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Espresso in a French Press

scunge Jun 1, 2012 04:00 PM

Anybody brew espresso this way ? .My stove top pot just doesn't seem to do the trick .

  1. todao Jun 1, 2012 04:32 PM

    Yep, my son makes his that way every day. Not that I can drink it. It's far too strong for my taste. I have to dilute it 3:1 with water just to get it down.

    1. chefj Jun 1, 2012 04:38 PM

      It is not really espresso. Wiki has a good definition http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Espresso You need it to be brewed under pressure and very quickly which a press pot does not do.

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      1. re: chefj
        todao Jun 1, 2012 06:45 PM

        Well, technically, I believe you're correct. But the stuff that comes out of that French press will grow hair on your teeth just the same. I'm not a great fan of espresso; can ya tell?

        1. re: todao
          chefj Jun 2, 2012 10:30 AM

          No doubt, you can get a strong cup out of a press.

      2. cowboyardee Jun 1, 2012 07:08 PM

        The aeropress, a sort of variation on the french press, makes a reasonably decent espresso-strength shot easily (it's still technically not espresso). It's not expensive, so you might want to look into it. But the only way I know of to make a completely authentic espresso, crema and all, is to get a real pressurized espresso machine.

        I imagine you could use a french press in such a way that it makes a stronger, smaller brew by using a finer grind, a higher coffee to water ratio, and maybe filtering it after brewing. The aeropress makes this a lot easier though, and the *slightly* pressurized system helps.

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        1. re: cowboyardee
          megjp Jun 2, 2012 05:47 AM

          I'd assume the filtering after brewing would be necessary; espresso is ground much, much finer than the pretty coarse grind recommended for a french press, so without filtering you'd end up with a LOT of 'sludge' at the bottom of your cup.

          Whether or not it's technically espresso then, I wouldn't think it worth the effort. What about your stovetop pot (I assume a little Bialetti-type thing) isn't working, like how is it failing to do the trick?

          1. re: megjp
            scunge Jun 2, 2012 10:10 AM

            My stove top doesn't brew it as strong as I like or think it should taste .When I grew up my family only used the stove top using exclusively Medaglia D'oro coffee I've been using beans from Porto Rico coffee nyc and grind my own beans with a hand grinder.

            1. re: scunge
              paulj Jun 2, 2012 11:56 AM

              So do you really want espresso, or just better moka?

              Does your hand grinder get coffee fine enough? When I use a hand grinder I brew with a steep and strain method (same as French Press). But for paper filter or Moka pot I use a preground Italian espresso, which is probably similar to the Medaglia D'oro. I'm not aiming for a true espresso, just a good strong dark coffee without excessive bitterness.

              1. re: paulj
                scunge Jun 3, 2012 03:45 PM

                Prior to reading this post I did with the use of the hand grinder( two separate adjustments ) get a fine coffee .The flavor was more to my liking, I believe the beans now are getting to old from Porto Rico Coffee and are French Espresso ???? Anyway thanks

        2. paulj Jun 1, 2012 09:03 PM

          Can you make a strong dark brew in FP, yes.

          1. SnackHappy Jun 2, 2012 07:17 AM

            One time, I made french fries by boiling whole potatoes in salt water and it came out great!

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