What is Cold Brew?
- Cold brew involves using cold water to brew ice coffee.
- The coffee beans are soaked in cold water and brewed for several hours.
- It results in a smooth, less acidic, and highly caffeinated cup of coffee.
Why Cold Brew?
- Cold Brew is a great way of stocking up on ice coffee during the summer.
- You can make a large batch and keep in the fridge for a week.
- It differs to regular ice coffee as it brings out the chocolate and caramel notes of coffee.
- It goes great with milk and syrup or just as it is!
What you will need:
- 100g medium ground beans
- 1000ml cold water
- Dripper of your choice (Eg Hario V60, Chemex etc.)
- Paper filter
- Cold brew is forgiving when it comes to brewing time.
- If your cold brew is too strong, you can always dilute it with extra water at the end!
- STEP 1: Place 100g of medium ground beans into your container.
- STEP 2: Pour in 1000ml of filtered cold water into your container.
- STEP 3: Mix with a chopstick or any long item you have. This will help all the beans soak into the water for greater extraction.
- STEP 4: Place a lid onto of your container and then put in the fridge for 8 hours. You can make this before you sleep and it should be ready when you wake up!
- STEP 5: After 8 hours, mix one more time. This is important as it will help with filtering the cold brew.
- STEP 6: Using any paper filter you have, slowly filter the coffee into another container.
- STEP 7: Taste the cold brew as it is. If it is too strong, you can dilute it with some water or add milk.
- STEP 8: Enjoy! Cold brew is perfect to enjoy on a hot summer day! It’s very convenient to have as you can keep it in the fridge for a week.
The Moka pot is a great alternative to expensive espresso machines. It is a stove top coffee maker that brews coffee by the water passing upwards through the coffee beans, resulting in a full and pure extraction of your coffee. Although the Moka pot doesn't produce the crema that an espresso machine does, the taste is very similar. This makes it a great option for anyone who loves espresso but doesn't want to spend a lot of money.
One of the great things about the Moka pot is that it is small and compact, making it a popular choice for hikers and campers. It is also gas friendly, so it can be used when camping or in any situation where electricity is not available.
To make coffee using a Moka pot, you will need a kettle, 10g of finely ground beans, a scale, hot water at 100 degrees Celsius, and a cup.
Here are the steps to follow:
- Step 1: Unscrew the bottom and pour in hot water up until the bottom of the valve. Do not use cold water otherwise the coffee beans will burn as you are brewing.
- Step 2: Place the filter basket on top of the bottom chamber. Carefully place 10g of finely ground beans into the filter basket with a spoon.
- Step 3: Gently level off the coffee beans with your finger or a knife. Do not push the coffee down otherwise the water will not be able to filter through the Moka pot.
- Step 4: Screw on the top of the Moka pot. Be careful as the bottom chamber is full of hot water! Use a towel or a glove to hold it in place.
- Step 5: Place over a gas stove, over medium heat, just enough so that the flame covers the bottom. Do not use too high a flame otherwise it will burn the coffee and extract too quickly.
- Step 6: When the water in the bottom chamber begins to boil, the pressure will push the coffee upwards, into the top chamber. Open the lid to check it out!
- Step 7: Once all the coffee has passed through to the top chamber, it is ready. This should take around 2 to 2 and a half minutes. Pour into a cup and enjoy your espresso like coffee!
- Step 8:
Enjoy! Moka pot is great for anyone that loves espresso. You can add foamed milk to make a latte or more water to make an americano. There are so many options!
French press is an immersion brewer, where the coffee beans are submerged in hot water. It contains a small built-in metal filter, which you plunge once the coffee is brewed. The French press is one of the easiest ways to make coffee. It offers a full-bodied cup of coffee, with more punch than a pour-over. Additionally, the use of a metal filter helps extracts some of the bean’s natural oils, creating an umami-packed and silly cup of coffee.
To make coffee using a French press, you will need an electric kettle, 13g of coarsely ground beans, a French press, scale, hot water at 93-95 degrees Celsius, and a cup. Here are the steps to follow:
- Step 1: Pour hot water into to your French press. This will heat up the brewer so that the coffee does not drop too much in temperature while brewing.
- Step 2: Place your 13g of coarsely ground beans into the French press. The grind is very coarse because the beans will be soaked in the water for a longer time. Too fine a grind will extract bitterness.
- Step 3: Prepare your timer for 4 minutes. Pour in 100ml of hot water into the French press. Try to pour in circles so that all the beans are hit by the water. Wait 1 minute.
- Step 4: After 1 minute, use a spoon and mix gently. This agitation will help all the beans to be soaked in the water and extract more flavor.
- Step 5: After stirring, immediately pour in another 100ml of water into the French press. There should now be a total of 200ml water in the French press. Wait for 3 minutes.
- Step 6: While waiting, place the lid on top of the press. Do not push down. This will help keep the coffee warm and not drop in temperature.
- Step 7: After a total of 4 minutes, slowly plunge down. Do not push all the way to the bottom (around 95%), otherwise too much of the finer grinds will be in your cup of coffee.
- Step 8: After plunging, slowly pour into your cup. You will notice a darker color than a hand drip, as well as some of the beans’ oil on the surface. Enjoy!
Tips: French press is quite forgiving when it comes to grind size, so don’t worry too heavily about it. Aim for somewhere the size of breadcrumbs. Once the coffee is done, plunge slowly. Sometimes small coffee grounds will be mixed into the coffee, which some people like! If you want to avoid it, plunge as slow as possible and pour into your cup slowly.
How to Make Coffee Using an Aeropress?
An Aeropress is an immersion brewer that uses air pressure to filter coffee through. This method results in a crisp and light-tasting coffee, free from oil and residue from the coffee beans. Here's what you'll need to get started:
- Electric kettle
- 16g medium ground coffee beans
- Aeropress paper filter
- Hot water (93 degrees Celsius)
- Coffee server
- You can make different types of coffee using an Aeropress. For example, a fine grind with a low immersion time will produce coffee similar to that of a coffee machine.
- Aeropress is also popular with light roast coffees that are fruity. Experiment with different types of coffee and grind sizes.
- There are also different brewing methods, such as the inversion method, which further enhances extraction.
- Place a filter on the bottom black cap and screw back on to the Aeropress.
- Pour hot water into the Aeropress to heat it up and remove the papery flavor from the filter.
- Add the 16g of medium ground coffee beans and shake to level off.
- Start a timer for 1 minute and 50 seconds and pour in 150ml of water. Slowly turn the Aeropress with your other hand as you pour to soak all the beans. Wait for 1 minute.
- After 1 minute, pour another 100ml of water into the press (total 250ml).
- Place the top part of the Aeropress to prevent the coffee from dropping in temperature. Wait for 30 seconds.
- At the 1 minute 30 second mark, slowly push down on the Aeropress. Use your other hand to make sure the server is stable. This plunge should take around 20 seconds.
- After plunging, gently mix your coffee server and then pour into a glass. Enjoy!
How to Make Coffee Using a Pour Over?
A pour over coffee is made by pouring hot water through ground coffee using a paper filter. The water drains through the coffee beans, extracting their unique flavor. Here's what you'll need to get started:
- Electric kettle
- 13g medium ground coffee beans
- Dripper of your choice (e.g. Hario V60, Chemex, etc.)
- Paper filter
- Hot water (93 degrees Celsius)
- Coffee server
- Experiment with different grind sizes and pouring speeds to discover different characteristics of your coffee beans.
- The water temperature is important as well! If it's too high, you may end up extracting some bitterness, so get experimenting!
- Rinse your filter with hot water. This will heat your coffee server as well as getting rid of the papery taste from the filter.
- Place your 13g of ground beans into the filter. You're aiming for a medium grind.
- Pour in 30ml of hot water and start your timer. This is called the bloom phase and will help remove gas from the beans. This gas will contribute bitterness, so it's important to release it.
- Mix your beans gently with a spoon. This is to ensure that all the beans are soaked in the water so they can release their gas. Wait for 30 seconds.
- Slowly pour, in circles, 70ml (total 100ml) of water. This is the main extraction phase.
- Wait for 1 minute.
- Slowly pour the remaining 100ml of water.
- Once the water has drained through, gently mix & Enjoy!