears just as the coffee is complete. Make sure you stir the upper section of the pot with the use of small spoon before you pour the coffee out.
- Serve the tea immediately.
Using a French press to make espresso
If you really love coffee, there is a chance that you have a handy French press lurking somewhere in the kitchen. Why not make use of this item and make your own espresso right in your kitchen?
- The items you need for making espresso coffee with French press are a French press (8-cup), a sufficient amount of freshly roasted beans, a manual or automatic grinder, a scale for measuring your coffee or tablespoon, and a stovetop kettle or Gooseneck kettle.
- Make sure the coffee is ground to a fine state and ensure dark/espresso beans are used for this purpose.
- Heat the water until it boils (after 30 seconds). Remember that you will need two tablespoons of coffee for each cup of water hence you must boil sufficient amounts of water. Make sure the boiling temperature is about 195°.
- Add the grounded coffee into the French press and if you want an espresso-like coffee, you may want to double the coffee beans used.
- Add some splashes of water into the French press and this will help the coffee to bloom and then release its components (including the oils).
- You can now add the remainder of your water before stirring your coffee.
- Close the French press lid without plunging it and allow the coffee to steep for about 4 minutes. You may want to increase the steeping time if you want a stronger espresso.
- Press the plunger located on the French press with a slow and steady motion—make sure you press the plunger halfway then raise it before you plunge down completely.