Suppose you use a particular espresso machine that brews the coffee with a small amount of water and a few other ingredients, like sugar and cream. The process takes several minutes and produces an espresso that is rich and full of flavour.
But is it possible to make a quality espresso using ground coffee? Let’s find out!
So, can you use ground coffee for espresso?
If you want to save time and money, the answer is yes. Making espresso with ground coffee is possible if you have a few essential supplies on hand.
The process of brewing the coffee takes a few extra steps, but it's well worth it when you taste the final product.
The following will tell you everything you need to know about making espresso with ground coffee.
You want to use ground coffee for your espresso. There are a few different ways that you can do this:
- grind the coffee beans yourself
- use pre ground coffee, but measure it out properly
- purchase pre ground coffee, but use it as ground coffee in the portafilter.”.
Regardless of which method you choose, be sure that you have used fresh grounds for proper extraction.
The primary supplies you’ll need for your espresso include:
- Grinder – The ground coffee should be between fine sand and coarsely ground pepper. If the coffee is too finely ground, it will come out too thick when brewed.
Conversely, coffee that is not finely ground will result in watery espresso when brewed.
- Espresso Machine – This is the primary tool for espresso brewing. Different machines will give you different results, so choose a device that fits your needs and personal taste.
- Measuring Cup – A good espresso machine will brew a single serving of espresso with a single shot of finely ground coffee.
If you're going to make two servings at once, you'll need a measuring cup to accurately measure the coffee for each serving.
- Filters – These filters (or baskets) will capture the oils and crema that will drip into your cup of espresso during brewing. Some machines use a paper filter, while others use a metal filter.
- Espresso Accessories – This is where it all comes together, and there are many different things you can choose from depending on what kind of coffee and espresso you want to brew.
The first step to making espresso with ground coffee is grinding the beans. You’ll need to grind the beans yourself, so you can ensure they are finely ground for brewing.
Many machines have a built-in grinder, which makes the process quick and easy. Other devices have an attachment that allows you to use your grinder, so choose according to your needs.
The next step includes warming up the machine. Since espresso uses a high-pressure boiler, you have to preheat it before making the actual coffee. With a manual espresso machine, you can pour hot water into the boiler and wait for it to warm up.
The device will typically have a gauge that lets you know when it's ready. The auto machines will have their ways of letting you know they are warmed up.
Next, use the filter to catch any drips and spills during brewing. It may take a few cycles, but you’ll know when they are ready. Now that the machine is prepared, it’s time to brew with your favourite espresso blend.
Using the serving, measure out your ground coffee and pour it into the basket. Put it back into the machine and start brewing.
Once you’ve brewed enough espresso to fill your cup, empty it to any coffee grounds with a scoop or spoon and discard them.
Let the espresso cool before serving, so you can enjoy the rich taste of freshly brewed coffee.
The process of making espresso is truly an art, which is why it’s so popular at cafes and coffee shops. You can continue to experiment with different blends and grinds to find your favourite cup of coffee!