Depresso: The feeling that you get when you are lacking coffee. If you need some espresso for your depresso, here are some espresso recipe drinks that you should try!
What is an Espresso?
An espresso is a specialty coffee drink that includes one or more shots of espresso that are pulled on an espresso maker.
An espresso maker utilizes pressurized extraction in order to force hot water under very high pressure through a compressed bed of roasted, ground coffee.
Any coffee bean can be used to make an espresso shot and in any espresso-based drink. Typically, an espresso is a very dark roast; however, it can also be a regular or medium dark roast.
At the end of the day, what’s important is making sure that you have the right grind for your equipment, which involves choosing the right coffee grinder.
Espresso serves as the foundation for a variety of specialty coffee drinks, which are normally known as espresso drinks beloved by coffee drinkers around the world.
Espresso Drink Recipes
Some of the most well-known espresso drinks include the Cappuccino, Mocha (Caffe Mocha), and Latte (Caffe Latte), although there are many more.
Everyone has their own personal favorite recipe which they like prepared in their own special way (i.e. half-caf, extra shot mocha, no whip).
Many people enjoy their espresso drinks with a snack, and some common foods to accompany espresso and espresso-based drinks include brioche, biscotti, or a croissant.
Below, you will find detailed instructions on how to prepare different espresso drinks.
- Café Mocha
To make a Café Mocha, pull two shots of espresso and pour them into a tall glass. Then, mix in one ounce of chocolate powder or chocolate syrup and add steamed milk until it is almost full. Add some whipped cream on top and garnish it with some chocolate flakes.
To make this drink, pull one or two shots of espresso into a Cappuccino. Then, add around twice as much steamed milk as there is espresso. Top it off with foam.
Some people prefer a recipe of 1/3 espresso and 2/3 foam, while others prefer 1/3 steamed milk, 1/3 espresso, and 1/3 foam.
Others prefer 50% espresso, with the other half having equal amounts of milk and foam. If you like, you can garnish it with a sprinkle of cinnamon, powdered cocoa, or ground chocolate.
Others request a ‘dry cappuccino’ which entails adding more foam than usual, while others request a ‘wet cappuccino’ which entails adding more milk.
The foam of a Cappuccino should be velvety and wet, mixing naturally with the pour.
- Caffé Latte
To make a Caffé Latte, pull two shots of espresso in a tall ceramic mug, clear cup, or a heavy, bowl-shaped cup. Then, add around three times as much steamed milk.
Use a spoon to hold back the foam as you pour the steamed milk into the cup – do this until the cup is more than ¾ full. Then, top it off with a small cap of foam.
Rather than pouring the steamed milk onto the espresso, gourmet coffee lovers often prefer to pour the steamed milk and espresso simultaneously from either side of the glass.
- Americano / Caffe Americano
To make an Americano (Caffe Americano), pull a single shot of espresso and then add around 6 ounces of hot water. Add sugar and/or milk if desired.
- Solo Espresso
To prepare a Solo Espresso, you need to pull one shot of espresso (about 1 ½ ounce) using an espresso machine.
- Double Espresso (Double Shot)
To make a Double Espresso, pull two espresso shots using an espresso machine. A double espresso is best served in a Cappuccino cup.
- Split Shot Espresso
To make a Split Shot Espresso, pull one shot of espresso using half regular (caffeinated) coffee grounds and half decaffeinated coffee grounds. This recipe is great for those who want to reduce their caffeine intake without going cold-turkey.
- Black and White
To make a Black and White, pour one-half ounce of milk into a shot glass and then pour one-half ounce of coffee liquor on top of it.
- Eye Opener
To make an Eye Opener (also known as Red Eye or Pile Driver), pull one shot of espresso then add it to a cup of brewed coffee.
- Black Eye
To create a Black Eye, pull two shots of espresso. Then, add them to a cup of brewed coffee.
- Cafe Decaffeine
Essentially, a Cafe Decaffeine is decaffeinated brewed coffee.
To make a Mochaccino, pull a single shot of espresso then mix in one ounce of chocolate powder or chocolate syrup. Then, fill the cup with steamed milk until it is almost full. Top it off with some foam.
- Cafe Bombon (Café Bonbon)
To make a Cafe Bombon (Café Bonbon), pull one shot of espresso into a small glass and pour an equal amount of condensed milk. The two liquids should stay separated until stirred.
- Bone Dry Cappuccino
A Bone Dry Cappuccino is a type of cappuccino with no steamed milk. Instead, it is filled with foam only.
- Caffé Creme
To make a Caffé Crème, pull one shot of espresso then add one ounce of heavy cream.
- Short-Pull Espresso
To make a Short-Pull Espresso, also known as a Short Shot, pull one shot of espresso – but only about half as much water as usual into the espresso machine.
The water should be dispensed through the espresso grounds in around 18 to 20 seconds (compared to the usual 22 seconds), and the grind size should be even finer than usual.
The slower extraction can also be done by tamping or pressing the coffee down with extra pressure in the portafilter.
Sweeter and more flavorful compared to a full shot, a Short-Pull Espresso yields a thicker and stouter drink which emphasizes the intense espresso taste.
The controlled extraction method is meant to only extract the best qualities of the coffee and none of the bitter elements, with about the same amount of caffeine.
- Espresso Breve (Breve)
To make an Espresso Breve, pull one shot of espresso and add a small amount of steamed or heated light cream or half and half. Breve is an Italian word which means ‘short’.
- Café Au Lait
A Café Au Lait is a delicious French coffee drink that is prepared using strongly brewed coffee or espresso served in a large, bowl-shaped cup along with steamed or heated milk, but not foam.
Traditionally, the hot milk is served in a separate pitcher. And then when everything is ready, mix equal amounts of the two ingredients to taste.
The large, bowl-shaped cup enhances the taste of the Café Au Lait and is also great for warming your hands on those chilly days.
Another benefit of a large cup is that it is great for dipping your croissant or brioche, if you are a dipper.
- Café Con Leche
To make a Café Con Leche, brew up some dark roasted gourmet coffee. Then, mix in some sugar and serve it with heated milk.
- Long Shot
The Long Shot, also known as Espresso Lungo, is the basis for numerous espresso recipes. To make a Long Shot, pour one shot of espresso lungo (long).
To do this, the normal 1.5 ounces of water must be dispensed through the espresso grounds using a longer (lungo) extraction time than normal.
Typically, a long shot may be extracted anywhere from 25 to 40 seconds (a typical espresso is usually only extracted for around 20 seconds).
The Bottom Line
Shake off your depresso with these delicious espresso recipes. Enjoy!