But, frou-frou coffee drinkers of the world, there is another way! Introducing .... the Moka pot.
Specifically, this is a Bialetti Moka Express 6-cup Stovetop Espresso Maker. It's cheap, simple, and requires only regular ground coffee and water. And it makes excellent espresso. In short, it is all your wildest coffee dreams come true.
My first experience brewing espresso in my shiny new Moka pot was made even more of an adventure by the fact that the instructions were apparently translated by somebody who speaks English as a fourth language. (My favorite example : "screw top of pot on strongly, but do not prize handle.")
So in plain English, the wonderment ...
Unscrew the bottom half of the pot.
Then replace the strainer and fill with coarsely ground coffee.
Screw the top back on (securely, but remembering, of course, not to prize on the handle!) Then put it on low or medium heat - if you have a gas stove, make sure the flame is smaller in diameter than the bottom of the pot.
Ok, this is the part that is truly magical! The top half of the pot was completely empty when you put it on the stove, right? But as the pressure builds up, water is forced up through the grounds and into the top, like a fountain! A magical fountain of espresso!
If you just want to drink it straight, you're done. If you want a latte, read on ...
To steam and foam milk, we heated some milk up in a pot on the stove. (We used 7 oz milk to 3 oz espresso, based on a video recipe from Folgers.) Then we whipped it up with a little hand-held frother that we got in a hot cocoa kit last year. If you don't have one, they're inexpensive. I couldn't find the one we used exactly, but this one is the same brand to give you an idea. It's ten bucks from Amazon.
Hubby and I wanted mochas, so we added a little chocolate syrup to the bottom of each cup. Then we poured the milk:
Artsy photo, because I'm obsessed with how delicious my new mochas are:
Who knew a good investment could be so nummy?