Beer has followed coffee in terms of diverse brewing methods. While varying microbrews are now en vogue, means of making coffee creatively have been diverse for decades.

You don’t have to accept the way you’ve always been accustomed to having it, if that way doesn’t suit you. There are multiple means of extracting the essential oils, flavors, and stimulating caffeine of coffee.

Some means of brewing will produce coffee more or less stimulating. You may not need modern nootropics with the properly brewed pot of coffee. This writing will explore three of the most effective methods; which one fits you will depend on your own personal tastes.

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1. Drip Brewing

This is the most basic means by which coffee has been made since it became a beverage. You’re likely familiar with it. Basically, water is dripped over ground coffee beans which rest in a filter of some variety, most commonly paper. Hot water is used in order to extract the maximum amount of desired nutrients in terms of flavor and benefit.

Drip brewing is simple, and you don’t need conventional coffee-making apparatus to properly use this method. Basically all you need are beans, a glass or other receptacle with a hole in it, and hot water. Certainly it’s easier and more convenient to have a conventional pot designed for the purpose, but you can improvise solutions if necessary.

There are some downsides to drip-brewing worth taking into account, though. Flavor is a big one—sometimes something which is intangible makes your coffee taste “funky”; and not in the good “play that funky music white boy” way. Sometimes it can seem as though there’s some sort of mold or dirt after-taste.

The reason is likely mold, or something similar. You can spend years cleaning a drip machine and never figure out what the problem is. Plus, to truly clean it, you can’t just use water; you’ve got to use hot vinegar; and the smell of coffee-tainted vinegar is horrible. Also, if you forget to change the filter, again: mold.

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2. French Press

Going with a “French Press” brewing method is apt to give you substantial flavor otherwise beyond acquisition. Coffee is extracted in a pure way that facilitates strong, remarkable taste. This is done through the total immersion of grounds. A sieve-and-plunger combination then filters the grounds out of the coffee.

When you’re done, you’ve got a strong cup of coffee that’s very clean. How long it takes to brew is up to you, meaning you’re the grand arbiter on just how strong and tasty your coffee is. Some French Press makers allow for more coffee, some for less; but generally, there are brewing apparatuses which will give you up to eight cups. An added bonus is cold-brew potentiality in such machines.

Still, there are downsides. You can’t just push a button and get a pitcher. You’ve got to keep your eye on the coffee, ensure grounds are the right size, and monitor the temperature of your water for best results. You can’t just let a French Press machine sit idle while you go do something. You’ll ruin the flavor.

Coffee is ground in a coarse way, so unless you’ve got a garbage disposal in your sink, throwing things away is going to be a bit of a pain. Also, if you make the coffee wrong, you’re going to get grounds in the bottom of the cup, which can be incredibly intolerable. There’s a learning curve.

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3. Cold Brewing

Cold brewed coffee has a lot of advantages, but you’re going to want the right brewing equipment. In a nutshell, you want to just soak coffee grounds for between eight and twenty-four hours in cold water. You can use a French Press machine for this, but you don’t have to. A better choice is to use cold brewing equipment designed for the purpose.

The thing about cold-brewing is that it doesn’t burn the grounds. You’re going to get the best possible flavor through a cold brew. Instead of slugging it back, you’ll want to let it sit in your mouth a moment and enjoy the taste.

The biggest downside is the time necessary to brew cold coffee. Once you “get the ball rolling” it’s not so hard; but initially, you’ll need to set it out to brew the evening before if you need that morning cup. Once the ball’s rolling, you’ll always have coffee when you want it, and even more swiftly than brewing a cup in the morning.

Finding Your Best Brew Solution

The three methods mentioned in this writing are really just the tip of the iceberg. As it turns out, there are multiple different ways that coffee can be brewed, including pour-over, espresso machines, Aeropress, SoftBrew, Coffee Bag, Vacuum Pot, and many more.  

Which of these best fits your needs will depend on your morning schedule, your own personal proclivities as regards taste, and others who may be enjoying the coffee you brew. No matter if you looking to buy it for yourself, as a gift or are even searching for ideas for your gifts for your wedding registry, with all of these you are bound to create a beautiful cup of joe each morning. There are choices out there, and they’re all worth exploring.