Make espresso without fancy machine

Make espresso without fancy machine

If you have a French press, and want to make espresso, Here you go!  It’s easy and makes great tasting espresso, no fancy machine required.

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French press espresso! Yes it’s possible: and it makes really good espresso, too. In fact, I am pleasantly surprised with how close it the flavor was to the expensive espresso machines of the cafés. And I just loved the creama on the top. The best thing is French press espresso is ideal for other espresso-based drinks like a latte, cappuccino, macchiato, iced latte, affogato, and more.

Tips before we start:

Tip no 1: I used espresso roast coffee, medium fine ground

Other than a French press you need Espresso roast coffee, ground to a medium fine grind. Well these elements are important, cause:

a) Espresso roast is the key to get the right dark, bitter flavor that is we typically found in espresso shots. Well, I used Gold Coast coffee bean, apart from that I use Hill Tract Blend of North End Coffee Roasters.

b) Medium fine grind, another important part, this grind is ideal for using in the French press. For Espresso machines, Espresso coffee beans are typically ground very fine. But if it’s too fine, it is very difficult to straining out from the French press and you end up with sediment in your coffee cups.

Tip no 2: Follow basic steps: Grind the coffee, 2. Heat the water, 3. Add coffee and wait 4 minutes (not more than that, precisely), 4. Plunge…. That is all.

Gear French Press | Prep Time 5 Mins | Yields 2 espresso shots

Michelangelo french press


  1. Grind the coffee to a medium fine grounds. Heat the water to hot but not boiling (200 to 205°F).
  2. Add the espresso coffee to the French press. Top with the hot water and stir.
  3. Set a timer and wait 4 minutes.
  4. After 4 minutes, place the lid on the French press and slowly press the plunger all the way down. Pour into two espresso cups and serve immediately, or use in Espresso Drinks like a latte, cappuccino, macchiato, and more.