For many of us, coffee is a necessity in our everyday life. Some can’t go a day without, even if it means commuting early to work to get that steaming hot cup of coffee on the way to work, it’s a mood booster to start your day!
If you are a coffee drinker, chances are you are spending way too much money on a single cup of coffee. Brewing coffee at home is much more time-saving and convenient – and can even be fun! Now you can roll out of bed and immediately have your cup of coffee.
In the early days of the pandemic that oversaw coffee shops closing, there has been a significant increase in home coffee consumption as sales of all coffee equipment rose by 11% in 2020. It shows that people are willing to spend time and money to be able to make coffee at home.
But without barista-like skills, would you be able to replicate the perfect cup of coffee like the café down the street? Of course, you can, with and without barista-like skills. You can even make your cup of coffee without an expensive fancy coffee machine whirring about in the corner of your kitchen.
Then it’s your call to begin the day by making your cup of coffee at home. To help you become your own in-house barista, here are three ways to perfect a quick and delicious cup of coffee at home, alongside some recommended recipes.
Moka pots are stovetop kettles that are designed to brew coffee. It is an octagonal coffee pot that is disassembled into two parts: the base with a funnel to brew the coffee and the pot for the brewed coffee.
Out of all the ways to make coffee, brewing coffee with a Moka pot is the simplest, all you need are ground coffee beans, water, and a heat source, as the Moka pot already has a built-in pressure setting! While the Moka pot seems a little complicated and intimidating at first, it certainly is simple once you’ve got the hang of it.
Quick Moka Pot Recipe
Here’s a quick recipe to perfect your Moka pot coffee.
A quick note: if the coffee is spurting or spitting into the pot, it means the heat is too high.
- Disassemble: Disassemble the Moka pot.
- Add water: Pour hot water into the bottom of the release valve of the base.
- Grind Coffee: Grind roasted coffee beans in a coffee grinder or food processor to a course or drip grind. Super-fine grind may cause clogging to occur and a more bitter taste.
- Fill the Funnel: Fill the funnel with ground coffee beans and level it.
- Cover It: Cover the base with the funnel.
- Screw It: Screw the pot tightly on the base.
- Heat It: Place the Moka pot on a stove and turn it on.
- Drink It: Remove the Moka pot from the stove when you hear a hiss and pour the coffee out to drink.
The French press is a straightforward tool to brew your coffee elegantly manually. Invented by French inventors Mayer and Delforge, the French press uses a plunger to push down coffee grounds submerged in either hot or cold water.
As it is a direct brewing method, the boldest and richest coffee notes will come to the forefront. So, if you love the bitter and sour notes in your coffee, the French press is perfect for you.
However, feel free to pop your coffee beans in the freezer for a more consistent flavor before grinding them. Its versatility is also something to boast about, as it is used for brewing coffee, hot or cold brew, and tea!
Quick French Press Recipe
Here’s a quick recipe to perfect your French press coffee.
A quick note: for each cup of water, you’ll use one tablespoon of coarsely ground coffee.
- Grind Coffee: Grind whole roasted coffee beans in a coffee grinder or food processor to a coarse grind.
- Boil Water: Let the water boil for 2 minutes.
- Add Coffee Grounds and Water: Add coffee grounds into the carafe and level it before adding boiled water. Give it a quick stir before covering the top.
- Steep It: Let it brew for 5 minutes for the perfect medium-strength brew.
- Strain It: Slowly press the plunger down without rushing.
- Drink It: Pour the coffee out to drink.
Who doesn’t love a good old cold brew? Imagine, it’s a hot summer day, and all you want is a light but caffeinated drink while you’re scrolling on your phone, a cold brew is for you!
Cold brew is not just chilling an already hot coffee or putting ice into hot coffee. Instead, it’s a process of soaking coffee beans in water over an extended period. Let the beans brew between 12 to 24 hours pour it into a glass, and there’s your coffee.
With cold brew, your coffee will have lower acidity and bitterness and a smoother flavor. If your worry is whether it will be caffeinated enough, it is.
Quick Cold Brew Recipe
Here’s a quick recipe to perfect your cold brew.
A quick note: the longer the coffee beans are soaked in water, the stronger the flavor will be.
- Grind Coffee: Grind whole roasted coffee beans (80g) in a coffee grinder or food processor to a relatively coarse grind.
- Add Coffee Grounds and Water: Add coffee grounds into a glass container before adding 1400g of cold or room temperature water.
- Brew it: Stir well before putting a lid on it.
- Waiting Time: Place it in the fridge for 12 to 24 hours.
- Drink It: Pour the coffee into a glass with ice.
While there are many ways to make coffee at home, the best way to make it at home is how you like it made, do you like it bitter and sour? Strong or light? Are you on the go, or do you have time? It all comes down to you and your time.
You don’t have to worry about messing it up on the first try, as making a coffee tailored to your taste is a trial-and-error process. However, practice makes perfect, and with practice, your Moka pot, French press, or cold brew coffee, too, could rival the coffee from the indie café down the street for a much lower price.