How to Make the Perfect Cup of Freshly Brewed Coffee
How do you brew the perfect coffee yourself, and what do you have to take into consideration regarding the different devices? Here's our ultimate guide.
May 17, 2023
Coffee is more than just a morning ritual for most people—it's part of our culture. While every coffee fan has their own unique preferences when it comes to their favorite beverage, not everyone understands everything about the fine art of coffee brewing!
If you're also one of those people who are passionate about the perfect result, then you're in luck because you've come to the right place: we will reveal the best tips to enjoy a professionally brewed cup of coffee in the office or at home.
First-Class Coffee From the Chemex Glass Coffee Pot
If you prefer, you can also brew your iconic hot beverage with the classic Chemex coffee maker. All you need is:
1 Chemex coffee maker
Chemex filter paper
1 set of scales
25 g medium coarse grounds
350 ml boiling water: 190 -197 °F (88-92 °C)
Your Chemex Brew Guide
First, grind your beans (choose a medium grind) and heat the water.
Now fold the filter paper twice and place it in the coffee maker. Again, as stated above, always moisten the paper with hot water. This will prevent a papery taste. However, please remember to drain this water before the brewing process. Now carefully fill the grounds into the center of the Chemex.
Then add 50 to 60 ml of the water so that it can “bloom”.
Add another 100 ml of water every 30 seconds in a circular motion until the 350 ml is used up.
The total brewing time is about 3:30 minutes.
Enjoy your perfect cup!
In contrast to the two methods already presented, this is a fairly new variant. When preparing coffee with an Aeropress machine, the ground beans are pressed through a cylinder using a press piston. The air there ensures that the grounds are pushed through the filter and enter the cup. You will need:
Aeropress filter paper
1 set of scales
16 g medium / fine coffee grounds
200 ml filtered water
This Is How to Brew It
First, grind your beans.
Then insert the filter and rinse the Aeropress with warm water. This will prevent an undesirable paper taste. 3.
Connect the press plunger and the brewing cylinder, and then insert the funnel. Now put the grounds into the funnel and pour the hot water into the Aeropress in circular movements (about 120 ml). The brewing temperature should be around 197°F (92 °C)
Stir the mixture vigorously and let it brew for 30 to 60 seconds. Then add the remaining 200 ml of water and let the coffee brew for another 1.5 minutes. Finally, all you have to do is turn the Aeropress upside down and gently press the press plunger down.
Brewing the Perfect Cup in the French Press or Cafetière
Enjoying a gorgeous cup of coffee from the French Press requires a little patience and a few simple steps. Please note that freshly ground beans give the best aroma. For one cup, you need:
1 French Press
23 g coffee (medium to coarse grounds)
350 ml water
1 set of microscales
Brew Guide for Delicious Coffee From the French Press
Put the grounds into the French Press, fill it up to the middle mark with the hot water and let it brew for a minute. It is important that all the grounds are wetted with water.
Give it a careful stir after one minute to ensure that the grounds have enough contact with the water.
Now place the lid on the pot, without pressing the plunger. This should only be done after 3 minutes of brewing time!
After a total of 3 minutes, slowly press down the plunger and enjoy your delicious homemade coffee!
Making Cold Brew Coffee -The ultimate In-Drink
The days are long gone, when Cold Brew Coffee was only favored by trendy hipsters in the capitals of the world. But what's the fuss all about? The name “Cold Brew” stems from the fact that the beverage is prepared in cold water, at a temperature of between 53 and 76 °F
(12 and 24 °C). To brew this coffee yourself, you will need:
1 Chemex coffee maker (or funnel).
1 Chemex filter paper (or normal filter paper)
100 g coarsely ground beans
1000 ml water (room / refrigerator temperature)
12 to 24 hours extraction time
This Is How It Works
Simply put the ground beans into a large, sealable container and fill it with cold water.
Put the container into the refrigerator and shake it occasionally.
After 12-24 hours, you can extract the cold brew through a Chemex or a regular filter with filter paper.
Your refreshing coffee drink is ready to be enjoyed!
The Stainless Steel Moka Pot From Italy – A True Classic
Especially after the indulgence of a big meal or something sweet, a strong espresso is hard to beat. Espresso from the Italian Bialetti machine is particularly popular. Here’s a brief brewing guide for an espresso with crema. You will need:
1 Moka pot
1 grinder (if necessary)
15 g finely ground espresso
1 kettle / stove
And this is how the espresso is prepared
Heat the water to about 197°F (92°C).
Pour enough water into the moka pot to completely cover the lower part.
Now put the grounds into the device. Then place the espresso basket on the lower part of the pot (with the hot water).
Place the moka pot on the stove and turn on a medium heat. The espresso is ready as soon as hissing sounds emerge from the upper valves.
Fine Coffee From the Portafilter
Another way to brew your own coffee is with a portafilter. A portafilter is a type of coffee maker that can usually brew only one cup at a time. The portafilter consists of a boiler, a steam nozzle and a filter holder, which contains a metal filter with a sieve.
For the preparation of a coffee with the portafilter, you will need:
1 espresso machine
20 g of ground coffee (finely ground) – or appropriate beans along with a grinder
40 ml of boiling water
The total brewing time is ideally about 26-32 seconds.
Here’s the Exact Procedure
Firstly, preheat the espresso machine.
Then put the grounds into the portafilter, and lightly tap the edge of the portafilter so that they are ideally distributed. Our insider’s tip: treat yourself to a leveling tool!
Now press the grounds into the portafilter with a metal tamper. Don't worry, this is easier than it may sound!
Rinse your espresso machine with hot water before you start locking in the portafilter.
After you have successfully locked it in place, the extraction process will begin. By the way, the espresso from the portafilter is ready in just under 26–32 seconds.
How to Make Coffee in an Automatic Coffee Maker
Is it even possible to brew aromatic, full-bodied coffee in a fully automatic coffee maker? The answer is yes! However, there are a few things you should bear in mind:
Buy freshly ground beans instead of pre-ground beans to achieve a particularly aromatic result. Naturally, it is even better to use your own coffee grinder.
If you choose this option, it is best to grind the beans directly before use, to ensure that aromas are released in the optimal way.
It is also considered useful to weigh the amount of coffee carefully, rather than simply using a spoon. After all, it's not only the weight of the coffee that matters, but also its volume.