How To Make Espresso Without A Machine

If you are a fan of coffeehouse espresso, then today is your lucky day! We have a quick, easy and affordable home version of the classic coffee shop favorite that is just as tasty and potent as an espresso pulled from an expensive machine. So, your question ‘ How to make espresso without a machine?’ is going to end now. And speaking of expensive machines, this recipe presents a great opportunity for you to create your own espresso without breaking the bank!

Espresso Shot
Traditionally, an espresso is a highly concentrated coffee beverage created by using a specialized machine that forces pressurized hot water through finely ground coffee to create the brew. Though chain coffee shops like Starbucks contributed to the rising fame of the espresso, the brew’s origins are a long way from Seattle, U.S.A It was invented by an Italian, Luigi Bezzerain in the early 1900’s, when he devised a machine to make a single cup of coffee. The popularity of the espresso has since grown exponentially, with the espresso being one of the most-requested beverages at coffeehouses worldwide.
Espresso is frequently blended with milk, whether steamed or foamed, depending on the preference of the drinker. It is also the base for many other popular coffee beverages including the cappuccino and the latte.
Though the coffee snobs might say our version is not “real” espresso, this recipe still delivers a tasty, highly potent coffee brew, that packs the same powerful strength of a machine-pulled espresso at a fraction of the cost. Silly traditions aside, it is always desirable to save time and money wherever you can, and this recipes saves you both!
A “shot” of espresso is typically one ounce, or 2 tablespoons. Our recipe is for a “double shot” of espresso, and will give you 2 ounces (or ¼ cup) of espresso for enjoying by itself, or with milk, or as a base for another coffee beverage.

READY IN: 10 minutes

MAKES: 1 serving


¼ cup boiling filtered water
2 teaspoons instant coffee (or instant espresso, if available)


Small mug or espresso cup
Small teaspoon


In your mug or espresso cup, combine the boiling water with the instant coffee. Mix well until the coffee is completely dissolved. And there you have it, an easy double shot of espresso that is ready to drink, either alone, or with milk. We can adjust the quantity of coffee as desired according to our taste.
It’s just as simple as just boiling water and resembles almost the same taste as of actual espresso shot.
We want to hear from you, so tell us all about your experience with this recipe in the comments section. Did you enjoy our quick home version of the traditional espresso? How does it match up to the coffeehouse version? Give us your input today!

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