Types of Coffee Brewing Methods

Types of Coffee Brewing Methods

From popular coffee brewing methods to the most obscure — we'll explain each way you can brew — from French Press, to AeroPress, and New Orleans Iced style.  For additional information on each one of these methods, click the link featured in each section to be taken to our complete article on each method.


 

French-Press

French Press

This method is named by the plunger pot invented in France in the 19th century, also known as melior, plunger coffee, press pot, etc. A container with a plunger and filter screen that presses hot water through ground coffee creates rich earthy taste in your cup. Shhhh – the secret to ideal taste is choosing medium grind.

 

Drip-brewing

Drip

Drip brewing is done during the process of pulling cold filtered water out of a reservoir and then warming up the water with heat and pressure so it can be siphoned up through the machine. The hot water is, then, filtered down through the grounds so the freshly brewed coffee can pass through the paper filter and into the carafe making a refined nuanced beverage.

 

Pour-Over

Pour Over

Because of differences in brewing methods, this type of brewing has a bit richer flavor than regular drip coffee. Pour over is done by placing a filter and grounds in a funnel that will be over a coffee mug or carafe. A certain amount of water is, then, poured in a funnel – very quickly, the grounds start to bloom, releasing the flavor inside the grounds.

 

Cold-Brew

Cold Brew

The critical catch here is time. To achieve a more balanced taste, it will sometimes take up to 24 hours of brewing. A mix of water and ground coffee should be steered and left to cool overnight. The day after, before serving your cup, strain the mixture to remove the excess coffee.

 

Cold Brew Bottle

This divine beverage is produced by grinding beans to medium-fine, so they look like granulated sugar. A mix of ground coffee and water should sit in the refrigerator for 8-12 hours, and the result you get afterward is a delicious fizzy drink!

 

Siphon

Siphon

The Vacuum Coffee Maker (Siphon) is the key machinery for this type of brewing. Coffee is brewed by two chambers where the vacuum and vapor pressure work together to create a perfect cup of coffee. The Siphon works by heating and cooling the water gases from the carafe chamber to the infusion chamber and back again until we get finely brewed coffee.

 

AeroPress

AeroPress

In this method, coffee is steeped for 10-50 seconds and then pressured through a filter by pressing the plunger through the tube. You can use either the AeroPress paper filters or thin metal filters in the shape of a disc.

 

Bialetti

Bialetti

This brewing method is named by an electric coffee maker invented by an Italian engineer Alfonso Bialetti in 1933. It brews coffee by passing boiling water pressurized by steam through the ground.

 

Chemex

Chemex

The trick with this brew is the infusion method and it is similar to drip coffee regarding body and taste. Chemex filters are 20-30% thicker than those used in other pour-over methods, which results in a slower brew and an exuberant coffee taste.

 

Espresso

Espresso

A perfect cup of espresso is crafted when pressurized water passes through finely-ground coffee. Beans used for espresso are roasted for a more extended amount of time, which creates a thick coffee with magnificent crema on top.

 

Milk-& Art-coffee

Milk & Art

This brew is pure art – art made with milk!

Milk needs to reach between 140-145 degrees Fahrenheit so you can play with it. Once that happens, you should tap the pitcher on a flat surface to break the bubbles and spin it slightly to equalize the texture. When the milk starts to look like a silky microfoam, it’s time to be creative!

 

Nel-Drip

Nel Drip

Nel Drip coffee is the traditional Japanese method of brewing where a cotton cloth is used instead of a paper filter. Coffee from a Nel is sweet, thick and has a silky structure.

 

New-Orleans-Style-Iced

New Orleans Style Iced

The Superstar of this brew is – roasted chicory! The coffee is brewed regularly with the addition of chicory to the grounds. This type of coffee is cold-brewed for 12 hours and served with milk. The final result is a creamy and sweet drink. The practice of adding chicory emerged during a Napoleon-era in France and was popularized by French settlers in New Orleans.

 

You must be having a slight headache after reading all this – we are aware of it.

Do enjoy, however, in the sweet torment of picking your perfect brew!

There are so many majestic tastes to test.