I love coffee. I’ve mentioned this here before and not only do I spend way too much money on coffee but I’ve also just about tried every method there us to make the perfect cup of coffee. I’ll list a few of the methods of brewing coffee the way I like it the most here and try and point (if possible) the best one!

The desire to do so came after my wife gave me brand new Chemex yesterday! This was the one method I really looked forward to trying.

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1. Chemex

Many people will argue that this is the most natural and normal way you are supposed to brew coffee. No pressure valves, steam or electricity. Only the gravity of “the pull” with a bit of hot water poured over some finely ground coffee beans. This is probably the best way in my opinion to taste the true flavor of the bean you are brewing.  Pour the first bit of water, wait for it to bloom, then pour the rest. Easy.

Advantages:

  • Apart from getting your water boiled you don’t need electricity.
  • You can easily brew from 1 to 6 cups (if you have the big one, there is also the 3 cup max Chemex)
  • Its very easy and relaxing to use
  • Can brew cold coffee as well
  • Takes no longer than 3/4 minutes.

 

2. Aeropress

I have a special place for my Aeropress and would argue that this is still my preferred  method of making coffee. I used my Aeropress all the way through our epic 5 day Otter trial hike and it was simply the best decision to take with. Makes coffee a bit stronger, which means the pressure applied tends to get “more” out of the beans you are using. the pressure is completely natural pressure you press from your own strength downwards.

Advantages:

  • Apart from getting your water boiled you don’t need electricity.
  • Its very easy to use
  • Can brew cold coffee as well
  • Takes no longer than 3/4 minutes.

Disadvantage:

  • Can only brew one decent cup due to size limitation of device, unless you are making Espresso’s then you can maybe get 2/3 out.

 

3. Plunger / French press

A huge favorite and easy cup of coffee to make. This is also an easy way to quickly make for 4-6 people as these plungers normally cater for multiple cups and not only 2 or 3. I’ll take plunger coffee any day of the week (Ok maybe not if I can choose Aeropress and Chemex first). My only gripe with a plunger is the coffee is sometimes “dirty” which happens depending of the condition of the plunger. Ain’t  nobody got time for dirty coffee!

Disadvantage:

  • Dirty coffee

 

4. Percolator

This was mt preferred choice for a long time as in my opinion this really makes a super strong punch of a cup of coffee. It really gets everything out of the bean, almost too much! Indeed if there is anything I can complain about with this method then it is the extreme heat and pressure that is used that tends to give this coffee a burnt taste.

Disadvantage:

  • Take care to overheat the stove which may give this a burnt taste.

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There you have it, 3 of my favorite coffee making techniques. There is so much to say about coffee and the zen around brewing and drinking it. Yes I spend a lot on my coffee addiction but heck it’s one of those small pleasures I have and it’s something I would like to continue exploring and enjoying for many years to come!