How to Make Espresso Without an Espresso Machine

Never thought there would be a way to make espresso at home without an espresso maker? We know that you might want or need a cup of espresso at a time when your favorite coffee shop ( *cough* us *cough*) may be closed for the day. So when it’s at an odd time or when bad weather hits and you’re snowed in, here are a few alternatives to help you get your espresso fix.

What is Espresso?

Espresso is a strong, black coffee that is made by forcing steam through finely ground coffee beans. The machine you see at coffee shops/houses is where espresso is made.

Espresso can be served by itself, typically in a small cup due to its strong flavor, and is the bases for many popular drinks like a latte or cappuccino.

Alternative Ways to Make Espresso

Enough on the history of espresso. Let’s get to alternative ways to make an espresso at home, shall we?

To make espresso at home, you need 4 things:

1. Espresso beans
2. The proper grind
3. Properly heated water
4. A way to push water through the grinds

Espresso Instructions Using a French Press or Moka Pot

If you’re not sure where about what espresso beans you should use, the try illy.

You may already have a French Press at home. If so, then be sure to take a look at Make Espresso Beverages With a French Press.

If you have a Moka Pot (pictured) then you definitely want to check out this ChefSteps video Make Great Coffee with a Moka Pot.