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How to Make Espresso Using a French Press? (Correctly)

Audrey Harrison
Home brewer

Making espresso using French press is not only a good idea but it is fun too.

But will it let you end up with quality espresso shots?

Well nope.

You can't brew authentic espresso using it but you can brew coffee that is very near to espresso using a French press.

In this article, I will tell you how to brew espresso coffee using a French press.

Can you make espresso in a French Press?

Okay, I know what you are thinking: "Wait a minute, can you even make espresso in a French Press?"

Ideally, It's a No! It won't be a true espresso. But you can get pretty close and that too a coffee as good as espresso.

With a French Press, you can create a rich and full-bodied coffee that is full of flavor. It is super easy and affordable too.

Plus, using a French press gives you the freedom to experiment with different coffee beans and grind sizes.

Is making espresso using a French Press worth it?

Absolutely! It is! While the final result won’t turn out like a traditional espresso, you can still achieve a rich, full-bodied coffee that's packed with flavors.

If you're a coffee lover running tight on budget then you must try espresso using a French press.

With a French Press, you can control the strength of your coffee by adjusting the amount of coffee and water used. This means you can create a brew that is perfect for your taste preferences.

Also, I cannot deny the fact that cleaning a French Press is super easy!

Simply rinse out the carafe and filter, and you are good to go.

Unlike an espresso machine, which requires extensive cleaning and maintenance, a French Press is a low-maintenance and hassle-free option.

So, if you are looking for an alternative to espresso that is easy to make at home without exceeding the budget or complicated machine then a French Press is definitely worth a try.

Type of coffee you need to make espresso in a French press

To make espresso-like coffee in a French Press, you'll need a dark roast coffee with a fine grind.

The fine grind will allow for better extraction of the coffee's flavor and oils. It results in a richer and fuller-bodied cup.

A step-by-step method to make espresso with a French Press.

Step 1: Begin by heating the water

Heat the water to around 195°F and pour some of it into the French Press to preheat it.

Step 2: Grind your coffee beans

Traditionally we use medium coarse ground coffee for brewing coffee using a French Press but here grind the coffee beans to a fine consistency. Keep it similar to espresso. Use 1 to 1.5 tablespoons of coffee per 4 ounces of water.

Step 3: Add coffee

Add the coffee grounds to the French Press and pour in enough hot water to cover them. Let the coffee bloom for 30 seconds.

Step 4: Pour some water

Slowly pour the remaining hot water over the coffee grounds, making sure to saturate all the grounds. Stir the coffee gently to ensure even extraction.

Step 5: Plunge it down

Wait for 3-4 minutes and then slowly press down the plunger to separate the brewed coffee from the grounds.

And that's it! Your delicious cup of espresso-like coffee is ready to sip.

Precautions for perfect espresso with French Press

While making espresso in a French Press is relatively easy, there are a few things to keep in mind:

1) Use fresh and high-quality coffee beans
2) Pay attention to the grind size
3) Use appropriate coffee-to-water ratio
4) Control the water temperature as over-extraction or under-extraction can ruin your coffee experience‍

Summing It Up

Here, we have discussed how to make espresso using a French press coffee maker.

This is not only possible but also very easy, as long as you follow the right steps. So, what are you waiting for?

Follow our step-by-step guide, and you will be sipping on rich, flavorful coffee that's similar to espresso in no time.


Audrey Harrison

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I am a coffee aficionado based in Seattle. I have devoted my passion and expertise to perfecting the art of home coffee brewing. I became known for my exquisite pour-over and espresso creations. I source coffee beans from local roasters and explores ...