Can I make regular coffee with an espresso machine?

by Jim
(Alberta, Canada)

An Americano with hot milk on the side.

An Americano with hot milk on the side.


QUESTION:


I was wondering if I could use my espresso machine to make a single regular cup of coffee. I have a Cuisinart EM-100C espresso maker. If so, how would I go about doing it?


ANSWER:

No, and yes.

No, you can’t make a regular cup of coffee with an espresso machine, unless you have a dual purpose machine that makes both espresso and coffee.

The process of making espresso is different from that of making coffee. With espresso the hot water is forced through compacted coffee grinds at pressure. You get a different result than with the gravity-fed process of a drip brewer.

That said, you can make an Americano with your espresso machine. And that comes pretty close to the taste of regular coffee.

You simple make a shot of espresso in a coffee mug and then top it up with hot water from a kettle. Add milk and cream to taste.

You can try that and see if you like it.

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Jan 07, 2015
Better than a Keurig
by: Carole Barenys

I was longing for a fresh, hot cup of de-caf without making a whole pot. Since I don’t have a Keurig and would not want one, I dug out my old Krupps expresso machine. I added 5 tsp of my standard (but fresh)ground de-caf,(about what's in one of those pods) and filled the carafe to the "2" mark. Voila! One of the best cups of coffee I have had.

In the past, I had always bought special coffee for this machine—that bitter, over-roasted Italian stuff. Just tinker with the proportions of your regular coffee-to-water till you find your best cup. The coffee in those expensive, over-packaged, pods in notoriously stale and expensive.

Jun 05, 2014
Coffee from expresso
by: James

I have purchased almost every coffe/ expresso maker. I must say when you combine 2 styles. Both are shy of the target . Nspresso is the closest. But still you will be much happier with 2 machines than a combo

Nov 09, 2009
Pressure brewed coffee
by: Anonymous

Just want to comment that some superautomatic espresso machines can do great mugs of "regular" coffee. Not quite the same as drip coffee, but much better as it is brewed under pressure on demand. Called cafe creme or Swiss coffee or pressure brewed coffee, it is apparently common in Europe but there are only a few cafes I know of here in the Toronto area that offer it. Less caffeine and less tannins than drip coffee and a much richer and sweeter taste - all of my friends who tried it on my Schaerer Siena machine have trouble going back to drip. Krups and Jura brands can also do this. Definitely better than Americanos.

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