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.
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.
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 flavor 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 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 flavor 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.
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-flavored 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.