We can all agree that coffee has become a kind of lifeblood for those of us living in the working world of today. We all need that first caffeine boost in the mornings to wake us up and make us feel human again.
Most of us need it to sustain us throughout the day, especially during those endless afternoons. But some of us crave something stronger, like espresso. So let’s take a look at how to make espresso with coffee maker.
Coffee Makers And How They Work
To determine whether or not it is possible to brew espresso in a coffee machine, it is crucial to understand how the inner mechanisms of coffee machines work. Coffee makers are household appliances that are used to brew coffee, as the name suggests.
There are several different types of coffee machines available today, that all make use of many different brewing principles. However, in most machines, coffee grinds are put into a metal filter within a funnel, which is placed over a glass coffee pot.
Lukewarm water is then poured into a separate vessel and is then boiled and directed through the funnel. Most modern auto-drip coffee machines are rather straightforward appliances.
Coffee machine manufacturers have been perfecting and simplifying their designs for more than 30 years, in order to make them as easy to use and convenient as possible. If you remove the top from your coffee machine, you will notice three main features.
- A kind of reservoir that contains the water that you pour into the device at the beginning of the coffee brewing process. There is a hole at the bottom of the bucket.
- A white tube that leads from below the base of the reservoir, and carries the hot water towards the drip area.
- A shower head that water is fed to from the white tube. The water then escapes the shower head and is sprayed over the ground coffee. In some coffee machines, the water is released from the hose on to a perforated disc that is known as the drip area.
On the left-hand side of the coffee maker’s base is what is known as the heating element. This part consists of an extrusion that is made from aluminum and is comprised of two parts: a tube that water flows through and a resistive heating element.
What Is An Espresso?
Espresso is a paramount drink from Italy that has been adopted and loved by coffee enthusiasts around the globe. It is made by forcing or expressing a little bit of near-boiling water through finely-ground coffee beans.
The resulting brew is known as a shot and has a creamy and rich flavor. Espressos are often used as the base for other coffee products like lattes and cappuccinos.
Espressos possess a thicker consistency than regular filter coffee, and also contain a higher caffeine content.
Making Espresso With A Coffee Maker
The majority of coffee lovers have two things in common. They love a good espresso, and they have a coffee machine at home.
To some, these two things probably do not seem like they can go together, but they can. Generally, coffee machines do not have an espresso brewing setting, which is actually quite disappointing.
But, all hope is not lost. There is a method in which espressos can be made with a regular coffee machine.
Run some water through your coffee machine before you begin brewing, to allow the machine some time to warm up.
Add one tablespoon of medium coffee grounds into the filter, and press down the grinds to aid the buildup of pressure during the brewing cycle.
Pour two or three ounces of water, preferably warm, into the water reservoir.
Press the Brew button and wait. If your machine has a ‘Concentrated brew’ option, select that instead.
You may be wondering how close the final brew will taste to actual espresso. Brewing an espresso in a coffee machine can be quite daunting.
In order for your brew to be considered an espresso, it will need to be a concentrated volume of a bold tasting coffee. You should modify your brewing method to create the closest thing to an espresso you can.
Tips For Using A Coffee Machine
There are a few things you can do to ensure that you are brewing the best cup of coffee you can, every time. The first is to make sure you are using a medium ground coffee.
Most drip coffee makers are designed to work best with a medium grind. The optimal grind setting varies from coffee machine to coffee machine. Find what works best for you.
You should also always brew a full pot of coffee. The brew basket and water reservoir within coffee machines are made to accommodate the machine’s maximum capacity, and using any less will cause the machine to work inefficiently.
Finally, you should clean your coffee pot frequently. Going extended periods of time without washing your machine will cause bacteria and germs to develop inside the mechanisms, and will leave your coffee tasting foul, as well as lead to some adverse health effects.
So, making espresso in a coffee machine is not as difficult as it might seem. Of course, the end brew may not taste exactly like the espressos you are used to, but they will do the trick.