What Happens If You Brew Espresso Beans In A Drip Coffee Maker?

If you're an espresso drinker, then you appreciate how well this type of coffee hits the spot, whether you're consuming it in the morning or sipping it between bites of dessert. Over the past decade or so espresso's popularity has exploded and we've grown more accustomed to imbibing espresso-based drinks, either in the form of a latte, Americano or served affogato style. No matter the way it's enjoyed, espresso is usually brewed strong and served in one-ounce shots. 

And maybe you can remember a time when it was something that was reserved for enjoying at your favorite coffee shop since a high-quality espresso machine was once not only a behemoth that wouldn't fit inside the average kitchen, but it was also cost prohibitive for the average coffee drinker. Thankfully, times have changed and you can now make espresso drinks at home since espresso makers have become more compact, and much lower in price. 

Even without an espresso machine, you can make espresso with an Italian stove top maker called the moka pot, which is a two-chambered pot that heats water on the bottom until it boils and forces steam into the espresso grounds into the upper chamber. Even though we're used to brewing espresso so that it's strong enough to drink in shots, the beans don't have to be prepared this way. You can use espresso beans at home in your coffee maker that will taste delicious, as long as you follow a few tips.

Ways to brew espresso beans

Espresso can be brewed the way you would any other type of coffee bean. Espresso beans can be made in an electric drip coffee maker, as well as in a French press, or as a pour-over. But, if you decide to try your espresso beans in another way, there are some things to note. The first is that espresso beans are made to have a creamier and heavier body to them, and consider that when it comes to the flavor and body of your brew. 

Also, if you buy your espresso already ground, remember that espresso is ground fine, so keep that in mind if you use the pour-over or French press methods. Since French press coffee is made through an immersion process to extract the coffee beans, a coarse grind helps slow down the extraction process. Similarly, using finely ground coffee in a pour-over can obstruct the flow of the hot water and impact the brew. If you choose an alternative brewing method, consider grinding your own espresso beans so you can yield the most delicious cup.