Different ways to brew a cup of coffee

Different ways to brew a cup of coffee.

Oh coffee. The love of my life.  My first thought when I wake up in the morning, and subsequently every 2 hours thereafter.

To a lot of us coffee is more than a way to fuel ourselves with caffeine. Thanks to the wide variety of coffee beans and the many different ways you can brew coffee it’s now become more of an art form than a means to an end. Depending on the method used to brew the coffee you can change the taste profile, nutritional value and the amount of caffeine you intake.

Coffee brewing options

French Press

french press

One of the most popular, and easiest ways to brew a great cup of coffee. My personal favourite. In fact if you haven’t had a chance to read my last post on how to make the perfect cup of coffee then take a break and read it now!

Method: Fill the french press with coffee, top up with hot water. Wait for 5 - 10 minutes to steep, and then press the strainer down.  Steeping the coffee for longer produces a higher caffeine content.

Produces: Flavourful, rich coffee with enough caffeine to smack you around the face.

There are so many great cheap, second hand French Press cafetiere for sale on many online classified ads websites like http://www.for-sale.co.uk/cafetiere.

Chemex

coffee

Originally created in the early 1940’s, the Chemex is widely revered as one of the best methods to brew coffee. It has also won awards for its design; an hourglass glass flask, with a heatproof wooden collar held in place with a tied leather thong.

Method:  Similar to drip coffee machines. To brew coffee a paper filter filled with coffee grounds is placed at the neck of the flask.  Next hot water, 82-93 °C, is poured over the top. Then you simply wait for it to percolate downwards, to create the perfect cup of coffee.

Produces: Smooth, strong coffee with a pleasant aroma.

I purchased a great second hand Chemex for a bargain price from  www.for-sale.co.uk/

Aeropress

aeropress

A much newer design, created in 2005. The Aeropress uses pressure to brew the coffee.

One of the biggest claims made by Aeropress is that it has the same concentration as an Espresso, and it has a 30 second brew time.

Method: Similar to the french press. To brew coffee, place finely ground coffee in the bottom of the large cylinder. Next place hot water, 79 - 85 °C over the coffee.  Wait roughly 10 seconds before pushing the plunger down to get coffee.  

Produces: A cup of strong but not bitter coffee.  

I’ve found some cheap, second hand aeropress machines here; www.for-sale.co.uk/aeropress

Others

These are only a few of the different ways of brewing coffee. There are lots of others which are great and deserve a special mention.

Technivorm

A coffee machine with a difference. And part of that is the high price point. However, expect perfect coffee every time.  Check them out at www.technivorm.com 

Coffee cone

Cheap, cheerful and produces a strong cup of coffee. It’s also incredibly quick and easy.

Do you have any other methods of brewing coffee that you think surpasses the methods here? If so please let me know!

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