We all love having our favorite Carmela coffee at any of the great locations; however, sometimes we want to have that delicious Carmela coffee without the need of stepping out of the comfort of our home. Maybe a decade ago, if someone asked us how we brewed our coffee, the answer was predictable: Espresso or Americano, right? Nowadays, with the new and endless stream of possible ways to brew coffee, it can be complicated to decide on just one method as our go-to. The truth is, there's not an actual best technique, the best way to do it is the one that works perfectly for each of us. For all those coffee lovers who want to brew happiness at home with our Carmela coffee, here are three of the most popular manual coffee brewing methods to consider using at home, beyond the household automatic coffee maker. Your preferred practice will boil down to your taste, time, and technique! A brief explanation is given to you so you can have an idea of what each of them is about. Pour-over
What sets pour-over apart is that it is made by hand-pouring the water over the coffee, the water drains through the coffee and filter into a carafe or mug, so you may hear it called hand brewing or manual brewing as well. Pour-over is also known as filter coffee or drip coffee, although these terms also include batch brewers.
Pour-over accentuates intricate flavors when compared to other brewing methods. Coffee is clear and consistent; the water extracts coffee oils and fragrances in its own regular time and at its own pressure, and the filter then catches a lot of those oils, leading to a clean cup.
With pour-over, the liquid surrounding the coffee grounds is continuously refreshed with new water; therefore, there's a faster and more potent brew, at the same time, that new water extracts more from the surface layers.
You don't need many accessories for the pour-over method, but a pour-over coffee brewer and either a cloth or paper filter are essential for this process. French Press
While the pour-over process is known for being straightforward and convenient; the French press is not a difficult brewing process either. The French press is an immersion brew method, meaning coffee grounds are fully immersed in nearly boiling water in the bottom of the carafe, allowing it to sit and steep for about 4 minutes. With the metal filter placed over the coffee, it can be plunged so that the water and the grains can separate. Oils and undissolved coffee particles are able to pass through the fine mesh of the metal filter, which gives your final mug a full-bodied feel, a heavy and denser texture with an incredible amount of flavor. The French press is made of two parts: a carafe for holding the coffee and water, and a rod with a fine metal filter attached to the bottom.
The well known Moka pot is a classic stovetop or electric coffee maker used to brew an inexpensive espresso-like coffee. The pot is divided into three chambers: one for water, one for grounds, and one for the final product. You’ll typically find them crafted from aluminum or stainless steel because they must be placed on your range-top stove to brew, flame or no flame. To use it you fill the bottom chamber with hot water. (Using cold water in the chamber and then bringing it to a boil on the stove will cause the grounds to overheat and give off a burnt, metallic, and bitter taste, so it’s best to boil water beforehand and have it ready.) Then you insert the filter basket into the bottom chamber and fill it with the grounds, leveling it with a spoon or your fingers. Next, you place the Moka pot on the stove on medium heat and leave the lid open. When the water in the bottom chamber starts to boil, the pressure will push the coffee up into the top chamber and through the spout in a slow, steady stream. You’ll know the brew is finished when the coffee gets lighter in color and starts to sputter out.
The Moka Pot has the ability to produce a viscous, appropriately dense espresso with no electricity or fancy equipment; we can say it's a predictable, straightforward process.
After all, whether you use the pour-over, the French press, Moka Pot, or any other method to brew your coffee, if you start with good beans, you are guaranteed an awesome cup of happiness.