Espresso in a coffee pot… Confessions of a caffeine addict


Sadly, today, there’s not going to be enough caffeine in the world to keep me awake!  I have issues with sleeping at night the way a NORMAL person would sleep.  When my head hits the pillow, a slow motion picture movie starts playing in my brain… and then it speeds up and speeds up and speeds up… with every little thing that I might need to get accomplished for the next day or the next week or the next year and then finally, the rest of my life

Caramel Frappuccino® Blended Coffee

 

I spend at least $30 a week on these!  I’d spend more if we actually had a Starbucks close. Alas, it takes me about a half an hour to get there 😦  

 

I’ve been trying different recipes I found online (pinterest) and I’ve been SO disappointed!  I couldn’t reproduce the rich, frothy deliciousness in my blender!  NOW, I know that I really needed to purchase the blended ice coffee mix, like this one.  Without the mix… NOTHING goes right for iced coffee!

Which brings me to my NEXT problem… I ALWAYS, always order my iced coffee with a double shot of espresso!  I rarely ever GET a double shot of espresso.  As in, they charge me for it but I can really taste that I’m not actually receiving a double shot (I call it my double shot of CRACK).  Do you know that they charge you $1.50 extra for a double shot of crack?  So to NOT get my fix just pisses me right the he## off!  lol

 

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Oh, how I want one of these!  I would save SO much money if I had one but I just can’t justify spending $600 PLUS shipping when my daughter is working SO hard to raise enough money to go on a mission trip to Nicaragua this summer?  I just can’t do it 😦  Besides, we actually own an expensive Bunn.  Product Details

Solution?  I went online and ordered 3 bags of Starbucks espresso from Amazon.  I also ordered a bag of ice coffee blend.  I found out that you can buy stove top espresso brewers, called Moka Express. They’re inexpensive AND they have good reviews!

 

I don’t think I’m going to do that though.  I’ll wait until I can afford the real deal 🙂  Instead, I’m going to do the best I can to produce the closest thing to espreso that our little Bunn can make!  I’ve done some research this morning and here’s what I came up with:

Instructions for coffee maker espresso

 

    • Choose a dark roasted or espresso roasted coffee bean and then grind your beans as finely as possible. While many coffee grinders have an espresso option, if there is a finer option, don’t necessarily go for the espresso grind. Rather, to make your espresso with a drip coffee maker, you will need to select the finest grind possible.

       

    • Double your coffee filter so that the water moves slowly through the grounds. If you have a built-in metal cone filter in your coffee machine, add a paper filter for good measure.

       

       

    • Measure your coffee grounds, using approximately  1 1/2 TBSP of finely ground coffee for every 1/4 cup of espresso. However, remember that because the water will move more slowly through the grounds, you should not attempt to make more espresso than your your coffee maker’s cone or filter holder can hold at one time to prevent overflow.

       

       

    • Place your coffee grounds into the filter and pack down slightly with the back of a spoon (it’s called tamping). Pour the desired amount of water into your machine, and allow it to brew your hot cup of espresso. For best results, use pure, filtered water.

So to recap:  1 1/2 TBSP for each 1/4 cup of espresso.
For your further reading enjoyment….  article very correctly states that “espresso is not just a cup of coffee, it’s a state of mind”.  Espresso is also compared to Ambrosia, THE drink of the gods!  lol  I’ll have to agree with that but only IF it has lots of sugar and cream!  

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6 thoughts on “Espresso in a coffee pot… Confessions of a caffeine addict

  1. I’m with you on the caffeine thing, unfortunately, I have never liked the taste of coffee… LOVE the smell of the beans and grounds, but not the taste. Mitch bought an AeroPress on Amazon (under $30) and he LOVES it. Said he can make a single normal cup of coffee or use more grounds and does an espresso… he said there is never a bitter taste no matter how much coffee he chooses to use. Here’s the link if you want to check it out. http://www.amazon.com/Aerobie-AeroPress-Coffee-Espresso-Maker/dp/B0047BIWSK

    Hugs and hope you have a great day!!! 🙂

    • Wow! I’d never heard of this! Thanks for giving me the link cause I’ll definitely be checking it out. I use a whole lot of coffee grounds, bt they’re finely ground (espresso ground). I use a TON of vanilla syrup in the coffee pot too to counteract the bitterness. Maybe there’s a way to NOT have to do all the sugary syrup, is what you’re telling me? Hmmm… who knew! lol

  2. I know your pain. I’ve had insomnia for the last 15+ years. I have noticed that besides retiring and reducing stress, improved sleep hygiene has helped me. If I can’t get to sleep after 20-30 minutes, I leave the bedroom and go read or play on the computer … and when I do feel tired enough that my eyes are drooping, I go back to bed. I also try not to read/watch TV/do mentally active things in the bedroom to train myself to psychologically view it as only a place to sleep. Just my $0.02

    I used to drink mochas a lot when I was in university but can’t anymore cuz the caffeine gives me heartburn. Still like the smell of coffee tho. Sigh.

    • You sound just like me! I too have learned not to watch tv in the bedroom… However, now I’m in the living room just because that’s where the tv is at! lol Ahh well… maybe tonight I’ll get some sleep!

      Sweet dreams to you my friend!

  3. oh I have to have my coffee the stronger the better…….this was a good read now Im off to make a nice strong cup of the wonderful stuff

    • HAHA! Glad you liked the post! You know, I used to hate strong coffee because I drank it black only. NOW I’ve discovered that if I add vanilla syrup to SUPER strong coffee (like at least a half a cup or more of grounds) I can handle it. lol I don’t really like cream (only cause I can’t handle it really) so the more sugar the better for the amount of caffeine I need to have! lol

      Hey! Thanks for stopping by!

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