Friday, January 28, 2011

Coffee Guide: How to Make Coffee/Espresso Syrup

The following recipe is derived from Coffee Love by Daniel Young

Want to make coffee syrup from your favorite coffee beans?  It's easy!  Follow these short steps, and you will have some fresh coffee syrup to drizzle onto cookies, ice cream, or other comestibles worth coffee syrup.  Point of note: This is my first time making syrup, so if you have suggestions or amendments to add, please contact me.

The following recipe makes a 3/4 cup of espresso syrup.  Espresso syrup is slightly sweeter than using brewed coffee.  If you want to make coffee syrup, use one cup of coffee rather than espresso.

1 cup of sugar
1 cup of espresso (Yes, you read that right.  It took 4 double shots of espresso, roughly)
1 sauce pan
1 whisk
1 small glass or tupperware container for storage

1.  Brew one cup of espresso.  This will take multiple shots.  Hopefully, the results will look similar to this:
Trust me, I wanted to drink it.
2. Turn the stove to med-high.  Pour the espresso and cup of sugar into the sauce pan on the stove.  Whisk till sugar is dissolved.  
The sugar is now mixed in.

3.  This is the tricky part.  I read in my recipe book that the mixture should be heated right before boil, and reduce for 7-10 minutes.  I found that the mixture did not reduce at this temperature quickly enough.  I attempted a "mini-boil," by turning up the heat, where it reduced for another 10 minutes. 

Mmmm, espresso syrup
4.  As the mixture reduces becoming viscous, it is a matter of preference when you want to remove the pan.  The longer it reduces, the thicker it becomes. 

5.  Wait for it to cool (~4-5 minutes).  Pour the syrup into a glass or tupperware container.  Place in fridge.

Conclusion: Woolah!  Now, you have 3/4 cup of homemade espresso syrup.  The taste was quite strong and sugary.  If I did it over again, I would cut the sugar to 3/4 cup and lessen the amount of reducing time.  Hopefully this would retain more espresso flavor. 


  1. Hey, thanks for this guide! I got a recipe for some bananna pancakes and, being at a new place, don't have any syrup so I googled how to make my own, and ended up deciding on espresso syrup to try with them! Thanks again, pretty easy. :)

  2. Thank you for the compliment. Like you said, it really is quite easy. I will have to try it out with said banana pancakes in the coming weeks.

  3. i use espresso syrup for my "latte art" and i use one shot of espresso, about a tablespoon of cocoa powder and a sugar cube. I bring to a boil and let reduce for a couple of minutes only.

  4. Mmmm love it! Thanks so much for this it sounds great. I love the taste of coffee on lots of foods.

  5. I haven't made coffee syrup before. I'll try to make some. Cuisinart Coffee Maker

  6. A cuban friend of mine turned me on to this. Her grandfather makes it but I forgot to get the recipe... it is so good with a glass of milk. I am a coffee anything fanatic. Thanks for the recipe.

  7. Stumbled upon your recipe trying to re-create what is the Rhode Island official state drink... Coffee Milk! Just add some of this syrup to a glass of milk (like you would with chocolate syrup) for an amazing treat.

  8. How does this effect the caffeine content?

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