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6 Methods for Brewing Coffee From Home

If you’re a coffee drinker, you know how important that first cup can be — if you’re like us, it’s the thing that gets you up in the morning! Maybe you have a favorite coffee shop where you pick up your morning coffee, but chances are, you’ve got a way to brew that first cup from home, too.

So, which way do you brew? Are you an automatic dripper? Or do you prefer a pour-over method? Maybe you’re more of a fan of the French Press. If you’ve been using the same method for a while and you’re curious about branching out, Nomi Brew is here to help! We’ve compiled six common ways of brewing from home, some of them you’ve surely heard of, while others are more unique and obscure methods. Take a look at the different coffee brewing methods below to see which one is right for you!

Drip

Let’s start with the basics. If you’re a coffee lover looking for a quick and easy way to brew a morning cup at home, you probably own or have owned a drip coffee maker at some point in your life. As it requires the least amount of effort or skill, this is one of the most popular at-home brewing methods preferred by a majority of households. And there’s no arguing that this is the cheapest, most convenient way of brewing your own cup of coffee. We get it. Who doesn’t want a cup of coffee at the press of a button? That said, if you’re interested in branching out to other more hands-on brewing methods that provide more flavor and a quality cup of Joe, there are several other ways of creating a great cup of coffee from home.

French Press

Invented in France in 1929, the French Press is an immersion-based method named after the plunger pot itself. All you need to make a great cup of coffee is your French Press, hot water, and medium fine ground coffee. Start by boiling your water and grinding your coffee. The amount of each will depend on how many cups of coffee you want to make and how strong you want your brew to be. Add the coffee grounds to the French Press and then pour the hot water over the beans. Place the lid on top and then leave it to seep for 4-5 minutes. Now, it’s time to press the plunger down, and voila! You’re ready to pour. Because it’s soaked and strained in hot water, the coffee flavors are well preserved, leaving behind a deliciously full-bodied brew.

If you’re looking to branch out from your automatic drip coffee maker, the French Press is a great place to start. The process is simple and it’s a hard one to mess up. Plus, depending on the size of your French Press, you can make anywhere from three to twelve cups of coffee, so it’s great for sharing, too!

Pour over (aka Chemex or Cone)

There are many devices available to use with the pour-over method. But all of them will use a cone of some sort to filter the coffee. Using a cone pour-over method is also sometimes called drip, not to be confused with the original drip coffee machine. Many of the cone methods, such as Hario V60 and Kalita Wave, tend to take a while and only make one cup at a time. If you’ve got a crowd — or if brewing one cup at a time doesn’t fit with your busy schedule — one of the most popular coffee makers used in the pour-over method is the Chemex. This fancy glass coffeemaker resembles an hourglass, with a synched waist and a cone at the top and bottom.

Along with your preferred pour-over device, you’ll need coarsely ground coffee beans, hot water, and filter paper for this one. Place the filter into your cone, pour the grinds into the filter, and then slowly pour the hot water over them. The water drains through into your cup, or into the bottom of the Chemex. The pour-over method offers a more controlled method for brewing. The result is a light-bodied but richly flavored cup of coffee. Pour-over coffee isn’t known for pairing well with milk, so if you like your coffee black, you may prefer this method.

AeroPress

The AeroPress looks a little like something you’d find in your high school science class. A relatively new method for brewing, the AeroPress was invented in 2005. This plastic device comes in three parts — a plunger, a brew chamber, and a filter. Like the French Press, the AeroPress is also an immersion method combined with some pour-over techniques. With this method, the filter sits at the bottom of the device with the brew chamber on top. Add your coffee grounds to the brew chamber, and then pour in the hot water to allow them to steep. After about 1-2 minutes, use the plunger to press the coffee down through the filter and into the cup.

While the AeroPress is great for portability, and a cheaper option to other coffee makers, its single-serve method isn’t for everyone. But it is known for producing a single cup of very strong coffee, similar to an espresso shot. If that’s all you need for your morning pick-me-up, this go-anywhere, the handheld coffee maker might be the one for you.

Percolator (Moka Pot)

Originally created by Italian inventor Alfonso Bialetti in 1933, the Moka Pot coffee maker utilizes a stovetop percolating method of brewing coffee. Like the AeroPress, the Moka Pot is also split into three parts, with no paper filter required. Placing the coffee maker directly on the stove, steam from the boiling water in the bottom section of the pot passes up through the coffee grounds into the middle chamber, pushing it upward, and the brewed coffee sits on top. Brewing with the lid open makes for the best cup. The Moka Pot usually takes about 3-4 minutes to brew. Once it’s bubbling, simply remove it from the stovetop, close the lid, and pour!

Bialetti’s Moka Pot remains one of the most popular brands today, and it is an important symbol of Italian coffee culture. These devices are found in around 90 percent of Italian households. It’s also the preferred method if you’re looking to make a strong, espresso-style brew from home without the costly expense of an espresso machine. One thing to watch out for with the Moka Pot is mold. You’ll want to be sure to wash out the bottom chamber as well as the top to avoid mold growth. If you do encounter this problem, we recommend using a little water and vinegar to get your Moka Pot clean and ready for use again.

Vacuum (Siphon)

Usually referred to as a Siphon, the vacuum coffee maker uses a two-chamber, vaporizing brewing method. It was invented in Germany in the 1840s and has a very steampunk look to it. It’s like something Sherlock Holmes would use to make coffee. In this method, water is placed in the bottom chamber with medium-coarse grounds in the top chamber. Vapor pressure is then used to force the hot water into the upper vessel. Gravity then pushes the brewed coffee back down into the bottom chamber through a filter. They aren’t known for being the most reliable or easy-to-clean devices, but if you’re looking for a fancy, fun brewing method to impress your friends, you might be interested in investing in a Siphon coffeemaker.

Which Method Is Best For You?

Have you decided on a method yet? It all comes down to personal preference. If you’re looking for a bold, espresso style, consider the Moka Pot. If you prefer a silky smooth light-bodied brew, try the pour-over method. On the other hand, if a full-bodied flavor is what you’re after, look to the French Press. No matter how you choose to brew at home, with Nomi’s specialty-grade beans you can use any of these methods knowing that you’ll end up with a great-tasting cup of coffee!

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