How to Make Espresso Without a Machine

Savouring the rich, intense flavours of espresso doesn’t have to be reserved for café visits or expensive fancy-pants machines. When you need that caffiene boost but don't want to deal with the outside world, there are a few ways you can make a semi-decent shot of espresso. It wont be perfect, because espresso machines are a thing for a reason. But, if you're desperate, here are some ways that you can make do!

Method 1: using an AeroPress

Espresso is not a specific bean, but instead named after the process. It's created when hot water is forced through the ground coffee beans. It is a process that requires a lot of pressure. AeroPress utilises pressure to make coffee, and so is an ideal way to start a makeshift espresso. Using:

Step 1: Prepare your AeroPress with a rinsed filter and stack it over your favourite cup.

Step 2: Add 2 tablespoons to the filter.

Step 3: Pour in 103ml of water heated to 93°C. Stir and apply lots of pressure for your perfect shot. Then enjoy!

Aeropress with two cups of coffee

Method 2: Moka Pot

Elevate your mornings with this espresso-like brew that is not quite an espresso, not quite a coffee but tasty none the less! Using:

Step 1: Measure 2 tbsp of coffee and put it into the built-in filter, shaking as you go.

Step 2: Pour 103ml of water into the bottom chamber of the pot.

Step 2: Heat on medium until the coffee foams. when the top is filled, pour and relish the rich taste reminiscent of your favourite café.

A Moka Pot on a table with mountains in the background.

Method 3: French Press

Craft a robust brew with the French press method, as one of the most owned coffee makers known. Recommended as a real last resort, because there are far more steps and it's less concentrated because of lack of pressure. But in a pinch, you'll need:

Step 1: Heat 1 cup of water, around 90°C and add at least 2 tbsp of coffee to your French press.

Step 2: Pour a small amount of hot water over the grounds, wait 30 seconds for them to soak.

Step 3: Pour the rest of the water, close the lid and allow to steep for 4 minutes.

Step 4: Press slowly, with an even amount of pressure until the plunger is halfway down, raise it again and then using the same pressure, plunge it all the way down. Pour to enjoy.

Image of a French Press with two cups


Brewing espresso-style drinks at home is within reach with these methods. Explore the nuances of each to find your ideal cup. For premium coffee beans to elevate your experience, explore our selection at Eternal Coffee Daze. Reach out to our team with any questions – we're here to help you on your brewing journey!"

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