Home » Coffee Makers » French Press » How to Make Espresso with a French Press

How to Make Espresso with a French Press

Craving for a steaming shot of espresso but too lazy to go to the café around the block? Lose that frown because you can easily make your espresso at home using the French press lying in your kitchen. A French press can give your coffee a similar taste and consistency of an espresso. Below is a compact guide to help you through this recipe.

What Do You Need?

  • French press
  • Spoon
  • Hot water
  • Stirring stick
  • Freshly ground coffee beans

The Recipe

The top of the French press comprises a lid and a rod that is fitted into the mesh filter. You have to press the mesh filter and plunger to push down the coffee grounds and water. The mesh filter will separate the grounds from your coffee to make it a perfect drink. Let’s go step by step for a better understanding.

  • Heat some water by using a stovetop safe kettle. Now, warm the glass container of the French press by swirling some water in it. The reason you add some water is that the container won’t get cracked by sudden temperature when boiled water is added later.
  • Grinding of beans is one of the most important factors in making espresso. The grinders which grind the beans into two burrs are Burr Grinder. A Burr grinder will give you the right kind of ground for espresso.

It is not a problem if you don’t have a Burr grinder. An alternative is the blade grinder, which uses a sharp propeller to chop the beans. But this might not give you a consistent grind.

The espresso grind is supposed to be very fine, but not so fine that it goes through the filter. The French press filter has a larger mesh so your coffee grounds must resemble the size of sand particles.

  • Now that you have the right size of powder, it is time to pour it in your French press. Well, this is a tricky part since you are going for an espresso. So, you have to be careful about the amount of grounds you need for a cup of espresso. A wrong proportion can suck the deliciousness out of your drink.
  • Add boiling water to the container with great care and attention.
  • Stir your brew quickly with a stirring spoon to avoid clumps and froth from building. Then, put the lid down until it rests on the water. Let it steep until the coffee is dark. The longer you steep, the stronger will be your coffee.
  • Press the plunger down in a steady and even manner to get a thin layer of foam. Then, pour your coffee through a coffee filter. This will give you a perfect espresso.


The best thing about making an espresso at home is that you can tweak it according to your preferences. Do you like more foam, less cream, more sugar? You can do it as long as you stick to the basic method of making espresso.