The Short Answer:
Yes you can make espresso with regular coffee but it will not taste exactly the same. This happens because you can’t achieve the same pressure in your automatic or manual coffee maker (at least not easily) that you can in a professional barista setup.
This blog post will explore the question of whether or not you can make espresso with regular coffee. To answer this question, we first need to understand what is espresso and what makes it different from other coffees. Espresso is a concentrated form of coffee that has been brewed under pressure.
The difference between espresso and other types of coffee is that in order to create espresso, water needs to be heated up quickly before it’s pressurized through ground coffee beans at about 9 bars of pressure!
This process allows for more flavor oils to come out than when making a cup of regular coffee; the result being a strong concentrated coffee with bold flavors.
It can be served in many different ways, including being brewed over ice or mixed with other ingredients to create delicious and refreshing drinks!
Hopefully, now you have a better understanding of what espresso is, so can we answer the question? Can you make espresso with regular coffee?
So, Can You Make Espresso with Regular Coffee?
The short answer is yes. However, you can’t make true espresso with regular coffee. True espresso requires a specific pressure, temperature, and brewing time.
You can, however, make a concentrated coffee using the same pressurized style of brewing that is used to make espresso.
Regular coffee will not be able to produce the same flavor profile and taste since it is not brewed under pressure.
The quality of your coffee will be greatly dependent on what brewing method you use to make it, as well as how much attention you put into the process.
How Close Can You Get with an Automatic Drip Machine?
Using regular ground coffee, you can make a close approximation of espresso using an automatic drip machine.
Use a fine grind size, and use 1-1.5 tablespoons of ground coffee per 6 ounces of water. The amount and length of time it brews will affect the strength, so adjust accordingly if necessary.
What About Manual Coffee Makers?
Using a stovetop espresso maker is another great option. This style of machine requires you to heat the water and pressure it through ground coffee.
It will produce concentrated coffee just like when using an automatic drip machine, but the quality can be better overall since there are no restrictions on how long you brew for!
Other Ways to Make Espresso Coffee
If you don’t have an automatic drip machine or a stovetop espresso maker, don’t worry! You can still make your coffee strong using other methods.
The easiest way to achieve a great espresso coffee is with the French Press. Make sure to use a fine grind, and add enough water to fill half of your press. Next, place the plunger inside the top half of your press, and slowly pour in your hot water.
Finally, put the lid on top, and wait for about 4 minutes before you plunge. Start plunging slowly at first and gradually increase the speed to get a great espresso!
Note: The water temperature is important! Try to use the hottest water possible without burning the coffee beans (195-205 Degrees is great!). You can always “bloom” your coffee beans before brewing for 30 seconds to a minute to release more flavor.
What Type of Grind Should You Use?
Grinding your coffee is the most important part of making concentrated, flavorful espresso.
Using a fine grind will allow water to pass through more easily without being over-extracted during brewing. This grind will also give you greater control over the texture of your espresso.
Espresso Beans vs Coffee Beans
Alright, so now that you understand how to make espresso using regular coffee, the next logical question would be: what type of beans should you use?
There are two main types of beans you can choose from, and they are Arabica and Robusta. These two varieties have different flavors and aromas; robusta being nuttier with a heavier taste, and arabica being more subtle with a lighter flavor.
Because of this difference in flavors, each type of bean lends itself to different types of espresso! You can use robusta beans for darker coffees and espresso drinks, while arabica is better for milk-based lattes and cappuccinos.
Robusta beans are also less expensive than arabica and are usually easier to find in grocery stores. So if you’re looking for a strong cup of coffee or espresso, go with robusta!
You can get the best results by making your own espressos, but it’s not as hard as you may think.
It is possible to make espresso with regular coffee. You can use a French press, Moka Pot, or other brewing methods that will give you the same taste and texture as if it were made from an expensive machine.
There are some downsides though – you should be prepared for a stronger, more bitter flavor, and most importantly, you will not get the same amount as an espresso made from professional equipment.
But using these methods, you can still make some great espressos!