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Easy Espresso

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
  • 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


  • 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.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with Starbucks French Roast ground coffee.
Nutrition Facts
1/3 cup espresso: 7 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 7mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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  • Romy
    Jan 25, 2021

    Where was the recipes?

  • tammycookblogsbooks
    Dec 22, 2019

    I am a fan of black coffee but have never had espresso. This recipe turned out nice

  • RachelE
    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
    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.