There are so many ways to make the perfect cup of coffee at home that don’t involve brewing through the plastic cups and mystery filters that come with single-cup brewers and electric coffee pots.
After water, coffee is one of the most consumed beverages in America, so why not experiment with quality beans and the many brewing methods available? The beauty of trying different coffee brewing methods is that you get to taste your coffee, not just consume it to keep you from nodding off while you sit at your work desk. When brewed properly, a good cup of coffee is a luxury, and it should enjoy to the last drop!
First thing’s first – you need to get a good bag of coffee. If you’re considering changing the way you brew, then it’s also time to consider the type of coffee you are drinking. Ideally, you should look for a bag of beans that was honest-to-goodness roasted by a human. Any bag of coffee worth considering will have a taste profile on the bag describing the roast intensity, its country of origin (or countries if it’s a blend), and the flavor notes you might find inside your cup. Don’t skip over this crucial step – finding a bag of coffee with a taste profile that sounds appealing to you is all part of figuring out what you want to get out of your cup of coffee. It all starts with the beans!
Speaking of beans, the most critical mistake people tend to make is with how they grind their beans. In general, you want to avoid blade grinders at all cost. Blade grinders violently chop up coffee beans, leaving you with uneven grinds and inconsistent flavor. Burr grinders work by pulverizing the beans, which creates a uniform coffee grind. It really helps you brew a better cup of joe.
Next, you need to decide what brewing method works best for you. Each brewing method will yield a very different tasting cup of coffee, even if you use the same beans. In the world of coffee, there is an entire language for describing each and every step of the way to a good cup. From roasting to cupping, some cups will be “clean,” while others might be a little “dirty” (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing). To get you started, here are four simple coffee brewing contraptions that can help you in your hunt for the perfect cup!
The Pour Over
The pour over method is one of the simplest methods of making a single cup of coffee using a cone-shaped ceramic dripper that sits on the rim of a coffee cup. To brew your perfect cup, start by putting…