For the many who brew their coffee at home, they know that there are a lot more variables that affect how their daily cup other than changing regular cow milk to soy milk at Starbucks or ordering that fancy frappuccino in hopes of getting more caffeine in their system.
But for those who want to jump on the bandwagon and start enjoying real coffee, here’s an article for you.
A good cup of coffee can set the mood right for the rest of the day or keep you fueled in the office clearing those emails and long meetings. Yes, there’s always the option of getting a cup from the nearby cafe, but for those who think that this can get pricey, you can always start brewing from home for the first cup and put the remaining into a tumbler to bring to work.
So now that you’ve decided to try making coffee from home, let’s start with the first method:
The Pour Over
One of the preferred methods of even coffee connoisseurs use is the pour over.
- Firstly, bring water to a boil in a kettle.
- If you’re using coffee beans, grind the beans. You should aim to achieve a texture close to table salt. If you’re using coffee grounds instead you can skip this step.
- Put the coffee filter in the brewer or the holder and rinse it with lukewarm water. This will remove any residue or irregularities such as fine dust or fibres on the surface of the filter and also keep the coffee warm for a longer period of time. Dispose of or reuse the water used for rinsing to water the plants.
- Insert the coffee grounds (the beans that you’ve grounded earlier are now considered grounds) into the filter paper. Ensure that it is evenly surfaced on the filter paper.
- Start pouring the boiled water from the centre of the filter paper and work your way in circles to the edges of the filter. You should be pouring slowly and fill up to ¾ of the paper. Stop pouring once the coffee starts to drip through the filter into the cup below.
- You should be able to see the coffee grounds starting to bubble on the surface. This process is known as the “bloom” pour when the carbon dioxide from the grounds emerge and dissipate from the brew.
- Continue pouring the hot water and try to achieve water levels about half to ¾ in the dripper. The entire process should take about 5 minutes or so.
- Remove the filter and enjoy your freshly brewed coffee from home!
In the next post, we’ll be looking at other methods of brewing coffee and the variables that affect your daily cuppa. Stay tuned!
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