Coffee is brewed by letting water drip through ground beans. There are various ways of doing it, resulting in different coffee flavors and qualities. Coffee can be drunk hot or cold, with or without milk, pre-ground, or roasted beans. Different types of brewing methods produce different coffee attributes. Brewing method choice depends on your taste preferences and the kind of end product you are aiming for (some methods are better suited to making espresso). This article provides an overview of four main coffee brewing techniques:
1) Moka Pot
Moka pots, also known as stovetop espresso makers, consist of two chambers where water is put into the bottom chamber, and ground coffee goes into the top. It pressurizes and pushes hot water through the ground and up into the top chamber when the water boils. It mixes at the top chamber with the rest of the coffee which this method has already brewed. The result is an at-home version of espresso. Flavors vary in Moka pots because they are dependent on the quality of the beans being used, the coarseness of the grind, and how much coffee is being used concerning water. Moka pots also do not get nearly as hot (under 90 degrees Celsius) as other brewing methods, affecting the finished product's flavor.
2) Drip Coffee Maker
Most people know drip coffee makers simply as "the Keurig" or other brand-specific names like Mr. Coffee or Bunn. These machines work by dripping filtered water through measuring portions of ground up coffee beans and into a pot/container that holds the brewed coffee until it is ready to be consumed. Drip coffee makers can range from simple, no-frills machines to ones that offer custom settings for brewing, built-in grinders, and other options. Drip coffee is often lauded as the best tasting kind of coffee by people who prefer hot beverages because it does not produce as bitter or strong as some other methods create.
3) Pour Over
Most pour-over devices consist of a carafe with a spout where you put ground-up beans and water. Therefore, the resulting mixture drips out through the spout into another container which you can then drink from freely without having to worry about cleaning up dripped water all over the place. This brewing method produces lighter-bodied cups similar to those found in drip makers without sacrificing flavor or strength.
4) French Press (press pot)
It consists of a cylindrical tube with a plunger connected to the top that pushes down after putting coffee in the bottom part of the unit. It is called " French" sometimes because it was invented in France during World War 1 or before then, depending on who you ask. This method produces full-flavored coffee with little bitterness if done correctly, but it requires some user knowledge to maintain the proper flavor. You need to pay attention to avoid leaving any ground-up beans in your cup when drinking, or else they will sit at the bottom and continue to steep, resulting in bitter-tasting coffee. Many people think this is fine for black coffee, but nobody ever wants to drink coffee that has already had all the flavor pulled out of it. It is also best to use coarsely ground beans with this device, and finer ground beans will tend to go straight through the filter and into your cup.