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Different Brewing Methods – an easy coffee lovers guide

Do you already have a preferred brewing method? or are you new to speciality coffee and keen to explore more and learn about different ways to enjoy your morning coffee?

Selecting a brewing method is down to personal preference – if you only drink coffee on weekends and have time spare then the Chemex or French press would work for you. Do you travel a lot? Then give the aeropress a go. Do you want to enjoy your coffee shop drinks at home, then invest in an espresso machine. Maybe even try them all.

In this post we would like to guide you through the basics of some of the most common brewing methods so you can either learn more about the brewing method you are already using or maybe decide on a new one to experiment with.

Remember: for a step by step guide you can check out our brewing method guides here, the below are only an over view and comparison.

 

Pour Over

Manual pour overs are a cheap and quick way to start enjoying fresh coffee, this particular brewing method is good for bringing out the subtle flavours of coffee and lends its self to the lighter roasts. Using a cone and a filter Pour overs come in a variety of sizes and options from the cheap plastic, but very effective, v60, to the beautiful ‘design classic’ Chemex. There are options to allow for brewing from a single cup up to 8 cups. They can be portable, easy to clean and the best entry level brewing method to start enjoying the true flavours of specialty coffee.

 

French Press

The French press is one of the most commonly recognizable brewing methods and an easy way to make full-bodied coffee. The French press process allows the grounds to soak in water for four to five minutes before plunging and this allows for a stronger taste and bolder flavours. You can pick up a French press really easily in most supermarkets for just a few pounds or you can invest in a high-quality press which will last a lifetime. While it can appear to be really easy to make a French press coffee there are a few tips and tricks so really getting the most flavour of your beans so don?t forget to check out our brewing methods here.

 

Espresso

Espresso provides a really concentrated extraction of flavours and is the base for the majority of coffees available in basic coffee shops – from Flat Whites to Americanos – they always start with a single or double espresso. An Espresso machine uses pressure to force hot water through the coffee grounds.  This method is suitable for coffees which a bit more robust which carry a bit more flavour so you need a least a medium roast, the delicate flavours of a light roast would be lost and result in a dull coffee. Espresso machines can be very expensive but an entry level one can start from as little as £200.

 

Aeropress

If you always out and about then the aeropress might just be for you. It?s the go anywhere option for the adventurous types who enjoy a decent coffee no matter where they are. Its cheap, easy to use and rugged and because it uses a paper microfilter it produces a clean, full-flavoured coffee. Great option to have in the cupboard to enjoy once in a while or throw in your backpack ready for your next mountain adventure.

 

Please remember for step by step guides to each of the brewing methods listed here please check out our page here. Also coffee equipment is available to purchase on our store here. We hope you enjoyed learning more and it allows you to get the most out of your personalised coffee subscription.

3 tips to making better coffee at home

If you are here on the Beans website – the only personalised coffee subscription featuring some of the UK’s best coffee roasters – then we are pretty sure you already aware that buying fresh specialty coffee beans is really important to a quality cup of coffee but what else can you do to ensure that you’re getting the best experience, whatever your preferred brewing method.

  1. Use a Burr grinder.

The biggest impact you can have to the taste of your morning coffee is grinding your coffee fresh, grinding whole coffee beans and using them immediately rather than buying ground beans. The reason behind this is that the compounds in coffee start reacting and changing when exposed to air, coffee which has been pre-ground starts to go stale within minutes, no matter how you store it. By grinding your beans at the time of brewing you are going to be getting the best flavours from them and using a Burr grinder rather than a blade grinder will provide a more consistent grind allowing for better extraction of those flavours. Burr grinders can cost several thousand pounds but they don?t have to be expensive, they start from as little at ?50 for a great hand grinder, so if you want to improve your morning coffee this is the best place to start.

  1. Use a digital scale

Making coffee can be a bit of a science, how to extract the best flavor from the best consistently time after time can take a long time to master. We are aware that not everyone has the time or inclination for this but one small change you can make to ensure that your coffee tastes great every time is to weigh your coffee beans or ground coffee. Follow our brewing methods here for a guide on the different weights to water ratios depending on the brewing method used. Using any common kitchen scale will help bring consistency to your brewing method but some are better than other as they can more accurate or water resistant.

  1. Use clean water

The water used can often be over looked as having an impact to the taste of your coffee but the quality of your water can vary greatly depending on where in the country you are and as it can make up to 98% of your drink it important to ensure its as clean as possible. Using a Brita Filter to filter your tap water at home can massively improve taste and odour. If you purchase bottled water we recommend spring water rather than simply ?drinking water? and never use distilled water as its lack of mineral content actually makes it corrosive to your equipment.

These easy to implement steps will really help you to explore and enjoy coffee brewing at home. We want to help you get the best experience possible from your coffee subscription so don?t forget to check out our brewing guides here and also check out our store if you want to check out some great grinders and scales to use at home.

 

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What are coffee tasting notes?

At Beans, with our personalised coffee subscriptions, we try and take the guess work out of exploring the world of speciality coffee. Our clever quiz matches you to coffees we are pretty sure you will love but you are also able to browse all 150+ of our coffees all in one place. If you want to freely explore some of the best speciality coffees from some of the UKs best roasters one of the easiest ways to know if you are going to love a new coffee is to review the coffee tasting notes, but what are tasting notes and how can they help you find new amazing coffees you will love drinking?

‘Chocolate’, ‘Nutty’, ‘Caramel’ or ‘Peach’ are all flavours you might see detailed as flavour notes, but this doesn’t mean that the coffee has been flavoured, they are the natural characteristics of that particular bean and the way it has been roasted and the brewing method used. In a similar way to wine or beer coffee has very complex flavour notes which are impacted by where or when it was grown, processed, roasted and brewed. Arabica coffee can have thousands of unique chemical compounds so if you taste ?Dark Chocolate? in the cup you are tasting a similar compound to that actually found in dark chocolate. Some of those flavours are full in your face and some are much subtler and depending on your own palette you will be drawn to some more than others.? You can try and pick out certain flavours by brewing two coffees side by side using the same coffee brewing method, and trying each one in turn. Go between them and try and distinguish the different flavours between them. A coffee tasters flavour wheel can help you identify certain flavours, start towards the inside of the wheel, with the broader categories, and move towards the outside to pinpoint more specific flavours. It can take practice but can be really fun to do and will help you understand what coffees you should be trying in the future. A flavour wheel can see here on the SCA website. To see more information on coffee brewing methods you can check out our brewing method pages here.