There’s nothing quite like kickstarting your day with a rich shot of espresso. Luckily, you don’t need an expensive or dedicated machine. You can make a delicious espresso using a brewer you probably already own: a French press.
Whether you’re looking to please an espresso-loving guest or whip up a delicious affogato, you’re only a few short steps from a great shot (or three) of espresso. Keep reading to find out how you can easily brew espresso using a French press.
French Press Espresso vs Traditional Espresso:
Traditional espresso is made by pushing hot water through tightly packed, finely ground coffee using at least nine bars of pressure, nine times the atmospheric pressure at sea level. You won’t be able to exert that kind of pressure using a French press so you won’t be producing a fully authentic shot of espresso. Don’t worry; your French press espresso will come out strong, dark, and smooth.
Easy French Press Espresso Recipe:
1. Prepare the French Press
Start by taking the lid and filter out of your French press. You’ll want the filter pushed up to the lid.
2. Boil the water.
Put the water on to boil. When you add it to the French press, you want it to be just below boiling temperature, around 195° F. To quickly achieve this, let the water boil and then take it off the heat to cool for a few seconds.
3. Pre-warm the glass.
While the water is boiling, you may want to pre-warm your French press so that the glass doesn’t crack. Glass doesn’t conduct heat well, so sudden temperature changes can cause the even-tempered, heat-resistant glass to crack or shatter. Pour warm to hot water into the glass container and let it sit for a few minutes.
4. Grind and measure the beans.
To brew traditional French press coffee, you want a medium grind that won’t get stuck in or come through the metal filter. Classic espresso is made with finely ground beans. You’ll want a grind level between these two to brew espresso in a French press. Too coarse, and your espresso will be weak. If it is too fine, your filter will get stuck, or your espresso will come out very silty. Grind your beans to a medium-fine consistency.
You’ll want to double the ratio of coffee grounds to water for espresso-strength French press coffee. This will be about two tablespoons of grounds for each cup of water.
5. Let the coffee bloom.
Pour a little hot water onto your beans, moving in a circle. Please wait a few seconds to allow them to bloom, releasing their delicious oils and aromas.
6. Pour in the water.
Pour in the rest of the water. Remember that an espresso shot is only one ounce, so you won’t need as much water as you would when brewing French press coffee. Don’t stir; this can cause your grounds to fall out of suspension and alter the extraction.
7. Let the espresso brew.
Rest the lid and filter on top of the French press. Make sure the filter is above the grounds and water. Leave the espresso to brew for three or four minutes. If you want it even stronger, you can leave it to brew for longer, but don’t leave it too long, or it may become over-extracted and bitter.
8. Filter and enjoy!
When your espresso has finished brewing, plunge the filter down halfway. Then pull it back to the top and plunge it to the bottom. This will create a small layer of foam on the top of the espresso, approximating the crema found on a traditional espresso shot. Pour it into an espresso cup and drink it right away.
If you prefer less mouthfeel, pour your espresso through a paper or cloth filter, but remember that this may alter the flavor.
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