There is no better way than to start your day with a hot cup of coffee. Many of us even wholly rely on it to have the energy in the morning to socialise with people. So today we have decided to share with you different ways in which you can brew your own coffee at home. You can choose any of these methods depending on your taste and time.
Many believe that manual brewing methods offer enhanced quality control and a better coffee experience than machine-made. Instead of pressing the “brew” button on a coffee machine, many people find that taking a hands-on approach to their brewing process is more engaging and enjoyable. So in this article, we will cover how to brew coffee manually, using different styles.
Chemex is a coffee maker that was invented by Dr Peter Schlumbohm in 1941, it is an elegant and beautifully designed pour-over, glass flask which makes use of a unique Chemex paper filter, which is about 20-30% heavier than standard filters. Through the paper filter, the carafe’s distinctive design allows more air to leave from the bottom, enabling the coffee to filter at the ideal rate.
What You Need
- Chemex brewer
- Chemex filters
- Gooseneck Kettle
- Fresh Coffee Beans
Steps to Follow
- Bring water to a boil, then let it sit for thirty seconds
- Make sure the three-layer side of the filter is aligned with the pouring spout, unfold the Chemex filter and place it within the top of the brewer.
- Pour the boiled water into the surface of the filter for 4 to 5 seconds and discard the rinse water while maintaining the filter in place. This helps to remove any papery flavour and aids in sealing the filter inside the dripper.
- The next step is to add your ground coffee to the filter. To settle the grounds, slowly shake the brewer back and forth.
- Set a timer, then gradually pour the grinds with just enough water from your gooseneck kettle to evenly soak them. Wait until the 45 seconds on your timer have passed. This step helps the coffee to release its trapped gases and the coffee bed to expand. Your coffee will start to release lovely aromas.
- Start pouring the water slowly in a spiralling motion. Avoid pouring into the filter’s centre or all the way around its edges. If the Chemex’s rim is getting close to being covered with water, stop for a while to let the water drain before continuing.
- After letting the water drain completely through the filters, discard the grounds after removing the filter from the dripper. The whole process of brewing will take up to 4 minutes.
French Press: Plunger/Press
The invention of the French press was around in 1929, they are also popularly known as the coffee plungers. It is usually considered to be the best and simplest way for making top-notch coffee. It largely extracts flavours of coffee compared to any other technique.
What You Need
- French press
- Hot water
- Coffee beans
- Scales (optional)
Steps to Follow
- The first step is to preheat your press by adding hot water to it, rinse it around until it feels warm to the touch, and then get rid of the water. You could keep your coffee warmer for long by preheating your french press.
- The next step is to measure your coffee grounds, using a 1:18 ratio, you can adapt the portion of coffee to the number of cups you’re preparing (coffee to water in grams).
- Now add your coffee ground to the pre-heated french press followed by the required amount of hot water all at once.
- The next step is to gently stir your coffee with a spoon to make sure all of the coffee grounds are fully dissolved into the water.
- Start the timer once you place the lid on. This helps to secure the press and retain the heat within the press. The normal steeping duration for a coffee press is four minutes, however, you can further modify it to your liking.
- The next step is to slowly start to press the plunger down. To avoid your coffee from over-brewing, make sure to press the plunger all the way down.
- The more time the coffee remains in the container, the more flavours will be pulled out from it. So we suggest you decant it before serving. Now your coffee is ready to be served!
Stovetop Moka Pot
Stovetop coffee makers, first invented in 1933 by Alfonso Bialetti, uses steam pressure from boiling water to pass through ground coffee in the middle chamber of the pot. The higher chamber then contains brewed coffee. A stovetop pot with a good design will deliver great pressure.
What You Need
- Stovetop Moka pot brewer
- Fresh coffee beans
Steps to Follow
- First, you will need to separate your stovetop coffee maker into three parts. The upper chamber is for your final brewed coffee, the middle filter portion is where you add your coffee grounds, and the lower portion is for water.
- Grind your coffee and add them to the filter basket, the middle part of your brewer. Make sure it’s full.
- Fill the lower portion with cold water. Avoid filling water above the safety valve.
- The next step is to reassemble the stovetop coffee maker. Put the filter filled with coffee grounds back into the lower part which is filled with water, then attach the top chamber as well.
- And then place the stovetop coffee maker onto a stovetop and wait until the water starts to boil. A churning sound indicates that the water has completed its brief, hot journey to the upper chamber with some exquisite coffee.
- Once you hear the sound remove the brewer from the stove and it is ready to be served!
Making a perfect cup of coffee is not as easy as it sounds, it depends on various factors. Next time while you brew your own coffee try out the above-mentioned techniques. We are sure you will fall in love with coffee all over again. If you wish to know about the health benefits of coffee, you can check out our blog. Don’t be heartbroken if you don’t get your coffee right on your first try… As we said, it’s not easy as it sounds, so be patient, keep practising and keep brewing!!