The device you purchased may be called an “espresso maker,” but really it’s a multi-purpose coffee specialty drink maker! Why? Most of the specialty drinks you can order at the coffee shop have one common ingredient, and that’s espresso. Once you learn how to brew quality espresso in your new home machine, you will be at the starting point for discovering how to brew all your favorite espresso-based drinks! You may already know what most of these are and may have an idea how to make them, or you might simply take them for granted when you go to order them at the coffee shop. Either way, these recipes will get you started using your espresso maker to brew the beverage of your dreams!
1. Espresso shots
The most basic type of drink you can brew with your espresso maker is of course a simple shot of espresso. There are several types of espresso shots, though. A typical single shot ranges from 1 to 1.5 ounces. But there are some variations, such as the Ristretto. This is simply the smallest shot of espresso you can brew, ranging from 0.75 to 1 ounce. It’s made by restricting the water flow. On the other end of the scale is the Lungo. This is a 5- or 6-ounce shot where you pull through about twice the typical amount of water.
Cappuccino is a tasty treat, and it’s actually quite a simple one at core. It’s simply three equal parts of espresso, frothed milk, and steamed milk. Use a double shot of espresso and 2.5 ounces of frothed milk with 2.5 ounces of steamed milk, and you have a basic cappuccino. You can flavor it as you desire. You may also be familiar with the terms “wet” and “dry.” In case you aren’t, a dry cappuccino has little or no steamed milk, but still includes the frothed milk. A wet cappuccino has significantly more steamed milk than frothed milk. In that sense, it is closer to being a café latte without being one.
3. Café Latte
A café latte is almost the same thing as a cappuccino, except that you are going to use more steamed milk and no frothed milk. So you only have those two basic ingredients: a double shot of espresso and 4-5 ounces of steamed milk. This gives it a smooth consistency. Like cappuccinos, these drinks taste great with added flavorings in the form of syrups and spices.
4. Café Americano
This is simply a single shot of espresso with 6-8 ounces of hot water. You don’t run the water through the grinds, but simply add it to the shot at the end. This keeps the flavor sweeter.
5. Café Creama
Similar to a Lungo, this is a long pull where you use 6-8 ounces of water instead of 1.5. As with the Café Americano, you use a single shot of espresso. Both of these techniques produce rich, full-bodied drinks.
6. Café Macchiato
This drink is made by using a double shot of espresso with just a dollop of frothed milk. Traditionally, this beverage is served in a demitasse cup.
7. Café Breva
To make this drink, you need a double shot of espresso, 3 ounces of half-and-half which you’ve steamed, and 3 ounces of half-and-half which you’ve frothed. You can think of it as a creamier relative of a cappuccino. It looks a lot like a cappuccino when it’s finished, though it can taste significantly different and have a different texture.
8. Café Mocha
If you enjoy chocolate, then you will love making café mochas at home with your espresso machine! This drink uses a double shot of espresso along with 6 ounces of steamed milk and around half an ounce of chocolate syrup. You can add more or less chocolate syrup depending on your tastes. If you want, you can also top it off with some whipped cream and chocolate shavings.
9. Iced latte
Who says that espresso needs to be served hot? To make an iced latte, start by getting a 12-ounce glass and filing it up with ice. Then brew a double shot of espresso and add it to the glass with the ice, along with cold milk to finish filling the glass. You can also embellish this with some flavored syrup if you want. This is a great way to enjoy your espresso during the hotter months of the year.
This beverage is like a cross between a café latte and a macchiato. Mix equal parts espresso and foam-infused milk. You will end up with the same smooth texture you would get with a café latte, but a stronger drink.
11. Australian latte
This drink is also known as “flat white.” One third of the cup should consist of espresso, with the other two thirds comprised of steamed milk. Then at the top, you add a layer of foam, but you want the foam layer to be as thin as you can possibly get it. Try not to add much more milk than this, or you will drown out the espresso.
That isn’t a completely extensive list of all the drinks you can make with the aid of your home espresso maker, but it should get you off to a pretty great start! As you can see, your espresso maker isn’t just an espresso maker. It’s like having a little coffee shop all of your own, but it costs a lot less, and you can always make your drinks exactly the way you like them!