The French press coffee maker (or press pot) is universally recognized as the best brewing method, allowing for the truest coffee taste and aroma. This method actually brews the coffee in the hot water (as opposed to drip machines which only pass the water through the coffee and a filter). After a few minutes of brewing, a metal filter is pressed through the brew catching the coffee grinds and then trapping them at the bottom of the carafe. What is left over is full-bodied coffee with all its aroma and essences.
One of the main advantages to using a French press, other than great coffee taste, is the amount of control you have. You can control the water temperature (which incidentally should be around 190 to 200 degrees Fahrenheit, a temperature that drip makers do not achieve), you can control the amount of coffee you want to add, grinding degree, and you can control the brew time. Four minutes of brew time and 30 seconds of “plunging” time is considered best.
A temperature-resistant laboratory flask inspires the Chemex carafe. The upper part of the flask holds the Chemex filter, thicker and heavier than conventional filters that extend the extraction time of hot water (poured by hand) through the ground coffee. The fitted wood collar with leather tie adds an elegant accent while making the flask straightforward to handle with hot coffee. An original Chemex carafe is on permanent exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Today, Chemex remains very accepted among coffee purists, who appreciate the hands-on control of its extraction process. As opposed to the electric drip coffee maker, the Chemex manual brewing method and thicker filter permit the grounds to “bloom” (just wet enough to saturate without floating in water) for optimal extraction (FYI: my most favourite brewing method which I highly recommend to everyone!)
The Hario V60 is high risk / high reward brewer. It requires a lot of technique, but if you’re successful with it, you will reward yourself with a super clean and complex cup with nuance for days.
One of the things that attracts baristi to the V60 pour over method is the ability to have full control over the body, texture, and strength of the cup of coffee you’re about to enjoy. You can make it stronger, smoother, lighter and or heavier in the body. When done properly, you’ll never have a burnt cup of coffee or coffee that tastes too weak. And because you’re pouring the coffee directly into the cup, instead of it sitting in a pot on your counter, the coffee you drink will be fresher, hotter and just taste a whole lot better. The fundamental methodology of the pour-over method is simple enough that with time and practice anyone can become a pour over the master.
Here is a quick list of the most popular coffee brewing methods & equipment starting from the best:
Another great feature about the French press is that it is extremely portable and only requires hot water. You can take it camping or use it in places with limited kitchen space, like a boat or an RV. Some press pots can also be used to brew loose leaf teas in the same manner. However, you shouldn’t leave your brewed coffee in the press-pot with the grounds after you brew it! Either consume it or transfer it to a carafe, preferably a thermal carafe.
You might have heard of Aeropress coffee makers before. Aeropress functions similarly to French press coffee machine with a few twists. If you are looking for a machine that will not use electricity but will still give you a flavorful cup of coffee, you will find this brewer perfect.
How does it work?
This brewer functions much like a French press machine. Water and ground coffee are mixed for up to ten seconds. Afterwards, you push some cylindrical rod on it, and the pressure from the air will help water infuse in the coffee grounds better. After that, it is filtered by an integrated micro-filter until it reaches the bottom of the machine where brewed coffee is ready.
Is it ideal?
If you like the fact that you can save energy, then yes, it is a perfect machine. But it also has some more good qualities. Even though it is a manual brewer, it does brew pretty fast. It can brew within 30 seconds.
As for the taste, many people can vouch for its ability to brew great tasting coffee. According to many people, it does not produce a bitter-tasting cup of java. That is because the brewing cycle is a bit short. It does not take such a long time to process the grounds which is what happens to some drip brewers which is why you might taste bitterness in the coffee those machines brew. The air pressure also allows most of the java essential oils to be released and mixed with water. This might also be a better choice for java drinkers who have a slight stomach acidity problem. Because the temperature is not that high in brewing and the length of time of brewing cycle is short, so it does not produce a lot of acids.
Cold-Brew Coffee Maker uses an unusual cold-brewing method that creates a coffee concentrate. This concentrate is then mixed with hot water to make coffee. The concentrate can be stored in a refrigerator and used to make one cup at a time if you so desire. This method produces a low-acid coffee, which is doctor recommended for coffee drinkers with stomach conditions.Although this method of coffee brewing sounds a bit odd, the result in taste is pleasantly surprising. One drawback is the amount of time it takes to brew. A good idea is to brew the coffee overnight. Once brewed, the concentrate can produce more than just one pot of coffee, so it’s not a nightly event for a great cup of morning coffee!