Anonymous asked in Food & DrinkNon-Alcoholic Drinks · 1 decade ago

Can you you use regular coffee grounds in a cappucinno/espresso maker?

I have a coffee maker and brew my coffe every morning then for Christmas I was giving a espresso maker but I have 3 or 4 big containers of regular ground coffe. Do I have to buy special coffe for my expresso or can I use what I have or can i grind the grounds that have more finer or something? Help!!

5 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    It tastes best if you use Italian or espresso roast. You can drink it with the regular coffee though -- it won't blow up or anything. Pre-ground canned coffee would probably be too coarse and make weak espresso. You could get a grinder and grind your old coffee. But it won't be as good as fresh beans, roasted for espresso, freshly ground for your espresso maker.

    You will LOVE having an espresso maker. It's fantastic.

  • Lyn
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    Probably not. You would have to use ALOT of regular coffee grounds to get anywhere near the taste of an espresso. Besides, you wouldn't want to drink it in the morning anyway. Cappucino is just an espresso made with milk. If you want to experiment for awhile, buy a small bag of espresso beans and grind them at the grocery store. Put your other coffee in the freezer or if the cans are unopened just leave them in the pantry.

  • Steph
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    Regular grind will not work in an espresso maker. The grind is too big to make an effective cup of espresso. You need to either buy whole beans and grind them yourself or buy espresso grind coffee. The difference is huge..and once you have espresso you wont ever want that coffee in your house again.

  • 1 decade ago

    You can, but you will not get the level of flavor that you get from espresso grounds. Espresso grounds are much finer than regular coffee grounds, making it easier to extract the flavor and oils from the bean. If you don't have a grinder, buy one, and do an experiment to see the difference....

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  • 1 decade ago

    espresso beans are usually "roasted" almost black to release the maximun amount of the essential oils that give espresso its strong flavor.

    You can use lighter roasted beans, even store bought ground coffee, but your result will not taste as rich and robust.

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