Many of us can’t do without that rejuvenating taste of morning coffee. It has even become a ritual that some of us cannot let go of it. Making coffee at home is a fun way to make your coffee your way, or try out that coffee brewing method you learned at your favorite coffee shop. Waking up to a hot cup of coffee from your go-to coffee maker is a stress-free yet fun-filled moment to experience every morning.
But, how about times when you can’t get a coffee maker? Because most of us are accustomed to brewing coffee with a machine, it may seem quite awkward, thinking of making a cup of coffee without this precious machine.
This post will discuss some coffee brewing methods that don’t require a machine and some techniques to make the best tasting cups of coffee.
Basic materials and ingredients for making coffee
- Freshly Roasted Coffee: What is a cup of coffee without freshly roasted coffee beans? The process of making coffee does not matter as much as the kind of coffee used. Coffee itself has its taste at about 80% aromatics, which wears off as it ages. So, the fresher the coffee beans, the better they taste. For the best results, use coffee that’s only between 2 weeks old after roasting.
- Coffee Grinder: Having a coffee grinder is as important as having a blender for purees. It’s almost inevitable. A coffee grinder is helpful to grind the coffee beans to release all their flavors.
Even before the invention of coffee making machines, in the past, people who brewed coffee usually grind it before brewing. So it’s a basic unit in coffee making, and you must get one after you’ve gotten your coffee beans.
- Hot water: You need hot water to brew coffee, although it doesn’t have to be boiling, depending on the coffee brewing method you’re using. The water should be around 195-205°F to extract the soluble particles from the grounds and draw out their flavors without scalding the grounds. Don’t bother yourself with checking the temperature of the water you’re boiling. It’s not like people carry thermometers around anyways. Place some water on the fire for about a minute, and you’re good to go.
- Coffee maker: A coffee maker is optional, although it makes the work much easier. This machine prepares the coffee from scratch, and just like an ice cream maker, you could also choose not to use the machine.
- Filter: A filter is optional, but it is great if you need your coffee smooth and nice.
- Coffee Mug: Who drinks coffee without a mug?
The Best Coffee Brewing Methods
Most of us are familiar with drip-brewed coffee. Although it’s a simple process, it produces a pleasant coffee flavor that’s far from simple.
Ground-up some portions of coffee beans to prepare them for brewing. Add water into your coffee maker’s reservoir, and then add the grounds into the machine’s filter. After you turn it on, the water goes through the coffee grounds, which comes out as that beautiful, cherished cup of coffee. Simple, isn’t it?
French Press Method
You may have thought using a French press is difficult. Well, it isn’t- if you know how to use it.
Open your carafe and pour in coarse ground coffee beans and water that’s almost boiling. If you already let the water boil, let it cool for a few seconds before pouring it over the grounds. Allow the mixture to sit for about 4-5 minutes, depending on the quantity you’re brewing. When the grounds have steeped, gently push the plunger down to separate the grounds and from the coffee.
Pour Over Method
Getting that perfect cup of pour-over coffee like that from your favorite coffee shop isn’t always a big deal. You only need to understand the process, and just like the French press method, this technique seems tough.
Start by placing a filter over a coffee mug or carafe and pour in your ground coffee over the filter. Pour in a little boiling water. Yes, the water needs to boil and should be added in little quantities only to wet the grounds. Ensure you’re pouring the water in a circular path that wets all the grounds and allows it to release its aroma.
Allow the coffee grounds to sit for about a minute before slowly adding the rest of the water. The water should have cooled further, so it should be good enough to brew the coffee. Take your time to pour in the water since that’s what’s making the coffee.
Waiting for water to boil, checking a timer, using a filter- does everyone have the time for those? If you find yourself amongst the no-time-to-waste group of people, making coffee very early in the morning may look like an unnecessary ritual itself.
The cowboy method is the most straightforward- although not the best-tasting-method. All you need is some coffee grounds, hot water, a spoon, and a mug. Pour in the grounds, add some boiling water, and stir. Yes, that’s all. And you can always enjoy the leftover grits as a snack!
When you wake up, it doesn’t matter if you’re with or without a coffee maker. You can still make your favorite coffee anyhow you like it, with a selection of different methods. Hence, you shouldn’t only have coffee, but enjoy good coffee.
Brewing your coffee at home is like an exciting learning process: the more coffee you make, you more you polish your skills and brew the next coffee to perfection.
All that matters is the quality of the coffee beans you’re using, not the coffee brewing methods. Go for anything you’re comfortable with, and do it well; you may even bring up a new recipe! Enjoy every moment as you would in your favorite coffee shop- just without the coffee shop price.