If you love coffee, but are tired with your old-fashioned stove-top percolator, you’re in luck. There are many methods to brew coffee. Some of them are popular with coffee aficionados, while others are popular with people on the go who don’t have time to set up grinds and filters. Below are some of your options.
Cold Brew Coffee
This is the most interesting method of brewing coffee. If you like ice coffee, then this is definitely the way to go. Cold brew coffee is made without using hot water. You fill a container with ground coffee and place it in your refrigerator. Leave the container in overnight. The next day, pour the liquid though a sieve and you will have cold coffee.
You can use a mason jar, or if you don’t want to be bothered with using a separate strainer, use a French press.
This is not suitable if you like hot coffee because you will have to heat it up. When you heat up the coffee it will alter the flavor. It’s best if you drink ice coffee. You can add almond milk, caramel, whipped cream, or any other toppings once it is out of the fridge.
This method comes from France. A French press is a large container that you place a mesh-screened plunger in. The first step is to boil water in a teakettle. While the water is getting to boil, place ground coffee in the French press. Once the water boils, remove it from the stove and wait for about 20 to 30 seconds. You don’t want to pour boiling water onto the coffee grounds because it can ruin the flavor.
When the water has cooled down a bit, pour it into the press. Let it sit for around 3 minutes and then push the plunger down gently. This will separate the grounds from the water.
This method is very popular with coffee aficionados, however it does require a bit of work. Plus, it can be messy to clean up a French press.
Keurig Coffee Makers
These machines are extremely popular for people who don’t have the time to setup a complicated coffee brewing process. They are also perfect for someone who only wants to have one cup of coffee and the process requires that you buy k cups.
A large reservoir holds water. A small plastic cup is placed into the machine. When the lid is closed a small hole is pierced through the top and bottom of the cup. Hot water is then forced through the cup. There is a tiny filter inside each cup so that there are never any grinds in the coffee.
Another advantage to this setup is that you can alternative coffee flavors throughout the day. If you feel like a cup of hazelnut coffee, then a cup of Italian roast later, you can have it. You don’t have to make an entire pot worth of coffee.