There are many different ways to brew a good cup of coffee whether at home or in the office. Often it’s a matter of personal preference. Below we are listing three common brew methods using different equipment choices:
AUTOMATIC DRIP METHOD
This is one of the most used and convenient ways to brew a good cup of coffee.
- Use approximately 2 tablespoons of ground coffee per 12 oz. cup
- If it’s a flat bottom filter, use a medium grind, If it’s a cone shaped filter, use a fine to medium grind.
- Pour cold water into the reservoir to the desired level
- Press brew, or follow the machine’s instructions
After brewing, remove the carafe from the heat source, otherwise the coffee will turn bitter
This is a classic, heat resistant glass beaker with an hourglass design. The Chemex brewer uses the infusion method of brewing, resulting in a slower brew, and a rich cup of coffee that is sediment free.
- Use 1 rounded tablespoon of medium ground coffee per 6 oz. cup
- Heat water in a kettle on the stove top
- Using a Chemex specific filter (it’s heavier than the auto-drip kind) place grounds in the filter
- When the water boils, wait a few seconds for the initial pour
- Pour just enough water to saturate the grounds; wait 20 – 40 seconds
- Then gradually pour more water leaving 2″ from the top
- Remove the filter and pour
THE FRENCH PRESS
Many people feel that the French Press delivers the best cup of coffee that is rich, bold and delicious. This is an elegant way to serve coffee.
- For each cup, measure 2 tablespoons of medium to course ground coffee into the glass pot
- Boil water on the stove top
- Pour hot water over the gounds and stir with a wooden spoon
- Set the plunger in place. Press down enough to eliminate air
- After a few minutes, press the plunger all the way down, slowly but firmly
- Now you’re ready to pour the coffee into a mug and enjoy
Source: Mané Alves, Tea Coffee Expert
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