Does the Keurig make espresso? Wondering how to make espresso with Keurig?
In this article, you’ll learn how Keurig is different from an espresso machine, and how you can get a similar result with your brewer.
What is espresso
Espresso is a concentrated form of coffee that is served in shots. It is made by forcing pressurized hot water through very finely ground coffee beans using an espresso machine.
A shot of espresso is strong, with rich flavor and lingering aftertaste. A properly pulled shot of espresso is topped with crema, which keeps the coffee oils and flavors of the beans. Espresso makes a great base for all kinds of espresso drinks like lattes, cappuccinos, mochas, or iced lattes.
Espresso coffee is made from the same beans as coffee. The difference between coffee and espresso is in the grind and how the machine works.
While a drip coffee maker makes the coffee by slowly pouring hot water over medium ground coffee, on an espresso machine the hot water is forced through very finely ground coffee using pressure.
Does the Keurig make espresso
Keurig machines are drip machines and they work like any other drip coffee maker. The hot water is slowly poured over ground coffee for a longer period of time and you get a cup of regular coffee.
Since it doesn’t use pressure like an espresso machine, the Keurig coffee maker can’t make authentic espresso.
Does Keurig K Cafe make espresso
Keurig K Cafe is advertised as a cappuccino and latte maker, and since it also has the Shot option you get an impression that it’s an espresso machine. However, it’s not.
Keurig K Cafe brews regular coffee just like any other Keurig model, and it can’t do espresso shots. So, it’s not a Keurig espresso machine.
What’s good about the K Cafe is its Shot option, which produces a very small amount of concentrated coffee. The brew is strong and very similar to espresso, but without crema and with slightly less flavor.
If you’re in the market for a new machine and you want a pod machine that makes espresso, Nespresso Vertuo is a great alternative. It works just like Keurig (you insert the pod and press the brew button), but it’s better.
It allows you to adjust the size of your drink between 0.3 ounces to 17 ounces, it makes better coffee, and most important – it’s a pod machine that makes both, regular coffee and real espresso shots.
Is there a Keurig espresso and coffee maker? No, at this time, Keurig doesn’t offer a model that can brew regular coffee and espresso.
How to make espresso in Keurig
I get this question often but as we explained, you can’t make real espresso with Keurig because it’s a drip machine. What you can do, however, is try making the strongest cup possible so it’s as strong as espresso. This is also a good way to make homemade lattes or iced coffee with your Keurig.
To do this, you’ll want to use the smallest cup option on your model and use bold, dark roasted k cups.
You’ve probably noticed that k cups come in different roasts including light, medium, and dark roast. Each roast level gives different strength and flavor of the coffee. Dark roasts make the strongest coffee so you want to use those. Here are some good choices:
Cafe Bustelo Espresso Style Timothy’s Rainforest Espresso Green Mountain Dark Magic Green Mountain Sumatra Reserve Death Wish Coffee Green Mountain Double Diamond
Next, brew the k cup using the smallest cup option. On K Cafe this will be a Shot option of course. On other models, you will usually have a 4-ounce or 6-ounce cup option. If you also have a Strong option, press this button as well.
You can drink it straight for a quick caffeine fix, or you can add milk for a latte, or serve it over ice.
Espresso k cups
There are some k cup brands that say espresso k cups (Cafe Bustelo, Timothy’s Rainforest espresso). These k cups also make brewed coffee, not espresso, but they usually taste really good and produce a good, strong cup of coffee.
Using espresso in k cups
Do not use ground espresso coffee in your reusable k cup. I know it may seem like a good idea to get the taste of espresso this way, but espresso grind is too fine for a reusable k cup filter. When the grind is too fine, the water can’t go through the grounds, and this causes overflow. This is also a great way to clog exit needles.
If you want to use espresso roast coffee with your reusable k cup, buy whole bean coffee and grind it medium or medium-fine. Anything finer than that can cause problems with your brewer. But again, espresso roast is just a roast it’s not a different type of coffee. If you want a really strong cup of coffee you can use any coffee that says dark roast, french roast, or espresso roast.
Conclusion Keurig coffee makers work differently than espresso machines why they can’t make real espresso shots. This includes the Keurig K Cafe. At this moment, you can’t buy a Keurig espresso machine.
But, this doesn’t mean that you can’t make a very good strong brew or make your favorite cafe drinks at home. Use dark roasted k cups and smallest cup setting for the strongest tasting coffee.
If you’re considering buying a pod machine and you want a model that can make regular coffee and espresso, Nespresso Vertuo will provide that.