How much do you like a hot cup of homemade coffee? If you must have coffee, then you need to know how to make it. After all, the quality of coffee largely depends on how it is made.
You may want to start with buying whole coffee beans instead of the already ground ones. Your coffee will be fresher if you rub the seeds just before you use them.
Manual brewing methods have been proposed as the best ways to make coffee at home. In this write-up, we show you how to quickly and efficiently make coffee at home.
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1. Mud Coffee
This method of brewing coffee does not require you to use a pot. Just take some boiling water and pour it into a cup full of ground coffee.
The coffee beans need to be finely ground. Two tablespoons of finely ground coffee beans should be mixed in 6 ounces of water.
Once you have brewed the ground coffee in the water, let it sit for up to 4 minutes. Stir at the beginning and then allow the coffee to settle at the bottom of the container.
Drink it until you reach the thick, gritty stuff. Stop there.
Although one of the best ways to make coffee, it doesn’t guarantee consistent result every time you use it.
That’s because it is not possible to perfectly time the extraction time. You may also get a bitter taste in the final product.
2. Cowboy Coffee
To make coffee the cowboy way, you need boiling water in a pot and some coffee. Take the pan and fill it with water.
Put some coffee into the water and bring it to boil. The best brewing temperature should be between 195° F, and 205° F. anything higher than that would lead to over-extraction of the coffee leading to a bitter taste.
The best way to make coffee using this method is to bring the water in the pot to boil. After removing it from the source of heat, give it between 15 and 30 seconds to cool down.
You aim to prevent the over-extraction of the coffee once you use it. After adding the ground coffee, stir. Let it sit for up to 4 minutes while stirring at regular intervals.
Can you see coffee particles floating on top? Sprinkle some cold water to push them to the bottom.
3. Turkish Coffee
In most of the ‘Near East,’ coffee is prepared in a certain way. Whether you are talking about Greece, Bosnia, Armenia or Turkey. In the West, coffee prepared in this way is known as ‘Turkish Coffee.’
This is one of the ways to make coffee using powdery coffee beans. To get it right, grind the seeds at the store or pulverize them with a mortar and pestle.
You could also use a grinder set to the finest possible. You don’t need any special equipment to brew the coffee except what you would use to make cowboy coffee.
The coffee you has an intense flavor, which is the reason sugar should be used to make it palatable. Put water, coffee powder, and sugar in a pot and heat using medium heat.
Wait until the coffee starts to foam. Don’t allow it to overflow. After removing it from the heat, stir and go through the process at least twice. Serve the coffee with the grounds and foam.
4. Pour-Over Coffee
To brew coffee using this method, you will pour hot water over the grounds. The water will pass through the grounds and a paper filter with the help of gravity.
This method is advantageous, given that you can control the water temperature, as well as, the brewing duration. It is also possible to precisely control the ratio of coffee to water.
This method ensures that the coffee contains no BPA from plastics. The drip cone, which could be ceramic, metal or glass.
It is used together with a kettle with a slender spout and a cup for holding the coffee. It works very well if all you want is a cup or two for yourself.
For this method, use medium-fine coffee grind. The ratio is two tablespoons of coffee to 6 ounces of water. The water should have been boiled and let to cool for up to 30 seconds.
Wet the grounds by slowly pouring some water from the inside in a circular motion. Allow the coffee to bubble for up to 30 seconds and continue brewing.
You don’t want the CO2 bubbles to curtail the brewing process. Pour the water slowly until the grounds are being covered by at least a ½ inches. Keep doing it until you are satisfied with the amount of water you have used.
5. French Press
A favorite coffee brewer, the French Press is easy to get. It is a drip machine, which means it doesn’t work automatically.
Apart from being easy to use, the French Press is available in different sizes. It is, therefore possible to get one that’s big enough for family use.
You require a coarse grind for this method. If you use the fine grind, the particles will end up slipping through the metal screen.
Put the coffee into a pitcher and bring it to boil. Cool it off for up to 6 minutes. As you wait to put in the plunger and slip on the lid. Once the time is over, press slowly and pour the coffee into a cup. Drink it.
Compared to drip coffee, French press coffee has a thicker texture. It is also a little bit gritty. The coffee isn’t filtered and could have coffee oils floating on the surface.
No wonder the flavor is bolder than that of filtered coffee. While this is good, some types of coffee may leave you with a bitter taste.
This coffee maker combines the working of a drip brewer and the French press. Put finely-ground coffee and hot water into the machine, stir, and press out the liquid into a cup via a paper filter.
Pour additional hot water in the bowl and your drink is ready. You will be through with the entire process in just 1 minute.
The AeroPress is a single-serve brewer that costs only $30. You can use it to make a quick cup of coffee at home. It produces a smooth, rich coffee similar to your favorite espresso.
7. Cold Press Coffee
One of the best ways to make coffee is at room temperature with time, rather than heat, being the main variable. The result is low-acid coffee. No need for fancy equipment.
A French press is enough. You will need a little bit more of the coffee grind. Hot coffee is brewed in a 1: 10 grind to water ratio. For cold press coffee, you will have to alter the rate to 1: 7.
Pour water at room temperature and pour into a pitcher. Mix with some coarse grinds and attach a plunger followed by the lid.
Let it sit for a minimum of 12 hours. If you intend to drink it in the morning, you have to start the brewing process the evening before.
Dilute the coffee with cold water or milk for iced coffee. If you need a warm cup of coffee, dilute with hot water. You will love coffee brewed this way due to its minimal acidity.
8. Vacuum Press
This method is similar to the AeroPress, only slower. The setup before brewing is elaborate. Heating the water from the bottom reservoir forces it upwards through a filter.
When it gets to the top part of the brewer, the water cools down making it ideal for coffee making. This is done for a few minutes after which the heat is removed.
The pool at the bottom starts cooling, thus creating a vacuum. The coffee at the top is sucked down through the filter.
The downside with this method is that it is complicated. Assembling the different parts could pose a severe challenge and cleaning them could be impossible.
If anything, the technique is unlikely to provide a unique kind of coffee.
The percolator is one of the best ways to make coffee automatically. It involves boiling water at the bottom of the percolator. This forces the water to travel up a thin metal tube.
As soon as it hits the top of the machine, it falls on the coffee grounds sitting in a metallic can perforated at the bottom and top.
This will go on until a certain temperature is attained. If it is an electric percolator, it will shut off automatically.
The coffee percolator relies on hot water to make your drink. It may not give you the best flavor. If you are in need of a lot of coffee, this is the machine you should use.
No plastic parts are used to make the device, which makes it preferable for those who dislike the effects of BPC.
So how do you like your coffee? Is it mild or acidic? Perhaps you want it a little bit bitter. Could be hot or cold.
No matter how you like it, any of the brewing methods discussed here should come in handy. After all, they collectively make the best ways to make coffee.