4 Best Coffee Brewing Methods

While particular coffee roasts and grinds determine a lot of the flavor and aroma of the coffee in the cup, the method of brewing is also significant. While the perfect cup of coffee can depend on personal preference, including strength and flavor, there are 3 essential elements that are necessary for preparing a good cup of coffee, fresh filtered water, a good coffee maker and fresh quality coffee beans, ground to desired level.

There are several methods for brewing coffee, and they are significant as each yields a particular flavor and strength of the brew in the cup. Also, deciding on the brewing method and the best coffee makers for you depends on personal preference, including how much time one wants to invest in preparing coffee and the convenience factor.

Automatic Filter Drip

The automatic drip is probably the most common method of brewing coffee, remember Mr. Coffee? This type of coffee pot is also the most common in the United States and is least common in Europe. The automatic drip is also the easiest coffee brewing method, and many drip coffee makers can be set to auto and they will turn on and brew coffee on a timer, so you can wake up to an all ready made pot.

Automatic drip works by heating water in a chamber to almost boiling and slowly pouring the water over ground coffee beans. The two common ways are via an electronic drip machine where the water is sprayed over the coffee grinds, or manually poured over grounds in a cone-shaped filter.

French Press

A French press, also known as a press pot, coffee press or coffee plunger and is a very simple coffee brewing device.

A French press has a narrow cylindrical jug usually made of glass with a lid and a plastic or metal plunger, which fits tightly in the cylinder and has a fine wire or nylon mesh acting as a filter. Coffee is brewed by placing the coffee and water together, leaving to brew for a few minutes, then depressing the plunger to trap the coffee grinds at the bottom of the jug. The French press requires a coarse grind of coffee in order to get the best results.

Espresso

Caffe espresso or espresso is a concentrated coffee beverage brewed by forcing steam or hot water under pressure through very finely ground coffee. What defines espresso is a thicker consistency and a much stronger flavor than drip coffee because of the high-pressure coffee brewing process. All of the flavors and chemicals in a typical cup of coffee are concentrated with espresso, because it is so concentrated, espresso often becomes the base for other drinks, such as lattes, mochas, cappuccinos and macchiatos.

All though many do drink espresso straight up, especially in Europe, it is coffee on turbo and not intended for the first time drinker or the caffeine squeamish. In order to make espresso you need an espresso machine, which comes in a variety of types, from very elaborate ones to plain little pots that brew espresso on the stove top.

K-Cup Coffee Brewing

Recently there have been several coffee makers created that provide a new and innovative way to brew coffee because they brew gourmet coffee house java with the convenience of brewing immediately in your own kitchen. The innovation of these types of brewers is that they brew one cup at a time and make a fine cup of coffee in under a minute and takes away all the guesswork from making a consistently great cup of coffee. One of the best brands of these are Kuerig.

In reality, you do not have to spend hundreds of dollars a year getting your java from an expensive coffee house, such as Starbucks, you can brew a great cup of coffee at home with one of these brewing methods and save lots of money.

Oct 30th, 2015 | Posted in Coffee
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