Coffee brewing methods: A guide to making the perfect cup (outside a coffee shop)

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Your first thought you might be, can I make a better brew at home than in a coffee shop? A difficult question for sure, but when it comes to making the perfect cup of coffee, the brewing method you choose can make all the difference. From the classic Drip Coffee Maker to the more complex French Press, there are a variety of ways to brew coffee that can result in a vastly different cup. We’re CRAZY about coffee so in this blog, we’ll share some of the most popular coffee brewing methods and provide tips on how to make the perfect cup with each one.

Drip Coffee Maker:

The drip coffee maker is one of the most common ways to brew coffee in many households across the globe but tends to be less utilised in the UK. It’s likely the pure simplicity of instant coffee makes it more redundant. Drip coffee shouldn’t be overlooked though, as it is simple to use and can make a large batch of fresh coffee at once. To make the perfect cup with a drip coffee maker, be sure to use freshly roasted coffee beans, grind them to the right size for your coffee maker, and use the correct amount of water.

Drip Coffee

French Press:

We’d be CRAZY not to include the French press in this list – popular and a staple of coffee lovers, what would a household be without one? It uses a cylindrical pot with a plunger and mesh filter to press the coffee grounds to the bottom of the pot. To make the perfect cup of French press coffee, use coarsely ground coffee beans, and let the coffee steep for about 4 minutes before pressing the plunger.

French Press

Pour Over:

Pour-over coffee brewing is a manual process where hot water is poured over coffee grounds and the coffee drips into a carafe (a vessel for holding the liquid). It’s a popular brewing method for pour-over cones like the Hario V60, Kalita Wave and Chemex. This method requires a little more skill and attention than automatic methods, but it can create a very clean, clear, and flavourful cup of coffee. Properly measuring the coffee and water, as well as a consistent pouring technique are key to achieve a great cup. Sounds good, right?

Hario V60

Moka Pot:

The sleek traditionalist finish of Moka Pot’s provides that authentic feel when brewing. It performs its duties by passing boiling water pressurized by steam through ground coffee. It’s a popular method in Italy and other parts of Europe (often called a stovetop espresso maker). To make the perfect cup of Moka Pot coffee, use finely ground coffee beans, and use the correct amount of water (1:12 coffee to water ratio). Make sure to also pay attention to the brewing time to avoid over extraction. The trick is to add the hot water after it boils, rather than before – this reduces burning of the coffee in the brewing process.

Moka Pot

Cold Brew:

Cold brewing can be the Marmite of coffee brewing, due to its less than traditional concept. It can be produced by steeping coffee in cold water for an extended period of time. This method results in a smooth and less acidic cup of coffee, so can often be taste sensation for a mixed audience. To make the perfect cup of cold brew, use coarsely ground coffee beans and steep them in cold water for 12-24 hours.

Cold Coffee

Siphon:

A Siphon, also known as a syphon or vacuum coffee maker, is a type of coffee maker that brews coffee using two chambers where vapor pressure and vacuum produce brew. It’s a more complex method that requires some technique to get right but can result in a unique and flavourful cup of coffee.

Siphon Coffee Brewer

Coffee Machine (Bean 2 Cup):

Take it from us, if you want amazing coffee every time, get a bean 2 cup coffee machine. A caveat can be cost but like any high-performance device, you get what you pay for. Each machine will have its own specific settings, capabilities, and finish, it’s highly worth reading up on and spending your time finding the right model for you. If you’re a business and after a cracking deal, why not check out our list of options?

Bean 2 Cup Coffee Machine

Choosing the right brewing method for you will depend on your personal taste and the equipment you have on hand. Experiment with different methods and find the one that you prefer, or even mix it up to try new things. Remember that the quality of your coffee beans, the grind and the ratio of coffee to water are key factors to make the perfect cup of coffee. With some of these handy hints, you’ll be making coffee shop quality in no time? If that’s not enough, why not visit one of our various locations – see if you can tell the difference?