- Grind enough espresso beans for 1 1/2 tbsp. (8.4 g) of espresso grounds. Espresso is traditionally ground very finely, more so than drip coffee.
- Make sure your espresso machine has enough water to create steam for the coffee.
- Begin heating a pot of water on a stove or in an electric kettle, if your espresso machine does not have an attachment that lets you pour hot water.
- Place the espresso grounds in the porte filter and evenly pack the grounds down with an attachment on the espresso machine or the bottom of a spoon.This process is called “tamping.” The porte filter looks like a metal cup with a handle.
- Secure the porte filter to the espresso machine by placing it flush with the machine and twisting to the right.
- Press the on switch on the machine and allow the water to heat up, if there is a separate switch to turn the machine on and start making coffee.
- Place a small espresso shot cup underneath the porte filter.
- Press or turn the on switch. Wait until the cup is about 2/3 full and turn it off.
- Pour the espresso into a coffee mug.
- Pour in between 1 and 8 oz. (30 to 235 ml) of hot water from your espresso machine or kettle. This will depend largely upon the strength you desire.
- Turn off the espresso machine and enjoy your coffee.
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