Coffee Brewing Methods

by Sam

Which is the best way to brew coffee? Take your pic from my suggestions below!

Brewing a good, strong and tasty cup of coffee is an art form, often passed on from generation to generation and being refined with each step. Let me share with you here our family recipes to brew and serve an extraordinary cup of coffee.

The Ingredients

Water: You need clean, clear and pure water. If you live in an area with low water quality, especially when it is chemically treated, you might consider in filtering it or using high quality bottled water. The water is the carrier for the taste, so on its quality depends the quality of the finished coffee.

Coffee: There are so many different kinds and flavors of coffee beans available that there is only one way to find out the ideal one for you – by brewing and drinking the coffee.
It is also important to use the right coffee for the right method of coffee brewing. Especially the grade the coffee is grounded to is important. The finer the coffee, the more surface is available to be in contact with the water and to infuse it with taste and flavor. But that doesn't mean that very finely grounded coffee is always the best choice for every method of coffee brewing.

There are a lot of different methods to brew coffee, some are more apt for small amounts, others are better to brew more coffee for larger groups. All three generations in my family had their favorite method of brewing coffee, here they are:

My Grandmother's Method

My grandmother preferred to use a manual drip brew. She would place a paper filter in a holder, put 1 teaspoon per cup and one extra teaspoon “for the pot” of coffee in it, add a pinch of salt and pour one gulp of hot water over it. She then would wait some minutes and after that add the rest of the water very slowly, making sure that the coffee grounds got equally soaked. Easy, quick and without the need for any fancy equipment.

My Mother's Method

My mother used an automatic drip coffee maker, but she would follow my grandmothers' example by turning it of for a short while to “let it sit” and she would also add always add a pinch of salt to enhance the taste and flavor of the coffee. Pretty much an on auto-pilot method ;-)

My Method

I prefer an italian style coffee maker, you know the one you put on the fire or heating plate and that bubbles so deliciously and disperses the coffee aroma through the whole kitchen and house, one similar to the one on the right. I still add the pinch of salt and sometimes even other spices like cinnamon to enhance the taste.

What is your preferred method to brew coffee?

I know there are many more ways out there to brew a good cup of coffee ;-) What is your best tip?

Updated: 07/02/2012, Sam
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Sam on 08/18/2012

Do so, but remember, just a tiny bit ;-) Less is more! SY

Mira on 08/18/2012

I keep trying coffee with various spices, but I never tried salt. You made me curious by saying you keep the tradition -- it must be good then! I'll try it :-)

Sam on 07/03/2012

2uesday, we have the French Press also, but I still prefer the Italian style one. When you try out the salt, just use a tiny pinch, you don't want to drink 'salty coffee' (which is good against hangovers, together with lemon juice, btw). And yes, thanks for the add, we are big believers ion recycling ;-) SY

2uesday on 07/03/2012

I never had coffee with salt added to the brewing process now I am curious as to how it makes a difference to the coffee, so I might have to give it a try. We use to make coffee with the Italian style coffee pot like the one you show here. Now we have the glass type of coffee pot with a plunger, not that it makes better tasting coffee it is just easier to wash up. Can I just add that it is a good idea to add the used coffee grounds to your compost heap.

Sam on 07/03/2012

Thanks samsons1, nice to meet another coffee lover ;-)

samsons1 on 07/03/2012

Excellent comparison and enjoyable read. I find many have their own methods and can't be swayed, but are in fact true connoisseurs in their own right...

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