How To Make Lazy Eye Coffee: 6 Easy Steps

The Lazy Eye is another variant of the famous Red Eye coffee recipe. The Lazy Eye’s recipe includes a cup of decaf drip coffee topped with a single shot of regular espresso. Unlike the other “eye” drinks’ recipes, there’s no consensus on the number of espresso shots you can put here. But most recipes suggest one or two shots at best.

Recipe Specifications

  • Time required: 7–10 minutes
  • Drink size: 8–10 oz. (1 serving)
  • Ratio: 1:1 (1 cup of decaf coffee to 1 shot of espresso)


  • An espresso machine
  • A drip coffeemaker
  • A tall serving glass
  • A coffee grinder

Note: Nespresso machines are extremely well-suited for this recipe. As long as you have decaf and espresso pods at your disposal, one Nespresso machine can make both drinks.


  • Regular espresso coffee beans
  • Decaf coffee beans

Step-By-Step Instructions

Step 1

For the drip coffeemaker, grind the decaf coffee beans. Use a medium-grind setting

Step 2

Pour the ground coffee into your coffeemaker and begin brewing

Step 3

In the meantime, start grinding the regular espresso beans, using a medium-fine grind setting

Step 4

If the coffee brewing is finished, pour the coffee into the tall serving glass (1 cup or 6–8 oz.)

Step 5

Now take the espresso grounds and pull a single shot of espresso with your espresso machine

Step 6

Pour the espresso shot over the decaf coffee, stir, and serve!

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