In case you haven’t heard, coffee brewing using pods is pretty much the worst thing ever. It's bad for you and bad for the environment. And if that’s not enough to sway you away from the Keurig and other pod coffee machines, the method also produces the world’s worst cup of coffee.
While you may be tempted to stick with the old, reliable drip coffee maker, there are other coffee brewing methods out there for your brewing pleasure. Each has its pros and cons, and you may decide on a combination of methods to satisfy your coffee urge. For example, in our house, we use a drip coffee maker during the workweek and make coffee using the Chemex method on the weekend. Don’t know what a Chemex is? Read on.
3 Alternative Coffee Brewing Methods
In our home, our favorite coffee brewing method is to use the Chemex method. It involves a glass beaker-type vessel and special Chemex-made coffee filters. One simply pours hot water over grounds to make the magic happen. There is a little more to it than that--you need to grind the beans just right, not too fine, and pour the water in just right way--but the final result is sublime. The cup is flavor-filled, strong, but not too acidic. It’s also a consistent method. Just perfect. It does also help if you have a gooseneck kettle, but any old kettle will work.
After the Chemex, the French press coffee brewing method is the best, in my opinion. The only equipment needed is a French press and a kettle. The process is simple too. Add the beans, add the water, let them steep, and press the plunger when you are ready. The only real detraction is that depending on the grind and the quality of your equipment, you might have fine grounds in your cuppa.
The Aeropress is a ground alternative for those who love Chemex coffee, but who can’t get the hang of the pour over method. It does require an Aerobie AeroPress, special filters, and a kettle. And it does take a little bit of manual pressure and a little practice. The resulting cup of coffee is tasty. It’s also possible to make a mean espresso using this method as well. The one downside, depending on your point of view and need, is that it’s a single serve process.
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