Over the years, coffee culture has certainly grown and evolved dramatically. That said, there is now a wide array of different methods to prepare your cup of coffee. This is the particular aspect of coffee that we will be focusing on with this guide.
There is now a staggering range of tools and gadgets to help you satisfy your caffeine fix. We’ll be looking at some of the most popular methods so you can get a better idea of how everything works. This guide is designed to help you sift through your options so you can find the best brewing method that best suits you.
Presented below are some of the widely-used coffee brewing methods out there. Remember that they may require different tools, gadgets, and specific grind settings for your coffee beans to effectively get the job done.
Espresso is a strong coffee drink that required small amounts of water and high levels of pressure to create. Before anything else, you need to use an espresso grind to ensure proper extraction. That said, you can now proceed to dose your ground coffee into your espresso machine’s portafilter.
Make sure that the ground coffee is distributed properly. Give it a good tamping to ensure that there are no air pockets and make sure that the coffee is level. At the same time make sure that the portafilter is clean to avoid excess coffee grinds finding their way into your drink. Give the group head a good rinse before inserting the portafilter.
Pull your espresso shot after 25 seconds. If done properly, you should have a full-bodied and complex cup of espresso.
Coffee made with a French Press is the simplest way to enjoy a good cup of coffee. You will need a cup of water for every 2 tablespoons of coarsely ground coffee beans. Put the ground coffee on the container before adding hot water into it. Remember that the ideal temperature for extraction is just below the boiling point (around 95 degrees Celsius or 195 degrees Fahrenheit).
For a robust-tasting drink, let it steep for 3-4 minutes before using the plunger. Make sure to drink immediately.
Cold Brew is another unique method of making coffee. Instead of using hot water to extract the coffee in a matter of minutes, cold brew allows you to do so with cold water for 12 hours or more. In the end, you will end up with a smooth and less-acidic drink that packs a serious caffeine kick. The longer you steep the coffee in water, the stronger it will be. Some even go so far as to steep the coffee for as long as 20 hours.
In terms of recipe, you will need 80g of coffee and a liter of cold water. The water-coffee ratio of 8:100 should help you make adjustments if you want to make bigger batches. That said, the process is straightforward. Steep the coffee in cold water and stick it in the fridge. Once enough time has passed, filter the grounds and enjoy your drink. Just remember that coarse coffee works best for this method.
Also called a siphon pot, vacuum brewers serve as another method for making a delicious cup of coffee. Follow these steps to make a perfect cup of vacuum-brewed coffee. Prep the filter and add pre-heated water. Pay attention to the markings on the globe and fill it to the No. 5 mark. You can now turn on the heat and let it boil.
Once the water starts to boil, secure the top funnel to the globe. When the attachment starts to fill with water and only a little water remains in the globe, give the water a good swirl and add 40 grams of medium-coarse coffee. Start lowering the temperature and stir the mixture to ensure optimal saturation of your coffee grounds. Turn off the heat after a minute and a half. The coffee would be ready to drink once it’s drawn into the globe.
Pour over another popular coffee brewing method that we need to look into. It is also the brewing method of choice for a lot of coffee enthusiasts. To make it, you’ll need a pour-over filter, a paper filter, 600 grams of boiling water, and 3 tablespoons of coarsely ground coffee.
Put your paper filter and coffee into your pour-over set-up. Give it an initial pour of water to let the coffee bloom. Continue slowly pouring water over the coffee. Make sure that you are performing a steady spiral motion toward the center of the grounds. Repeat this motion four times every 45 seconds or so. Make sure that the grounds are evenly saturated.
Once the water has filtered through, your coffee is ready to drink.
Perhaps one of the oldest methods of preparing coffee, the Turkish brew requires a special iron pot known as the cezve. It also requires a super fine grind for your coffee. To make it, you’ll need to add 50ml of water to the cezve. Add sugar and a teaspoon of coffee then let it boil. The process dictates that you let the mixture boil twice. Once it boils, remove it from the heat, and get rid of the accumulated foam before mixing.
Repeat the process and let the powder settle before serving.
Another traditional way of brewing coffee is through percolators. It is a simple process that anyone can follow. First, pour water in the percolator’s bottom chamber and place it over the stovetop. Once the boiling process starts, you can add your coarsely-ground coffee, turn down the heat, and wait for around six minutes. Then, pour yourself a cup.
There you have it, an overview of the 7 different ways to brew coffee. Remember, each brewing method produces a distinctive coffee taste and unique flavor profile. So, be sure to give them a try and find the one that you like most. Throughout the article you will see links directing you to other pages where you can learn more about each brewing method in detail.