Coffee is the fuel that keeps us going during those busy days, the cup we savor over a catch up with a friend, and one of the most popular drinks in the world. When it comes to brewing a cup of joe at home, though, these days, there are so many different methods out there that it can be a little difficult to know where to start. To help you out, here’s an overview of five of the most popular methods for making coffee at home. Each one uses real coffee beans, not instant coffee. That way you’re guaranteed to get a perfect cup every time!
1. Pour over
This is a relatively simple brewing method that doesn’t require any special equipment. You put your freshly-ground coffee into a paper filter, which then goes into a filter cone. Then pour over hot water, and the coffee will drip down either directly into your cup or into a pot ready for pouring. As the brewing process takes a little longer, using just the power of gravity, many coffee connoisseurs believe it results in a more flavorful cup.
2. French press/Cafetière
The French press is a classic. It’s cheap, easy to use, and results in a more full-bodied flavor than the pour over method. Simply add coffee into the French press, then pour in hot water and stir. Wait around four minutes, slowly press the plunger down, and you’re done! Remember to use a coarser grind in your cafetière, as if you grind the coffee beans too finely, the resulting drink will be overly bitter. It’s also best to pour your coffee straight away to prevent it from becoming over-extracted.
3. Moka pot
The moka pot is a stovetop method of making espresso coffee. It uses a three-chambered brew process to create a strong and concentrated drink. To enjoy this authentic and rustic coffee experience, simply fill the lower chamber with boiling water, set it on the hob, and wait until the upper chamber is full of coffee. It’s not super quick, but the resulting beverage is rich and delicious.
4. Espresso machine
If money is no object, an espresso machine is a fantastic choice for making coffee at home. With a huge variety available, they all work in essentially the same way: pushing pressurized water through a chamber of finely-ground coffee beans and a filter to create a shot of espresso. You can add extra water or milk to this to suit your tastes if you wish. The machines are generally very simple to operate, and you can always use a Nespresso promo code to bring down the cost.
A newer addition to the coffee scene, the Aeropress has swiftly developed a cult following – and it’s easy to see why. Developed by an engineer at Stanford University, it’s straightforward and quick to use, a breeze to clean, lightweight, and portable. It also makes some of the best-tasting coffee out there – rich, smooth, and pure. The only downside is that you can only really make coffee for two people at a time with it.