How you brew your coffee can make all the difference in taste and texture. That’s why there are so many methods, some very simple and others more involved, that people use to brew their coffee at home and work. These ten coffee brewing methods will give you the tools you need to get delicious coffee every time, whether you want a quick pick-me-up or plan to serve your guests something special in your office break room.
10 Best Coffee Brewing Methods
Let us see the 10 best coffee brewing methods to brew coffee at home or anywhere else:
|Primula Stovetop Espresso and Coffee Maker, Moka Pot
|Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine
|Stanley French Press 48oz with Double Vacuum Insulation
1. The Moka Pot
Sometimes called a stovetop espresso maker, a Moka pot looks similar to a standard coffee percolator. Instead of filtering water through the ground coffee, the big difference is that it boils water inside its pressurized chamber. As it bubbles up through a layer of finely ground coffee in its lower chamber, it collects in an upper chamber before passing into your cup.
Moka pots offer terrific control over extraction—how long your brew sits on heat and at what temperature—and can easily extract more caffeine from coffee than other brewing methods. They also work for coarse and fine grinds of beans and don’t require paper filters or chemicals like other brewing methods.
The most common method for brewing espresso is what’s known as a Pour Over. This is when hot water is poured over ground coffee in a filter and then slowly forced through by gravity, creating a concentrated brew that has more flavor than drip coffee but less acidity than the French press.
Since it’s hard to control the water temperature (and get it consistently right), you may want to experiment with different amounts of ground coffee before pulling your first shot.
If your pour isn’t good enough, consider buying an espresso machine and practicing there instead of trying to perfect on an automatic drip machine at home.
3. French Press
Brewing coffee using a French press is a popular method, and for a good reason. All you need is coarsely ground coffee, hot water, and paper filters. Place about two tablespoons of ground coffee per 6 oz of water in your French press, and place it on your mug. After pouring hot water into your French press, let it steep for about four minutes before plunging for at least 20 seconds to remove all those flavorful grounds from your brew.
You’ll either love or hate it, but you can’t deny that AeroPress coffee is some of the best. Alan Adler invented its unique brewing process (steeping coffee in a plastic tube), an American entrepreneur who founded Aerobie (the company behind flying discs).
AeroPress claims its product brews bolder and richer coffee than traditional methods. Coffee snobs disagree on whether that’s true, but what most don’t argue about is how easy it is to use and clean up after.
If you have an ounce of skepticism, we encourage you to check out a guide before giving it a try — but once you do, prepare for tasty cups every morning!
5. Pour Over Method
This method has a devoted following, and while it’s not as fast as brewing with an automatic machine, it produces tasty and clean-tasting coffee. Like drip coffee makers, pour-over coffee drippers rely on gravity (and your arm strength) to do their work. Follow these steps for a great cup of pour-over:
- Measure out about 20 grams of ground coffee beans into a cone-shaped filter (paper filters are also commonly used).
- Add cold water slowly, letting it run through all of your grinds before adding more water.
- After one minute, stop adding water
- Pour in more water for 4 minutes
- Let your coffee brew for another minute or two
- Remove the filter from the receptacle
6. Cold Brew Coffee
Cold brewing is one of my favorite methods for making coffee at home. Simply place coarsely ground coffee into a French press and pour cold or room-temperature water over it, allowing it to sit for several hours.
Afterward, press down on the plunger as you would with hot-brewed coffee—cold-brew results in a smooth and easy-to-drink cup of coffee that’s perfect iced or hot. You can even sweeten your cold brew with things like honey or agave nectar after brewing if you so desire.
This is a great way to get started as an amateur barista; much more accessible than learning how to make pour-over coffee!
7. Turkish Coffee
Brewed using a cezve or ibrik and ground, Turkish coffee is often made with a traditional coffee pot called an ibrik. Water is added to roasted coffee beans in an ibrik and slowly brought to a boil while being stirred. As it boils, the foam will rise. This foam is skimmed off regularly as you continue boiling your coffee and removing any rising solids.
8. Stovetop Espresso Maker
No espresso machine? No problem. Make your stovetop espresso maker with just a pot, hot water, and ground coffee beans. Fill a large saucepan with two cups of water and bring it to a boil over high heat. Grind about one ounce of fresh coffee beans (or measure out two tablespoons of pre-ground beans) and place them in a metal filter on the top of an empty French press.
Pour some boiling water into your brewer—just enough to cover all the grounds—and wait for about four minutes or until bubbles begin percolating through your brew. Then, press down on your plunger (or just use a spoon!) as you would with an espresso machine. That’s it!
9. Siphon Coffee Maker
The Syphon Coffee Maker is an excellent choice for those who love high-quality coffee and are willing to spend extra time brewing it. It’s also considered one of the most beautiful coffee makers, and if you have your stand and supplies, it can be a lovely addition to your kitchen.
The brew time on an AeroPress is only around 30 seconds, and you’ll have fresh coffee in minutes. There’s even been some debate about whether it qualifies as real coffee, but for most people, especially if you like taking your time with a good cup of joe, nothing beats it.
10. Vacuum Coffee Maker
An Easy and Portable Method for Good Brew: One of our favorites here at The Daily Habit is that vacuum coffee makers brew delicious coffee quickly using a method similar to an espresso machine. We love how portable these brewers are and how easy they are to clean.
Also, if you’re looking for something unique and special, many vacuum machines come with beautiful glass components that would make a great addition to any kitchen countertop or table.
Varying between the single-cup and multi-cup models, vacuum coffee makers can create a great-tasting cup of coffee while remaining very affordable.
To learn more about coffee brewing methods, read our coffee brewing guides. Also, be sure to check out our other handy coffee brewing guides on steeping and pour-over. Looking for something a little more formal? Then grab your favorite beverage, sit back, and check out these professionally written articles.
Azizul Hakim is a content creator and the co-founder of www.queekcoffee.com. He has been writing content and reviews for over five years. He loves to brew coffee and serve it with his colleagues.