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 with in your cup.
The brewing method you use can also determine the nutritional value and the amount of antioxidants in your coffee, and may even help reduce your exposure to the carcinogenic chemicals that occur with certain coffee brewing techniques.
Here are some of our favourite methods:
1. French Press
One of the simplest brewing methods that steeps 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.
Caffeine Amount: Average of 107.5 mg per 8 oz cup.
2. 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.
☕ Chemex filters are designed to remove sediment, oils and fatty acids, which is also said to make the coffee flavor richer and eliminates the undesirable parts of the coffee bean.
☕ The Chemex is made from glass. This is a preferable option compared to plastic, which contains endocrine disrupting chemicals, such as BPA, that may leach into hot beverages.
Many coffee experts claim there is a “craft” to using the pour over. You have to use a high quality, specifically ground coffee beans, a specific type of filter and a kettle with thermometer for the exact water temperature.
Read more: How to Make a Perfect Pour-Over Coffee.
Caffeine Amount: Since the beans are in contact with the water for longer periods of time when using a drip method, drip coffee is higher in caffeine at roughly 145 mg per cup.
A coffee brewing method that uses the force of gravity to extract flavour from the coffee beans.
☕ Higher PH than drip coffee (less acidic).
☕ Only takes 30 seconds to brew.Lower caffeine content (roughly the same amount per cup as 1 shot of espresso).Inexpensive equipment (easy to find online or in specialty coffee shops).
☕ Travel friendly, since it’s light, compact, and made from plastic.
☕ “Pour and push”: simple, hassle-free brewing technique.
Caffeine Amount: Approximately 64mg of caffeine per single serving.
4. Cold Brew Coffee
Cold brewed coffee is exactly as it sounds: coffee that’s been brewed cold. However, it has a few key differences from regular coffee when it comes to acidity and taste.
☕ Approximately ⅔ less acidic than hot coffee, which makes it better tolerated for those who have conditions that are aggravated by acidic foods (for example, acid reflux).
☕ When coffee is brewed cold instead of hot, the lower acidity produces a naturally sweeter taste.
☕ Cold brew is steeped for 18-24 hours in the fridge, which produces a coffee that’s richer in flavour.
☕ It doesn’t go stale as quickly as hot brewed coffee, so you can make a batch ahead of time to last you the week.
Caffeine Amount: The amount of caffeine in your cold brew will vary based on the beans you use. Cold brew coffee is higher in caffeine than hot brewed coffee because of the long steep time.
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