Make Your Own Espresso at Home (Without an Espresso Machine)

Make Your Own Espresso at Home (Without an Espresso Machine)

Have you ever wanted to make your go-to order from your local coffee shop at home, but there was one tiny problem... you don't have an espresso maker.

No worries! A more affordable option and more commonly found in households is a French Press. We're teaching you how to make espresso with a French Press!

What You'll Need:

  • French press
  • Dark roast coffee beans
  • Coffee grinder
  • Scale for coffee measuring (or a tablespoon)
  • Electric gooseneck kettle or stovetop kettle


  1. Grind your coffee very fine, using dark roast beans. You’ll need 2 tablespoons (1 oz or 28.3 grams) of beans for every 1 cup of water.
  2. Fill your kettle and heat the water to a boil, then set aside for 30 seconds before brewing.
  3. Add the coffee grounds to your French press. You’ll be using roughly double the amount of coffee you would normally use for French press coffee. This gives your it a stronger flavor and darker brew, reminiscent of espresso.
  4. Use your hot kettle to add a few splashes of water to the French press and let it rest a few seconds. This allows your coffee to bloom, releasing its oils and aroma.
  5. Add the rest of your water to the French press. Don’t stir it—this will cause the grounds to fall out of suspension and potentially ruin the extraction of all those delicious, rich coffee flavors.
  6. Close the lid and don’t plunge it yet! Allow your coffee to steep for around 4 minutes. If you prefer your espresso stronger, you can let it steep for an extra minute or two. Don’t let it go for too long, though, as this can lead to a bitter, drying taste.
  7. Press down the plunger on your French press with slow, steady, and even pressure. Plunge halfway, and then raise the plunger to the top before plunging all the way down to finish the press.
  8. Pour your coffee into a serving pot and you're ready!

Ready to use your newly brewed espresso in some of your favorite drinks? Here a few to try:

espresso drinks