Now that you know what coffee is, it’s time to find out the perfect way to brew it. Here are the top 5 different brewing methods to consider for your next coffee making apparatus.
Drip Coffee Maker
We all know and love the drip coffee maker. Nevertheless, I must explain it.
How it works
- Pour in the water
- Put in the coffee (I like 1tbs of coffee per one cup of water)
- Press on and let that baby rip
- Stupidly easy and 99% foolproof (always be sure the carafe is actually under the machine….)
- It’s large and certainly not travel friendly
- No control over temperature
I have a 12 Cup Cuisinart that has lasted me for years, and is yet to let me down.
This contraction has been a lifesaver throughout my travels because it’s portable, simple to use, and can make a mean cup of coffee. In fact, it even earned me the nickname “FP” while I was on tour for the production of Christmas Wonderland.
You’ll find a bunch of different French Press’s online, and they are all more or less the same. However I do have to say I’ve had a Bodum for years, and it is ridiculously easy to order replacement carafes if you are just as clumsy as me.
How it works:
- Put in the grounds (be sure they are coarse!)
- Pour in nearly boiling water
- Give it a stir
- Let it sit for four minutes (more or less depending on how strong you like it)
- Press down the thingumabob (the technical term obviously) down (I find this step outrageously satisfying)
- You can completely control the temperature and time, which are two key factors when it comes to flavor and strength.
- It’s portable and easy to use
- No filters required
- It’s takes more effort than simply pressing a button
- You can’t brew as much coffee at a time as a drip machine, which can be a problem if you drink a pot a day like me
- The clean-up process is a bit of a hassle
The Pour Over
The pour over is beloved by coffee connoisseurs because it gives you total and complete control over the coffee. You can adjust the temperature as well as the timing and speed of how the water hits the coffee, which in turn gives you the ability to bring out all the complexities and flavors the beans have to offer.
For a technical guide what exactly is going on as the water hits the grounds in a pour over method, check out THIS article.
How it works
- Set up the funnel with filter and grounds
- Pour over the water from the outside in a spiraling motion inwards.
- If you are really passionate about your brew, follow this guide by Blue Bottle for precise timings.
- If you are like me, keep on pouring the water in a swirling motion until you have the desired amount
- You have incredible control over the temperature and timing to masterfully bring out the flavors of your beans
- Affordable device with easy cleanup
- Great for traveling
- It only makes one cup at a time
- It is a lengthy, labor-heavy process when compared to a drip coffee maker and French Press
At first glance, a siphon coffee maker looks like it should be in a chemistry, lab not a home. It is a vacuum method of making coffee, and is considered to be the superior brewing technique for the best cup of coffee possible. Not only do you have total control over every component, but the water isn’t quite boiling when it rises up through the grounds, meaning the subtle floral flavors come through (it’s kind of like toasting your marshmallow as oppose to burning it.)
How it works:
You heat up the bottom chamber, then vapor pressure causes the water to rise into the chamber above which has the coffee grounds. Once all the water is in the top chamber, you remove it from the heat, and the coffee filters back down into the bottom chamber.
For a step by step guide, check out this youtube video:
- When executed correctly, it makes a beautiful crisp cup of coffee with flavor profiles that aren’t achievable through a drip maker
- It looks freaking awesome
- It’s quite the process
- Clean up isn’t as easy
- You’ll never fit that sucker into a suit case
After reading up on the Aeropress, I’ve decided I need one immediately if not sooner. It allegedly brews a solid of coffee that has the body of espresso and smoothness of a drip coffee in less than minute through an easy to use, portable plunger-type system.
How it works:
- Put the filter in the cap
- Attach the aeropress chamber and stack on a mug
- Put in the grounds
- Add in water up to level 1 and stir for about 10 seconds
- Push the plunger down for the coffee to come out in the mug
- Add more hot water for an americano-style coffee, or leave as is for something more similar to an espresso.
Check out this tutorial video by the inventor Alan. He is quite endearing!
- Lightweight, portable, easy to use
- Takes less than one minute to brew
- Easy clean up
- Makes a delicious cup of coffee
- Requires a specialty non resusable filter
- Only brew one cup at a time
- Requires a touch of arm strength