There are a lot of ways to make a great cup of coffee at home. What you use to make your coffee should be based on how you like to drink your coffee, because some brewing methods bring out certain key characteristics of coffee more than others. This blog post aims to help you decide which ‘at home’ brewing method will be perfect for your needs.
If you like your coffee with milk, your choices are limited. This is because you need a strong dose of coffee. A high-quality machine is required to produce enough pressure for those spot on shots of espresso you get in cafes. You could invest in an espresso machine and make amazing cappuccinos, flat whites and lattes every morning. There is a slight learning curve, but once you get over that you can churn out consistently amazing coffee using your favorite single estate arabicas.
If you don’t want to invest in the machine the other option is a moka pot. The moka pot is an inexpensive way of making espresso-like coffee at home. The pot uses steam pressure to force water through a strainer to make a strong dose of coffee. It won’t be like the espresso you get in cafes, but it can come close if done properly.
If you like your coffee black there are plenty of options for you. We will start from the simplest and move on to the more complex ones from there.
French Press- It doesn’t get easier than this! If you like heavy bodied coffee and dislike fuss, the french press will be perfect for you. It is easy to get consistent results out of the french press.
Pour Over- There are many different pieces of equipment you can use to make pour over coffee, they are all slightly different but follow the same core concept of pouring water over ground coffee. Our go-to for pour over coffee is the Hario V60. There are a lot of variables when brewing your coffee using this method, but it also means that you have more control over the resulting brew and with practice you can nail down your perfect cup of coffee.
Aeropress- The Aeropress is a great fit for people who like experimenting with their recipes. It is easy to use, easy to clean and portable to boot. You can brew ‘strong’ concentrated coffee or smooth filter coffee. There is an annual championship around this little brewing device. The Aeropress can make a strong enough dose of coffee, to which you can add milk.
Coffee Syphon- Do you want your coffee brewing process to be as dramatic as possible? Do you want to feel like a mad scientist everytime you brew your coffee? If your answer to both was affirmative then the syphon is the right choice for you. It uses vacuum to brew a smooth and clean cup of coffee.
At the end of the day it is all about personal preference. While selecting your brew method of choice you need to factor in how much time and effort you are willing to spend on your perfect cup of coffee, as well as how important portability is to you. Happy brewing!