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How to Make Espresso with Keurig (Recipe & Pictures)

how to make espresso with Keurig

Keurig coffee makers do a great job brewing black coffee at the push of a button. But sometimes you’re craving espresso. What to do? Before you head for your favorite coffee shop, we have a solution.

The good news is that your Keurig brewer can make something close to espresso! Here’s how to make espresso with Keurig coffee makers in 5 simple steps. Get ready for a delicious cup of strong coffee:

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Does Keurig Make Espresso?

Before we jump into the recipe, we have an important question to answer: does Keurig make espresso? The answer is not really. Keurigs are designed to brew regular coffee, so you will only be able to approximate espresso. Espresso machines combine hot water and high pressure to produce espresso, and Keurig machines don’t use pressure.

Instead, we’re making small cups of concentrated coffee — which will taste somewhat like espresso. You’re unlikely to get a lot of crema, the distinctive foam that tops espresso shots, though you may see a little.

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How to Make Espresso with Keurig:

espresso with a Keurig Mini


1. Choose the right K-Cups.

espresso K-cups for Keurig

If you want to approximate espresso, dark and strong K-Cups will work best. The classic espresso flavors are bold dark roasts, so we recommend choosing a delicious dark roast, like Rude Awakening’s chocolatey K-Cups. Need some recommendations? Choose from our list of the 10 best espresso K-Cups!

2. Use your machine’s smallest cup size.

Keurig water reservoir

The typical coffee-to-water ratio for espresso is 1:2, meaning that you use one part coffee for every two parts water. To approximate this, you’ll want to use your Keurig’s smallest possible amount of water. In our Keurig Mini, that means pouring 6 ounces of water into the reservoir. In other models, you can choose the smallest cup size button.

3. Place a cup under the brew head and press the brew button.

Keurig espresso brewing

We recommend using a larger cup to catch the coffee. Espresso cups are cute, but they won’t work as well for a Keurig — you may get splashes or overflows. Once your coffee has brewed, you can pour it into an espresso cup.

4. Pour the coffee into espresso cups.

pour Keurig coffee into espresso cups

To really make your coffee feel like espresso, pour it into espresso cups. You won’t have a lot of crema, but the small cups will feel more like espresso.

5. Serve and enjoy!

We hope you enjoy your small cup of espresso-like coffee. It may not be real espresso, but it will still be delicious and caffeinated. What more do you need?

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We hope this guide helps you learn how to make espresso with Keurig machines — or at least, how to approximate espresso. Single-serve Keurig machines excel at drip coffee, and you can make all kinds of tasty varieties with almost no effort or cleanup.

If you want espresso, you may want to consider the Keurig Rivo, which offers 15 bars of pressure. If you want to use a model you already have, you can make the strongest possible drip coffee as an espresso replacement. Either way, we know you’ll enjoy your morning cup of joe!

Time to buy an espresso machine? We can recommend budget espresso machines, Italian espresso makers, portable espresso machines, and more!

ANOTHER RECIPE TO TRY: How to Make a Keurig Iced Caramel Macchiato (Delicious!)

Kate MacDonnell

Kate is a lifelong coffee enthusiast and homebrewer who enjoys writing for coffee websites and sampling every kind of coffee known to man. She’s tried unusual coffees from all over the world and owns an unhealthy amount of coffee gear.

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