Last Updated on March 14, 2023 by Practical Cooks
If you’re the owner of an espresso machine or a French Press but you’re craving a simple cup of Joe, you may be wondering if it is possible to make a regular cup of coffee using your fancy machine. Whether you’re a coffee lover or you’re in dire need of a pick-me-up, there is a solution for just about everyone.
Yes, it is possible to use regular coffee in an espresso machine. While the process may be a bit more complex than using a traditional coffee maker, it will only take a few minutes to set up and complete once you familiarize yourself with the process.
How Do I Make Coffee in an Espresso Machine?
Before you can make the perfect cup of coffee in an espresso machine, you will first need to familiarize yourself with your machine’s manual and how to work it properly. Then, the following steps will provide a guided outline of what is required in order to make regular coffee with the use of your espresso machine:
- Reservoir: Locate and fill the reservoir located towards the back of your espresso machine. This reservoir will have a clearly indicated fill line visible, which is where you will pour the water you intend to use in your coffee.
- Turn on your machine: Once the water has been placed into the espresso machine’s reservoir, you can then turn on the espresso maker. Allow your espresso machine a few minutes to “boot up” and turn on, depending on the make and model you own.
- Shot basket: With each espresso-making machine, there will be a portable filter that is located beneath the machine’s spout. This filter is often referred to as the “shot basket”. You can fill the shot basket with the type of coffee beans or grounds of your choice. Consider a single or a double shot based on the amount of caffeine you would like in your cup of coffee.
- Filling the coffee: If your espresso machine includes a filter, it is at this time that you will need to fill the filter with coffee. You can also use a spoon or scooper (whichever is easier) to scoop the coffee into the filter and fill it to the brim (or to your desired line level).
- Tamper: An espresso machine typically includes a tamper. Use a tamper to push all of the coffee ground into the shot basket, compressing the coffee. The more compressed your coffee is, the stronger it will taste once it is brewed.
- Lock your filter: Once you have compressed your coffee beans, you can then lock the filter that is included with your espresso machine. Most of the time, there is a simple method of pushing or twisting the filter into place. You will typically hear a clicking or locking sound to indicate that the filter has been properly locked in place and is ready to go.
- Place your cup: Once you have all of your ingredients in order, you can then place the cup of your choice beneath the espresso maker’s faucet. Ensure that the cup you choose is large enough to accommodate the amount of coffee you intend to produce (based on the water you poured into the reservoir originally).
- Hit the shot button: Your coffee is ready to go once you have all of your ingredients and tools in place. You can then select the “shot” or “go” button on your espresso machine, depending on the type of machine you are using and its make or model.
Will Coffee Taste the Same When Made in an Espresso Machine?
Not always, as this will depend on the type of coffee beans and ground you are using, your machine, as well as the method you choose to make your coffee.
While it is possible to create a cup of coffee using a major espresso machine, it’s important to expect a different taste and texture than when making a traditional cup of coffee using a general coffee pot.
What kind of drinks can you make with an espresso machine?
If you’re just getting started with an espresso machine or you’re a coffee lover who is excited about learning more, you can make the following drinks with an espresso machine:
- Americano drinks
Is espresso typically stronger than traditional coffee?
Yes. Espressos are much more caffeinated than traditional coffee as they are highly concentrated during the brewing process.
Is a special coffee required for the espresso machine?
Possibly. Always check with the manual and guide for your particular espresso machine to determine which type of coffee ground is compatible with your espresso machine.