Different Brewing Methods – an easy guide

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

Selecting a brewing method is down to personal preference – if you only drink coffee on weekends and have spare time then the Pour Over or French Press would work for you. If you travel a lot, then the AeroPress is great. If you want to enjoy drinks similar to that in a coffee shop, then invest in an espresso machine. If you are not sure, then why not try them all?

In this post we will 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.

Below is an overview and comparison of each brewing method.


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 itself to a lighter roasted coffee. 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 which allow you to brew for 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 recognisable 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 purchase a French Press from 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 to really getting the most flavour of your beans so don’t forget to check out our brewing methods here.



Espresso provides a really concentrated extraction of flavours and is the base for the majority of coffees available in 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 are a bit more robust and carry a bit more flavour so you need a least a medium roast as 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.



The AeroPress is cheap, easy to use and durable which makes it the go anywhere option for the adventurous types who enjoy a decent coffee no matter where they are. It uses a paper microfilter it produces a clean, full-flavored coffee and is a great option to have in the cupboard to enjoy at home or throw in your backpack ready for your next adventure.


If you would like a step by step guide for each of the brewing methods, then please check out our Brewing Guides page here.


We hope that you enjoyed learning more about the different brewing methods and that it helps you to get the most out of your personalised coffee subscription.