How to Brew Coffee Using an Espresso Machine

If you are ordering our coffee pre-ground, choose “Pump Pressure Espresso”

Ahh, there’s nothing quite like a shot of espresso. Rich, complex and strong, espresso is a special treat with a kick. While technically, any of our coffee beans can be ground fine and put through an espresso machine, espresso is traditionally brewed using dark roast coffee. The smoky boldness of a dark roast lends itself nicely to the forceful extraction process of an espresso machine. This is all a matter of taste; some argue that a high-sweet, low-acid medium roast coffee makes a more complex espresso shot. So do some experimenting and see which of our coffees you enjoy most in a nice shot of espresso!

Follow this link to browse our selection of dark roast coffees.

It’s important to use the right ratio of grinds to water, and not over-pull your shot, otherwise you can end up with an espresso that is too bitter. Espresso is said to taste ten times as strong as drip coffee; while we won’t call that a scientific analysis, we agree that espresso flavor is strong and robust- and overdoing it, or using a high-acid coffee can lead to an unpleasant result.

Espresso is an art unto itself, so expect future articles to explore espresso in depth.


If you own an espresso machine, you can follow these basic steps to create a mouthwatering double-shot of espresso to enjoy in the comfort of your home.

  1. Preheat your Espresso Machine
  2. Measure your grinds (approximately 16-18 grams coffee for a double shot)
  3. Smooth out the grinds in your basket to prepare for tamping
  4. Tamp by pressing straight down until grinds are level in the basket
  5. Pull your shot. It should take just under 30 seconds to reach 2 oz.
  6. Enjoy your double shot of Espresso