In my last post I spoke about three different ways to brew coffee: espresso, turkish coffee, and drip coffee. However, that is only half of the methods that I wanted to cover. So, as promised, here I am. Today I am going to talk about three other methods: the French press, Moka pot, and cold brew.
The French press is, in my opinion, one of the easiest ways to brew your own coffee at home. The process itself is relatively simple, as the device consists of a basic beaker and a plunger/filter. First, you are going to pour hot water over coffee grinds. Simple, right? Next, you are going to let the grinds steep for a bit before pressing down the plunger (or filter). What this essentially does is separate the grinds from the liquid. And that is it. You now have your own cup of freshly brewed coffee and it took minimal effort. French press coffee has a medium body and is more dense than the drip method but less so than espresso.
Next, we have the Moka pot method. This method is not usually used at home as it does get a bit more complicated and requires more materials. The way this works is by using steam pressure to force water through coffee grinds, however, unlike the espresso method, this requires less pressure. To put it into perspective. the pressure for the Moka pot is at about a 1 while an espresso machine is at a 9. This brew is very bold and it closely resembles that of espresso.
Finally, we have the cold brew. Personally, cold brew is my favorite type of coffee to order when it is a bit too warm for a hot cup of Joe. A fun fact about this method is that, this coffee is ideal for those with stomach issues who cannot handle hot coffee. However, while possible to produce this at home, it is not exactly ideal as it takes a long time. The method of producing cold brew is through steeping coffee grinds for anywhere from 12 to 36 hours. Since this does take so long, it is produced in large batches.
There you have it, all the possible ways of producing coffee. However, if we are being honest, there are likely others methods out there, these are just some of the most common. Remember, each brewing method creates different levels of boldness, you just need to find out whichever one you prefer more!