Coffee seems to be taking the world by storm these past few years, and everyone seems to be asking what the best way to brew good coffee is. With specialty roasters popping up all over the place and many new in-home coffee solutions, there seem to be more choices and many different ways to brew coffee than every before.
Yet, many people don't realize that the coffee world really is an endless landscape with a rich history. For example, there are even unique ways to brew coffee without a filter or that there are some best ways to brew coffee camping. There are ways that are the healthiest ways to brew coffee and more.
It seems today that it's no longer important just where your beans came from, but even how you make your coffee. So today, we're going to take a look at how many different ways there really are to brew coffee. Let's get started...
1, Coffee the Turkish Way
Turkish coffee is a little known secret among coffee connoisseur and those in the know. Called kahve in Turkish, this way of brewing coffee uses an open flame, where the carefully and fine grounds are boiled, often twice. Now, to have it the traditional way, you add a little bit of cinnamon and cardamon to the coffee to give it that little something special.
As you drink and come to the bottom of the strong cup of coffee, you find that there is a layer of sediment, the grounds, clinging to the bottom. A little on the gritty side and definitely on the strong side, this way of brewing coffee remains a popular one.
2, Brewing with Concentrate
This way of brewing coffee has only recently reached the United States and is still waiting to hit its big trend. Originally practiced by coffee drinkers in Central and South America, this way uses a minimal amount of water when brewing but a good deal of coffee grinds. By doing so, the result is a concentrated and incredibly strong form of coffee that can go a long way.
But typically, this concentrate is not given straight off to drink. Instead, boiling water is added to it when it comes time to consume the drink, resulting in a fresh drink that isn't too heavy, has light acid, and a smoother mouthfeel than most coffees.
3, Percolating Your Coffee
Another, different way of brewing your coffee is to try percolating. This method might seem very contrary to what many coffee drinkers have been taught, yet there's nothing wrong with it. It does produce a very different cup of coffee than you might be used to though.
By brewing the grinds with boiling water, but without ever stopping the heat, you get a super bitter, tar-like coffee that isn't thick, but may take some getting use to.
Because coffee drinkers are use to a less-bitter drink, this may not be for everyone, and though the beans do lose a lot of their best attributes this way, for a quick and dirty cup, it can be done. This method might be right for those who aren't afraid of a little bitterness.
4, Using Auto Drip
A staple of American cuisine, this method is probably one you've encountered before. A simple, quality filter is used to hold the grounds while hot water is poured on top. The rest is a slow drip of delicious coffee that has been a popular method since the early 20th century in the United States. Two big factors to keep in mind when brewing this way is the quality of the filter and the heat of the water.
Most auto drip machines don't consider or have a way of setting temperature, results in a cup that is less than perfect, though still drinkable. However, we're starting to see some temperature regulated machines possibly entering the market soon.
The second element is the filter. There's a lot of debate in the coffee world about what the perfect filter is for this method, but it's common to use simple, high-quality paper filters, though they will impart a partial flavor to the coffee.
5, Trying Out a French Press
This is a method that comes highly recommend by serious coffee drinkers. While it's not as simple as auto drip, you are able to more finely tune the aspects of your cup that are most important to you. You may have even see french presses at the store, and they are a low cost way to brew yourself a great coffee.
Using a medium coarse grind, you place your grounds inside the french press, while heating water to a boil on the stove in a tea kettle or even a pot. Once boiling, you pour the water in, push down on the plunger, and the metal filter keeps the grinds at the bottom of the pot.
You'll need to extend your brewing time by a few minutes to get the most of this method, but the result is a flavorful, bold coffee with a heavier feel to it.
This method is also a popular camping method for brewing coffee as well as a popular way generally when traveling, because of its simplicity, yet quality cup. Campers often use a cast iron skillet to heat up the water over a fire, while pre-grinding their beans before the trip.
6, A Raving Trend of Cold Brew
You may have heard a thing or two about cold brew. You may have even seen some of your favorite coffee brands producing bottled versions of it. This new trend has coffee drinkers around the country raving about the taste. Cold brew is exactly what it sounds like: coffee grounds are brewed in cold water for 12 to 24 hours, and then the grinds are filtered out using a very fine filter.
This brew is a great way to get a silky, almost chocolaty cup of coffee that is at once rich, yet not acidic. While filter choice is important to avoid imparting a flavor, this method is as simple as it sounds. A cup is definitely worth a try. However, because it's served cold, it may take some getting use to.
7, Chemex isn't as Odd as It Sounds
This method isn't as well known in the coffee world just yet, but makes a good brew. Made in a special decanter called a Chemex, this method has been around for about 70 years. With a unique shape and certain filters, chemex removes many oils from coffee, some of which may be bad for cholesterol.
While this method remains healthy, it does have a few simple steps. Boiling water in a separate container, you'll next want to pre-moisten the grinds in the chemex with a little coffee before increasing the flow. After that, it's as easy as letting it percolate.
8, The Timeless Americano
Born in war-time Italy, this American favorite can seem a little counter-inventive to some drinks in the United States. When US soldiers were stationed in Italy during World War 2, they sought a coffee drink similar to the one they had at home. So, they took the Italian espresso and pour in a little extra water.
Viola! The Americano was born. Some more novice coffee drinkers are sometimes under the impression that this drink doesn't differ from a regular auto drip. However, nothing could be further from the truth. With it's own feel and consistency, the Americano is a tasty coffee in its own right.
9, The Extravagant Vacuum Pot
Another lesser known way of brewing coffee is using a vacuum pot. While this trend is still catching on, the brew it produces is very unique and incredibly mello in flavor. Higher in caffeine content, it uses a vacuum to siphon-brew your cup of coffee. You have to see it to believe it!
While it does require specialized equipment, this way of brewing produces one of the cleanest cups of coffee you'll probably ever have. It does take a little practice to master the specifics of the process, but it's well worth it.
10, The Simple Coffee Cone
Making a comeback in coffee shops nationwide, this is a great little way to make a single cup of coffee. The cone is made from ceramic and creates a funnel for your coffee. Simply place your filter inside the cone and after boiling water in another container, pour away.
This method produces a solid, standard cup of coffee. For this reason, it has really caught on and remains a good go-to method for making a brew, especially if you're traveling or camping. It also has the benefit of being lightweight and simple to carry.
11, The Wonderful Aeropress
For a consistent brew, the Aeropress is another easy to carry piece of coffee equipment. Using a special tube and a plunger, the coffee is only stepped for about 15 seconds. Place over a cup or mug, you merely push the coffee through to get your cup.
Slightly acidic, but with a strong espresso consistency, this method of brewing is considered by many to be one of the best ways to get a cup. It's short brewing time is an extra plus in our book.
12, Coffee The Greek Way
For some people, Greek coffee seems very similar to Turkish coffee, but with a few notable exceptions. There are two options for the grounds themselves. Either a super finely ground bean or sometimes, Nespresso is used.
The difference here is that the blend is rich and includes a crema. This is because brewing is done in a small pot that is heated with the grounds directly added. Like Turkish, a fine sediment forms at the bottom. Many people take this coffee with a great deal of sugar.
13, The Eastern "Sock"
Almost unheard of in the United States, this form of brewing is popular throughout Asia. The main component is a "sock," a high-quality filter that is used to cover up the rim of the coffee pot and keep the grinds out of the water.
In a sense this method is a form of steeping similar to making tea. While it might sound odd, after about 3 minutes, the product is a rich brew due to the build up of oils as the sock is reused. It might sound weird, but it makes an interesting brew for sure.
14, Vietnamese Coffee With Chicory
In Vietnam, there is an interesting way of brewing coffee that makes a unique cup. Using small metal filters in the shape of a cup, they pour hot water over regular grinds to produce their brew. But that's not exactly where the secret is, since this is similar to some of our other methods.
The real part comes in when they add Chicory, a woody herb, to their coffee. If that's not enough, they then also add condensed milk. It's very important that it be condensed milk though, to get the right consistency and sweetness to the drink. Combine these two with coffee, and you have coffee the way they have it in Vietnam.
15, The Cowboy Campfire
Our final way of brewing coffee is the simplest and maybe even the oldest. One popular way campers brew is to take a pot and add some water. Heating it over their fire, they then throw in their coffee grinds, which can be ground with a rough cut or even a pulverizing method.
Then they let it brew. When it's finished, they pour out the cups. That's it. It might sound a bit crazy, but it makes a good, practical cup. It does offer one of the best ways not to lug around a ton of coffee equipment. When you're busy with friends and can't be bothered with anything more complicated, this is probably the best method for you.
Whether you're just getting in to coffee or you've been drinking it for years, it really is important to try different ways to brew. Doing so can really help you explore and understand this art, while helping you also find that perfect cup. With so many options available, why limit yourself? Well now, with this guide, you really know all the different ways to brew coffee