Watch: How to Use 6 Brewing Methods in 75 Seconds

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Traditional drip brewers are still the most common method of preparing coffee in the US, according to the NCA’s 2016 National Coffee Drinking Trends (NCDT) data.

But the way we drink coffee is changing. As the specialty coffee scene continues to gain momentum (especially among those Millennials), today’s consumers have seemingly endless options – and gadgets – available to make the perfect brew.

…In fact, it can be a little overwhelming.

Fortunately, AndOrange Motion Design created this 75-second animation that breaks down six different methods: Moka pot, vac pot/syphon, AeroPress, French press, Chemex, and pour over. (Visit this guide to learn about cold brew.)

While the video offers brewing times, keep in mind that these are only estimates. As the folks over at Perfect Daily Grind note,”Brew time varies depending on the grind size, water temperature and volume, and more – so don’t be afraid to experiment, especially if you find you prefer a shorter/longer period of extraction. After all, it’s you who’s drinking that coffee.”

With that in mind, enjoy:

H/T: Perfect Daily Grind

 

How to Make Cold Brew Coffee at Home

By Kyra Auffermann, NCA

As a Brooklyn-dwelling Millennial, I get a lot of questions from my parents (and Bill Murray) about the latest hipster nonsense – from Pokemon Go* to the definition of “fleek.” My answers often seem to leave them more bewildered than they were before.

Recently, my dad asked me about this “cold brew”thing he’s been hearing about.  And while I can’t help him catch Pikachu (or even a stupid Pidgey), cold brew is one trend that’s accessible to everyone.

* [Ed. note: This reference is outdated less than a month after after publication, but I’m keeping it anyway ¯\_(ツ)_/¯]

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How to Make French Press Coffee

An illustrated brewing guide by artist Mike Lowery.

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For be best brew, use a coarser coffee grind for French press coffee.

Bonus pro tip from the experts at IllyAdd a heaping tablespoon (7-8 grams) of coffee to the pot per 200 ml (6.7 oz) of water. (And remember to clean your pot thoroughly after each use.)

The NCA Guide: How To Brew Coffee

For more coffee illustrations, check out our Pinterest board.

 

Back to the Grind

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“Extraction is arguably the most important and least understood aspect of coffee brewing,” says Barista Hustle’s Matt Perger in this guide on the topic.

Put simply, extraction is the method of pulling the flavor from your coffee beans. It’s the magic that turns water and beans into a beautiful beverage. As water passes through the grounds, it dissolves all sorts of compounds that end up in your cup.

But this is where things get tricky: As Food and Wine notes, “Some of those compounds taste great, but others are kind of nasty. To get the good ones, and the right amount of them, you need to properly extract your coffee, meaning that the water dissolves the right stuff, and the right amount of it.”

As a general rule, brewing methods with longer contact time require a coarser grind (and vice versa – your espresso should be very fine). If this seems like a lot to consider before your first cup of coffee, don’t worry.
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