Easy Espresso Recipe
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Easy Espresso Recipe

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Capture the classic taste of espresso without the hassle of expensive brewing equipment! For best flavor, serve espresso immediately. Pour leftover espresso in ice cube trays and freeze to use later in cold drinks.—:Taste of Home Test Kitchen
Recommended: Holiday Butters
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1/2 cup ground coffee (French or other dark roast)
  • 1-1/2 cups cold water
  • Lemon twists, optional

Nutritional Facts

1/3 cup espresso: 7 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 7mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.


  1. Place ground coffee in the filter of a drip coffeemaker. Add water; brew according to manufacturer's instructions. Serve immediately in espresso cups with lemon twists if desired. Yield: 4 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with Starbucks French Roast ground coffee.
Originally published as Easy Espresso in The Taste of Home Cookbook 2007

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RachelE User ID: 1320859 234321
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2015

"Really good. I brew this on the stovetop (boil water, add coffee, pour through a reusable coffee filter over a pyrex cup), add 1/3 c sugar, and keep in the fridge. To make a tasty iced coffee, use 1 part espresso, 4 parts milk. My husband loves it."

asnunez User ID: 2408742 218367
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2015

"Yum! We left out the lemon. Why it's even in the recipe, no clue! It's simply not needed. What we did add was just a healthy two-finger pinch of kosher salt. It helps to develop the flavor of the coffee in the short amount of time the grounds are in contact with the hot water as it brews."

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