As the popularity of coffee has grown throughout the world, numerous methods of brewing coffee have evolved. For the most part, coffee is made by brewing hot or cold water with ground coffee beans. But through history and the development of new technology and the keeping of traditions, numerous methods of making coffee have been created. Each method has different advantages and create unique tastes and aromas from the coffee. Below we guide you through various methods of brewing coffee and also the vital steps to help you achieve that perfect cup of coffee for that brewing method.
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Most Popular Coffee Brewing Methods
Below are some of the more popular methods of brewing coffee in the world. Simple methods such as French Press, pour-over method, and moka pot are very simple and require simple low cost equipment. But, in general, the simpler the equipment, the more important it is to have keys steps done accurately.
Less Common Coffee Brewing Methods
Below are other methods of brewing coffee that are not as common as the brewing methods above, but have various advantages that can make the process easier to do when travelling such as the Aeropress or more dramatic like the vacuum pot method. When done correctly, each allow you to create wonderful coffees.
Other Brewing Methods:
Manual Espresso Maker - Manual espresso makers allow the user to control every part of the espresso making process since they will warm the water and push the water through the coffee manually. They are much more difficult to work with and require consistency by the user to make a good cup of espresso.
Coffee percolator - A percolator works on the same principles of many other coffee makers. A percolator is a pot with a small chamber at the bottom. Water is poured into this bottom compartment. A tube goes from the water chamber into another compartment at the top which contains ground coffee. This is all similar to a moka pot, vacuum coffee maker, or even a drip coffee maker in the sense that hot water will flow up, go through a coffee/filter compartment and then down. The difference with a percolator is that the brewing process will continue over and over where the brewed coffee will flow back into the same compartment where the water was put. Then it will be heated to the point it flows up and through the ground coffee compartment again. This process is repeated unit the desired strength of the coffee is reached. The machine will make a “perking” sound at this point and signal that the coffee is ready.
Oliang (Thai Iced Coffee) - Popular in Thailand, an Oliang Powder is a blend of coffee and ingredients such as corn, soy beans, and sesame seeds. It is traditionally brewed by using a “tung tom kah fe”. This is a metal ring with a handle and a cloth bag attached. The coffee is put into the cloth bag and hot water is poured through the bag into a cloth similar to a drip coffee. After the water is poured, the bag is placed into the liquid and is left to steep like a tea.