Need your coffee hot and ready in the morning before you step out to face the challenges of the day? A daily dose of coffee from your local coffee shop can really hurt your wallet. Why not learn to make the same drinks at home?
Luckily, there are plenty of different ways to make home-brewed coffee, and various coffee machines to try out. So with your favorite coffee mug in hand, read on to discover a few methods for brewing coffee and the home coffee machines that can make your mornings easier.
If you’re anywhere from a casual drinker to a coffee aficionado, you’ve definitely come across the drip method. Drip coffee is a type of coffee made by using automatic coffee makers, which is essentially a carafe and a basket full of ground coffee with hot water dripped on it.
The brewing process for a drip coffee is simple. It involves:
- Putting ground coffee into a coffee maker
- Pouring water in the water reservoir to be heated, forcing it upwards
- Allowing the water to drip on the filter filled with ground coffee,
- Collecting the brewed coffee from the carafe after it has flowed through the basket.
This method can produce larger volumes of coffee, great for sharing!
The French press method is one way to make coffee that does not involve the use of automatic or electronic coffee machines. While it is a manual brewing machine, it is not nearly as stressful or time-consuming as you might think.
It takes about 3 minutes to grind the coffee and boil the water for use, and about 4 minutes to brew the actual coffee. In all, it will take less than 10 minutes to get one of the most satisfying cups of coffee—no electricity required!
Swig tip: grind the coffee just before youbrew--it may lose its freshness and impact taste if you leave it for too long!
When you’re ready to pour, try using one of Swig’s stainless steel mugs to keep your creation hot all day!
The single-serve coffee method popularized by Keurig can help you brew coffee at home in single servings. Single-serve coffees are traditionally brewed with K-Cups in conjunction with Keurig coffee makers, but there are plenty of brand alternatives available.
All you need is water, your favorite flavor K-cup, and a single-serve coffee maker. Then…voilà! A perfectly portioned cup of joe.
The best part of it all? It takes less than a minute to get your coffee ready with a single-serve coffee machine.
Pour-over coffee is similar to drip coffee. The major distinction is that pour-over coffee gives you the power to control how you pour your hot water (for example, using a kettle instead of an automated drip brewer), over your ground coffee. It is much cheaper than drip coffee and tends to produce better, more flavorful results.
To get a perfect cup of pour-over coffee, all you need is a pour-over coffee dripper, your favorite grounds, and a filter. Check out this blog post to help you decide on the best pour-over coffee maker for your home kitchen.
Cold Brew Coffee
Cold brew is one of the most common and popular types of coffee out there. You can find cold brew on the menus of both local and chain coffee shops (it’s particularly a favorite at Starbucks).
But, instead of rolling through yet another drive through line, why not learn to make your own grab-and-go cold brew? Just grab a cute reusable tumbler and follow along with this simple recipe.
To achieve a good cold brew at home, all you have to do is soak the beans in cold or room-temperature water for 12 hours minimum to extract sugars, oils, and caffeine. With this done, you’ll have a concentrate. To avoid over-caffeination, make sure to add water or milk to taste.
Because the coffee must be steeped for over 12 hours, ensure you start the cold brew process the night before so it’ll be ready by morning. Cold brew coffee does not need a home coffee machine to get it done, yet it produces one of the most flavorful of the coffee types.
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