5 Coffee Brewing Methods And Their Benefits
Any coffee lover would agree that the method you use to brew your beans does make all the difference in the aroma, texture, freshness, and taste you end up within your cup.
The coffee brewing method you use can also determine the nutritional value and the number of antioxidants in your java, and may even help reduce your exposure to the carcinogenic chemicals that occur with certain coffee brewing techniques.
Let’s look closer at the key differences, and benefits, in eight different coffee brewing methods so that you can decide which one is right for you.
1. French Press
One of the simplest brewing methods that steep coffee grounds in hot water and then presses the grounds out.
- The coffee beans only come in contact with the French Press and hot water (opposed to passing through a filter), which yields a stronger cup of coffee in terms of caffeine content and flavor.
- A glass or stainless steel French Press is considered one of the “cleanest” coffee brewing methods because it doesn’t use the bleached paper coffee filters that contain chemicals, called dioxins and epichlorohydrin, which become carcinogenic when they come in contact with water.
- “Boiled” coffee brewing methods help preserve the antioxidants found in coffee beans, such as chlorogenic acids. Chlorogenic acids are the reason why coffee is said to have protective effects against Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and dementia.
- The strength of brew in a French Press is easy to customize.
2. Automatic Drip Coffee
The most common type of coffee maker, most likely found in your parents’ kitchen and hotel rooms.
- You can set it before you go to bed so that your morning coffee has already started brewing when your alarm goes off.
- High-end automatic drip coffee makers have many unique features, such as built-in coffee bean grinders, a “keep warm” time setting, and choosing the length of brewing time which can alter the strength and flavor.
- Although drip coffee makers may yield a slightly weaker brew than “boiled” coffee brewing methods (due to the fact that the grounds are filtered), the filter has been shown to prevent an oily compound found in coffee beans, that blocks the cholesterol-regulating receptors in your intestines, from passing through.
3. Pour Over
This is another drip coffee method that produces a strong, full-bodied cup of coffee. Some coffee fanatics say a “pour over” coffee is the best they’ve ever had.
- Yields a stronger and more intense flavor because it wets the coffee grounds evenly, which better extracts the unique notes and flavors from the coffee beans.
- The pour-over method allows you to have complete control of the taste, strength and water temperature.
4. Turkish Coffee
Fine coffee grounds brewed in a brass pot over a low temperature to strengthen the flavor. Turkish coffee is considered more of a “sweet treat” to sip on slowly because white sugar is added during the brewing process (along with spices such as cardamom and cinnamon).
- The lower brew temperature of Turkish coffee can eliminate the bitter taste of boiled coffee.
- You only need about ⅓ of the amount of coffee grinds required for other coffee methods.
- The addition of cardamom and cinnamon may help with digestion.
An “old-school” stove-top coffee method that cycles boiling water through coffee grounds inside a small chamber. This method was most popular in the 1950s to the 1970s and was replaced by other coffee methods, such as the automatic drip coffee maker. Some people claim the percolator produces over-extracted coffee with a poor taste, but others say it produces a rich, full-bodied cup of coffee.
- Keeps coffee hot for longer periods of time without burning it.
- Ideal if you’re making coffee for the company: it yields 9-10 cups!
Save Your Money From Buying Coffee Outside
Does this situation sound familiar to you?
- Your coffee machine becomes your main problem when you want to make a coffee
- You prefer to buy a cup coffee outside instead of making it by yourself
- And… you run out of money and most of your expenses go to coffee
If your answer is YES, keep scrolling to get your solution done!
One of the best ways to save some money without having to get rid of your coffee habit entirely is by brewing your own cup at home.
As you dig further, putting your coffee machine in a wrong spot will cause tons of burden in your life without you even realizing it.
Well, sometimes because of the limited space you have, you put your coffee machine in the corner spot of your kitchen counter so the top lid would hit the cabinet above so you clumsily move the machine back and forth multiple times a day.
HOW $17.95 WOULD SAVE YOUR $4,000
"If you get your coffee from a local coffee shop...every day, stop doing so and brew your own at home...cost is $3 - $5 or $20- 35 a week. That can be close to $2,000/year. And that doesn't include the fact that you are most likely going to buy additional items while you are there (the average consumer doesn't just purchase coffee when they go into a store).
So, let's at least double that cost to $4,000/year, " says Cary Siegel, author of Why Didn't They Teach Me This in School?: 99 Personal Money Management Principles to Live By.
Sometimes a cup of coffee is just a cup of coffee. But when ordering it requires using words like “double tall” and paying more than $4, a cup of coffee can become a point of marital inflection.
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Now that I’m starting to switch up my coffee habits, my wallet is so thankful.