Ah the joys of the coffee, the morning rush of caffeine and the aroma and tastes it evokes. But how many of us have truly tasted this nectar as God intended.
To help you we have come up with a short guide on the ways to brew coffee from roasted coffee beans.
First let us start with a few points:
- Coffee starts to degrade quite fast after it is ground and loses its flavour and aroma. Which is why it is always better to buy whole bean coffee and then grind it for your consumption.
- Always use good water, as it is the water that makes the coffee. The water should be used when it is just below boiling temperature, let the water sit for a 30 seconds to a minute after the first boil.
- Always ensure to store your coffee beans in an air tight container and grind only as much as you need.
Traditional South Indian Filter Coffee
To brew South Indian filter coffee, you will need:
- a coffee filter
- a dabarah and tumbler
- a small pot
- 3 Tbsp. of extremely finely ground coffee
To make the decoction, follow these steps:
- Place the coffee powder in the upper chamber of the coffee filter, and lightly tamp the powder using the pressing disc. Leave the disc in place after tamping.
- Place the upper chamber on the lower one, and fill the upper chamber with boiling water.
- Cover the coffee filter, and let it brew for 10 to 15 minutes.
- While the decoction is brewing, heat milk to a boil on the stove.
- When the decoction is finished, pour 1 to 2 Tbsps. of the decoction into the dabarah, and then fill the dabarah with milk. Add your desired amount of sugar.
- Pour the mixture back and forth between the Dabarah and tumbler, using high arcing motions to pour, until the coffee is cool enough to drink.
- Serve in the dabarah, setting it in the tumbler.
Please note the decoction made is even strong than western made espresso, hence even using one or two table spoons of decoction makes the coffee quite strong.
Creating a Makeshift Pour-Over
To create a makeshift pour-over, place your clean filter on top of the coffee cup. Paper filters are cheap, easy to find and carry. If you don’t have one, use a clean cloth and tie it to a sieve. Once the filter is in place:
- Rinse the filter with hot water and toss the rinsing water
- Measure a tablespoon of coffee for each cup of coffee you want to make
- Grind your coffee on a medium, sand-like grind
- Wet the grounds with a little water and wait for at least 30 seconds.
- Pour half of the remaining water over a 30-second duration
- Pour the rest of the water in three or four smaller increments
There is your freshly brewed coffee. Add sugur or milk as to your liking. If you think it tastes too bitter, add more coffee. If it’s too sour, reduce the amount of coffee you use.
Using a french Press
The French press is the utensil of choice to brew coffee as it is quite easy.
- Make sure you grind the coffee beans into a coarse ground.
- Once your coffee grinds are in the french press pour a bit a water and let it sit for 30 seconds to allow the coffee to bloom. this enables the coffee to release any carbon dioxide and doesn't sour your brewed coffee. Then pour your hot water.
- After 1 min, stir the mixture as the coffee grounds will rise up and this will push them back down.
- French presses should be brewed for 4 min from the time the water and coffee is mixed together.
- Once the coffee is brewed press down on the plunger and you are ready to pour out your coffee.
Use this below handy guide to measure your ingredients.
- 1 serving — 1 cup water — 2 tablespoons coffee beans
- 2 servings — 2 cups water — 1/4 cup coffee beans
- 4 servings — 4 cups water — 1/2 cup coffee beans
- 8 servings — 8 cups water — 1 cup coffee beans
There you have it the multiple ways on creating fresh brewed coffee. Tell us which is your favorite way in the comments below.
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