Who doesn’t love those lazy Sunday mornings when you don’t need to get up for anything and can just relax in bed with a delicious coffee, a mouthwatering homemade pastry and the morning papers? But how to make that ‘perfect’ coffee? There are so many different ways of brewing coffee and it’s really a matter of finding which suits you best. One of the most popular ways is with a plunger (also called a cafetiere or French press). This method is widely considered the best and easiest for brewing superior coffee. In a French press, the ground coffee is soaked, steeped and then strained in hot water. Well suited to those mornings when everyone isn’t in a rush to get to work.
One of the oldest ways to brew coffee is in a stovetop pot, otherwise known as a percolator. These coffee makers use steam pressure from boiled water in the lower section to pass through the ground coffee in the mid chamber. The freshly brewed coffee then sits in the higher chamber. This type of pot works particularly well if you have an Aga or Rangemaster as it can sit directly on the hot plate and there is no need to boil the water separately.
Automatic Coffee Maker
Of course, there are some mornings when you don’t want to fuss with a cafetiere or percolator. Investing in a coffee maker is a great idea for perfect, freshly brewed coffee delivered in under a minute. The ability to adjust the strength and temperature in some machines is an excellent way to make everyone’s coffee in the household to their liking.
Cold Brew Coffee
Finally, you may have heard of the new trend of cold brew coffee. Cold brewed coffee is ground coffee steeped in water and strained. The process takes between 18-24 hours but the result is a much gentler infusion producing a drink of lower acidity than traditional iced coffee which gives cold brew coffee a sweeter taste. Well worth the time to make at the weekend and sitting down to enjoy on a warm Sunday morning or for an afternoon pick – me – up. Here’s how to make your own cold brew coffee at home:
Start with eight ounces of coarsely ground coffee and 36 ounces of cold water. Put both into a mason jar or jug – any suitable vessel that will hold this amount. Then wait! A minimum of 12 hours is needed and the longer you leave the coffee to steep, the stronger the resulting brew will be. Finally, strain the brew through a fine mesh sieve or muslin cloth. The coarse ground beans will help to ensure that you don’t end up with coffee grounds in your refreshing drink.
Whichever method you choose, a well brewed coffee can set you up for the day ahead. With so many options available, trial and error will help you find the one most suited to you and your lifestyle – and enable you to judge which you find the tastiest. Don’t forget to ask friends and family whether they have one of the devices mentioned that you can test before investing.
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