There is a plethora of different ways to make coffee, and when we wake up in the morning seeking our next fix, we generally aim for the easiest methods possible. Many coffee lovers go straight towards instant coffee, an undeniably fast and easy way to get in a cup of coffee. However, if you appreciate the aroma, texture and deep flavors of good coffee, you may find that using a coffee percolator is too time consuming, or perhaps acquiring a coffee machine is too expensive. Thanks to these three brewing methods, brewing a delicious cup of joe is easier, faster and more convenient than ever before. The only requirement for these brewing methods is that you have ground coffee beans and the correct coffee brewing arsenal.
Brewing Method 1: French Press
Probably the most popular method of brewing coffee without a coffee machine is the classic European styled French press. You’ll need a French press – otherwise known as a coffee plunger – and ground coffee beans.
Boil water in a kettle and prepare the French press and coffee mug.
If you’re using coffee beans that aren’t ground, make sure to use a coffee grinder to grind them up to a consistency between table salt and bread crumbs. For one strong cup of coffee, add 2 tablespoons of ground coffee beans into the French press.
After the kettle has switched off, let it rest for a few minutes to cool down a bit to ensure you don’t burn your coffee grounds. Add in a full cup of boiled water and stir well.
Let the coffee seep into the water for a minimum of 4 minutes. The longer it sits, the stronger it will be. Serve and enjoy!
Brewing Method 2: Pour Over
Most famous for bringing out the deepest of coffee flavors, the pour-over method is the best way to brew ground beans if you want to achieve aromatic, complex signatures in your coffee. Make sure you have a pour-over coffee maker and finely ground beans.
Boil water in a kettle, and prepare the pour-over coffee maker and a coffee mug.
If you’re using unground beans, use a coffee grinder to grind the beans down to a consistency close to that of table salt – almost as fine as sand grains.
Fit the brewer with a filter and rinse it with hot water to rid it of any paper residue.
Add between a tablespoon to two of the ground coffee beans. Level the top surface to make sure it is flat.
After the kettle has boiled, let it sit for a minute or two. Pour a minuscule amount of water over the grounds – just enough to saturate it, but not enough to drip through – to allow the grounds to de-gas.
Carefully pour an entire cup of water (for one cup of coffee) over the grounds once they have saturated, and allow the water to drip through to the bottom, which usually takes 4 minutes.
Remove the filter to serve and enjoy a deep flavorful cup of coffee.