One of the best things about coffee is the fact that you have the freedom, the power, and the control to brew it your way just the way you like it. You can adapt recipes, you can even choose your bean, roast, and grind types. But even those who cherish their freedom in determining what sort of coffee they wanna enjoy may be interested in hearing some creative tips and suggestions. Hence why we have picked out a few keen ways that are the best of the best when it comes to brewing an incredible cup of coffee. Let’s take a look!
This method of coffee has become quite a hit. Pour-over coffee is cool and trendy because there are so many variables that are completely under your control and that can lead to all manner of styles and innovations. From the filter to the carafe to how you pour your water, everything is up to you.
While this may sound overwhelming for some folks, others find it thrilling, with their pour-over brewing time being a highlight of their morning. To make pour-over you need a carafe or pot, a filter, and a pourable kettle. When it comes to filters the big debate is between ceramic filters with paper filters inside of them or stainless steel mesh filters. There are pros and cons to both.
Ceramic filters are easier to find, cheaper to get, and simpler to clean. The drawback is when you use paper filters they skim off a lot of the coffee’s natural oils, fats, and sugars. This leads to a comparatively flatter and slightly more watered down brew when put up against coffee made with the steel mesh filter.
The steel mesh is more expensive and is a challenge to clean. They do allow a richer, thicker, and comparatively more vivacious brew because they allow lots of the natural oils, fats, and sugars (i.e. all the tasty stuff!) flow through the grounds and into your coffee. The drawback with this one is that those oils can potentially lead to high cholesterol.
But once you have chosen an ideal filter, now it is time to pick a kettle. A gooseneck kettle or other kettle with a long spout offers better control when pouring and also lets you add some nuance to the way you prepare your coffee. The result? A coffee that has a delectable and enticing aroma and a flavor unlike any other.
To properly brew, prepare your grounds in your filter. When your water is ready, pour a little bit in a circular motion. The coffee grounds will erupt in what is called a "coffee bloom". This bloom releases a cloud of aroma and is all the natural gases escaping as the hot water meets the dry grounds. As the water drains continue to pour in circular motions until you have brewed enough coffee in the carafe or pot. Finally, enjoy your amazing pour-over brew!
This method of brewing is not only chic and trendy but also so simple and convenient. French Press works by immersing the coffee grounds in the hot water. Once the plunger of the brewer is pressed down, the mesh filters out the grounds leaving you with a truly artisanal and flavorful cup of coffee. The stainless steel mesh also similarly allows lots of oils, fats, and sugars to pass through while keeping grounds at bay, just make sure you use coarse rather than fine grounds.
If your grounds are too fine you will end up with a silty and even “crunchy” end result to your coffee! To use a French press simply place your grounds in the base. Then, pour in your hot water and stir the grounds and water together so all the grounds are immersed.
Next, after waiting for some time, press the plunger down and enjoy your coffee. A French Press’s coffee is rich, flavorful, and packed with nuance.
This is a classic and very Italian way to brew up an exquisite cup of coffee. And since many folks do not have an espresso machine (they’re super expensive!) a Moka pot is a nice alternative because the resulting brew is somewhat similar to a nice shot of espresso.
The way a Moka pot works is pretty astounding. For starters, the whole component can come unscrewed. And each segment plays a different role. The bottom chamber is for water, the middle tray is for the grounds, and the top part is where the coffee brews up and collects. To brew with a Moka pot you will need a stovetop or open heat source.
Feel free to use a dark brew for this one, too because you are in for a thick, rich, and one of a kind brewing with a Moka pot. Pay close attention to your pot as you put it on the stove, as it begins to percolate make sure that it is not overflowing or blasting coffee! If it is erupting like crazy it is too hot and if it is bubbling out languidly it's too cool, try to find a good middle ground by adjusting the heat. When you think the pot has brewed enough turn your heat source off and get ready for an excellent cup of coffee, Italian style!
These brews are certain to get you up and at ‘em in the morning. If not just for the amazing coffee they have in store then certainly for the fun and exciting way in which you can brew with them. These brewing methods are superb and each one has some nuance and color to add to your coffee experience. If you are curious as to why each one is among the best, then why not try brewing with all three? Give them all a shot and decide which one you find to be the best for you!
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- Soque, Neil. “Everything You Need to Know to Brew Great Pour Over Coffee.” Perfect Daily Grind, Perfect Daily Grind, 7 Aug. 2020, perfectdailygrind.com/2019/01/everything-you-need-to-know-to-brew-great-filter-pour-over-drip-coffee/.