Most of us have our favorite way of making gourmet coffee. And, that alternative is based on a lot on the type of cafe nior maker we have in our family home. While I can recall being raised in a house where my mother used a percolator to make coffee, the drip coffee maker is the one most of us have owned and used in more recent years. There are many ways to brew a cup of coffee, and the process is slightly different depending on the variety of coffee brewing you choose.
As stated, percolation is among the oldest methods to making cafe nior. Even though it is not very common anymore, it still has its fans. Most of the people who still use the percolator are older people who have always used it and see no reason to change their method. However, percolation is a method not used much anymore because the coffee produced can easily get a little bitter. This method involves boiling the coffee grounds which leads to a less than desirable taste for most.
The drip method is probably the most trendy method of brewing gourmet coffee. Practically every home owns a drip brew maker. The brewing procedure involves placing ground coffee in the coffee filter basket in the maker. There is a reservoir that is filled with water. As the water is heated it drips through the coffee grounds to the glass carafe. An easy method that brews a quick pot of brew and the machines are relatively inexpensive.
The French press method is also referred to as a plunger pot. This is a trendy method with people who know their coffee well and want a high quality make from home. There is more control over the final product using the French press method. Coarse coffee grounds are put into the glass coffee carafe. Hot water is then added and a plunger lid is placed on top of the carafe. After about five minutes the plunger is pushed, taking the grounds with it.
Espresso brewing is using finely ground brew that is almost powdery in consistency. The nearly boiling hot water is forced through the grounds under high pressure. The brewing is timed so the best flavor is extracted without the bitter taste. This brews a full-flavored, concentrated shot of coffee. Espresso brewing has become more common as people want to recreate the tastes of the coffee house in their own home.
Brewing coffee with coffee pods that each make a single pot of gourmet coffee is becoming very popular. Pods are made with coffee inside a filter-like material, similar to a big tea bag. The water fills the water reservoir and when heated goes through the coffee pod and then into a single serving coffee cup. There is enough ground coffee in each pod to make one cup at a time.
Gourmet coffee is the universal drink that can be brewed in many different ways. The decision of which type of brewing method used will yield different brew tastes to suit the individual preference of each coffee drinker.