Espresso Drinks to Make at Home

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Hey there, coffee lovers! As a professional barista with years of experience, I’m here to share some of my top tips and favorite recipes for crafting delicious espresso drinks right in your kitchen. With a little know-how and some simple tools, you can make delicious espresso drinks right in the comfort of your own home.

Espresso Drinks to Make at Home

What You’ll Need

Espresso Machine

This is the heart of our operation because a good quality espresso machine can make all the difference. This is why you should invest in a home espresso machine from respected brands like Rocket, Sanremo, and Superkop.

Freshly Roasted Coffee Beans

Opt for high-quality, freshly roasted coffee beans. Look for beans labeled “espresso roast” or “dark roast.” Fresh beans are essential for a flavorful cup.


A burr grinder is ideal for achieving a consistent grind size. You’ll need this to grind your coffee beans right before brewing. Freshly ground beans make a big difference in taste! I got mine at BaristaEquip. Don’t skimp on investing in a grinder like the Mahlkoenig X54 or the Fiorenzato AllGround.


For our milk-based drinks like lattes and cappuccinos, any type of milk will do – whole milk, skim milk, almond milk, you name it!

Flavorings (Optional)

Think syrups like vanilla or caramel, cocoa powder, or even spices like cinnamon for that extra touch.

Tamper and Measuring Tools

These will help you pack your espresso grounds just right and measure out your ingredients accurately.

Quality Water

Believe it or not, the water you use can impact the taste of your espresso. Use filtered or bottled water for the best results.

Let’s Make Some Espresso!

Step 1: Preheat Your Machine

Before brewing, make sure to preheat your espresso machine. This ensures that your machine is at the optimal temperature for brewing.

Step 2: Grind Your Beans

Grind your coffee beans to a fine consistency. Remember, the grind size is crucial for a balanced and flavorful shot of espresso. Aim for a texture similar to granulated sugar.

Step 3: Tamp the Grounds

Using your tamper, firmly press down on the coffee grounds in the portafilter. A gentle but firm tamp ensures even extraction.

Step 4: Brew Your Espresso

Place the portafilter into the machine, start the extraction process, and watch that golden liquid flow! A good espresso shot should take around 25-30 seconds to brew and should have a rich, golden crema on top.

Espresso Drinks Recipes

Espresso Shot


  • 18-20g freshly ground coffee beans
  • 25-30ml hot water


Grind the coffee beans to a fine consistency.

Preheat your espresso machine and portafilter.

Distribute the coffee grounds evenly in the portafilter and tamp down with firm pressure.

Insert the portafilter into the machine and start the extraction.

Allow 25-30ml of hot water to pass through the coffee grounds.

Serve immediately and enjoy!

Tip: Always use a timer to ensure your extraction time is between 25-30 seconds for the perfect shot.



  • 1 shot of espresso
  • 1 cup ounces of steamed milk
  • Optional: flavored syrup or sugar


Brew one or two shots of espresso and let it cool to room temperature.

Fill a glass with ice cubes.

Pour the cooled espresso over the ice.

Add cold milk to the glass.

Stir in sugar or sweetener if desired.

Give it a good stir and enjoy your iced latte!

Tip: For latte art, slowly pour the steamed milk into the center of the espresso and wiggle the cup as you go.



  • 1 shot of espresso
  • ⅓ cup of steamed milk
  • ⅓ cup of milk foam


Prepare a shot of espresso as per the classic espresso recipe.

Froth and steam the milk using your preferred method until it reaches a creamy consistency.

Pour the espresso into a cup.

Add the steamed milk, followed by the frothed milk.

Dust with cocoa powder or cinnamon for a finishing touch.

Enjoy your homemade cappuccino!

Tip: The classic cappuccino ratio is 1 part espresso, 1 part steamed milk, and 1 part foam. For a lighter cappuccino, use more frothed milk and less steamed milk. 



  • 1 shot of espresso
  • A small amount of steamed milk


Pour the shot of espresso into a small espresso cup.

Add a dollop of frothed or steamed milk to the center of the espresso. The milk should float on top, creating a beautiful contrast with the dark espresso.

Tip: The key to a perfect Macchiato lies in the balance between the strong espresso and the hint of milk. Aim for a 1:1 ratio or adjust according to your preference.

Tips from the Pro

Quality Over Quantity

Invest in good quality beans and equipment. It will make a world of difference in the taste of your espresso.

Consistency is Key

Always aim for a consistent grind size and tamp pressure to ensure even extraction.


Don’t be afraid to get creative with flavors and ratios. Espresso is versatile, and there’s no one right way to enjoy it!

Remember, practice makes perfect. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different coffee beans, milk types, and flavorings to find your perfect espresso drink. And always clean your espresso machine regularly to keep it running smoothly and producing great-tasting coffee.

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