Italians prefer espresso from a stove top espresso maker called a Moka pot. This classic eight-sided household coffeepot was invented in 1933 by Alfonso Bialetti. Making espresso in a Moka is the most common way of making espresso style coffee in Europe. Just fill the lower chamber with water and the filter with an espresso ROAST coffee (don’t use espresso GRIND as it is too fine and may clog the filter). Place the pot on the stove and heat until the water boils. As it does, the liquid espresso moves to the upper chamber of the pot, ready to be poured.
A true “espresso” requires more pressure to extract the flavors and oils from the beans than my Moka is capable of. So if you want a true “espresso” walk down to the corner bar and order un caffe’, per favore. If you live in the US I guess that would be Starbucks but then again would that be a “true espresso”.