- French Press
- Siphon Coffee
- Moka Pot
- Espresso Machine
- Electric Percolator
- Cold Drip brewing
- Hario V60
Brewing Via Steeping
Steeping was the original way to brew a coffee. It's the most straightforward and obvious way of making a cuppa. You simply mix the ground coffee beans with hot water, let them sit for a while as they do their thing, and then finally separate them leaving behind a fresh brew. It's simple. But you have to be careful as it’s very easy to under or over steep your coffee.
Either one will result in a bad quality brew. Under steeping will mean you’re drinking dishwasher water and over steeping means you’re going to have a bitter brew. After a couple of times, you’ll start to get the hang of how long you should steep for. Once you’ve mastered it, you’ll consistently produce flavourful coffee, with minimal effort. You’ve probably heard a French press before, but we’ll also talk about the less popular Siphon coffee.
The French press is the classic steeping method and has been around since 1929. If our grandparents ever had coffee from home, chances are they used a French press. Despite its simplicity, it can be deceptively difficult to brew a perfect coffee. No worries though, we’ll run you through it.
The most important thing to remember is to not leave the coffee in the French press for too long after you’ve finished the brewing process. You should move it to a carafe or pour it straight in your cup. Firstly, you’ll want to pre-heat the French press.
This is so that the temperature doesn’t start to fluctuate as the hot water and cold equipment reach a balance. Measure your coffee beans and grind them up. How much depends on how much coffee you want to brew or how strong you want your coffee. When you pour the water in, you’re going to be aiming for a 1:15 coffee to water ratio.
Again, you can adjust next time to get the strength you want. Make sure all your coffee grounds are immersed in the water and give it a good stir. Leave for 4 minutes as a benchmark. What grind size do I need? You want to make sure your grind isn’t too fine, as they will escape through the plunger and end up back in your brew. Go for a medium-coarse grind to play it safe. They often sell pre-ground coffee in the supermarkets that’s specifically for a French press if you don’t have your own grinder (which you should) How long does it take to brew a coffee?
This method isn’t the fastest but is by no means slow. It’s faster than a Moka Pot, and you don’t have that anticipation of waiting for the coffee to flow out of the funnel. Depending on how you like your coffee you can decrease or increase the brew time. For example, those who like a stronger coffee should let the coffee steep for a minute or so more. But be careful not to over steep your coffee. It’s very easily done and will make a super bitter brew. Alternatively, go the opposite direction if you prefer your coffee on the weaker side.
From getting your French press out of the cupboard to enjoying a cuppa, you’ll need no more than 10 minutes. Who is this method for? This method really doesn’t take a lot of skill and is rather easy. It may take you a few attempts to get your perfect brew, but once you’ve mastered it you’ll be drinking good coffee every morning. If you’re on the road a lot, I'd probably opt for something else, or at least have an alternative brew method in your reserves.
The French press is often made out of glass and doesn’t take a lot to crack. You can get plastic or stainless steel options, but the quality of the build is also not amazing. Also, the clean up is pretty simple. So if you’re not one that likes cleaning, this is a good method!
A sophisticated and uniquely brilliant way of brewing coffee. The first time I saw the apparatus that’s involved to make a brew this way, I thought it had come straight out of a science lab. It’s probably not a method that you’re going to use every single day as it does require a lot of effort.
However, it is fantastic to have in your house for when your friends come round. It makes coffee interesting, even for those that don’t already love coffee. It does brew amazing coffee. Honestly, it’s up there with the best coffee I’ve tried from home. It works by using two beakers and a gas bottle. I was going to write a step by step guide on how to brew the perfect Siphon coffee, but it’s a little complicated to explain with just words. I thought you’d follow easier with a video.
What grind size do I need? Look for a grind size that's around fine to medium-fine. You want it to be somewhere between sea salt and table salt. How long does it take to brew a coffee? The brew time takes around two and a half, to three minutes, which doesn’t sound long at all.
However, it takes a while to prepare everything like waiting for the water to boil in the bottom beaker and then the drawdown stage. Also, cleaning the Siphon is awkward and certainly something to take into consideration. The beakers can be hard to get inside to clean properly, but definitely doable. Some Siphons you can put in the dishwasher, but be careful you don’t knock the beakers as they’re made out of thin glass. Who is this method good for? For someone who has a lot of time in their morning routine.
If you do have time to fit it in, and making coffee is a somewhat ritual to you, then by all means go for using the Siphon. It makes incredible coffee, and it’s satisfying to drink due to the amount of effort you put into making it. I’d say don’t try this method if all you want to do is push a button and drink coffee. Also if you’re on the move a lot I’d go for something a little more compact, durable and easy to use.