What’s the secret to a good, nay, a great cup of joe? Find out here as we review 3 coffee brewing techniques and narrow down the best way to brew coffee.

64% of Americans drink at least one cup of coffee every single day and 79% of them are brewing their coffee at home. But how many of them are actually making good coffee at home? 

Brewing coffee is an art form and there are certain steps you should follow and certain techniques that will make your coffee taste better. If you want to brew the perfect cup of liquid heaven, read on to learn more about the best way to brew coffee.

1. French Press

Brewing a cup of coffee with a French press is a bit of a process. Start with good, non oily coffee beans that you grind yourself. If you’re going to take the time to use the French press, use high-quality coffee. 

While you grind your beans, put water on to boil either in a kettle on the stove or an electric kettle. Once the water is ready and the beans are ground, pour the grounds into the carafe and then pour water over them.

Swirl the water around and then pour the rest of the water in. Steep the coffee for four minutes and four minutes only! Use a timer so you don’t over steep.

After the four minutes is up, press the plunger down and pour yourself a near-perfect cup of coffee to start your day!

2. Drip Machine

A drip coffee machine is your standard method of brewing coffee and probably what most people use at home. You can buy higher-end ones with built-in grinders or the ability to brew a single cup if you want, but they all work in the same basic manner. 

You pour water in a tank, put coffee in the filter, and then the water is heated and is poured over the coffee grounds. The brewed coffee drips into your carafe that is on a hot plate. 

Drip coffee is fine for daily coffee consumption, especially if you don’t have time for the fussier methods, but probably gives you the weakest cup out of the different coffee brewing techniques.

3. Pour-Over

If you frequent coffee shops, you might be familiar with the pour-over method. There are three general phases of the pour-over method: 

  1. Blooming
  2. Agitation
  3. Percolation 

In the blooming phase, a little bit of water is poured over the coffee to allow degassing of carbon dioxide. The agitation phase adds more water and stirs the coffee to make sure it is all wet. Then, pour the remaining water over the coffee in the percolation phase, let it drip down into the carafe, and enjoy!

The Best Way to Brew Coffee in Your Own Kitchen

The best way to brew coffee is the way that creates the perfect cup based on your tastes and preferences, whether that be slightly bitter, not at all bitter, deep and dark, or lighter. Brewing coffee at home lets you control everything that goes into that cup and the method of brewing. 

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