Whether you’re a caffeine fiend or just like the occasional cup, you probably drink coffee at home. Sure, you probably go out for coffee from time to time, but nothing beats enjoying a hot mug of coffee in comfort at home.
Making coffee isn’t hard. You probably already know that. But you probably want to know the best home methods for that great cup of coffee.
Well, that depends on how you take it. Read on and we’ll outline some favourites.
Good Beans Are Important
Before getting into it, let’s talk beans.
If you don’t have good coffee beans, the coffee you brew at home won’t be any good. Even the best machine won’t make up for bad beans. So before you start, think of the beans.
Our dark roasted coffee beans have been blended to bring out the natural flavours of great coffee beans. The blends are dark but without sacrificing flavour or adding too much bitterness.
We aim for a big, bold, but balanced blend in everything we do.
So before you fire up the coffee maker, make sure you have good beans. Even better, make sure those beans are fresh too.
Home Coffee Brewing Methods
You’ve probably heard of most of these, but we’re here to help you get the most out of making coffee at home. Here we go.
Coffee Plunger/French Press
A coffee plunger (AKA a French Press) is one of the easiest and quickest ways to make coffee at home. A decent plunger is pretty affordable, easy to clean, and easy to use. Just:
- Scoop in 60 grams of ground coffee per litre of water. A litre is about four mugs of coffee.
- Pour in near boiling water. Let the kettle get to boil then leave it for a couple minutes. Don’t burn the beans.
- Give it a stir. Don’t go crazy here. If you stir too quickly with a metal spoon you’ll crack the glass of the jar.
- Let it sit. Put the lid on the glass jar, but keep the plunger all the way up. Let the coffee grounds sit in the hot water for 4-5 minutes.
- Plunge away. Push the plunger down slowly and carefully. Don’t compress the coffee grounds at the bottom of jar; this may release some off flavours.
If you’re thinking of going with plunger coffee, there are a couple pros and cons:
- Pros: easy, quickly makes multiple mugs of coffee, little equipment needed.
- Cons: can be unsafe, possible to over brew your coffee, may leave sediment in your mug.
This is another easy way to make coffee at home, and probably one you’re familiar with. Drip coffee makers are more old fashioned than a plunger, but they’re still popular in a lot of households.
Method will vary by machine, but mostly:
- Scoop 60 grams of ground coffee per litre of water into the machine. Don’t forget a filter.
- Fill the machine with water. That part is important.
- Push a button and wait.
Drip is probably the most mindless way to brew coffee at home, but it works. It’s not without its critics though:
- Pros: very easy, some machines have a timer (so you can have easy coffee in the morning), generally good coffee.
- Cons: quality may be dependent on the machine, final product not as good as other methods.
Pour Over Coffee
Pour over coffee is almost as easy as a drip coffee maker, just a little more manual. It’s pretty much just pouring water over coffee grounds, but there is some method to it. Simply:
- Place a coffee filter in your dripper. The dripper should sit in a dedicated jar.
- Scoop in 60 grams of ground coffee per litre of water you’re using. Similar to other methods. Give it all a little tap to level out the ground coffee.
- Pour about a quarter of the water over the ground coffee beans. This is dependent on how much water you’re using. Make sure to wet all of the grounds, but don’t use all your water. It’s best to use a spiral motion to make sure all the beans are wet.
- Wait about 30 seconds. This should be enough to allow the water to drip through.
- Repeat the above until you’re out of water. Basically pour a quarter (of the original amount of water), let it drain, repeat. Be careful to make sure you’re pouring water over all the grounds.
It’s easy, but not quite as easy as a plunger. However, the quality of the brew is usually pretty good.
- Pros: set up is inexpensive, quality of coffee is good, easy.
- Cons: can be dangerous, you can get it wrong.
If you’re really into your coffee, you can buy a home espresso machine. Whether you’re after a quick shot of espresso or prefer a latte, an espresso machine at home is the ideal way to have café quality coffee at home.
- Dose your portafilter with 10 grams of grounds per shot. So if you’re doing a double shot, use 20 grams. And make sure the filter is clean!
- Tamp the coffee evenly. The aim here is to eliminate air pockets and make sure the top of the coffee is level. You don’t need to push hard. Just enough to get rid of air.
- Insert your portafilter and start brewing. Don’t leave the portafilter in the group head too long otherwise you may burn your coffee. Start brewing right away.
- Remove the portafilter, clean it, and rinse the group head. You’ve probably seen this happen at a café. Give it a whack to get out the coffee and give it a quick rinse.
While a home espresso machine will get you the closest to café style coffee, it is a little more involve:
- Pros: high quality coffee, can make a variety of different coffees
- Cons: expensive equipment required, takes some practice
There You Have It
We know there are tons of other ways to make coffee at home, but we only have so much space. However, these are the common ways of making coffee at home. Which ones have you tried?