As our new normal continues longer than we’ve hoped, we want to give you tailored resources for your quarantine coffee brewing needs. In the last post, we covered how to choose your coffee and what goes into the information you have in front of you as you make your decision. This week, we want to help you decide what method to use when you brew!
In the at-home brewing game, it can feel like a “choose your own adventure” book. What coffee should I brew today? Should I drink it hot or cold? A lot or a little? And, most importantly, how should I brew it?
If you’ve subscribed to us on YouTube and have seen our brewing guides, one thing is pretty clear: there are so many ways to make coffee! Consequently, there’s no wrong way to make coffee. How you choose to make coffee at home is the right way, and we want to help you ask the right questions when figuring out how you want to make your morning (or afternoon) coffee.
How much time you have to make coffee is a huge factor. Whether you need a quick cup on the way out the door or have time to brew, sit, and sip, you can still make great quality coffee. But, you will have to make some decisions about your methods.
Depending on if you want hot or iced coffee, this could influence how you brew as well. We’ve covered the Iced V60 method on YouTube already, but you can adapt that to your Chemexes and your Ginos/flat bottom brewers as well! (We’ll post more about those methods soon) Or, you can make cold brew, which will take a little more prep work and forethought, since it takes 8-24 hours depending on if you use an immersion method (steeping it) or a percolation method (drips of water go through the coffee grounds at 65 drips a minute, then come out as cold brew).
If you have less time than you’d like, sticking with the V60 method or even an automatic brewer would serve you well for your reusable portable mug. Aeropress also delivers an under 2-minute cup of coffee, and you can even start a French Press’ 4-minute steep as you get ready.
EASE OF USE
Correlating with time, how easy your recipes for the brew methods are can highly influence how often you use them. I personally own 6 different methods but typically stick to using 1 or 2 on a regular basis. When I say ease of use, I’m taking into account a few different factors: time, attention, and prep.
We’ve already discussed time, so no need to rehash that!
Attention entails how much you have to babysit it, for lack of better wording. Do you have to pour all the water in quickly and let it drawdown, or pour a certain amount of water then stop then do it all over again for 4 minutes? Or do you have to apply force in order to get the coffee into your cup? How much effort or movement you have to use in order to get your morning coffee plays into ease of use. But, don’t let a little extra work scare you away! As a rule of thumb, I believe that the amount of attention you have to give to your brew can directly correlate to how vibrant the coffee can be when you drink it. There are definitely exceptions to this, but you can generally get a more flavorful and dynamic cup of coffee from methods and recipes that call for more focused agitation, pulses in your pouring, and/or longer brewing times.
Preparation of the method per the recipe you’re using plays a big part in choosing your brewing method as well. Prep can be defined in this case as both what happens before and after you brew. Typically, before you brew using any given method, you’ll have to rinse your filters, which can be done as your water is heating up and your coffee is grinding. There’s not too much else to do on the front end. But, once you finish brewing, there can be some important factors that can help you make your decision. Can you simply toss your filter in the trash and go about your day, or do you have to wash everything immediately after your finish? Once you clean everything, can you put your method back in its spot or do you have to let it drip dry all day? Being aware of the before and after of brewing is crucial to making your recipe and method choices.
If you’re having trouble deciding on what brew method to purchase, don’t be afraid to pull the trigger on something easy like a V60 or an Aeropress. Starting with those two options makes diving further into more complex methods easier and creates a foundation for your brewing knowledge.
Here’s our Brewing Guides Playlist on YouTube for you to see how we brew our coffee in multiple different ways! You can navigate between videos using the menu selection in the top right portion of the video area. Click on the icon and a sidebar menu will appear!
Next week, we’ll talk about brewing method hacks you can use to step up your coffee game without having to buy extra tools or go beyond what we’ve talked about here, on Instagram or Facebook, on the Podcast (available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and literally everywhere else you get your podcasts), or in our videos. Happy brewing!