CoffeeNate #25: Making Espresso Is Easy


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Helloooo coffee friends!  This episode I will show you just how easy it is to make your own espresso at home.  Some people think that espresso is a special kind of bean, other say it’s a unique type of roasting, but the reality is that espresso is simply a brewing method.  The best way to brew coffee is to make espresso!  So, how can you make espresso at home that is better than from the cafe?  Want to make espresso based drinks like lattes and cappuccinos at home for less money than a cup of gas station coffee?  Then you

have come to the right place!   Espresso is created by using a finely ground coffee and extracting the flavors with 15 bars of pressure.  The pressure is what creates the espresso beverage, and perfectly extracts the best of the beans.  Buy why pay $6 per day on your favorite espresso drinks when you can buy an espresso machine and save tons of money?  The only reason would be fear of the unknown.  Until a few weeks ago, I didn’t make my own espresso either.  I bought a middle of the line machine (Breville 800ESXL) and gave it a whirl.  What I found is that I could really make espresso that tasted far better than the local cafes!  The cool part is that I can use whatever type of coffee I want, and I can save about $5.75 per drink…paying this toy off in less than 3 months!  Watch the video and ask a question if you have any.

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  • Jill Hayes

    Love your videos!

  • Jill Hayes

    Love your videos!

    • Thanks Jill! I'm happy that you are enjoying them. Do you have a coffee question or topic you would like me to cover?

      • Jill Hayes

        Not yet, enjoying reading so far. You answered a lot of my questions previously.

        • Cool…well you can always get another entry by re-tweeting or sharing on facebook 🙂 When you share on fb, just type in @CoffeeNate.com to tag the post and get credit 🙂 Best of luck Jill!

  • nate_s

    Thanks Jill! I'm happy that you are enjoying them. Do you have a coffee question or topic you would like me to cover?

  • Jill Hayes

    Not yet, enjoying reading so far. You answered a lot of my questions previously.

  • nate_s

    Cool…well you can always get another entry by re-tweeting or sharing on facebook 🙂 When you share on fb, just type in @CoffeeNate.com to tag the post and get credit 🙂 Best of luck Jill!

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  • Mike Crimmins

    I really really want an espresso machine. I love my steam machine, it makes good lattes, but the espressos just aren't there.

  • Mike Crimmins

    I really really want an espresso machine. I love my steam machine, it makes good lattes, but the espressos just aren't there.

    • It a business expense 😉 It does pay for itself rather quickly…much cheaper than going to a cafe every day.

  • BaristaOnDuty

    Nice Video Now Tell Me What Was That Little Movement You Did At The End Of The Video ? LMAO HaHa Too Funny! Keep Up The Good Work! I Heard That Whisper You Made U Better Watch Your Back Their Gonna Get You Yet!! C|_|

  • BaristaOnDuty

    Nice Video Now Tell Me What Was That Little Movement You Did At The End Of The Video ? LMAO HaHa Too Funny! Keep Up The Good Work! I Heard That Whisper You Made U Better Watch Your Back Their Gonna Get You Yet!! C|_|

    • LOL…I don't have to worry about them coming after me with my "BODY"guard around!

  • nate_s

    LOL…I don't have to worry about them coming after me with my "BODY"guard around!

  • nate_s

    It's a business expense Mike 😉 It does pay for itself rather quickly…much cheaper than going to a cafe every day.

  • dkars

    Great video dude. Just curious if you purchased your machine from Amazon or if you got it cheaper somewhere else. Also, you stated in your article that you can save $5.75 per drink…was just wondering how you figured that out. Ciao! –Dave

  • Great video dude. Just curious if you purchased your machine from Amazon or if you got it cheaper somewhere else.
    Also, you stated in your article that you can save $5.75 per drink…was just wondering how you figured that out.
    Ciao!
    –Dave

    • Thanks Dave!! Yeah, I got it from Amazon via the link above, but it was cheaper then…naturally the holiday push has effected the price. The price savings is more of an estimate as it only costs so much for the actual coffee and milk…the rest is branding. Some cafes and Starbucks will charge $7-$8 for a latte…nuts!! Times that by 30 days and you need a second income just to break even! Peace dude 🙂

  • Kenny

    Just found your videos on youtube and loving them so far. Great info on my trip into the coffee brewing world. Where would you suggest on looking to buying coffee online? Thanks

  • Kenny

    Just found your videos on youtube and loving them so far. Great info on my trip into the coffee brewing world. Where would you suggest on looking to buying coffee online? Thanks

    • Thanks Kenny! I am still learning every day about coffee 🙂 I finally have the basics down, but I am learning more about the differences in the beans grown in different regions, very interesting to me. Where to buy online may depend on where you live. Are you in the USA? Are you on Twitter, I'd like to follow you. Good luck in the coffee contest!!

      • Kenny

        Yes I live in Florida.

        • There are lots of great coffee roasters to buy from! I am still finding tons of them, but for huge variety and selection of Fair Trade/Organic coffees at an awesome price, I prefer GreenMountain. They have so many options and a cool program called Café Express that saves you even more money. It's an autoship type of deal, but you control the frequency of the shipments and you can cancel or pause at any time with just a click, but it is a good deal. They sent me 2.5 pounds of coffee as a gift when I started…and they didn't know I had a coffee blog! 🙂

  • nate_s

    Thanks Kenny! I am still learning every day about coffee 🙂 I finally have the basics down, but I am learning more about the differences in the beans grown in different regions, very interesting to me. Where to buy online may depend on where you live. Are you in the USA? Are you on Twitter, I'd like to follow you. Good luck in the coffee contest!!

  • Kenny

    Yes I live in Florida.

  • nate_s

    There are lots of great coffee roasters to buy from! I am still finding tons of them, but for huge variety and selection of Fair Trade/Organic coffees at an awesome price, I prefer <a href="http://clickserve.cc-dt.com/link/click?lid=41000000029813228&quot; target="_blank">GreenMountain</a>. They have so many options and a cool program called Caf&eacute; Express that saves you even more money. It's an autoship type of deal, but you control the frequency of the shipments and you can cancel or pause at any time with just a click, but it is a good deal. They sent me 2.5 pounds of coffee as a gift when I started…and they didn't know I had a coffee blog! 🙂

  • nate_s

    Thanks Dave!! Yeah, I got it from Amazon via the link above, but it was cheaper then…naturally the holiday push has effected the price. The price savings is more of an estimate as it only costs so much for the actual coffee and milk…the rest is branding. Some cafes and Starbucks will charge $7-$8 for a latte…nuts!! Times that by 30 days and you need a second income just to break even! Peace dude 🙂

  • Jill Hayes

    I think I'm gonna have to go look at these coffee makers on amazon now.

  • Jill Hayes

    I think I'm gonna have to go look at these coffee makers on amazon now.

  • Daniel Humphries

    I love your show, Nate. But you are wrong about &quot;15 bars of pressure.&quot; Almost all commercial espresso machines brew at 9 bars. When I install machines, I always check to see if they are between 8.5 bars and 10 bars. Just a nitpick. Keep up the great work!

  • I love your show, Nate. But you are wrong about "15 bars of pressure." Almost all commercial espresso machines brew at 9 bars. When I install machines, I always check to see if they are between 8.5 bars and 10 bars.

    Just a nitpick. Keep up the great work!

    • Good stuff Daniel! I have thick skin, don't worry about correcting me, I'd rather know the truth! 🙂 Thanks for pointing that out, I remember now that it is in fact 9 bars, but I got confused somewhere along the way. This is my first venture into making my own espresso, and it wasn't very hard to get it better than my local cafes! Take care.

  • nate_s

    Good stuff Daniel! I have thick skin, don't worry about correcting me, I'd rather know the truth! 🙂 Thanks for pointing that out, I remember now that it is in fact 9 bars, but I got confused somewhere along the way. This is my first venture into making my own espresso, and it wasn't very hard to get it better than my local cafes! Take care.

  • Shananava

    Just learning about your site and videos. Thanks for them. I have tried many flavors Green Mountain Kcups that I have tried in my Keurig. Thanks for your posts and contest. 😉 Man espresso drink sounds good but man I need some sleep tonite lol!

  • Shananava

    Just learning about your site and videos. Thanks for them. I have tried many flavors Green Mountain Kcups that I have tried in my Keurig. Thanks for your posts and contest. 😉 Man espresso drink sounds good but man I need some sleep tonite lol!

    • Thanks for dropping in Shananava! I'm also happy that you are learning about coffee, and find my videos helpful 🙂

  • nate_s

    Thanks for dropping in Shananava! I'm also happy that you are learning about coffee, and find my videos helpful 🙂