Let’s be real, if you’re a normal college student you most likely drink at least one cup of coffee a day. While creative and artisan coffee brewing techniques abound, most people are still relying on shoddy coffeemakers and Keurig-brewed coffee to get them through the day.
Do you secretly envy coffee gurus for their impressive skills? Well, here’s your chance to join the hipster coffee party. Check out these four savvy brewing techniques:
1. Moka Pot
Wow, you can actually make espresso at home!? No, you don’t need a fancy machine that costs an arm and a leg. All you need is a moka pot!
This brewing technique originated in Italy in the early 1930s and is currently popular in Europe and Latin America. Try using slightly coarser grounds than you would use for espresso. This type of coffee is full-bodied and rich in flavor and aroma. You can easily convert this brew to a latte with some steamed milk.
How does it work? The moka pot is a three-part system made of aluminum. When the pot is heated over the stove, the bottom part holding the water will produce steam to push water through a funnel-shaped metal filter containing the coffee grounds. The second metal filter, attached to the base of the pot, will collect the coffee.
2. Chemex Brewer
This brewing contraption is believed by some to belong in an art museum rather than a coffee shop. If you want a slow brew and rich cup of coffee, then Chemex is for you. This new gadget is becoming a staple in coffee shops all across the country!
How does it work? The iconic Chemex filters are largely responsible for the clean brew in this coffee making method. Using the filter and heated water, the medium-coarse coffee grounds are filtered to perfection. Some people like to get extremely technical by using a scale and timer.
3. French Press
Ah yes, the classic! This technique is timeless and enjoyed by all coffee lovers. It requires a little bit of patience, but the high quality result is consistent. Conveniently, no coffee filters are needed for this technique!
How does it work? Taking about 4 tablespoons of medium-coarse coffee grounds, add hot water and stir. Then reinsert the plunger into the pot, wait for about 4 minutes, and slowly push the plunger down to filter the water from the coffee grounds. Enjoy!
4. Drip Cone
If you’re looking for a minimalist brewing technique, then this one is for you! This method allows you to make single on-the-go servings, which are, by the way, very cost efficient and high quality in comparison to the Keurig K-cup alternative.
How does it work? All you need is a filter cone, along with a paper or reusable filter. Place the cone over your coffee cup and slowly add the water to the coffee grounds until the filtering is complete!
Now you’re armed and ready to be the best barista your friends and family have ever met! Take the time to be creative and enjoy the art of coffee. Along the way you may discover a newfound love for certain techniques, while saving money!
Look for the little green frog when purchasing your coffee. It guarantees its Rainforest Alliance certification, which means you’re buying a product that works to protect the livelihood of the workers, surrounding communities and environment. Be a consumer who promotes sustainability!
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Jackie Parker is currently a junior nutritional sciences student on the dietetics track at Texas A&M University.