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How to make espresso at home with the chef+mom at Edible Times.

How to make espresso at home

  • Author: Christina
  • Prep Time: 5-10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1-2 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minute
  • Category: coffee


Quick, easy and a great way to win yourself a small coffee moment! This recipe makes two double shots, but it's the method that's important. If you like your espresso lighter or stronger, adjust the amount of grinds accordingly.


  • ¼ cup (18 g) high-quality, dark roast coffee, finely ground
  • ½ cup, @ 200° F (almost boiling)
  • ½ cup low-fat milk, optional for latte or cappuccino


For Espresso

  1. Add coffee to press pot.
  2. Bring water to just below the boiling point. Watch for small bubbles coming to the top. 
  3. Seal pot and let sit for one minute.
  4. Pump plunger several times until thin layer of foam forms on top of espresso. Then press and enjoy!

For Cappuccino/Latte

  1. Heat milk in microwave safe measuring glass or the carafe of a home frother.
  2. Attach lid to manual frother and pump until milk foams and doubles in volume. If you don’t have a frother, an immersion blender or a strong, sustained shake can create a little foam in milk.


I received a Nespresso Aeroccino Milk Frother as a gift a couple years ago (thanks, Mom!), and now I can't live without it. I am not being paid to write this, I just REALLY love foam in my coffee.  At one time I had the Starbuck's milk frother, but it didn't work as well and lost its steam within a year's time. 

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