The one thing that is responsible for our energy, to provide that kick we so desperately need in the morning, and to fulfill our afternoon relaxation, coffee has been our drink of choice for many centuries.
Over that big amount of time, many brewing methods have seen the light of the public; mainly the came from different coffee shops that tried to lure the customers with their experiments, claiming that the new method they have results in taste you never experienced before. And this is true; different methods result in different flavors.
You can apply some of them and try; you can use the single cup coffee maker (read Salt's reviews about them here) or manually, choose some of the methods below on how to make a single cup of coffee.
The Most Common Way
The old way of putting some coffee in a pot, covering it with water and bringing it to a boil is the most common way of brewing coffee. And it can turn out just fine; there’s only one thing though, coffee shouldn’t really be boiled because it leads to over-extraction of the coffee resulting in less appealing flavor.
Instead of boiling the coffee, try to bring the water to boil, let it sit for a minute and then add the grounds and stir it up. You will notice the richness of the flavor right from the first sip.
The Pour-Over Method
The method on which the coffee machines are based, the idea is to pour the hot water over the grounds, and the gravity does the rest of the job. Now, the difference between the machine and the handwork is that machine drips the water slowly, so it captures more of the flavor.
But, even without the machine, this method is awesome if you just want to make a cup of coffee for yourself. All you need is a filter and a cup. And to achieve the best tasting coffee pour over the water slowly and just a little bit to make it wet. Let the water sit for around 30 seconds, and then pour the rest.
The Turkish coffee is called that way only in the west because it originates from the Middle East and Mediterranean area. It differs from other kinds in its powdery grounds. It’s made in a small pot with a long handle, and this method requires sugar, although you can go without it as well if you like your coffee bitter.
It’s made by mixing coffee, sugar, and water, then by heating the mixture until the foam starts to form. Remove the pot from the heat source before it overflows, and repeat the process for two more times. It’s poured directly into the cup, with grounds and foam, served without milk. The amount of sugar is added according to the taste, although it’s better without it.
Even though it’s named French Press, it’s not actually French; it’s Italian by patent. And nobody knows why is it called “French,” but the name stayed and it’s still known as such. French press is one of the most popular methods of brewing coffee, and it’s easy to get one too.
To brew coffee in a French Press, you should use a coarse grind. All you need to do is bring the water to a boil, let it cool a bit, put the coffee in the pitcher and pour the water in. The standard measurements are six ounces of water that is poured over two tablespoons of grounds.
This is a single cup coffee maker that is great for single-serving. It works similarly to the French press, just in this case, you do the work manually. It’s quite simple, and fine grounds have to be used to filter the coffee out. It has its own filters and putting the filter in is the first step in brewing the coffee, the next is to add the fine grounds of coffee, pour the water over it and press until all of the water is in the cup. Brewing coffee this way is fast and cheap since it’s not automatic and requires the manual work.
Vacuum Press is similar to Aero press but slower. The way this thing works is by adding coffee to the water that’s nearly boiled. Some claim that the taste of the coffee is better than from the Aero press because the brewing process is much slower.
To tell you the truth, the only thing that Vacuum press stands out is the visual part.
It looks like an experiment, and it’s really enjoyable to watch the coffee being prepared, making the entire process of brewing and consuming coffee more enjoyable. It’s not practical at all, but it looks very unique, and it can be a sophisticated addition to the kitchen or a living room.
The higher the temperature, the quicker is the brewing process. In this case, the coffee is brewed at a room temperature which makes the process quite slow, but it results in coffee that has very low acidity. The brewing process is the same as with the French Press, only much, much, slower. You take the water that’s at the room temperature and put it into the pitcher with the coffee and basically use the French press process.
Now, you might think just how long does this method take, well, you might be surprised, because it takes whole 12 hours for the coffee to be done. Basically, the idea of cold brewed coffee is to prepare it the night before you want to enjoy cold coffee with low acidity.
Coffee is still coffee no matter what method is used to brew it. Also, the origin of the coffee beans also plays an important part. Luckily no one yet had some crazy experiment like mayonnaise on pizza, thank God. Some of the methods are faster, some are slower, and do the slower ones deserve the attention and the effort? Try and tell us what you think. What is your method and flavor of choice?