The Ultimate Guide to Coffee Brewing Methods

in Jul 8, 2024

Coffee brewing is as much about personal preference as it is about technique. Whether you’re a newcomer looking to explore the best way to make coffee or a seasoned enthusiast curious about different brewing methods, this guide from Flava Coffee is here to help. We’ll explore the best ways to brew coffee, the equipment you need, and how to get the most out of your beans.

French Press: Rich and Robust

Why Choose It?

The French Press is celebrated for its simplicity and ability to deliver a full-bodied, rich cup of coffee. It’s one of the best ways to make coffee if you enjoy a brew with substantial texture and depth.

How It Works

Coarse coffee grounds are steeped in hot water, and then separated by pressing a metal or plastic plunger through a mesh filter.

  • Grind: Use coarse coffee grounds. Flava Coffee Morning Brew is perfect for this.
  • Measure: Use a 1:15 ratio. For an 8-ounce cup, use about 13 grams of coffee.
  • Add Water: Pour water just off the boil over the grounds.
  • Stir: Give it a quick stir and let it steep for 4 minutes.
  • Press: Slowly press the plunger down and pour immediately.

Best Coffee for French Press: Choose blends with robust flavor profiles and medium to dark roasts. Our Caffé Délice works exceptionally well.

Pour Over: Clean and Flavorful

Why Choose It?

Pour over coffee offers clarity and highlights the beans' subtle flavors. It’s the best way to brew coffee if you enjoy a crisp and bright cup.

How It Works

Hot water is poured over coffee grounds in a filter, and it drips through into a carafe or cup below.

  • Grind: Use a medium-coarse grind.
  • Prepare Filter: Place the filter in your dripper and rinse with hot water.
  • Measure: Use a 1:16 ratio. For 8 ounces of coffee, use about 14 grams of coffee.
  • Bloom: Pour a small amount of water over the grounds to bloom, letting it sit for 30 seconds.
  • Pour: Pour the rest of the water in a slow, circular motion, allowing it to drip through evenly.

Best Coffee for Pour Over: Lighter roasts that reveal intricate flavors. Try our Saka a Light Roast Coffee.

Aeropress: Fast and Versatile

Why Choose It?

The Aeropress is renowned for its versatility and ability to brew coffee quickly. It’s perfect for those who like experimenting with different ways to make coffee.

How It Works

Coffee is steeped in hot water and then forced through a filter by pressing down a plunger.

  • Grind: Use a fine to medium grind.
  • Measure: Use about 14-18 grams of coffee for a single cup.
  • Add Water: Pour water just off the boil, stir, and let it steep for about 1 minute.
  • Press: Press down the plunger over a cup.

Best Coffee for Aeropress: Medium to dark roasts that provide a robust flavor. Our Maja and Colombia Agua Miel are great options.

Espresso: Strong and Intense

Why Choose It?

Espresso is the heart of many coffee drinks and offers a concentrated, bold flavor. It’s the best way to make coffee if you prefer strong, intense brews.

How It Works

Hot water is forced through finely ground coffee under high pressure.

  • Grind: Use a fine grind.
  • Measure: Use about 18 grams for a double shot.
  • Tamp: Pack the coffee evenly into the portafilter.
  • Brew: Lock it into the machine and start the shot. Aim for a 25-30 second extraction.

Best Coffee for Espresso: Look for darker roasts with rich, complex flavors. Flava Coffee’s Brazil Tropical Savvana is crafted specifically for this method.

Moka Pot: Stovetop Espresso

Why Choose It?

The Moka Pot brews strong, espresso-like coffee on the stovetop. It’s a fantastic way to enjoy a robust cup without an espresso machine.

How It Works

Steam pressure forces water through coffee grounds, similar to espresso but at lower pressure.

  • Grind: Use a fine grind.
  • Measure: Fill the filter basket with coffee and level it off.
  • Assemble: Add water to the bottom chamber, insert the filter basket, and screw on the top.
  • Heat: Place on the stove and heat until you hear a gurgling sound, indicating the coffee is ready.

Best Coffee for Moka Pot: Medium to dark roasts that hold up to the strong brew. Our Caffé Fresco and Caffé Délice are excellent choices.

Turkish Coffee: Bold and Authentic

Why Choose It?

Turkish coffee offers a unique and traditional coffee experience with a rich and thick texture.

How It Works

Finely ground coffee is simmered in water with sugar, producing a strong, unfiltered coffee.

  • Grind: Use the finest grind possible, almost like powder.
  • Measure: Use 1-2 teaspoons of coffee per cup.
  • Simmer: Combine coffee, water, and sugar (if desired) in a cezve or small pot. Heat until it froths up, then remove and let settle.
  • Repeat: Return to heat and repeat the frothing process twice more before serving.

Best Coffee for Turkish Coffee: Look for very finely ground dark roasts. Flava Coffee’s Turkish Pure Coffee - Premium is specially prepared for this method.

Percolator: Retro and Robust

Why Choose It?

Percolators offer a nostalgic way to brew a strong, robust cup of coffee, often favored for its simplicity and effectiveness.

How It Works

Water is heated in a bottom chamber, rising through a tube and percolating through the coffee grounds multiple times.

  • Grind: Use a coarse grind.
  • Measure: Use about 1 tablespoon of coffee per cup of water.
  • Assemble: Place the coffee in the basket and assemble the percolator.
  • Heat: Place on the stove and heat until the coffee starts percolating.
  • Continue for about 5-10 minutes, depending on your preference.

Best Coffee for Percolator: Medium to dark roasts that withstand multiple cycles of brewing. Our Caffé Fresco or Caffé D’oro works wonderfully.

Finding Your Perfect Brew

Coffee brewing is an exciting journey that lets you explore different flavors, strengths, and techniques. Whether you’re drawn to the richness of a French Press or the clarity of a pour-over, there’s a method for everyone. At Flava Coffee, we’re here to provide you with the best beans and guidance to enhance your coffee experience.

About Flava Coffee

Flava Coffee is dedicated to delivering exceptional coffee experiences. With a range of fresh, high-quality coffee in Beans, Grounded, Drip Bags, and Capsules, we help you make the most of your coffee journey. Discover our signature blends and single-origin coffees, and elevate your brew today!

Stay tuned to the Flava Coffee blog for more coffee insights and tips. Happy brewing!