3 ways to make espresso at home without a machine

An espresso is a highly concentrated coffee, made from dark roasted coffee beans and brewed by forcing hot water under high pressure through the finely-ground coffee. If you buy an espresso in a bar or coffee shop, you will find machines doing all the hard work.


Usually, espresso is made with a machine because it needs pressure. If you don’t want to buy an expensive espresso machine, there are a few ways to make it in a different way. This can be done using three basic methods namely Moka Pot (the famous Bialetti of the Italians), AeroPress and French Press.

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Moka Press or Moka Pot

Let’s start with the probably most famous one, the Moka pot or Moka Press. This espresso maker can be found in many countries and is a classic. It can be used on any type of cooktop, and modern Moka pots can even be used on induction cooktops. Not the least because the moka pot is so lightweight that it can easily be taken around. And so it can even be found in offices or in the luggage of coffee lovers all over the world.

How to make an espresso in an espresso maker step by step

Making Espresso coffee in an Espresso maker (Moka pot)
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An AeroPress is a great device for making espresso because you will get the same result as when using a machine. There are some basic equipment needed which are; AeroPress, scale or spoon, coffee beans or finely ground coffee, and water.

Steps :

  • Get a hot water
  • Finely grind your coffee.
  • Put a filter in the AeroPress  drain cap and rinse with hot water
  • Then put the drain cap on the AeroPress and place it onto your coffee cup.
  • Pour the ground into the Aeropress
  • Tamp down the grounds and make sure the puck is tight.
  • Take a little hot water and pour it into the AeroPress, then stir.
  • Wait for 30 seconds after stirring, then drive the plunger with your hand until it gets to the bottom of the AeroPress.
  • Serve your espresso into your cup and enjoy it!



  • Ground coffee
  • French press
  • Hot water


  • Finely grind your coffee.
  • Pour your grounds into your french press.
  • Mix a little bit of hot water into the grounds and allow it rest for a few seconds.
  • Add the rest of the water
  •  Close the lid and wait for about 5 minutes.
  • Slowly press down the plunger until it gets to the bottom of your French press.
  • Pour the coffee into the cup and enjoy it!

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