Learn How to Brew Coffee At Home

Here is basic information on how to make coffee.

Making coffee is fairly simple. It depends, of course, on whether you drink instant coffee - in which case brewing is pretty much straight forward and probably no instructions needed - or to brew coffee ground, usually with a coffee maker machine.

If you make instant coffee, all you need to do is add water into a brew kettle, boil it, scoop in a tablespoon (or more or less, depending to your own strength preferences) into your cup, add boiling water, add milk and your coffee is ready to drink.

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But if you brew coffee grounds, it involves a bit more. Here are some simple instruction on how to brew coffee:

You may be home coffee roasting your own whole green coffee beans, or buy readily roasted coffee beans.

In these cases, you'll have really fresh coffee (if the whole beans themselves are not too old and have been stored properly, of course; see: coffee bean storage), and you'll need a coffee bean grinder to grind your whole beans.

You may as well buy ground coffee beans and then all that remains for you to do is turn on the coffee maker (or use a French Press coffee maker) and brew your coffee.

If you do grind your beans on your own, it is best to brew right after grinding. Coffee does not remain fresh for too long, and once ground it can lose its freshness and aromas in a matter of minutes. It is therefore suggested to grind only as much as you need for the current brew.

Some grind-and-brew coffee makers include both a grinder and a brewer, and some of the machines have settings to adjust the amount of beans they grind to the strength and amount of coffee that you select. Others are more simple machines and don't include advanced features.

Keep the rest of the beans in an airtight container and protect it from air, heat, moisture and light, which are enemies of coffee. Keeping coffee-beans in the refrigerator or freezer is controversial. Some experts say that it can spoil the flavor of the coffee, and also the cofffee beans can absorb the odors of the refrigerator or freezer.

How To Home Brew Your Coffee

Now that you have your coffee grounds ready, it's time to brew.

You'll need a brewing devise to brew your coffee. There are a great many different coffee makers around, and you can tour around this site to read reviews about various coffee brewing machines.

They include electric drip coffee makers, french press coffee makers , Pour Over coffee makers, which are a manual drip coffee maker method, commercial coffee urns, pod coffee makers, and more. Different coffee machines use different methods on how to make coffee.

How To Make Coffee - The Coffee Brewing Process

The brewing process itself is simple. With an electric coffee maker, you usually fill the water reservoir, add the coffee grounds to a coffee filter, and turn on the coffee machine. With the press of a button you brew the coffee. It takes only several minutes.

The water heats the coffee and streams up to the funnel where it brews the ground. It picks up and absorbs the oils, tastes and flavor of the grounds and runs down into the coffee pot, carafe, or mug. For more information on how to make coffee with the other methods, like the french press, refer to the proper section on the Nav Bar.

You can even automate and schedule the coffee making process. For example, you can set the coffee maker to brew the coffee in the morning about the time you get up from bet, so you have your morning coffee ready to sip.

Side Note: Automatic Drip Makers vs French Press - There is more than just one way how to make coffee. For example, electric coffee makers and french pots make coffee in very different ways.

The process of making coffee with an electric drip coffee maker is known as Automatic Drip Brew.

This method is different from a French Press (or "Coffee Press"). When brewing with the french pot, the grounds get in contact and mix with hot water insight the Press, and then they are separated and the coffee liquid is poured out, while the used ground remains inside.

In the French Press (sometimes called "cafetière," the water is heated together with the ground. It is said to make stronger coffee than automatic coffee makers (like an electric drip coffee maker) and it extracts more flavors of the coffee.

It requires a more coarse grind to prevent the ground from passing through its filter.

Read more about the french press coffee method here.

Coffee Makers

Some coffee makers have added options and features, like automatic shut off (sparing you the trouble to shut off the machine when the brewing is done), setting different strengths of coffee, and more. Some coffee makers have many bells and whistles, and others are more plain.

They also vary in size and appearance, and coffee brewed by different machines can even have different tastes. So, make sure to read the reviews of the different coffee makers described in other sections on this site.

You'll need a coffee mug or cup to drink you coffee, of course.

How Much Coffee To Add

How much coffee should you add?

It is commonly suggested to add about 2 tablespoons of coffee grounds per 8 ounce of water. You can adjust to your own taste and preferred strength.

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