Most Common Methods For Brewing Coffee At Home

Josh Genuth

For many coffee lovers, having a hands-on approach to their brewing process is more exciting than navigating buttons on a machine. Manual brewing methods can provide greater quality control and a better tasting experience. The rising trend of good coffee preparation has resulted in a dizzying array of equipment and conflicting viewpoints. While we support diverse types of coffee making, in this article, we’ll focus on some of the more favored methods for brewing coffee, that everyone may use at home.

Siphon

Using a siphon brewer to make coffee, transforms a routine activity into an engaging experience. The instrument itself is usually stylish and futuristic in appearance. Water in the bottom chamber of a siphon coffee maker is heated to near-boiling temperature. As a result, the vapor pressure rises, pushing the water into the upper chamber. You will need to utilize a medium-coarse grind, comparable to that of a French press.

AeroPress

The usual approach begins with the Aeropress perched on top of a cup, complete with the filtration cap and paper sieve. Ground coffee and hot water enter from the opening. Once that is in place, you can push the contents through the filter and into the mug below with the plunger.

Whether you’re at home, out hiking, or on a long drive, the compact and lightweight AeroPress produces a delicious, full-bodied cuppa. It's especially useful if you're out in the woods or don't have access to a scale. Let’s say you have a vacation home and don’t have a scale handy, an AeroPress would make an ideal brewing method too.

French Press

When it comes to the French press, a cylinder-shaped beaker, the plunger’s role is the most crucial. The plunger's piston is formed with gauze, which allows fluid to pass through it. Remember, because you aren't adding water as you go, the amount of energy dispersion is reduced, leading to a slower, more incremental brewing process.

Using a French press is less fussy than most other methods and can produce a fuller-flavored brew, with a richer sweetness and syrupy viscosity. Although mesh filters in French presses do a decent job of keeping the grounds out, a tiny amount of powder-like ground coffee will make it past the filter and linger in your brew. It's a common occurrence, so don’t let it bother you too much.

Drip or Pour-Over

Pouring hot water through coffee grinds in a strainer is known as the pour-over technique. The water filters into a mug after making its way through the coffee. This brewing method is often referred to as filter or drip coffee.

The pour-over method is distinguished by the fact that the water is poured over the coffee by hand. As a result, it's a widely known manual, or hand brewing, technique. The method has been utilized in Europe since the 1900s, and for much longer in some other parts of the world, but only rediscovered later by the specialty coffee movement.

Are you ready to attempt some manual proper coffee brewing methods at home instead of relying on pods and machines? Your palate, as well as your zest for adventure, will be extremely grateful. It would be a pity to limit yourself to just one brewing method when there are so many great options. Bookmark this article for the next time you want a great homebrew!