The roast, the ground and the pressure are the three main characteristics that are used to brew a perfect shot of coffee. Just focus on these three main qualities and you won’t even need an espresso machine to make your shot of espresso.
So don’t feel bad if you are out of your espresso machine. Most of the people are still searching for the best espresso machine for home 2018. But I am telling you, all you need is these three qualities to brew the perfect shot of espresso. Now let’s see how we can carry forward the process of making espresso without an espresso machine.
The recipe which we are going to discuss here is a double shot espresso. Making coffee with an Aeropress is the best way to make a shot of espresso without an espresso machine. If you want a single shot of coffee, all you need to do is cut down the amount of coffee and water in half.
Heat up the water: First, you need to heat some water at around 85° C, removing for 30 seconds after for roughly the ideal temperature. Remember you need to heat up more water than what is mentioned in the recipe because we’ll be taking out 4 fl oz of the heated water later on.
Grind your coffee beans: While the water is heating, you can grind your coffee beans to a fine consistency, until it measures 2 tablespoons or 30 grams. To get the finest espresso coffee ground, you can use an automatic burr grinder. In case you don’t have this much time to grind the beans, you can get it from the coffee shop or store in advance. (But it won’t be as fresh)
Set up the Aeropress: Place a filter in the drain cap and wash it with hot water. Next, you have to put the drain cap on the Aeropress and place it directly onto the coffee mug. Always check that it is a strong container because the pressure will be applied to it.
Fill the Aeropress with coffee grounds: In this step, you need to fill the Aeropress with coffee grounds and push them down to make sure they are nice and compact.
Stir and steep: As mentioned in the first step now you have to measure out 4 floz of the heated water, pour the water into the Aeropress and quickly stir it.
Plunge it: After you stir it properly, wait for 30 seconds and then plunge it. Once you fully immerse the plunger, remove the press.
Serve your Espresso: Pour your drink into your espresso mug. For cleaning: you just need to remove the drain cap and depress the plunger over the trash to take out the grounds. Wash everything in hot water.
Making your coffee with the help of a Moka pot is another classic way to make espresso without an espresso machine. Because of the water pressure it generates, this European device can make a perfect shot of espresso.
Grind your coffee: You’ll need to grind your coffee into very fine powder. Always remember that you should have 20-22 grams of coffee ready to go.
Now you need to add water to the bottom of your Moka pot.
Then add the ground coffee inside the filter basket of your Moka pot.
Attach the Moka pot’s spouted top.
Keep it on the top of the stove over medium heat.
Check coffee levels and stir: When the water boils, it will create a pressure and push a stream of coffee through the upper chamber. The hissing sound will let you know when the process is complete. When you see the top of the pot is full of coffee, remove it from the stove. A few seconds before when the coffee is completely done, a hazel brown foam will appear. Remember before you pour the coffee, stir it in the upper chamber with a small spoon.
Lastly, remove the pot from the heat and serve.