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How to Make Espresso Without a Machine

By on April 24, 2017

No matter how dull or tired you feel in the morning, a cup of  espresso will surely lift up your spirits. The richness and the creaminess of the espresso will make you feel alive throughout the day. However, buying espresso from the coffee shops on a daily basis can be bit expensive. Hence, learning how to make espresso at home would be a great idea.

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It is not very difficult to make an espresso coffee at home. All you need is milk, sugar, water and an espresso coffee machine. Pour all the ingredients in the espresso coffee machine according to the right measurements and machine will do the rest. In just some minutes, you will have your coffee ready.

But, investing in an espresso machine can be costly regarding maintenance. Hence, making espresso at home without a machine is an excellent idea. Let us look at the method of how to make espresso without a machine.

Making espresso at home without the machine

Espresso is made by forcing boiling water over the freshly ground coffee. This results in incredibly rich and creamy coffee. Also, the espresso coffee has a strong taste and higher amount of caffeine compared to other types of coffee.

To make rich and creamy homemade espresso without a machine, you will need coffee, milk, and fine sugar. You can also use whipped cream. You need to take a wide jar pour the milk into the jar and close it tightly then shake it vigorously. You will get creamy foam over the milk.


Remove the foam, then heat the milk in the microwave for 2 minutes, and then again pour it into the jar, and shake it for another minute. Again remove the foam and heat the milk in the microwave. Repeat the procedure 2-3 times, and keep the foam aside. Now to make the espresso, you should use the coffee beans that are roasted at least two days in advance and finely ground. Then you should force hot water through it with as much pressure as you can and mix it as vigorously. You can use a Moka pot, a traditional cooking appliance to put pressure on the coffee.

Then you can put some sugar and mix it well. Put the mixture in the coffee mug, and then gently put the foam on top of it and enjoy your coffee. You can also put some whipped cream over it.  If you do not wish put cream or foam, then you can enjoy espresso shots as well.

Apart from making the espresso at home, you can also learn how to make a latte without a machine at home in simple and easy steps. Let us discuss these steps.

Making café latte at home without machine

The café lattes at home can taste delicious without using coffee makers like Starbucks espresso machine. Café latte just means coffee with milk. To make café latte at home, firstly, you need to make the espresso with water, coffee and sugar then pour warm milk into the espresso and mix it and generously put the milk foam over it. You can also add some chocolate syrup for garnishing.

Apart from making café latte, you can also learn how to make cappuccino without a machine. Let us discuss the process.

Making cappuccino at home without machine

Cappuccino is a creamy and frothy coffee with Italian roots. To make cappuccino, firstly you should make espresso and then add milk and foam to it. You can also put some cinnamon powder to it for garnishing. Besides, you can also add whipped cream instead of milk.

Cappuccino coffee is similar to café latte. However, the content of milk is much lesser in the cappuccino, and the layer of foam is much thicker. Hence, you may have to repeat the process of collecting foam for 4-5 times.


Apart from making espresso, café latte and cappuccino you can also make café Americano, macchiato, café mocha without using best espresso machines for home purposes. Making coffee at home can be a time-consuming process especially without any machine. But the efforts will surely be worthwhile. Also, over a period, you will be able to master the art of making fresh coffee very fast each morning.

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  1. History of Roasting Coffee
  2. History of Coffee
  3. Brewing Your Coffee At Home
  4. Specialty Drink Recipes
  5. Best And Top Rated Manual Coffee Grinders 2017

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Specialty Drink Recipes

By on February 1, 2017

Island Fun Latte
1 oz. Monin Banana
1/2 oz. Ghirardelli Caramel
1/2 oz. Vanilla
2 shots Caffé Vincente Espresso
8 oz. Steamed Half and Half
Top with caramel sauce.

Pistachio Cream Soda
1 oz. Monin Pistachio Syrup
1 oz. Monin Vanilla Syrup
8 oz. Soda Water
2 oz. Half and Half.
Stir with ice.

Toffee Nut Latte
1 oz. Monin Toffee Nut
1 shot espresso
6 oz. steamed milk
Combine ingredients.
Top with whipped cream, chopped toffee or nuts.

Gingerbread Latte
1 oz. Monin Gingerbread
1 shot espresso
6 oz. steamed milk or half & half.
Combine ingredients.
Top with whipped cream and dust with nutmeg.

Chestnut Cocoa Mocha
1 oz. Monin Roasted Chestnut
1 shot espresso
8 oz. steamed cocoa.
Combine ingredients.
Top with whipped cream and shaved chocolate.

Gingerbread Cookie Breve
2 Shots Espresso
1/2 oz. Monin Gingerbread
1 oz. Monin Vanilla
5 oz. Steamed Half and Half
Combine espresso and syrups in warm mug.
Fill with steamed Half and Half.
Top with remaining foam and dust with cinnamon.

Gingersnap White Mocha
1 oz. Monin Gingerbread
1/2 oz. Monin White Chocolate
Dbl. Shot Espresso
6 oz. Steamed Milk
Combine ingredients and top with Monin Gingerbread flavored whipped cream.
Dust with crumbled gingersnap cookies and cinnamon powder.

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Brewing Your Coffee At Home

By on December 10, 2016

Proper brewing enhances the taste of coffee by allowing you to extract the proper amount of flavor from the bean. Under-extract and you get a thin watery brew; over-extract and you get a heavy, bitter brew. The goal then, is to extract all the flavor out of the coffee in the correct ratio to water and leave behind the undesirable elements that contribute to bitterness, astringency, and sourness.

More specifically, each of the following elements are essential for good brewing:

1. Correct Coffee-to-Water Ratio:
Because coffee is a strong flavoring agent, it takes relatively little to produce a robust brew. The generally accepted ratio is 1.0 – 1.5% coffee to 98.5 – 99% water. Therefore, measure carefully. We recommend using two level tablespoons (8-9 grams) for each six ounces of water (cup markings on home brewers are usually 6 oz. cups.) Pre-measured coffee scoops are usually available at your local coffeehouse.

2. A Coffee Grind That Matches the Brewing Time:
Use the correct grind. There is not one “all purpose” grind for all types of coffee makers. Each brewing method requires its own grind. Too fine a grind will cause over-extraction and bitterness. Too course a grind will produce under-extracted watery coffee. In general, longer brewing times should be paired with larger particles and shorter brewing times with smaller particles. For drip brewers, use a medium to fine grind.

3. Properly Operating Brewing Equipment:
Because your brewing equipment is responsible for the quality of the extraction, it is important that it be precisely calibrated, clean and well maintained. Your brewing equipment will control important variables known as the Three “Ts”: Time, Temperature & Turbulence. Time refers to the length of time that the coffee is in contact with water, this may differ from the total brewing time that includes heating of water; Temperature refers to the temperature of the brewing water; and Turbulence is the amount of mixing action during flavor extraction.

4. High-Quality Water:
Start with quality, fresh, cold water. Water should have no odor & contain no visible impurities. Bottled or filtered water is recommended. In general, water that contains 50 – 100 parts per million of dissolved minerals will produce the best-tasting coffee.

5. An Appropriate Filtering Medium:
A well-made filter is essential to clarify the beverage and separate the extract from the coffee grounds. Various filter mediums have different advantages and disadvantages. Perforated screens or wire mesh allow for good water flow of water and typically prevent the risk of over-extraction, but will also result in more sediment in the brew due to fine particles passing through the screen. Cloth or paper, on the other hand, will do the best job of clarifying the brew and give you a very clear beverage, but also may restrict the flow of brew resulting in over-extraction and bitterness in the cup. Also, be careful to select a paper that doesn’t transfer any taste to the brew.

Additionally, we recommend that you brew only as much as you plan to drink. Coffee can be kept warm on a burner or hot plate for only about 20 minutes before the flavor starts to become bitter & unpleasant. Coffee flavor solubles have a much lower boiling point than water and will convert to gases and escape from your beverage in the steam. An airtight thermos or carafe will keep coffee hot & preserve flavor for about 2 hours.

Freshness & Storing Your Coffee

To preserve freshness, store coffee in the smallest practical airtight container or in a foil bag with all the air squeezed out. Store on your counter or in a pantry. Purchase your coffee frequently from a reputable retailer, buying only as much as you will use in a 1 – 2 week period. Do not store coffee in your refrigerator. Moisture condenses on cold coffee when it’s opened, and flavor deteriorates when the moisture is absorbed.

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History of Coffee

By on March 19, 2016

The Dancing Goats Found it First

Coffee, as popular legend goes, was discovered in Ethiopia by a goatherd named Kaldi.

Back in the day, goatherds let their goats roam about the countryside to munch on whatever the goats could find. When the goats were tired of their meanderings, they found their way back to shelter to enjoy a cool drink and deep slumber.

But one night, deep slumber was not to be had. Strangely, the goats were awake all night. An imam of the local monastery thought the goats were either poisoned or bewitched. Kaldi followed the goats the next day, and he found them dancing around an unfamiliar dark-leafed shrub bearing red berries.

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Kaldi shared his discovery of the mysterious plant with the imam, who, being of a deductive turn of mind, experimented on the plant’s fruit and its seeds. When the imam drank the beverage that resulted from boiling the berries, he experienced a state of intoxication unknown before  the world’s first coffee buzz. To his surprise, his pulse quickened and his thoughts raced, although it was nighttime.

Around the sixth century coffee was carried across the Red Sea to Arabia (modern day Yemen), where it was cultivated first as a medicine, then as a beverage. The Arabs made wine by fermenting the pulp of the berries; they also made a drink by boiling green, unroasted seeds, or beans. In the late 13th century they began roasting and grinding the coffee beans before adding them to boiling water.

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The Arabs carefully protected their discovery of coffee and their monopoly on the coffee market by forbidding the seeds and plants to leave the country. However, by the 1500s, Turkey, Egypt, and Syria all boasted coffee plants, and around 1650 the legendary Muslim pilgrim Baba Budan carried seven coffee seeds secretly bound to his belly back to his native India. Additionally, Constantinople, Damascus, and other Near Eastern cities boasted coffeehouses, where European travelers and traders were introduced to the enticing drink.

The Dutch were the first Europeans to cultivate coffee commercially, first in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), then on the Indonesian island of Java, and finally in South America. Like the Dutch, the French and Portuguese were also interested in the money-making potential of coffee. In 1714 the gourmand Sun King, Louis XIV of France, wheedled a coffee tree out of the Dutch. The French botanists built the first-ever greenhouse for the royal plant, as it was living in the decidedly non-tropical Paris. The plant thrived and produced seedlings.

The French guarded the royal coffee vigilantly, but they couldn’t stop the visionary Chevalier Gabriel Mathieu de Clieu from stealing some of the royal seedlings and making sail for the Caribbean. During the voyage, a fellow traveler tore up most of the seedlings in a jealous rage, after which the ship was attacked by pirates, nearly sank in a storm, and finally was becalmed. Never doubting his vision, de Clieu shared his meager water ration with the one remaining coffee seedling. This scraggly plant finally made it to Martinique and flourished. Coffee soon grew in French colonies around the world, including the Island of Bourbon (Réunion), whose farmers cultivated the acclaimed bourbon variety of arabica beans.

The Portuguese were jealous of the Dutch and French success with coffee, and soon found an opportunity of wooing their coffee away literally. Brazilian Francisco de Melo Palheta was asked to negotiate a border dispute between French and Dutch Guiana. He not only successfully negotiated the settlement but also charmed the wife of French Guiana’s governor. She in turn sent him several coffee seedlings hidden in a bouquet of flowers. Today Brazil produces and exports 35 million bags of coffee a year, supplying one-third of the world’s coffee.

Coffee’s voyage around the world was not complete until it was introduced to Kenya and Tanzania, mere hundreds of miles away from its native Ethiopia, in 1893.

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History of Roasting Coffee

By on August 4, 2015

The Arabs discovered in the late 13th century that applying heat to coffee beans, grinding the beans, and boiling the grounds in water, would release the unique aroma and taste of coffee. Many other methods of preparing coffee were practiced. The berries can be fermented to become a wine, the leaves and flowers can be dried and prepared as a tea, the raw beans can be soaked in water and spices and eaten like candy, or the husks of the dried coffee fruit can be boiled with spices to make qishr, a Yemeni drink.

Despite all this, roasting, grinding, and steeping the beans produces the drink that captivated the world. When the coffee bean is roasted, oils are produced that give coffee its beloved primary tastes. In addition, sugars in the bean caramelize, contributing to color, body, sweetness, complexity, and flavor.

The Arabs roasted beans over an open fire, and the Europeans roasted the beans in their ovens. In the 19th century large roasting equipment developed, turning coffee roasting into a commercial operation.

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