Alternative coffee brewing methods


I need coffee …

Speaking for all coffee lovers, we love to spend our time in fancy coffee shops enjoying our favorite drink. But wait, what if you have no chance to visit your favorite caffeine establishment to tame your addiction? Thankfully, nowadays, you don’t have to be dependent on professional espresso machines or baristas. We are talking about excellent alternative coffee brewing methods. Aero Press, Chemex, French Press, Syphon, and V60 Dripper, all of which are here to supplement the lack of caffeine in your blood system in a more convenient way. So let’s have a look at some of these alternative brewing methods.

V60

v60 Alternative coffee brewing methodsOh, you have not heard about that? I am sure you have seen it though. V60 is one of the most popular manual brewers in the coffee industry. Essentially a cone shaped device, often ceramic, but sometimes metal, that allows you to pour the perfect coffee straight into your cup or coffee server. To gain an excellent brew, you should be careful about the pouring technique. The shape and cut of the V60 provides a controlled even pour over method, but you must pour the water slowly and steadily and sweet-talk the extraction of the brew from the ground coffee. Unfortunately, V60 filter paper is thinner than others and could result in a slight paper taste to the final brew, but this is easily overcome by wetting the paper before adding the ground coffee (basically rinse the filter!). The disadvantage you might face is that you can brew only one cup at a time, but why share something so good!Looks familiar doesn’t it. For the perfect extraction process we recommend having the following to hand:

  • 20g of fresh grounded coffee
  • Hot water (do not use boiling water, it will burn the coffee and make it taste nasty, ideal temperature is about 91-95 °C)
  • Your favorite mug
  • A V60
  • V60 filter paper
  • Digital Scales ( optional, but highly recommended)


It is probably the easiest way of enjoying your morning coffee. With this classic cool-looking tool, you will become the ultimate barista and it will be your choice as to how strong coffee you need it. What’s more, it is portable, compact size and super easy to clean. Sadly, but truly brewing with a French press is an inconsistent way of making coffee. It is almost impossible to recreate the same flavour, strength or temperature with each cup of coffee. Requires a pretty French press (duh), around 56g of grounded coffee and some hot water (and again, do not use boiling water).

French Press

Cold brew French PressIt is probably the easiest way of enjoying your morning coffee. With this classic cool-looking tool, you will become the ultimate barista and it will be your choice as to how strong coffee you need it. What’s more, it is portable, compact size and super easy to clean. Sadly, but truly brewing with a French press is an inconsistent way of making coffee. It is almost impossible to recreate the same flavour, strength or temperature with each cup of coffee. Requires a pretty French press (duh), around 56g of grounded coffee and some hot water (and again, do not use boiling water).

Chemex

Chemex coffee brewingWith Chemex, your coffee would taste amazing almost every time. It involves adding a filter to the top and again similar to the V60, a pour over method of brewing coffee, the only difference is that the extracted coffee collects in the base section of the glass device ready to pour into a cup. The only downside to using a Chemex, however, is that the device can be quite fragile and in some cases a pain to clean. A small price to pay for a beautiful coffee we think!

  • Chemex
  • Chemex filters
  • 40g of grounded coffee
  • Hot water

AeroPress

espresso and a filtered brew AeroPressWe love this device! The Aerobie AeroPress is compact and easy to clean. Compared to others home-brewing devices it does not require any specific pouring skills. Moreover, it could produce both espresso and a filtered brew, which could be made without proper tamping of ground coffee. Nonetheless, to produce a decent coffee, you will need some manual pressure and a little practice.

  • Aerobie AeroPress
  • 17g of fresh coffee
  • Aero Press filters
  • Hot water
  • The loveliest spoon you could find is essential

Syphon

Syphon for coffee baristaFor true coffee snobs! This method will definitely make you feel like a skilled barista. The Syphon is an aesthetically beautiful tool, which does not require any pouring skills as at all. It allows better control of water temperature and steeping times and there is less grounds seepage compare to a French press. In spite of its look, it is difficult to store, messy to clean and it takes time to practice a perfect technique, but what a joy to watch!
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This guide serves as a good place to start for home brewing beginners. But remember everything from the grinder, coffee beans and temperature and purity of the water can alter the taste of your cup. Just play around with your devices and equipment to get the taste you prefer. Lastly, make sure your brewing process is as entertaining as possible….maybe not as much as the guy in this video though!