How To Make Espresso With Coffee Maker

How To Make Espresso With Coffee Maker

Espresso is a unique variant of coffee prepared by forcing pressurized hot water through finely-ground coffee beans. This great brew tastes excellent just about anywhere and at any time. In recent times, espresso has amassed a large number of positive reviews. Even now, the number of espresso lovers is at an all-time high.

If you’re an espresso lover, you might have thought about getting the fancy espresso machine once or twice. But do you want to spend that much? The price for a quality espresso machine lies between $400 to $700. Sadly, this is more than what many espresso lovers can spare for an espresso machine.  With this in mind, I present you with an alternative-you can brew your espresso with a coffee maker.

This article contains detailed instructions on making the same high-quality espresso you get from your espresso machine with a coffee maker. Alternatively, you can also use a Moka pot and an AeroPress as a substitute for the espresso machine.

How To Make Espresso With A Coffee Maker

You make espresso coffee by forcing boiled water into coffee beans. Firstly, you heat up the machine by running a blank shot for 15 minutes before you use it. Then, you put in the appropriate amount of your ground coffee bean into the portafilter. Next, apply pressure to the espresso as water enters the coffee maker. Read through for more detailed information.

Steps To Make Espresso Without A Coffee Maker

The difference between espresso and regular coffee is the use of pressurized water to brew the beverage. The espresso machine has been equipped with special features to provide the required pressure for your espresso. Thanks to technological advancement, most modern coffee makers have an electric pump to imbue pressure into your coffee. All you have to do is to set the pump to the right pressure and brew your coffee.

Let’s get started

Step 1: Clean up your coffee maker

You need to clean up your coffee maker first. Run a stream of water through your coffee maker reservoir to remove any residue in your coffee maker. You wouldn’t want to use a dirty pot for your coffee, right?

Step 2: Heat up your coffee maker

It is necessary to heat up your coffee maker before you start brewing. This will make the coffee brewing process more comfortable and improve the quality of your brew. Insert the portafilter into the brewing head of your maker and run it for 15 to 20 minutes. This raises the temperature of the coffee maker.

Step 3: Remove the water in the reservoir

Before you start brewing, remove the water in the reservoir and make sure it is squeaky clean

Step 4: Start brewing 

The next step is to pour filtered water into the reservoir and set the temperature to the required level. Espresso requires a certain level of heat to give it that smooth, silky texture. The ideal temperature is anywhere between 90 and 96 degrees Celsius. If you want your espresso to be of high quality, then you have to use these heat settings.

Step 5: Measure the required amount of ground coffee bean

The next step is to weigh the coffee beans.  You have to make you of the portafilter that is installed in your coffee maker. The portafilter is a handle that harbors a basket, which holds the coffee grounds during the pulling or extracting of the espresso shot.

The handle and little notches of the portafilter allow the user or barista to “lock it in” to the machine to prevent it from falling off during the process.

Wipe the portafilter and dose it so that it registers zero on the digital scale. The required amount of coffee beans to dose your portafilter with is 7 grams for a single shot espresso and 13 or 14 for a double shot espresso.

If you are a newbie to espresso brewer, it is recommended you follow the readings on the digital scale. Doing otherwise might impact the quality, taste, color and flavor of your coffee.

Step 6: Apply pressure

The next step is to tamp the espresso well into the portafilter. Apply pressure to the espresso well while holding the tamp handle firmly. This process tamps down the water as it passes through the coffee. Be careful not to tamp down too much. Doing so would add more pressure on the water. Too much pressure can take away the authentic flavors that your coffee would have otherwise developed.

Step 7: Insert the portafilter in the brewing head

Turn on the coffee maker and Insert the portafilter in the brewing head. Then, place the warm cup in the given slot in the machine and start the timer. After a while, the thick creamy espresso (called crema) start pouring into the cup.

Please note that the filter should not be placed in the coffee maker for long. The implication is that your coffee might taste better.

Step 8: Pull out the espresso shot

The next step is to pull out the espresso shots from your coffee maker.  Wait for 20 seconds before you stop the machine. This gives you a single shot espresso (around 30ml). By this time, your espresso would have developed a slightly blonde color.

If it’s a double shot espresso (around 60 to 75 ml) you want instead, let the machine run for 30 seconds.


If you followed all these steps diligently, your espresso coffee should come out perfect. You need to drink the espresso as soon as possible because it doesn’t taste well when cold. . You may drink it directly or combine it with other beverages such as cappuccino, latte, flavored coffees and the like.

Make sure to clean up your coffee maker after use. Clean it thoroughly by rinsing and wiping it dry. Don’t forget to clean the brewing head so that it is ready for the next brewing process.

Things To Note When Making Your Espresso

  •         To make your coffee have a sweet taste, do not make use of coffee beans that have been roast for a long time.
  •         Use the right levels temperature levels
  •         Use filtered water when brewing your coffee. Unfiltered water would reduce the quality of your coffee.

Can You Use Espresso Coffee In A Regular Coffee Maker?

No, this might damage your coffee maker. You should not make use of coffee that has been prepared for making espresso in your coffee maker. This is a much finer grind than is recommended for your coffee maker. In fact, your filter paper or screen may clog up and overflow if you use an espresso grind in a drip brewer

Can I Make Espresso In A Keurig?

No. You cannot make a superior-high-quality espresso brew with Keurig. In making espresso, you need sufficient pressure to produce this strong coffee. Keurig cannot deliver this level of pressure

Related Questions

What Kind Of Coffee Roasts Do You Use To Make An Espresso?

Espresso coffee uses a special type of roast. These roasts give you the taste and consistency you expect from an espresso. You can choose from a wide variety of options, depending on the flavor you want to get. Some of these roasts are; Ethiopian coffee, Indonesian coffee, Columbian coffee.

You can also combine two different roasts to make a unique blend of coffee on your own. For instance, you can blend Colombian and Ethiopian coffee together to give you an espresso with the characteristics of both.

Is espresso stronger than regular coffee?

Yes, it is. Espresso has more caffeine concentration than regular coffee. Hence it is more potent than regular coffee. One ounce of espresso contains an average concentration of 63 mg of caffeine, according to nutritional information from the Department of Agriculture. By comparison, regular coffee averages 12 to 16 mg of caffeine per ounce. Technically, espresso is stronger.

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