How to Make an Amazing Espresso in a French Press

How to Make an Amazing Espresso in a French Press

Do you love espresso but lack the "tools" to make it? Not so fast, a beautiful cup of espresso can be made in many ways. My favorite method is using a French press, but don't tell the Italians you know!

Espresso is truly the purest form of coffee and this one little drink shaped Italian culture and identity.

What is espresso?

Espresso is not tied to a specific bean rather a specific method. It is finely ground coffee beans compacted fast with very hot water and very high pressure. Although a true Italian espresso connoisseur may cringe at this idea, you really don't need all the special equipment to make a satisfying cup.

French Press Espresso Method: 

  1. Finely grind your coffee beans. If you have an electric grinder, turn the knob all the way to "fine".
  2. Pour warm water into French press to heat the vessel for about 2 minutes. Temperature is essential to making good espresso. The preheating creates temperature stability,  resulting in a full bodied espresso.
  3. Heat water in a kettle to about 195 degrees. I boil my water and let it cool for a few minutes. If you want to get technical, use a thermometer to track. Or, you can purchase this gooseneck kettle with a built in thermometer!
  4. Pour water out of warmed French press and add in 2 tbsp of finely ground coffee for each cup of water.
  5. Add a touch of water to encourage the coffee to "bloom". During this process, coffee releases its natural oils which results in a flavorful cup of espresso. Let the "bloom" remain for about 15 seconds before continuing to step 6.
  6. Pour remaining water over the grounds. Stir. Place the lid on French press to retain heat but do not press down immediately. Wait at least 3 minutes; longer for a stronger cup.
  7. Press down slowly and pour into your favorite espresso cup.

Shakerato - refreshing espresso: pour a shot of espresso into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake, shake, shake… It will get foamy as the ice melts and crystallizes. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

There are so many ways to enjoy espresso. Don't let lack of "tools" stop you! It can be a great addition to your day and any recipe! Be sure to purchase only mold and toxin free organic coffee from Cardiology Coffee.

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