Brewed coffee is cool again thanks to various new (and old) brewing methods that produce a clean, sweet and delicate brew that brings out the coffee’s complexities. And no, we’re not talking about the Black and Decker coffee maker in your last hotel room. Brewed coffee is coffee in its simplest brewed form, but sometimes the methods used to produce our lifeblood seems complicated. No sweat, Triumph is here to help. We’ve rounded up five brewing methods you can do at home or on the road:
For: people looking to experiment with their coffee
Brewer cost: $50-$100
Time: ~ 4 minutes
Easy to use and easy on the eyes. Place the Chemex Filter in the brewer with the single fold away from the spout and multiple folds lined up against the spout. Rinse the filter with hot water to get an even seal to get rid of paper flavour and preheat the Chemex. Discard of this water and fold the filter toward the spout. Add about 6 tbsp of coffee and zero the brewer on the scale. Pour the boiling water over all the grounds until you reach 150g, then stir with a spoon to get rid of any dry coffee clumps. Start the second pouring phase, integrating the coffee and water together. Pour in a circular motion until about 450g. Finally, fill the brewer to 700g. Remove the filter, swirl the Chemex around and you’re good to go!
For: people looking for a flavourful coffee
Brewer cost: $30-$50
Time: 3.5 minutes
The pour-over method is relatively easy to do and you’ll look like a coffee boss while doing it Place a filter in the dripper on top of the cup. Saturate the filter with boiling water to get rid of the paper flavour, then discard the water that drips into the cup. Now, place 2 tbsp of coffee in the filter. Place the entire set-up (cone and cup) on a scale to zero it and once done, begin pouring a steady stream of 1 ½ cups of hot water into the center for about 15 seconds (stop at 100g). Pause for 30 seconds. Then, continue pouring in a circular motion, wetting all the grounds and keeping the coffee line (indicated by grounds) at the high-water mark.
For: people who travel a lot
Brewer cost: $30-$40
Time: ~1 minute
An Aeropress should be your #1 adventure buddy. Weigh 17g of coffee, then place a filter in the bottom of the Aeropress and rinse with hot water. Put the Aeropress and cup on the scale and zero it. Pour in 220g of water and give it a gentle stir to ensure all the coffee is saturated. Then, place the plunger in the Aeropress and slowly apply pressure until you hear air coming through the grounds (hissing sound). That’s it – enjoy!
For: people looking for a cheap and simple brewing method
Brewer cost: $20-$100
Time: 4-5 minutes
Low-tech and timeless, the French Press is an easy way to brew a complex cup of coffee at home or at the office. Put 2 tbsp of coffee for every cup of water you plan to boil. Once boiling, let the water sit for 30 seconds then pour evenly saturating the grounds. Stir the grounds lightly and put the press lid on. Wait 4-5 minutes and slowly plunge and serve.