These days, there are countless modern coffee brewing methods - how do you know which tool is suitable for the job? Whether you're using a French press, pour-over, or other coffee techniques, follow our quick rundown of coffee brewing methods to get your brew just right.
While we used to only see espresso machines at hipster coffee shops and Italian restaurants, many people have started brewing espresso at home, too. Though the machines still tend to be one of the most expensive coffee-making methods, they've come down significantly in price. A base model may be a solid investment in the long run if you have a twice-a-day Starbucks habit that traditional coffee just won't satisfy.
The primary function of all espresso machines is quite similar, regardless of the model. Pressurized hot water pushes through a chamber filled with finely ground beans, which exits through a filter and into a mug.
You'll see the Moka pot in most high-end kitchen stores, and as of late, it's evolved into one of the most popular types of coffee brewing. It's cheaper than an espresso machine but with all the kick and fame of a traditional shot of espresso.
The Moka pot has a multi-chambered brew process. First, water boils in the pot's bottom chamber, building steam that makes the water rise. The pressure then pushes the water up through the coffee grinds and into the upper chamber.
While it's not quite the same as a shot of espresso, it's so close you won't be able to tell.
The Aeropress is a fairly new addition to the coffee brewing community and boasts a cult following, especially for those wanting travel brews. Many swear it's the best cup of coffee they've tasted!
This small, portable tool uses hand pressure to push coffee through a fine filter and into your cup much faster than drip without losing its strength or flavor.
One of the methods of brewing coffee that acquired a few diehard fans is the French press. The French press method is easy, inexpensive, and serves up an extremely bold cup of joe, full of rich coffee oil.
This immersion brew method involves pouring the hot water into the French press and letting the grounds sit directly in the water for several minutes. Once ready, you press down a mesh plunger to filter the grinds away from the delicious brew.
One of the ways to make coffee that hipster coffee shops love is the pour-over technique. A pour-over coffee maker is incredibly convenient and portable. It offers java drinkers a perfectly soft, vibrant cup of drip coffee, best made with a gooseneck kettle for tight control over your pour.
Because the oils filter out of your cup during the coffee brewing process, pour-over brewing methods suit delicate beans, allowing you to notice the more subtle flavor notes.
Cold-brew drip coffee making is a summer favorite, especially in hot climates, where somedays a hot cup of coffee is altogether unappealing. We make cold brew by dripping cold filtered water through fresh grinds for an extended time - 10 hours or overnight. The ground coffee sits directly in the cold water in either a cold brew coffee maker or a simple mason jar or sealed container.
Cold coffee brewing methods make a super smooth cup of coffee with no acidity or bitterness. Milk and sugar aren't necessary, though some still prefer to add it.
Turkish coffee brewing methods have been around for centuries, dating back to the start of the Ottoman empire. Making Turkish coffee is reasonably straightforward, but there is some skill required to do it well.
After placing water and ground coffee into a Turkish coffee pot, you simmer the brew 2 or 3 times for a very intense flavored coffee topped with thick foam.
All of these brew methods have a little something different to offer, and the right choice largely depends on the way you like your coffee to taste.
If you prefer a bright and delicate cup, pour-over coffee maker is your best choice, with the Aeropress being a close second.
For a heavy, robust, and oil-filled cup of joe, French press, espresso brews, or a Turkish pot are great tools to keep in your coffee toolbox.
Cheers to well-brewed coffee!
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