What is the best way to make coffee?
Coffee is a topic of interest to many, due to the fact that so many people drink coffee and for many reasons. Trying to wake up in the morning and starting your day can be a difficult task so coffee is a welcome sight (and smell) to get you going!
There are different times of day people drink coffee: only in the morning; all day long; socially; with dessert; or on-the-run. Others love to sit in coffee shops or book stores to leisurely sit and relax.
Many individuals like strong coffee, others like a weaker flavor; some like cream, flavored cream or cream and sugar; and others like it black. Some people don’t mind spending half of their salary (exaggerated a little!) for specialty coffees and others would rather brew it at home to save money or if having friends or family for a visit.
Best way to make coffee at home
Whatever your preference, you don’t need to go to a coffee shop to taste great coffee. Although your knowledge may be limited, you can learn to brew coffee at home and don’t need to spend a lot of money on coffee equipment to do it.
There are many ways to make coffee at home such as buying a can of coffee from the grocery store and brewing it, or using K-cups or instant coffee; but the very best way to make coffee at home is using coffee beans for brewing. Not only is it the most flavorful coffee you can grind to your liking, but the aroma when grinding the beans is the best aroma in the world!
For grinding the beans, you need to invest in either a blade grinder or burr grinder, aka coffee mill. The blade grinder is easier to use, not as costly as the burr grinder and makes a courser grind. The burr grinder is more expensive but is easier to use and is a finer grind.
Different Types of Grinds and Types of Coffee Makers
The different types of grinds and types of coffee makers for each are:
1. Coarse grind – texture is chunky defined particles; best with a percolator, Toddy maker or vacuum coffee maker.
2. Medium grind – texture is like courser sand; best with auto drip and a filter with a flat bottom.
3. Fine grind – smoother texture like salt or sugar; best with drip maker and cone shape filter or stove-top espresso pots.
4. Super fine grind – almost like flour or powdered sugar; best with espresso machines.
There are also two other types of grinds; med/fine grind, a texture between course and smooth in which a drip coffee maker with a cone-shaped filter is best and Turkish grind, a very powdery texture like flour. One tip if using coffee beans, it is best to grind the coffee right before brewing for the best flavor!
List of Some Coffee Machines
In one experiment, six people participated to find the best coffee making machine for use at home using seven coffee makers and two kinds of beans. The experiment was based on the time it takes to brew the coffee, comparison of the temperature of the coffee and how well it tastes.
The following were rated one to seven – one being the best:
1. Aero Press
3. Kalita Wave
4. French Press
5. Auto Drip Brava
6. Moka Stovetop Expresso Maker
7. Keurig K-Cup Maker
There are hundreds more types of coffee machines and even some that roast, grind and brew the coffee.
There are many variables when brewing coffee and options to consider. If you are by yourself or the only coffee drinker, a Keurig K-Cup single brew maker may be for you; if you have many family members who drink coffee or entertain a lot, a drip coffee maker might be a good choice; if you want a richer, flavorful coffee, grinding your beans before brewing may be your choice.
Another fact to consider is the amount you want to spend on a coffee machine, because of the vast range of prices. Just know, if one way of making coffee doesn’t work, there is always another way to find just the right one for you!