How to Brew Coffee. A Guide to Coffee Brewing Basics

How to Brew Coffee. A Guide to Coffee Brewing Basics

Let's Brew a Perfect Cup of Coffee

Brewing a perfect cup of coffee is the weakest link in making that perfect coffee.

We appreciate your effort in seeking knowledge on how to brew a good quality coffee? Before we begin dwelling on nuances of coffee brewing, filter coffee brewing is not covered in this section. Filter coffee is a unique process of brewing coffee in south India. we will cover about that in a different article.

Brewed coffee meaning

Coffee brewing is unique to each culture across the world. Scope of this article is coffee brewing techniques widely followed in america and Europe.

Selection of good coffee been to ground is the fundamental for a good coffee. But in spite of a good coffee been, poor brewing techniques will end up as bad coffee. So coffee brewing is a technique to master or at least be aware of to enjoy flavorful, intense and aromatic coffee.

Factors determining good cup of coffee

Equipment
The Coffee Beans
Freshness
The Grind
The Water

coffee -to-water Ratio
Water temperature
Brewing Time

Coffee Brewing Methods

In pursuit of consuming good coffee each culture experimented and defined a procedure to Brew coffee according to their taste.

We will touch up on the basic brewing methods and not get into comprehensive guide for each of below method. Each brewing technique deserve separate focus.

Espresso

Often disliked coffee flavor by many who are yet to unlock the secrets of good coffee. Typical reaction for someone who is not familiar with espresso - a dark, bitter to burnt-flavored roast of coffee. Reaction from a coffee lover - A Coffee like no Other.

Espresso is coffee preparation method which is pure coffee prepared fresh and enjoyed immediately. It is aromatic, rich and has perfect balance of all of them. "Coffee brewed by forcing a small amount of nearly boiling water under pressure through finely ground coffee beans".

Espresso is also the base for other drinks such as a caffè latte, cappuccino, caffè macchiato, caffè mocha, flat white, or caffè Americano.

Cappuccino

Cappuccino is an Italian coffee drink prepared with double espresso, hot milk, and surface topped steamed milk foam (milk froth).

Home prepared cappuccino needs a good espresso machine and awful amount of practice and patience. preparation of cappuccino is too delicate and its best left to barista in cafes.

Moka pot

The moka pot, also known as a macchinetta (small machine), is a stove-top or electric coffee maker that produces coffee by passing boiling water pressurized by steam through ground coffee. Pressure created by this equipment is much lower compared to espresso machines. Coffee prepared by this method resembles espresso but lacks creme and has much less oil.

Napoletana

This coffee preparation dates back to 17th century, a method followed by people of naples. Prepared using cuccumella or a Neapolitan coffee pot one of the oldest method of making coffee. Looks like filter coffee vessel this has three components.

a water chamber with a handle and a little outlet
a cylinder - shaped filter with a perforated lid
a coffee chamber with a spout and handle

Brewed Coffee -Name says it all, it is the most simple and popular coffee brewing technique. All you need is paper filters and coarse grounded coffee. Though the equipment needed are minimal, to master the perfect coffee you need a lot of expertise.

Turkish Coffee

Widely popular in middle east, this method needs cezve, a long handled pot made from copper or brass and finely ground coffee.

French Press

Another easy way to have a make an earthy, rich taste in the cup of coffee. We just need a cylindrical pot with a plunger and built-in filter screen that presses hot water through ground coffee.