3 Best Ways To Make Espresso Without Machine

Best Ways To Make Espresso Without Machine

Espressos are some of the most flavorful coffee you can drink, and once you get accustomed to them, you will probably never want to try any other coffee type. And their strong and bold flavor will ensure you get that ultimate coffee experience you yearn for.

With a good espresso maker, you can easily pull a shot or two of some delightful espressos. However, you do not always need a machine to make espresso as in this piece we show you the best ways to make espressos without a machine.

There are almost countless ways of making espressos without a machine, but if you are looking for strong and great tasting ones, the AeroPress, French press and Moka pot are your best choice. Below we explain in detail how to make espresso using the three methods.

Best Ways to Make Espresso Without a Machine

A broken espresso maker or lack of one should not mean that you cannot make espressos, with a French press, Moka pot or AeroPress, you can still make some nice espressos. While these methods might be quite simple but are still some of the best ways to make espresso at home.

Method 1: AeroPress

Make Espresso With Aeropress


The AeroPress has only been around for a little over a decade, but it is now one of the most popular coffee-making methods thanks to its versatility, ease of use and the fact that it is highly affordable. And to make your espresso on the AeroPress, you will not even need any special skills.

What You Will Need

Brew Time: 6 Minutes

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1: Measure and grind the coffee beans to a fine espresso grind

Step 2: Heat the water to between 195 and 205 degrees

Step 3: Set up your AeroPress by inserting 1 filter before adding grounds and the other filter

Step 4: Slowly pour the hot water into your Aeropress

Step 5: Press down the plunger to pull your espresso

Method 2: French Press

Make Espresso with French Press


The French press is a classic coffee making method that has been in use for close to a century now and the fact that it is still popular shows that it makes some fantastic coffee. And with a little tweaking and some practice, you can also use it to make some fantastic espressos.

If you are trying to figure out how to make espresso with regular coffee, the French press should be on top of your mind. Here is how to make espresso in a French press.

What You Will Need

Brew Time: Around 8 minutes

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1: Start by grinding the coffee beans very finely

Step 2: Boil the water and set it aside to attain the ideal brewing temperature which is 200 degrees Fahrenheit

Step 3: Add the coffee grounds to your French press

Step 4: Add a few splashes of the hot water and allow the coffee grounds to bloom for a few seconds

Step 5: Next, add the rest of the hot water

Step 6: Close the lid and allow steeping for at least 4 minutes

Step 7: After the steeping, you can press down the plunger slowly and steadily

Step 8: Serve your espresso and enjoy

Note: Make sure you do not stir when adding hot water as this can ruin the extraction and hence the flavors you get.

Method 3: Moka Pot

Make Espresso with Moka Pot


Like the French press, the Moka pot is a classic coffee maker that has been in use for a long time. This coffee maker provides a simple stovetop method for making espressos, and it is also quite straightforward. A Moka pot is a multi-chambered coffee maker that will make some amazing stovetop espressos and is also super easy to use.

What You Will Need

  • Moka Pot
  • 20-22 grams of freshly roasted coffee beans
  • Filtered water (quantity depends on your Moka pot size)
  • Coffee grinder and measuring scale

Brew Time: About 10 minutes

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1: Start by measuring and grinding the beans into a fine espresso grind

Step 2: Add water to the bottom chamber up to the maximum fill line

Step 3: Pour the fine coffee grounds into the filter basket (middle chamber) and place it in the Moka Pot

Step 4: Now add the top chamber that collects the brewed coffee

Step 5: Place the assembled Moka pot on your stovetop and keep the heat medium

Step 6: Water at the bottom chamber will heat up and generate pressure to squeeze coffee from the grounds which then collects at the top

Step 7: Listen to the hissing sound that the Moka pot makes and once it stops. your espresso is ready

Note: While the Moka pot is fairly easy to use, mastering the coffee-making method will take some trial and error as you have to experiment with different ingredient ratios until you get the perfect espresso for you.


There is no doubt that an espresso machine makes some of the best coffee you can get anywhere. However, you do not always need one to enjoy these beverages as there are still many other methods.

Some of the best ways to make espresso without a machine include the French press, Moka pot, and AeroPress and with a little practice with either of these methods, you can make some great tasting espresso.

Lastly, also note that the taste and flavors that you get with these espresso machine alternatives might not be the same, and so it would be a great idea to try out all of them and choose the espresso taste you will love most.


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