For hundreds of years, people all over the world have turned to their morning cup of coffee to help lift their spirits and start their day. While we occasionally enjoy our takeaway coffee, nothing beats making the perfect cup of coffee at home. We know everyone has their own preference when it comes to how their coffee is made, so we’re going to cover 3 methods here: pour-over, drip coffee, and cold brew.
Pour-over coffeeWhat you need:
- Fresh ground coffee (you can use store-bought, but it is recommended to grind your own whole coffee beans.)
- Coffee filter
- Tea kettle
- Grind your coffee (skip if using ground coffee)
- Put your coffee filter over your brewer (this can vary from the popular Chemex style to one that looks like a secondary coffee cup that sits on top of it)
- Put the ground coffee in the coffee filter
- Heat the water in your tea kettle to around 205 degrees, or about 30 seconds off the boil
- Do a “bloom pour” to saturate the coffee grounds. Let the water sit for around 30 seconds.
- Pour the rest of the water over the filter slowly, in a spiral motion.
Drip coffeeWhat you need:
- A coffee machine (any kind will do)
- Fresh ground coffee
- Coffee filter
- Grind your coffee beans if you’re working with whole beans
- Load your machine with your ground coffee (rule of thumb is generally 1 tablespoon per cup of water)
- If using a paper coffee filter, rinse it with cool water before brewing your coffee
- Allow the machine to brew the coffee
- Pour yourself a cup of coffee, add your cream or sugar and enjoy!
Cold-brewWhat you need:
A french press is ideal, but if you don’t have one available, a jar/glass of some sort and a sieve will work as well.
How to make the perfect cup:
- In a jar (or glass, or french press, whatever method you choose) mix 2 tablespoons of ground coffee per 1 cup of water (or more coffee if you prefer something stronger).
- Let the grounds soak in the fridge overnight
- The next morning, either press down on the pump of your french press to separate the liquid from the grounds or use your sieve to strain the coffee from the grounds into your desired container
- Pour yourself a glass of coffee, add your ice, sugar, or creamer, and enjoy!