For those coffee enthusiasts who want to brew better coffee at home, there are several methods you can consider using beyond the usual household automatic coffee maker. Your preferred method will boil down to your personal taste, time, and technique.
There is a broad acceptance that manual brewing methods allow for better quality control and an exceptional coffee experience. For many, it’s more fun and fascinating to have a hands-on approach. The growing trend (movement) for gourmet coffee making has resulted in a wide range of gizmos and gadgets and of course many different coffee brewing opinions.
There are many brew methods, and variations of what to use for that perfect cup of morning sanity. We’re going to share with you some quick tips, methods, and gadgets to give you that ahhhh moment with your first sip every morning.
The pour over, also known as the drip method is one of the simplest, fastest, and cheapest ways to brew coffee. There are two pour over methods you can do. The first method is using a coffee cone. A coffee cone is a cone used to place over your cup or pot and using a paper filter. You will grind your beans to a medium course ground (about 6 tablespoons) and place the grounds into your paper filter. Then you pour hot water evenly over the coffee grounds, and let gravity works it’s magic, allowing the water to run through the ground and drip slowly into your cup or pot. The shape of the cone and the filters you choose will influence the flavor you produce. The second pour over method is the chemex. A chemex is an elegant glass flask. This flask uses a chemex filter, which is a lot heavier than other filters. The top of the flask is similar to a coffee cone, but it is a single entity. The cone shaped top will allow your coffee to drip into the bottom carafe. You would do the same method using a chemex flask as you do with a coffee cone, but the flavor you produce from the chemex paper is extraordinary, and also benefits as a non-acidic and more balanced brew.
Next we are going to talk about the plunger method also known as the press. This method was invented in 1929, and is considered the best and easiest method for brewing consistent coffee. This method uses a press pot. When using a press pot ground coffee is soaked, steeped, and strained in hot water. There are no filters being used, therefore coffee’s essential oils, caffeine, and antioxidants that are extracted in the purest form. Using this same method you can also use an aero press, but instead of the grounds being inside of the actual pot they will be in a brew chamber. As the water immerses the coffee grounds the plunger is pressed down creating air pressure to force brewed coffee through a filter and into a cup.
Let’s all bring back the percolator! Originally patented in 1933, stove top coffee makers use steam to pressure boiled water into a lower chamber to pass through coffee grounds and passes them through a mid chamber. The brewed coffee then sits in the higher chamber. The key to this is a well created stovetop percolator. The better the percolator the better pressure created to move steam through your grounds to make a wonderful brew.
Lastly, the siphon is a flashy coffee maker, and a fun way to make coffee and impress your guests. During this process coffee grounds are added to an upper vessel and vapor pressure forces hot water to immerse the coffee. Once the heat is removed pushes brewed coffee back through a filter into the bottom vessel.
Every coffee drinker has a preference, and with the constant evolution of brewing methods there is no shortage in how to make a great cup-o-rick. You be your own barista and never stop experimenting. Your perfect cup of ahhhhhh after your first sip is just one morning away. How do you brew?