Here are some steps to follow in making your espresso on the stovetop:
- Warm the cup with hot water. An espresso is smooth and hot so a cold cup cannot be used to serve a hot coffee.
- Disassemble your pot. ( The pot has three chambers; the bottom part where you put your cold water, the basket where you fill your coffee and the top part where the espresso goes when it is ready).
- Add cold water to the bottom chamber below the steam release barf.
- Choose your preferred coffee.
- Firstly grind the beans for a better result.
- Fill the basket with the coffee.
- Make sure your coffee is not too much in the basket to allow the free flow of water from the bottom part when heating up your espresso.
- Screw the top pot to the bottom part as tightly as you can without using the handle.
- Place the bottom to the stove and make sure the flame is not too much.
- Wait for about 3 to 5 minutes and try not to make it over boil.
- You will hear a sound when the top chamber is filled with the espresso.
- Once the coffee stops flowing out of the column, you will hear it stop by itself or you can simply check.
- Take the pot off the heat
- Leave to cool for a little while
- Then pour into your already warmed cups.
It is very easy and simple to know when your espresso is done. You will definitely hear or see it when your espresso is done. When you hear a bubbling or see that your espresso is splashing, done it is ready to be served.
It now depends on how you want to drink it, some serve it with milk or lime or you can drink it plain like that.