What Are The Different Methods For Brewing Coffee At Home?
Heading to your local coffee shop is always a great way to ensure that you have a delicious cup of coffee to enjoy, but for many of us, the dream is being able to recreate the same satisfying flavour. From the comfort of your own home.
With service such as monthly coffee subscriptions, you can have the very best ground coffee and coffee beans sent directly to your home, but it is what you then do with your coffee subscription that can really make the difference.
To help to ensure you get a tasty treat at home, we have put together our guide on the different methods of brewing coffee for you to try yourself.
And if you are wondering how many coffee's you should brew up for yourself a day, take a look at one of our recent articles!
Pour Over/Drip Using a Coffee Cone
One of the simplest ways to brew coffee has to be this particular method. Not only is it the one that has been around the longest, but it is also quick and cheap too.
It is a drip method that uses a coffee cone and a paper filter. In order to make coffee this way you are going to need to pour hot water over the coffee grounds that are contained within a paper filter.
Thanks to gravity, the brewed coffee will drip slowly into either a cup or a pot (whatever you use to contain all that lovely coffee).
These coffee cones can be made from a variety of materials, this includes ceramic, glass, stainless steel and plastic too.
The shape of the cone is thought to have an impact on the flavour of the coffee in the end.
Pour Over/Drip Using Chemex
Back in 1941 Dr Peter Schlumbohm invented the Chemex. This is a glass flask which the coffee is poured over.
Not only does it look amazing but it is also a great way to brew coffee. The flask relies on a Chemex paper filter, which is around 20% heavier than other filters that are used to brew coffee.
Much the same as the coffee cone approach, you simply pour hot water over coffee grounds which are within the paper filter.
The coffee will then drip down into the flask from which it can then be served.
Crema have written a fantastic and well written guide on how to brew using Chemex.
Plunger/Press Using a French Press
If you like your coffee consistent every single time, then chances are that your preferred method will be the French Press.
The great thing about using this particular method is that it is known to make sure that you can taste every single flavour of your coffee.
This is because the ground coffee that is placed within the press is soaked, steeped and then strained in hot water.
In doing this, you are making sure that every single flavour, every ounce of caffeine and of course those lovely antioxidants are diffused perfectly into the water.
All of which sounds pretty amazing to us!
Check out this video on the best way to brew using a french press.
Plunger/Press Using an Aeropress
One of the newer ways to brew coffee, the Aeropress has only been around since 2005.
The design of this particular brewing method is plastic and it comes in three main parts.
It is used to create one single cup of coffee at a time and relies on air pressure.
A filter sits in a coffee basket which is at the bottom of the brewing chamber. The grounds then rest in the brewing chamber, as hot water is added to it.
Once it has steeped, you then extract the coffee by pressing down on the plunger to create air pressure which forces your coffee through the filter and into your waiting cup.
Percolated Coffee Using a Stovetop Moka Pot
They may have been around for some time, but we can definitely promise you that they are still a great way to make your favourite coffee.
These stovetop percolators use steam pressure that is created with the boiling water in the lower section.
This will then pass through the coffee grounds which are kept in the mid chamber of the pot.
The brewed coffee will pass into the highest chamber which then leaves it ready to pour into your cup.
It is pretty durable and portable and best of all, if you do choose to use this approach then you don’t need to worry about buying additional filters all the time.
Everything you need is all contained within the Moka Pot.
This is a great video on how to use a Moka Pot.
Vacuum using a Siphon
For those who want to really invest into their coffee on a daily basis and don’t mind having a brewing method that is known to be fiddly to clean, a Siphon might be the idea choice.
It is fancy and it is flash, but it can also be a fun way to make coffee and impress your friends.
Coffee grounds are added to the upper chamber and the vapour pressure will push hot water up to the coffees level.
Once the heat is removed, the brewed coffee will move back down through the filter and collects in the bottom chamber ready to drink.
Want to know more? Take a look at this article.
There are a number of things that will impact on which coffee brewing method that you choose.
It might be how strong you like your coffee, how much time you have to spare, whether or not you are happy to spend time cleaning out your brewing machine and of course how much space that you have in your kitchen to store it.
One thing is for sure, if you do use at least one of these brewing methods then you are going to be one step closer to making sure that you can enjoy delicious coffee all in the comfort of your own home; and it can’t get any better than that!
Now that you know some of the methods of brewing a coffee at home, why not thing about some Coffee Art? Read more in one of our recent articles. Or if you are looking for high grade specialty coffee beans to make your perfect brew, Coffee Toms will be releasing a coffee subscription service very soon, so stay tuned!