Popular Methods Of Coffee Preparations

 

Although there is no perfect way to brew a cup of coffee, the right coffee supplies can turn a simple ground into a masterpiece of flavor. Examining a few of the most popular coffee brewing methods yields a bounty of aromas awaiting within each bag of beans.

 

Remember, the relationship between ground coarseness and extraction process is inversely related. You shouldn’t expect an espresso from a very coarse grind, and a fine grind should never be used for a longer brew.

 

Turkish Brewing Method

 

This method is historically recognized as the original brewing style. The only unique coffee supplies needed for this method are an ibrik, which is used to facilitate the extraction process.

 

The Turkish method is the only style that maintains contact between coffee and water during the entire brew. Very fine coffee is first placed in the ibrik along with water. This mixture is then brought to a light boil, removed from the heat source and then boiled again. This process is repeated three times, and each boiling cycle is marked by the occurrence of foam.

Turkish coffee is served in small cups with a small dollop of foam served on top. Turkish coffee is known for its rich, thick flavor.

 

Drip Method

 

The American method of coffee brewing relies on a slow, continual application of 195-205 degree

Fahrenheit water to ground coffee beans. The coffee ground used in this method can vary in coarseness, but a coarseness no finer than medium should be used. Hotter temperatures increase the crispness ofproduced coffee, whereas lower degrees give a deeper, more European flavor.

 

The drip process filters the coffee extract through paper, metal or plastic meshes. Each of these options will have little effect on the quality of coffee produced. However, disposable filters should never be reused, and reusable filters must always be cleaned regularly.

 

Drip coffee makers generally come in either manual or electric versions. Electric versions are preferred for their high degree of control. Try to avoid coffee makers that have warmer plates, however. These plates keep coffee warm but sacrifice flavor by doing so.

 

Plunger Brewing

 

This method is colloquially known as the French press. The actual brewing occurs through coffee bean infusion by means of mechanical pressure. This method requires more esoteric supplies, including the French press itself and a thermometer to gauge the temperature of water.

 

You should begin preparing for a French press with two tablespoons of medium ground coffee and six ounces of 195 to 205 degree water. Begin by placing the ground coffee beans at the bottom of the French press cylinder. 3 ounces of hot water is then poured into the cylinder. Wait 3 minutes to allow for a light brewing and then stir the mixture lightly. Your coffee ground should then settle to the bottom of the device. After settling, an additional 3 ounces of hot water should be added. The final three minutes of brewing should then occur. Finally, bring the plunger down to separate the ground from the brew.

 

The French press method produces a hardy cup that is known for its liveliness.