It has been accepted widely that manual coffee brewing allows for better quality control and superior experience. It could be fascinating for many coffee enthusiasts to have a more personal approach with brewing as opposed to just brewing it from the machine automatically.
There has been a surprising amount of gadgets that pops up alongside this growing trend of creating their own style of gourmet-type coffee—resulting in a lot of differing opinions. One may even question, does it even matter?
Any coffee lover would know that the method one uses could make all the difference in the aroma, texture, freshness, and taste in their cup of coffee. But whatever they are, what’s always right is that your coffee be made in a way that you enjoy—no matter what method you use.
Here are some brewing methods you can use to enjoy your coffee.
A drip coffee method that produces a full bodied cup of coffee. This is one of the oldest, simplest ways to brew coffee using a coffee cone and paper filter—it’s simply a manual version of the same process that happens in any coffee brewer. In the ‘pour over’ method, hot water is poured evenly over coffee grounds in a paper filter. With gravity, the brewed coffee drips slowly and directly into a cup or pot.
Many experts claim there is an “art” to using the pour over—using high quality, coarse ground coffee, a specific type of filter and water temperature.
Some say a cup prepared via the “pour over” method is the best they’ve ever had. And once you get it right, it’s worth it.
- Strong, intense flavor from wetting the coffee grounds evenly—extracts the unique notes and flavors from the coffee beans
- Complete control of the taste, strength and water temperature
This method is named after the plunger pot invented in France in the 19th century. In the French Press method, a press pot soaks, steeps and strains ground coffee in hot water—therefore, coffee’s flavourful essential oils, caffeine and antioxidants are better diffused.
The French Press method, invented in 1929, is widely considered as the best and easiest method for brewing superior and consistent coffee. It extracts stronger flavors than most any other method and is well suited for those that enjoy a luscious, expressive and complex taste experience.
- Yields a stronger cup of coffee in terms of caffeine content and flavor
- Easily customizable brew strength
Adored by many for its smooth, sweet flavor.
Cold brew is all about time—made by combining grounds and cold water left to cool overnight, making a coffee concentrate via cold extraction. Before cold brew is served, the mixture is strained to remove the excess coffee. A more balanced taste is achieved by taking up to 24 hours of brewing.
The final unique taste of a cold brew takes some effort, but it pays off – the aromatic oils in coffee do not dissolve in cold water (unlike brewing with hot water). This is why it takes about 24 hours to make cold-brewed coffee. The longer brewing time and higher coffee to water ratio give the water more time to dissolve coffee’s bitter flavor components, which results in distinctive mellow taste.
Cold brew has far less acidity than any iced coffee and tastes softer and subtler.
- Less acidic
- Naturally sweeter taste
- Long brewing time creates a richer fuller coffee
- Does not go stale as quick as hot brewed coffee
A perfect cup of espresso is crafted when pressurized water passes through finely-ground coffee—creating thick coffee with magnificent crema on top. An espresso machine is a great way to brew exceptional coffee. There are Electronic, Display and Semi Automatic espresso machines models for those who like it all done for them.