How to Make Espresso Coffee Like a Pro

How to Make Espresso Coffee Like a Pro

Sep 26, 2023Pax & Beneficia

There's nothing quite like the intense and invigorating punch that a shot of espresso coffee delivers. The rich aroma, bold flavor, and velvety crema make it a beloved choice for coffee enthusiasts worldwide. 

While espresso has long been associated with café culture, there's no reason you can't enjoy the same exceptional quality at home. In this guide, we will walk you through everything you need to know about making the perfect espresso shot in the comfort of your own kitchen.


What Is an Espresso Shot?

At its core, an espresso shot is a concentrated form of coffee extracted by forcing hot pressurized water through finely ground coffee beans. This process results in a small serving of highly concentrated coffee with a distinct flavor profile that sets it apart from other brewing methods.

Size Matters: How Big is an Espresso Shot?

An espresso shot typically ranges from 1 to 1.5 ounces (30 to 45 milliliters) in volume. While it may seem like a small amount, the concentration of flavors and caffeine in this compact serving is what makes espresso so special.

How Much Caffeine Is in Espresso?


Espresso is known for its potent caffeine content. On average, a single espresso shot contains around 63 milligrams of caffeine. However, the caffeine content can vary depending on factors like the coffee bean type, roast level, and brewing time.

Moderation is Key: How Many Shots of Espresso Is Too Much?

While the caffeine content in a single espresso shot is higher than that of regular coffee, enjoying one or two shots a day is generally considered safe for most adults. It's important to listen to your body and avoid excessive consumption, which could lead to negative side effects like jitteriness, increased heart rate, or disrupted sleep.

Espresso vs. Coffee: What Sets Them Apart?



Regular Coffee

Extraction Process

Quick extraction under high-pressure

Slow brewing over a longer period

Flavor Profile

Concentrated, bold, intense

Milder, subtle flavors

Caffeine Concentration

Higher caffeine content per ounce

Lower caffeine content per ounce

Serving Size

Small (1-1.5 oz)

Larger (8-12 oz or more)


Rich, golden crema layer

Little to no crema

Preparation Time

Quick, around 25-30 seconds

Longer, several minutes

Coffee Beans

Fine grind, specific roast level

Coarser grind, various roast levels

Equipment Needed

Espresso machine and grinder

Coffee maker, grinder (optional)

Common Uses

Base for various espresso drinks

Enjoyed as is or with additives

Best Espresso Coffee

When it comes to crafting the perfect espresso shot, the quality of the coffee beans matters immensely. Here are some essential qualities to look for:

Freshness: Opt for freshly roasted beans to ensure optimal flavor and aroma.

Bean Type: Arabica beans are commonly used for their well-balanced flavor and lower bitterness.

Roast Level: A medium to medium-dark roast is often preferred for espresso, as it balances acidity and bitterness while preserving distinct flavors.

Grind Consistency: A fine and consistent grind is essential to achieve the ideal extraction.

Crema: A creamy, golden crema indicates a well-prepared espresso shot.

Our Coffees at Pax & Beneficia

At Pax & Beneficia, we take pride in offering an exceptional selection of coffees. Here are two standout options from our collection:

Alto Inambari (From Peru)


Its vibrant candied plum and sweet cantaloupe notes flourish under the morning sun, creating a symphony of flavors that's ideal for crafting exceptional espresso. 

Ireme (From Rwanda)


Carefully nurtured and skillfully processed, each batch promises a rich, complex flavor that's perfect for crafting the perfect espresso shot. 

How to Make Espresso at Home

Now that you understand the nuances of espresso, let's dive into the steps to make a great shot at home:

1) Start with freshly roasted beans.

2) Grind the beans to a fine consistency just before brewing.

3) Tamp the coffee grounds evenly into the portafilter to ensure proper extraction.

4) Brew the espresso shot using an espresso machine, aiming for a 25-30-second extraction time.

How to Make an Espresso Without a Machine

No espresso machine? No problem. You can still enjoy a makeshift espresso shot using the following method:

1) Brew a strong cup of coffee using a French press or AeroPress.

2) Dilute the coffee with an equal amount of hot water to mimic espresso concentration.

3) While it won't be an authentic espresso shot, it can still provide a similar taste profile.

Whether you're a seasoned barista or a curious beginner, Pax & Beneficia has the perfect coffee for you. Join our monthly subscription to receive carefully curated beans right at your doorstep, or visit our café to indulge in professionally crafted espresso beverages. Explore the world of coffee with us and savor every sip of your homemade espresso masterpiece.

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