Keurig coffee machines revolutionized coffee-making. They are extremely convenient, fast, and efficient. Keurig coffee makers are also rather affordable. Cleaning a Keurig is easy since it uses special coffee cups (K-Cups), not tampers.
But now we come to an important question: can you make espresso with a Keurig? No.
Why can’t you make espresso in a Keurig?
To answer this question, I will first explain the basics of Keurig coffee machines and how they work.
How Does Keurig Work?
It has all the usual components- water tank, heaters, pump. If you’re using an espresso machine, you should know that pressurized water goes through the tamper that contains fine coffee grounds. This is the essence at least.
Keurig uses K-Cups instead of fresh ground coffee and tamper.
What is a K-Cup?
This is a small cup that contains the coffee extract, and usually some additional aromas like chocolate, vanilla, honey, etc. Actually K-Cups and coffee pods quite often have some added aromas- on the other hand, with espresso machines this is virtually impossible- you can add sugar and milk but that’s just about it.
There’s a difference between K-Cups and coffee pods- K-Cups work with Keurig coffee machines, coffee pods on the other hand won’t work with Keurigs.
Keurigs can also brew hot chocolate, cappuccinos, lattes, provided that you use the right K-Cups. Most espresso machines, on the other hand, will brew only espresso. It will be up to you to use the forthing device, add milk, foam, etc. On the other hand, there are many super-automatic espresso machines that will brew beverages like cappuccinos, macchiatos, even hot chocolate.