Coffee Brewing Methods: 4 of the Popular Easy Ways
It never ceases to fascinate, that as coffee shops in Indonesia continue to wide-spread its existence, also the more people brew their own coffee at the comfort of their own home! Before we jumped into the bandwagon of concocting our own delicious coffee, iced or hot it may be, we should learn more on how to do it right.
One of the most popular and easiest way to home-brew your coffee is by using a French Press. A French Press is a coffee pot (usually clear colored) containing a plunger made of fine mesh with which coffee grounds are pushed to the bottom. For a perfect coffee using a French Press, you need a few easy skills to pick up.
First of all, sensing the right temperature for the hot water is important, because boiling water scorches the coffee grounds, whereas tepid water doesn’t extract fully. So, to get the temperature right, take the water off the boil and let it sit for a minute before pouring it to the French Press. Easy, right?
Is not only the water temperature that needs attention in French Press-ing your coffee grounds, but also the coffee grounds itself. If your coffee turns out too bitter, with a lot of sediment at the bottom, then the coffee grounds are too fine. You need a good grinder for the coffee beans Indonesia to produce more evenly-not too small-sized grains of coffee in order for it not getting through the filter.
The cons for this method is that you need to buy an additional device to make sure your coffee is clean with no sediments, which is the burr coffee grinder. But, if you don’t want to splurge for a good grinder, then maybe another brewing method might be better for you, like the Aeropress.
The Aeropress–so popular that it became a verb of itself, is actually the brand name of a coffee maker, which is a manual way to brew coffee using a device consists of two cylinders, similar to a syringe. The actual process is pretty similar to a French Press, by pushing coffee grounds that have been soaked to bloom beforehand. This time using a pre-soaked paper filter on the end of the cylinder, so no coffee sediment will be in the final product. The Aeropress makes only a single cup of coffee, so what if you want to entertain a bunch of people coming over? Well, maybe you should consider cold-brewing, instead.
If you have stomach problems and a time to kill, like 12 to 36 hours to be exact, you’ll be glad there is such a thing as cold-brew coffee. This method is very easy and doesn’t need any particular set of skills to do. Put your coffee grounds in a large container, fill it up with low-temperature water, and let it sit for approximately 12 hours in the fridge (up to 36h, if you can’t commit to a certain time-frame). After that, you are ready to filter the coffee grounds using a simple colander, or if you’re feeling precise use a clean cheesecloth, coffee filters, or nylon stockings, those will do the job just fine.
Because we’re using low-temperature water instead of hot, the final product will be less acidic (no change in chemical structure) and less bitter. The flavor of the coffee beans Indonesia is extracted, but bitter compounds are left behind. Less acidic, therefore good for people with a sensitive stomach. In contrast, the downside of not using hot water in brewing the coffee–but still debatable among coffee enthusiasts, is that there are not enough flavors came out in the final cup.
When considering flavors, the final, but certainly not the least, brewing method is the winner. The pour-over method is becoming an increasingly popular option for coffee shops and home-brewers alike. There are several ways to conducting the pour-over method, by using a Chemex (combining an ultra thick paper filter and a glass decanter), Kone (a metal cone-shaped filter), or a Hario V60 Dripper. The V60 is also a cone-shaped dripper–made by a Japanese company, with spiral ridges along the inner wall (to prevent the filter from sticking to the dripper) and one large opening at the bottom.
The use of V60 paper filters–that are thin but durable, is a big plus in the flavor department. They impart minimal paper taste–if there is any at all, and of course sediments and oils, preventing bitterness. The only downside to this method is, alongside the not-so-cheap Hario V60 Dripper, you also need to buy these particular coffee paper filters that won’t affect your coffee’s flavor. Because the pour-over draws out more aromatics and flavors, it is perfect for high-quality coffee beans Indonesia with fruity notes and complex flavors.
Whatever the brewing method is, a cup of coffee will always be tasty as long as you used high-quality coffee beans Indonesia. Then, where should you look for these flavorful coffee beans from Indonesia, that happens to be one of the best coffee producing countries? At Tanihood.com of course, an Indonesian exporter and the number one e-commerce for agricultural products, which implements value sustainability, transparency, and fair pricing for their farmers.