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A decade ago, had someone asked you about how to make coffee, you would have almost certainly told them about the process required for preparing an Espresso.
This is because, until very recently, Espresso, or perhaps even Americano, were the only two names synonymous with coffee. However, over the last few years, we have been able to discover numerous other progressive coffee-making methods. While this obviously is good news for coffee lovers, it also makes it tough for them to decide the brewing method that they should treat as their go-to. Obviously, until you have given each method a shot, you cannot actually determine which one works best for you.
For coffee enthusiasts who find themselves in this conundrum, we have prepared a guide that will walk you through several coffee-making methods that will answer your question, ‘how to make good coffee', and ultimately, assist you in your chase for the ideal cup of coffee.
Once again, espresso is often the first word that comes to mind when we think about coffees that are brewed using pressure. However, there are several other types of coffees that can be brewed with pressure, then your standard espresso.
In simple words, pressure-brewed types of coffees are those that have been extracted with the help of pressure. Let us cast a deeper eye at the various pressure-brewing methods:
We are fairly certain that anyone who knows anything about coffee would also know something about an espresso machine – after all, these machines have been fulfilling our caffeine requirements for more than a century. The modern-day espresso machine comes in a variety of sizes, shapes, and with plenty of gimmicks and features. However, this does not mean that you should let yourself be confused by these flashy machines since the basics are still very much identical: you push pressurized water through a puck/chamber containing coffee beans that have been finely grounded, using a filter. The result is what is called an espresso shot.
So, what about the price? As we said, espresso machines are available in many different types, so you will likely be able to find one within your budget. Some of the most common espresso machine types include:
Time: The amount of time from bean to brew will depend largely upon your machine type. For instance, commercial machines take approximately 40 minutes to warm the coffee up, while a home machine might not need more than three minutes. Either way, once the coffee is warm, you will just need another 25-30 seconds for the fix.
Grind: You will require a consistent, fine grind, and here are a few steps that you can follow to achieve that: Pinch the grind and see the result – ideally, the grind should be clumping in the fingertips. If it does not clump, it means that the grind is too coarse; if it clumps way too much, it means that the grind is excessively fine.
Resulting brew: An espresso shot that has been prepared the right way will be sharp, strong, and rich with flavor. If you want to convert the espresso shot into an Americano one, all you need to do is add a bit of hot water. You can also throw in a bit of steam milk if you prefer milk-based coffees.
Required skill level: Once again, this is something that will largely be determined by your espresso machine type. There are certain machines that almost automatically deliver a great shot, while others (normally the more manual types) need higher skill levels – which is where barista schools come into play. For premium results, make sure that you are using espresso beans and a decent tamper.
Best-suited for: People who prefer sharp and quick caffeine hits, and for those who like milkier brews (such as latte). An espresso machine is unique, which is why you cannot expect any other kind of machine to deliver the perfect espresso shot.
Not suited for: Those who enjoy subtler coffee flavors; for those who are on a tight budget and cannot spend big on a coffee machine; and for those who do not have sufficient space for a large coffee machine (people who are frequently traveling, for instance).
Like we said, if you do not have big money to spend on a coffee machine, perhaps the espresso machine is not the best choice for you. However, that does not mean that you cannot still enjoy a pressurized coffee brew and the espresso-like kick that comes with it. The Moka pot, also known as the stovetop espresso brewer, is certainly not a bad second choice.
The magic of a Moka pot lies in its triple-chambered brewing process. The lowest chamber allows the water to boil, and the resulting steam creates pressure that allows water to go upwards and in the topmost chamber.
Let us mention that the resulting brew is not quite the same as a shot of espresso. However, if you get the process right (the process does require a bit of skill), you will be able to enjoy a super-intense and bittersweet concoction sufficient to carry you through your day. A major benefit of Moka pots is that they allow you to brew multiple coffee cups at the same time (you can brew anywhere from four cups to 16). So, if you have a crowd that is searching for a caffeine hit, the Moka is your best friend.
Time: The bean to brew time is amazingly short – once the water is heated, it should not take longer than five minutes in most cases (induction stoves might require slightly more time). This super-quick process is the reason that Moka pots are loved by people who are in a rush and want a quick morning hit of caffeine.
Grind: The grinding type is the trickier bit. Normally, you would want a grind that is coarser compared to the kind of fine grind suitable for espresso. At the same time, the grind should be finer compared to the kind of grind used for drip coffee. If this rule does not help you out, we recommend going for trial-and-error to end up with the perfect grind type – this means starting off with coarser grinds, and then moving towards finer grinds until you come up with a grind that delivers the perfect end result.
As a rule of thumb regarding how to grind coffee beans for a Moka pot, remember that if the resulting brew is excessively watery or weak, you need to go finer with the grind. Similarly, if the resulting brew is excessively bitter, you need to reduce the fineness a bit.
Resulting brew: As we mentioned, the resulting brew will not exactly be the kind you get with espresso machines, but it will be pretty close (provided that you have gotten the technique and grind right). You can expect coffee that tastes strong and sharp.
Required skill level: Although there is a bit of skill needed, you do not need to worry about getting a barista certification. The toughest bit is getting the grind right; once you master that, the rest of the process is relatively simple – requiring you to fill chambers, get the heat going, and just remain on the alert.
Best-suited for: People who can spend a limited amount on a coffee machine; people requiring a super-portable machine but do not really prefer the thin brew that comes out of drip coffee.
Not suited for: People unwilling to compromise on the texture and taste of an espresso shot. Also, remember that the brew is quite strong (perhaps even slightly harsh). Hence, if this does not feel right, we recommend you to keep looking.
The Aeropress has become something of a cult hero within coffee-loving travelers. Moreover, a lot of people claim that they have never tasted better coffee than the kind that is prepared using an Aeropress.
One of the greatest things about the Aeropress is that it keeps things simple – the right air pressure, water temperature, and grind size means that all it takes is a few minutes to end up with some supremely tasting brew. Aeropress is certainly right up there with the swiftest coffee makers around, and, as we said, many people who have used this coffee maker swear by the taste – so the speed does not mean that the quality is compromised in any way.
Buying an Aeropress means buying a three-pieced simple tool designed to deliver maximum taste with no real effort whatsoever. Another factor that makes the Aeropress maker so great is the fact that, alongside regular coffee, it can also prepare cold brews and even nearly espresso coffee.
Steeping is simply a synonym for immersion, and this coffee-brewing method is the oldest and most basic of them all. Basically, you are mixing hot water with coffee grinds, and letting this combination work its magic. Once this happens, you separate the two – you keep the coffee while you dump the damp coffee grinds.
While the method is as simple as it sounds, you need to be careful about under or over-steeping the brew. With the former, you will have a thin and weak resulting brew; while the latter will make the brew excessively bitter.
While home-brewed coffees do not have a mascot, but if they did, it would probably be the French press. It has been steeping household coffees for the last hundred-odd years, and unsurprisingly, brags an extremely loyal following within the home barista universe. So, why this massive fan-following? While there are multiple reasons for that, the main ones are its ease of use, extreme cost-effectiveness, and the resulting unique brew.
Let us talk a bit about how you can use French presses:
This invention has only been around since 2010, and you can think of it as similar to a French press, only easier. In fact, the word ‘simple’ is synonymous with the SoftBrew – all you need to do is fill the filter using ground coffee, put in hot water, and allow it to steep for around 5 to 8 minutes.
That is it – your coffee is ready to be served. The unique filter is what makes SoftBrew so special. This filter contains numerous tiny holes, allowing you to use grinds of virtually any size (including super-fine ones).
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So, there you have it – everything that you needed to know about the two major methods of coffee brewing. If you are looking for supreme, fresh, and healthy coffee – you will likely not be able to do better than Lifeboost, so please feel free to reach out to us.
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