Many speciality coffees can be brewed using a variety of different methods. However, some single origins and blends are created to suit certain methods more than others. If you already have a preferred brewing method, use the categories below to shop speciality coffee that will suit the way you brew.
What Is The Best Way To Brew Coffee?
In short, there’s no ‘best’ brewing method. The best thing to do is experiment and select the one that suits you. Each method has its own pros and cons. You might be looking for speed, value, or a certain flavour. You may also want to brew coffee for one or for a whole household. Each of these decisions will help you choose the right brewing method for your needs.
Why Do I Need The Right Coffee?
The main reason you need to select coffee that’s right for your preferred brewer is so that you can enjoy the flavours that coffee has to offer to its fullest. Some brewers like the classic cafetiere work by steeping coffee grounds in water to produce the flavour. Others, like the Chemex or dripper rely on filtration. Espresso is different altogether, and requires pressure to operate.
These different methods affect the flavour of the coffee. This also means that certain flavours are emphasised or diminished by the different processes. Generally, lighter, fruitier coffees are more suitable for filter because this brewing method helps the more delicate flavours come through. Darker roasts with chocolatey notes may be more suitable for the cafetiere which brings out the stronger, more robust tastes.
Which Grind To Select
Aside from the flavour, one of the key considerations for brewing a good cup of coffee is grind size. Each brewer requires a specific grind size to ensure that it tastes as it should. This depends on how long the coffee will be in contact with the water, how quick the extraction rate and how fast the water will flow through.
As a general guide, here’s how to choose your grind size:
- Aeropress: Fine – Medium
- Cafetiere: Coarse
- Chemex: Medium
- Stovetop: Fine
- Dripper: Medium
- Espresso: Fine