A good number of people begin their day with a cup of coffee and for most of these people, a day without their favorite cup of coffee is almost unimaginable. Who can blame them? Coffee is a good source of caffeine and research has proven that this bean is very useful in improving human mental alertness.
So what happens on those occasions when you have a break from your routine and find yourself in a place without a coffee maker? It will please you to know that you can still brew your delicious cup of coffee without a coffee maker.
The basic requirements, tips, and steps for creating a great cup of home–brewed coffee are as detailed below:
What You Need
- Freshly roasted organic coffee beans
- Coffee brewer (optional)
- Hot water
- Scale (recommended)
- Coffee Grinder (recommended)
- Stir stick
Steps To Make Home-Brewed Coffee
There are two approaches to brewing a perfect cup of coffee at home.
First Approach (With Filter)
This is essentially a makeshift pour over, the steps are:
- Rinse the filter with hot water and discard the rinse water.
- Measure the appropriate amount of coffee beans based on the number of cups you want to brew.
- Proceed to grind the beans into a sand-like grind with the consistency of kosher salt.
- Pour just enough water to wet the ground and pause for a minimum of 30 seconds.
- Slowly pour water into the cup over a 30–second window, then pour the rest of the water into the cup.
Second Approach (Without Filter)
- Measure the appropriate amount of coffee beans based on the number of cups you want to make.
- Grind your coffee to a coarse powder with the consistency of kosher salt.
- Wet the ground coffee with hot water and wait for about 30 seconds.
- Pour the rest of the water into the cup.
- Allow the coffee to settle for 4 minutes then proceed to decant it into your drinking cup.
Coffee Brewing Tips
- The quality of a cup of coffee is dependent on the quality of the coffee used to make, always buy quality and freshly roasted coffee beans. The best cups of coffees are made from the freshest coffee beans.
- Hot water within 195 and 205 °F is the best for brewing coffee. At this temperature, the solubles from the coffee grounds are extracted with greater ease, and the water doesn’t scald the ground. As a result, the flavor and aroma are preserved.
- Properly store your coffee bean as this affects the quality of the brew. It is best to store the bean in a vacuum sealed container.
- Pay special attention to how you grind and know when not to grind your coffee beans. A good rule to thumb is to strive for a medium grind; a too fine grind will contribute to over-extraction, and a too coarse grind will make for a weak pot of coffee. Also, since coffee starts losing its flavor within 30 minutes of being ground, it will be wise to grind your coffee just as you about brewing a cup(s), and not an hour before.