Espresso machines are designed to make just one thing – espresso – and they are not cheap. Yes, you’re paying for a high tech piece of machinery, but is it worth it? Although some espresso lovers would say “yes,” there’s actually another way to make espresso without the machines. Here’s a step by step process on the cheapest way to make espresso at home.
Start With an Alternate Option
The cheapest way to make espresso at home is with a coffee-making machine like an Aeropress or a French Press. Both of these sell for between $20 to $40, depending on the brand and model. This is much cheaper than the hundreds that you’ll pay for a designer espresso machine.
Choose Your Coffee
Although you do want to find a cheap way to make your own espresso as far machinery is concerned, you don’t want to purchase the wrong type of coffee beans. You’ll need a highly caffeinated dark roast that has been finely ground. While some brands market themselves as “espresso blends” you don’t need to stick with them. Instead, look for coffee labeled as French roast, Sumatran, Italian Roast or Ethiopian. These are all dark roasts, which is exactly what you want.
Set Your Aeropress Up Properly
First, heat up just enough water for a cup of espresso. Once it’s temperature hits 185 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s ready to go. While this is happening, place the Aeropress on top of your coffee mug and make sure it’s on a sturdy surface. Make sure that the drain plug is in place. Then, place the coffee grounds in the machine. When the water is hot enough, pour in 4 fluid ounces of it. Stir the coffee grounds in the water for around 30 seconds, and then plunge the espresso into the mug. It’s now ready to drink!
How to Use a French Press to Make Espresso
A French press works a little differently, but is inexpensive. You’ll need to heat the water and prepare your coffee grounds (use a ratio of one cup of water to two tablespoons of coffee grounds), just like you would with an Aeropress. However, once the water is hot enough – 195 degrees Fahrenheit, you want to start out by pouring just a tiny amount onto the coffee at first. This makes the grounds release any oils, which will make the espresso taste better. Next, pour in the rest of the water and close the lid tightly. Wait at least four minutes, depending on strong you want your espresso to be, before plunging the liquid coffee into a mug or an espresso cup.
As you can see, there are ways to make espresso at home that don’t rely on expensive machinery or fancy cups and coffee beans. You can use an inexpensive coffee maker, regular beans from the grocery store, and a simple coffee mug to make espresso. Imagine all of the money you’ll save, while still being able to enjoy your favorite beverage.