Different ways to prepare coffee

The way you prepare coffee makes a difference in the taste, freshness, aroma, and texture of the coffee. Read on as we look at these different methods.

If you asked any coffee lover, they would tell you that the method used in brewing coffee makes a whole difference in the taste, freshness, aroma, and texture they will end up within their cup. 

The method used to prepare your coffee can also determine the general nutritional value in your java. With all those components to consider, it can become a daunting task to choose which method of preparation would be best suited for you. Read on as we look at the most common methods of brewing coffee and the highlights of using each method.

French Press

This is among the simplest coffee brewing method which works by steeping coffee grounds in the boiled water before pressing the grounds out. One of the main benefits of making coffee this way is that the strength of the brew is very easy to customise in French Press. This preparation method produces a stronger cup of coffee because the coffee beans don’t pass through a filter but come into contact only with the hot water and coffee grounds. 

Cold Brew Coffee

Just as the name suggests, this is coffee that is brewed cold. However, this coffee differs from regular coffee in that it is smoother and less acidic. Actually, it is about two thirds less acidic compared to normal hot coffee. This makes it better for those people with conditions which are aggravated by acidic foods because they can tolerate it better. The lower acidity of cold-brewed coffee produces a naturally sweeter taste. 

Espresso Machines

There are different variations on how espresso machines work; steam, piston, pump and air-pump-driven. The basic function of this type of coffee preparation works by forcing pressurised near boiling point water through a “puck” of ground coffee in order to produce a thick, concentrated coffee shot, otherwise known as espresso. This preparation method is typical in most commercial coffee machines and is what you will see in most coffee shops and cafes on the high street. 

 AeroPress

This is a coffee brewing method which uses the force of gravity in extracting flavour from the coffee beans. Coffee prepared this way has higher PH compared to drip coffee; in other words, it is less acidic. Using the AeroPress as a coffee preparation method means you will greatly reduce brewing time as it only takes 30 seconds to brew. The equipment for this method is inexpensive and readily available online. 

Moka Pot

This is a stove-top coffee maker which uses steam pressure to make strong, espresso-like coffee. It brews the coffee by passing the pressurised water through ground coffee. It is made with aluminium that helps keep heat in. There is no electricity needed just a stovetop flame, and a Moka pot is relatively inexpensive to purchase.

Turkish Coffee

This type of coffee preparation typically only works for very finely ground powder-consistency coffee. The coffee grounds are prepared in a brass pot over a very low temperature resulting in a stronger coffee profile. The lower brew temperature used in preparing Turkish coffee helps in eliminating the bitter taste that is found in boiled coffee. 

So whether you’re at home enjoying coffee from a French press, or at your local café watching your coffee be prepared in a commercial coffee machine, expect that the different types coffee of preparation will also equally create different outcomes and taste – you just have to find the one you like the most. 

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