The wonderful brew taste of espresso is relaxing at any time of the day and just about anywhere too.
Every coffee lover should know there always comes a time when an espresso machine might not be available.
During this period it’s knowing how to make espresso with a french press or Aeropress can come in handy.
Before we get started on how to brew espresso with a French press or Aeropress there are three important things that you must understand.
- The roast.
- The grind.
- The pressure.
Once you’ve mastered these three, you can now start your journey in the art of coffee brewing.
How To Roast Espresso Coffee
First off, you will need to roast beans darker for espresso than you would for drip coffee. Why? Extracting the solubles is quite easy if you are extracting from really dark roasted beans. I was reading once and I saw this quote by one barista. “When coffee is roasted for a long time, it gets more penetrable.
Best Way To Grind Espresso Coffee
Even an espresso machine requires finely ground coffee beans. Now if you want to brew espresso coffee using a french press or Aeropress, you need to ensure that your coffee beans are properly roasted and finely grounded.
Why finely grounded beans? This is because fine grounds slow water penetration this works hand in hand with the water pressure. Without the right pressure, you won’t end up with the perfect espresso.
Don’t make the coffee grounds too fine, it might block the filter.
You should go for a burr coffee grinder, it’s the only grinder that can ensure you have fine and even grounds.
Best Pressure To Use For Espresso
For espresso machines, extremely hot water is forced through finely-ground coffee with great pressure. This atmospheric pressure is about nine times/bars.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to generate the required force by hand. A machine is best for the task but you can try to mimic the pressurization process.
How to Make Espresso Without Machine
Once you’re done with grinding the beans into a fine powder, you can now work on getting your coffee brewed even if you don’t have a roasting machine, or have no experience on how to use an espresso machine.
1. Aeropress Espresso
This is one of the best methods. It’s a very good option for double shot espresso. If you want to make the single-shot with this process just cut the amount of coffee and water in half.
- Burr coffee grinder.
- Stovetop kettle or Electric gooseneck kettle.
- Coffee beans (Roasted).
- Scale for coffee measuring (or a tablespoon).
- Get a kettle put some water inside, about a cup. Heat it to about 87 °C. But hey, feel free to experiment with different temperatures.
- Grind the coffee beans finely, you should use a burr grinder.
- Place a filter in the correct compartment and rinse with warm or hot water.
- Install the drain cap then place it directly on your coffee mug.
- Add your already grounded coffee beans.
- Use a tamp to press down the coffee grounds.
- Pour water into the Aeropress then stir.
- Wait for about 30 seconds, then plunge.
- After plunging, remove the Aeropress, pour the coffee into your favorite mug and have fun.
It isn’t a good idea to leave the place and equipment dirty, to clean up, simply take off the Aeropresses drain cap. If you press down the plunger it will pop out. Make sure you rinse with hot water.
How to Make Espresso with a French Press
For a serious coffee maker, having a French press is something you should have in your home, and making espresso at home with a french press isn’t that tough. For some, it might seem like a big deal but it isn’t. Following the steps below will give you a lovely French Press espresso at the end.
- Electric gooseneck kettle or stovetop kettle.
- French press.
- Burr coffee grinder.
- Roasted coffee beans.
- Electric gooseneck kettle or stovetop kettle
- Measuring scale or spoon.
- We are going to use dark roasted coffee beans. Firstly, you need to fine-grind your coffee beans, I suggest using a burr grinder.
- Pour some water into a kettle and boil.
- Pour in your already roasted coffee beans inside the french press. (For a cup of water, you’ll need about 2 tablespoons of coffee).
- Add a little amount of hot water from your kettle inside your french press and allow for some seconds.
- Without stirring, add the rest of the hot water to the french press.
- Close the lid and allow for about 3-4 minutes. (Keeping it for too long might produce a very strong and bitter coffee.
- On the French press, slowly press down the plunger stop halfway. Now, lift the plunger back up and finally, plunge to the bottom.
And we have come to the end of this article. Before you thank me for showing you how to make Espresso coffee with a french press and an Aeropress, I have one thing to say to you, “master the art”!
If you don’t want to end up making a terrible espresso using any of the above methods, you need to practice and be perfect. I am not saying you should waste coffee. Not at all. Thanks for stopping by.