Living in Seattle, we love our coffee! There are a many coffee shops around, but I like to be able to make a great cup of espresso before I even leave the house. Well, more accurately, a creamy foamy latte (hazelnut is my flavor of choice this morning).

I also find that making my own espresso drinks at home saves me quite a bit of money, versus buying from Starbucks and other coffee shops around.  I worked my way through college as a Barista, and have not stopped whipping up espresso drinks since. Now my family and neighbors are the ones drinking my lattes and I thought some of you might be interested in how to make espresso at home too!

Did you know that you don’t need an expensive espresso machine to make a great latte or americano? Its true, there is not a big up front investment requirement to enjoy a good espresso. Want to know how to make espresso at home? Here is how you can make a latte without an expensive automated espresso machine.

Ingredients Needed

  • Espresso
  • Milk of choice or water for americano
  • Extra ingredients (syrups, flavorings of choice, whip cream).
1)A very popular product on the market these days is the Aerobie AeroPress Espresso Coffee Machine and can often be found for under $30. Reviews on this machine are excellent, and it makes a great tasting espresso!

French Press– French Press (this is what I have and love it) starting at around $19.99 (other brands will go for as low as the $9.00 range) on Amazon.

Find step by step directions on this brewing method on wikihow here.