Can You Make Espresso With Regular Coffee Beans?

There are multiple ways to make one cup of Espresso that will keep you energized throughout your day.

However, people are always curious regarding the way they can make Espresso, and one of the most frequently asked questions is exactly this – Can you make Espresso with regular coffee beans?

In this article, I will try to explain everything regarding this topic, so that in the end, you will have a better understanding, whether you can or you can’t make espresso with regular coffee beans!

The most important part is to understand the basics of making Espresso.

Espresso as a beverage, is a fairly small, 1-2 oz of pressure-brewed coffee that is mixed with 1-2 tablespoons of finely ground coffee. The brewing process itself takes around 25-30 seconds, and after that, you will be served with a cup of coffee which will have a layer of dark-golden cream on the surface, or as Italians call it – a “crema”.

Moreover, you should pay attention to understand the ratio of coffee to water. Namely, if you add too much water or a very low amount of coffee, you will miss the point, so that your Espresso will never taste good. In general, as I’ve stated previously, the standard shot of Espresso is made with 1-2 tablespoons of coffee ground and 1-2 oz of water, depending on your personal preferences.

So, how can you make espresso with regular coffee beans?

The procedure itself has a few steps. The first thing is to grind your beans as finely as you can, sometimes the best results are achieved by taking advantage of a quality coffee grinder, which at the same time, it will cost you less than going to an actual coffee shop.

The next step is to fill the basket of your espresso machine with grounds and press them tightly, and after this is ensured, you should fill the espresso machine with water ( I’ve already mentioned the quantity).

If you reached this far, then, you have to wait. If you love sweet shots than you have to wait around 17 seconds, whereas, if you love drinking a bold, cup of Espresso which will be a bit bitter, then you can wait for 25 seconds.

Last but not least, pour the shots into small espresso cups. In order to see whether you’ve made an Espresso, there should be a layer of brown foam on the top, which as I’ve stated before is known as “créma”. Personally, I don’t use sugar because I love the taste of Espresso, however, do not hesitate to apply a bit if you like.

Finally, the taste and quality of your Espresso will entirely depend on the quality of the coffee beans and on the espresso machine itself. I’d recommend you make a simple research on Google by typing best espresso machines under 300, because there are numerous quality machines that won’t rip off your wallet, but instead, they will be affordable and quality enough to help you make a delicious Espresso!