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How do you make cowboy coffee ?

Brew Cowboy Coffee

Like when making other kinds of coffee if you want to brew cowboy coffee the quality of the beans make all the difference. There isn’t really a recipe for making cowboy coffee, but more of a method. It involves boiling the the coffee grounds on either a campfire or a stove. Cowboy coffee is really simple to make and that is what makes it appealing to take it on the trails. If you like to have plain black coffee that tastes good then this is a method for you to try.

What you need to brew Cowboy Coffee.

  • Good quality ground coffee (fine or coarse based on your preferences)
  • Good quality water
  • Camping coffee pot
  • Good gloves as the pot will get hot

How to brew Cowboy Coffee at home on the stove.

  1. Measure out around 8 ounces of water for each cup you want to make.
  2. Bring the water to a boil before adding the coffee. Measure out a good scoop of coffee for each cup you want to make. Remember that the finer the grind is the stronger coffee you will get.
  3. Stir in the grounds, this helps to extract the flavor from the grounds.
  4. When the water reaches boiling lower the heat and let it gently simmer for about four minutes.
  5. Next take the pot of the stove and let the grounds settle to the bottom.
  6. To make sure that as much of the grounds settle to the bottom as possible, pour a little cold water into the pot.
  7. Pour into your favorite cup and enjoy.

How to brew Cowboy Coffee on a campfire.

  1. First of all you will need a campfire. Be sure to build the fire at a safe distance from buildings or the brush.
  2. With the campfire going put water in the coffee pot and place it on the the fire. When the water is close to boiling add the coffee.
  3. With the water boiling you can add crushed eggshells to the water. Adding eggshells adds calcium to the coffee and keeps the grounds from escaping during the boiling roll.
  4. Let the coffee boil for around four minutes.
  5. In order to settle the grounds add a bit of cold water to the pot.
  6. Pour into your favorite cup and enjoy.
How do you make cowboy coffee ?2021-01-05T21:51:12+00:00

How To Make Turkish Coffee

How to make Turkish Coffee

Sometimes it´s good to take a break from the regular cup of coffee you have everyday and make Turkish coffee to do something different. When you make Turkish coffee you don´t use filters but place the coffee directly in the water in the special pot which is called cesve or ibrik. The coffee used is so well ground that it resembles the texture of cocoa powder. Sugar is added at the beginning of making Turkish coffee for those that use sugar in the coffee.

What you need to make Turkish Coffee.

  • Good quality Turkish coffee grounds
  • Good quality water
  • An Ibrik
  • Small coffee cups
  • Sugar (optional)

Steps to Make Turkish Coffee.

  1. You start by measuring out the amount of water to be used and adding it to the pot.
  2. Place the ibrik on the stove and turn it to medium high, until the water has heated up.
  3. Now you add the coffee (it´s best to have the coffee as fresh as possible as it will foam better), measuring about 1 tablespoon for every 3 oz of water. It is important that you do not to stir the coffee into the water but let it float on the surface to prevent the coffee from clumping up.
  4. Do you take sugar in your coffee? then add it in this step, but don´t stir just yet.
  5. When you see that the coffee is starting to sink and the water has gotten warm enough to dissolve the sugar you can stir several times before turning the heat to low. In this step you want to see foaming which happens when you stir the pot.
  6. As soon as you see a bubble ring form on the surface, turn the heat down a bit to avoid the coffee from boiling. You should be seeing small bubbles forming on the surface. That is normal as the idea is to build up a thick froth and the best temperature for that is around 158°F. It is important not to let the coffee boil. If you let it boil the coffee will lose it´s foam.
  7. Try to keep the coffee foaming as long as you can without letting it come to a boil. At this stage in the process it is alright you give the coffee a little stir. It is good to keep in mind that the more froth you have, the better the coffee will taste. If the coffee starts to rise then it is too hot, remove it from the heat for a small time to let it settle. You can put the pot back on the heat to raise the foam again but doing it once is enough and doing it two time is absolute maximum.
  8. Now the coffee is ready to pour into cups. Pour it quickly at first to get the foam and then slow. When serving into several cups it might be better for you to spoon the foam into the individual cups

Wait for about 30 seconds after pouring to let the grinds settle in the cup before drinking. When serving up Turkish coffee keep in mind that it is always served with a glass of water. The water is served with the coffee to clean you pallet. To make the experience even more authentic have some Turkish delights with the coffee.

How To Make Turkish Coffee2021-01-05T16:44:18+00:00

How to Make Coffee in a French Press

Make Coffee in a French Press

Making coffee with a french press is a simple method to brew good coffee. The press was invented by french man that lived in Italy. Since it´s invention there have been some modifications done on the press. When you use a french press to make coffee it will be very rich in taste and the quality of the coffee will be very good if done right. Making the coffee is pretty straightforward and making a perfect cup for you and your friends is easy if you follow this simple step by step guide.

1. Heat the water to the right temperature

To get a perfect cup of coffee using the french press the water need to be heated up to 190 °F. It is important to remember not to let the water boil.

2. Grind the coffee

While you are bringing the water to the boil it is good to use the time to grind the coffee. The best practice is to grind your coffee just before you brew it for maximum quality. Measure out one table spoon of grounds for one cup of coffee, then add one table spoon for each additional cup of coffee you want to make.

3. Add the coffee grinds to the press

Remove the lid from the press and add hot water to the container to let it warm up. After the container has warmed up discard the water and add the coffee grinds to the bottom of the container.

4. Pour in the water

Pour in the water over the coffee grinds in the container just so that it covers the grinds and then give it a gentle stir. Cover the container and let it sit for about 30 seconds. Next pour the rest of the water over the grinds and give it another stir. Then put the plunger on top.

5. Wait

Let the press sit for between three and a half minutes to four minutes (not longer)

6. Press

After the waiting gently press the plunger slowly down. By pressing slowly you avoid mixing up the coffee grinds. After pressing it is best to decant the coffee. If you allow it to sit in the press it will keep on extracting making the coffee taste bitter.

7. Enjoy

This is basically it when making french press coffee. Next you can add sugar, cream or both based on your preferences.

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How to Make Coffee in a French Press2020-04-13T19:16:28+00:00

Roast Your Own Coffee Beans

coffee roaster

Have you ever thought about how to roast your own coffee beans ? The fact is that it is very easy and you really don’t need a whole lot of equipment to do it. When you roast it yourself, it is the best way for you to get your coffee just the way that you like it. The freshness is on a whole other level than if you had bought roasted beans from the store.

There are some precautions that you might want to take before roasting. There are a couple of environmental annoyances that go hand in hand with the roasting of coffee beans. When roasting the beans a paper thin skin is released from the beans and that chaff can float in the air around the kitchen. Most if not all of the home roasting equipment prevents this annoying problem.

The other annoyance is the smoke that is produced when roasting which intensifies depending on how much you want to roast your coffee beans. If you use a normal pan to roast your beans remember to have the area where you roast well ventilated. If you use a home roasting machine the smoke is largely reduced, but there is always some smoke. If you use a home roasting machine it would be best to use it under the kitchen exhaust fan or out on your patio or verandah.

As you start to roast you will notice that these simple methods to start roasting listed below can quickly be expanded on as there are endless options for customization.

1. Get some good quality unroasted green coffee beans.

2. Choose your roasting equipment well. You can roast your beans using both a skillet (do not use coated or non stick skillets as it will affect the taste) on your stove top or roasting them on a baking tray in your oven. Neither of these methods are very good as the roast will not be even and uniform and require more work than other methods. You will need to be constantly stirring the beans to avoid them burning using the skillet or baking tray method.  If you acquire a taste for your own roasting and you roast on a regular basis investing in a home roasting machine is the next logical step. Although it is claimed that the home roasting machines are fully automated it is still a good thing to keep an eye on the process.

3. Darker roasts generally contain less caffeine and less of the character that the beans would have when lightly roasted. This is mainly due to the breakdown of sugars and other compounds in the beans. You can also judge the intensity of the roasting based on the crackling sounds, the beans make a sound based on how much they have been roasted. If you stop roasting just before the second crack you will have City+, or Full City roast and a Vienna roast if you stop roasting just after the second crack. If you roast just a little bit longer after the second you will have a French roast.

4. Remember that during the roasting the beans give off smoke when the internal sugars are burning and be careful that you don’t over roast the beans. After roasting is done, it is important to allow the beans to cool down. Then allow them at least 12 hours to went gasses before packing them. When you pack the beans remember to get an airtight container with a one way valve to allow the gasses to escape. There are a lot of different methods to store the coffee, ranging from bags to airtight coffee canisters like the Frescura airtight canister.

Whatever method you choose remember to take the simple precautions mentioned earlier to roast safely. Ventilate your area well.

When done right, home roasting can be very rewarding when you notice how the coffee is much fresher.

Roast Your Own Coffee Beans2021-01-04T22:20:34+00:00

How to Grind and Properly Store Your Coffee Beans at Home

How to Grind and Properly Store Your Coffee Beans at Home

Lets take a look at how to grind and properly store your coffee beans at home. Grinding your own coffee beans right before you brew them is a rewarding experience, whether you use a simple automatic pot or some more complicated method. Buying good beans is not cheap so the right way to store them is essential, because beans that are stored correctly make a better tasting coffee, just the way you like it.

Always Grind the Coffee Beans Just Before You Brew

Despite the coffee beans being flavorful and aromatic, once the beans are roasted and ground those qualities dissipate quickly and even adding to the dissipation when they come into contact with direct sunlight and the oxygen we breathe. It’s therefore a good thing to keep in mind before grinding all the coffee beans you brought home from the store today.

While the beans are whole they will retain their flavors and aromas for much longer as they are protected inside a shell. As soon as you grind those beans the protective casing is cracked open and the wonderful flavors and aromas that it was protecting now escape.

If you want to keep the quality of the beans and not to loose all the complex flavors it is important to grind the beans just before you brew the coffee. What happens if you grind the beans prematurely is that you will get, stale and flat tasting coffee and you will have wasted your money.

How to Correctly Store Coffee Beans and for How Long Can You Store Them ?

Storing the beans in a cool and dry place and away from sunlight is recommended in order to get the best results when brewing your coffee every time and the beans can keep for up to three weeks after roasting.  After roasting the best way to store the beans would be in an airtight container that has a one way valve on it that let´s the CO2 that builds up in the coffee bean when roasting out of the airtight container and at the same time keeps the oxygen out.

If you would happen to find a very good deal on coffee beans in bulk quantities and store them for later use, a freezer will come in handy to store all those beans. There are however two rules that you must follow in order to make this possible and keep the beans fresh in the freezer.

1. Because the coffee bean is porous it will absorb flavors and smells present in the freezer which will compromise the both the flavors and aromas of the coffee beans.

2. Store the beans in the freezer in an airtight container or zipper pouches coffee bags, preferably with a degassing valve, that way they can keep for up to six months. It is vital to let the container and beans to warm up to room temperature before opening it. This will avoid messing with the humidity of the beans to much. Never re-freeze the beans after they have thawed.

Selecting The Right Grind

Remember that when you select the texture or the grain size is going to make an impact on the caffeine extract and the taste of the brew. When hot water is added to the grind the “flavor cells” are activated and the aromas and flavors are released. If the ground isn’t of the right size for the type of coffee you are making, then the brew might turn out to be a underdeveloped and weak brew or it might be over extracted and bitter.

Guidelines For Grinding Coffee Beans

In order for you to choose the best type of grind for the method you are using, you can use the following guidelines.

Coarse Grind is used in a percolator and french presses. The grounds are in contact with hot water for 3-4 minutes using these methods.
Medium Grind is most times used when making coffee with vacuum pots and drip brewing machines.
Fine Grind is used when brewing coffee with filters and some drip brewing machine as well.
Espresso Grind is often difficult to get just right. The ground has to be fine enough to allow pressure to build up in order to extract the flavor from the ground and then allow the liquid to be pushed through the filter. If the ground is too fine it can block the filter and prevent the flow of the liquid.

How to Grind and Properly Store Your Coffee Beans at Home2020-05-17T23:24:12+00:00

Guide to Choosing the Right Coffee Filter

Coffee filters

If you are not sure about which filters to choose for your coffee making then follow this guide to choosing the right coffee filter.

Everyone enjoys a cup of coffee with their friends, family and with their loved ones. Whenever someone talks about having a coffee, it is often with a hint of excitement. Someone may or may not be aware that whether it will be having a proper taste or not. The addiction of coffee among people is at an extent level that no one can control it.

The addiction is alright but before having a coffee we must make sure that we are having the right filtered coffee. There are few people who take this matter lightly, for them choosing the proper filter coffee can be difficult.

Comparison Between a Bleached and Unbleached Coffee Filters

Bleached coffee Filter

Bleached coffee filters which contains a simple white paper. It goes through a process that make it appear white. You can see any common paper does not have a white color. Chlorination and oxygenation are the two main materials for bleaching process. This filter goes through a process of either chemical bleaching using chlorine or by using oxygen to bleach it. Using oxygen to bleach is considered better for the environment and usually considered better quality of the two. Bleaching does not affect the taste of the coffee is the minuscule amounts it is used.

Unbleached coffee Filter

If you go for the unbleached coffee filters, they do not have that shining white look that the bleached filters have and the plus side is that are more environmentally friendly. Paper in the unbleached filter is brown and the filter has to be rinsed using cold water before using it to ensure that no papery taste is introduced to your coffee. Just place the filter into your pour-over  and then pour a little bit of water through it making sure that the whole filter is wet. Next add the grinds and brew you pour-over coffee as normal.

Things to Consider When Using Bleached and Unbleached Coffee Filters

  • Bleaching does not change taste in the coffee – People think that by using bleached and unbleached filter will have changes in the taste of your coffee. But when they have the coffee, they do not find a change and think how it is possible. The actual thing is that it does not matter which filter you are choosing as the coffee taste would remain the same.
  • The quality of filter is important – Sometimes we see that the bleached and unbleached filters have a little change on the coffee taste. The most critical thing is the quality of the filter which you purchase. Do not think that this is a costly filter so it would matter me a lot. You purchase the costly filter it might make the taste of your coffee better.
  • The filter should be thicker – Make sure that the paper in the filter is thicker. In the thinner filters you will see that the water passes to fast through it, which makes a huge impact on the brewing process. This impact will cause a change in the quality of the taste of the coffee. If the filter is thicker it will cost more, but it does not matter. The most important thing is to get the proper taste of the coffee.
  • Cost – You have known that you have to buy the proper quality filter no matter whether it is a bleached or unbleached. The unbleached filters is often more expensive than the bleached filters but if you want to buy a cheaper filter, then you can choose a bleached filter.  We all love the environment and we do not want to harm it, so for those of us that want to do our part in minimizing the environmental impact in any way we can, the unbleached coffee filter is preferable, but then again it will it will cost you a bit more.

Paper Filters Versus Metal filters

Paper filters are fairly inexpensive and for those that just make an occasional cup of coffee they are alright, but for those that are heavy drinkers of coffee a metal filter or some other type of reusable filter should be considered. The metal filters and the reusable filters are much more expensive but they will last longer and might save you money in the long run plus they have a much more positive impact on the environment than the paper ones.

When using metal filters there are oils that seep through and into the coffee that carry a lot of taste, but these oils also oxidize fairly quick and they change the taste of the coffee in the process. There have been some health concerns about the oils as they are considered to raise cholesterol levels, or the LDL levels which is a harmful type of cholesterol.

The reusable metal filters have higher maintenance as they need to be cleaned after each use were as the paper filters can simply be thrown in the trash straight away.

There are many types of permanent filters available and it´s hard to make a choice which are the best ones, but the following two filters can be considered when buying a permanent filter.

Medelco Cone Permanent Coffee Filter

This coffee filter is made from surgical grade stainless steel which makes it highly durable and really enhances the taste of your coffee. Cleaning it is easy and it´s also easy to maintain. When making coffee with this filter there are minimal residual leftovers in the cup and it filters the grounds thoroughly without compromising the taste or the aroma of the coffee.

Cuisinart GTF Gold Tone Filter

The Cuisinart filter is designed so it is able to fit most types of basket-style coffee makers. It is really easy to clean under running water and it can also be cleaned in your dishwasher. The taste of the coffee is bright and fresh as it seems to enhance the taste of the coffee.

Most people prefer to buy paper filters as they are simply easier to use than the metal ones and the following two types of filters are worth considering when buying paper filters.

Hario V60 Misarashi Coffee Paper Filter

This paper filter is very durable and very easy to use and fits well into cone shaped drippers. The residual leftovers in the coffee are nonexistent and the taste and aroma are very good.

Chemex Bonded Unbleached Pre-folded Square Coffee Filters

This filter also filters out any residues to give you a bright and sparkling looking cup of coffee instead of a murky one. The paper it´s made from is durable which allows the coffee to be properly infused giving you a cup of rich and smooth coffee.

It really is a matter of personal choice which filter you choose, for stronger flavored coffee a metal filter would be ideal, while paper filter tends to filter the coffee better. If money is a factor then buying a paper filter might suit you better than the more expensive metal filter. But whichever filter you choose remember that they are only a part of the process of making a good cup of coffee, not the deciding factor.

Guide to Choosing the Right Coffee Filter2020-05-17T23:23:51+00:00

Making good coffee at home: Guide to ten methods for making good coffee at home

Learn to make coffee many various ways

If you are going to be making good coffee at home there are a few things that you should keep in mind to make the brewing better.

After the coffee beans have been roasted it is vital to keep track of the time since they were roasted as they will start to lose flavour after about two weeks.

When you are using pre ground coffee, keep in mind that the freshness of the coffee is sealed inside the bag and when you open the bag the coffee will maintain its best flavor for only a week when stored properly.

It is recommended to have aa good grinder for most of the methods in this guide. The burr grinder gives you the control you need to get the ground the way you like it. Get good scales as well so you can measure out exactly the right amount of ground needed to make that perfect cup of coffee.

To avoid getting odd flavours from chemicals and minerals in your coffee, the best practice when making coffee is to use a water filter. The optimal water temperature should between 195 °F to 205 °F. If the water is to hot it can scorch the ground and if it´s not hot enough it won’t extract the flavors and the brew will be weak.
A method to get the right temperature is to bring the water to a boil and let it sit for about 30 seconds off the heat before you brew the coffee.

When pouring the hot water over the grounds it´s good to use a gooseneck kettle as they give you better control over pouring.

There are different sizes of grinds used for different kinds of coffee. When you use course grounds the flavors are extracted more slowly, resulting in a mellow taste. Flavor is extracted more quickly from finer grinds giving you a stronger and perhaps a bitter flavour.

Burr grinders often come with a guide on how fine or coarse you should grind your coffee beans depending on the brewing method.

Some coffee makers work better if they are primed. You simply pour hot water over the filter and into the coffee maker itself.

A rule of thumb to get a strong cup of coffee is to use two tablespoons of coffee for each cup of water. There can be some exceptions to this rule, for example when making Turkish coffee or espresso.

Making good coffee at home.

1. Making Coffee with a Drip Coffee Maker

This method of making coffee is one of the easiest ways to brew a pot of coffee and coffee can be quite good when using this method if you observe certain methods Drip Coffee Makerwhile making the coffee. When making coffee with a drip coffee maker you can expect the brew to be ready in 4 to 15 minutes all depending on how many cups you are making.

The best grind for this type of coffee is fine to medium.

Directions

1. Grind your favorite coffee to a fine-medium size.
2. All drip coffee maker have a filter basket where you place you paper filter.
3. Rule of thumb is to add one tablespoon of coffee for every cup of water, the cup measuring about 6oz.
4. Add cold water to the water reservoir, 6oz for every cup you are going to make.
6. Press the start button to begin brewing.

Making your coffee better

If for some reason you have not been happy with the results making coffee with your drip maker you can try the following.

1. Get yourself a good quality Burr grinder.
2. Instead of using a spoon to measure the coffee into the filter use a gram scale. A good measure is to use 15 grams of coffee for every 225 grams of water.
3. It is better to use a thermal carafe instead of the class one on the hot plate. When you use the hot plate of the coffee maker the coffee will turn bitter after a short while.

2. Making Coffee with a French Press Coffee Maker

MuellerOn of the more iconic methods to make a good coffee is with the french press and it is the method of choice for many coffee lovers. Although it is often associated with France it is of Italian origin and was patented there almost a hundred years ago.

The French press is fairly easy and straight forward to operate as it simply involves hot water, a beaker, plunger and of course your favorite coffee. When using a French press you will get the coffee more flavorsome then if you would make it with the more traditional way of using a filter.

Directions

1. Heat the water to around boiling point, which is 195-205 °F.
2. Preheat the French press by pouring hot water in it and let sit to warm up.
3. Add a medium coarse freshly ground quality coffee into the press.
4. Add hot water so it flows just over the ground coffee and give it a light stir. Let it sit for about 30 seconds.
5. Next you add the rest of the water, give it a gentle stir and then let it sit for a while, 3-4 minutes. Time depends on how strong you like your coffee.
6. Add the plunger and then push it all the way to the bottom.
7. Enjoy!!!

Note: After you have made the coffee it is best to decant it, because if you let it sit it will keep extracting and the coffee will become bitter.

3. Making Coffee With a Pour Over Coffee Maker

Pour Over Coffee Maker

When you want to make coffee using a pour over coffee maker it will take a bit more time and effort. While making coffee using this method you have much more control over the whole brewing process and you are able to adjust the coffee to your preferences.

There are a lot of ways to make coffee this way and the brewers come in all shapes and sizes. You can get devices that you place over your favorite mug or if your having friends over use a bigger device over a carafe.

When you make coffee this way you want to do it again and again because it´s so good.

Directions

1. Heat water to 200° F. Bring the water to the boil, then let it stand for about 30 seconds.
2. Place the pour over coffee maker on your carafe and add the paper filter, prime the carafe by pouring hot water into it and let it sit while you grind your coffee. Discard water when finished. Place the carafe on a scale.
3. Measure the freshly roasted medium ground coffee beans (5 tablespoons) and place them in the filter.
4. Add about 50 gr. of water to soak the grounds, wait 30 seconds afterwards.
5. Pour the water into the carafe, about 400 gr. and let it sit for 2 minutes. It´s best to start the pour in a spiral pattern and then straight down keeping the grounds saturated for the duration.
6. Enjoy.

4. How to Make Coffee With a Cold Brew Maker

Cold Brew Coffee MakerCold brew coffee is not to be mistaken for iced coffee, since it´s not. It´s not just adding ice cubes to coffee but extracting the coffee in cold filtered water and a much longer steep time, but it is actually very simple to make.

Directions

1. First you need to coarsely grind you freshly roasted coffee beans.
2. Measure 1 part coffee to four parts water.
3. Find your carafe and add the grinds.
4. Pour the cold filtered water to fully saturate the coffee grinds. Give the blend a gentle stir.
5. Cover the carafe and place it in the fridge for 12-24 hours. Covering will avoid absorbing of aromas in the fridge.
5. When the brewing process is complete, you can refrigerate the coffee for up to two weeks.

Note: You can dilute the coffee with water or milk before drinking, also consider to spice it up a bit with  some spices of flavorings.

5. How to Make Iced Coffee

Hot and Cold BrewNeedless to say perhaps but the popularity of Iced coffee surges during the summer months. The ingredients to make iced coffee are very straight forward and simple as they aren’t that many of them.

It goes without saying that coffee is needed as-well as ice cubes, milk, (or cream) sugar or a sweetener of choice (for those with a bit of a sweet tooth). You need two containers, one to let the coffee cool in and one for serving.

How to make iced coffee with cold brew.

If you still have some of that cold brew you made earlier, you can make yourself some iced coffee right away. Simply add a little water to dilute the coffee, then add some ice cubes followed by sugar, cream or flavoring to your taste. If you don´t have any cold brew simply follow method four here above.

How to make iced coffee with hot brew.

It is also possible to make iced coffee from a normal brew of hot coffee. When you make iced coffee that way you have to remember that the key to the taste is to cool the coffee as fast as possible, otherwise it can become bitter. Simply pour the coffee over the ice cubes, but only if you have thermal shock resistant glasses as the sudden mixture of hot and cold might shatter a normal class.

6. How to Make Coffee With a Coffee Infuser

Cold Brew Coffee MakerYou can use an infuser to make coffee pretty much the same way as you would use it to make tea. While the amount of coffee you use in the infuser is of-course all based on your personal taste the general rule of thumb is one to two tablespoons to a cup of water.

Directions

1. Boil some water, remove form heat and let it rest for about 30 seconds to cool down.
2. Add the medium grind coffee to the infuser.
3. Find your favorite mug and place the infuser in it.
4. Slowly pour the water until the mug is full.
5. Leave for three to four minutes while the coffee infuses in the water.
6. Enjoy.

7. How to Make Coffee With a Cezve, A Turkish Coffee Pot

Thickest Solid Copper Engraved and Hammered Turkish Greek Arabic Coffee Pot Wooden Handle Listed as a Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in Turkey, the Turkish coffee has been around for a very long time. The coffee is made in a pot called cezve by pouring hot water onto very powdery fine grounds, to make a strong black and aromatic brew.

First you are going to need a cezve pot and your coffee grinder will have to be able to grind the coffee very fine. Usually a medium roast coffee is used.  When measuring the water using this method the actual cups that you will be drinking from are used to measure the amount of water.

Again the amount of coffee used is based on taste, but the rule thumb is to measure one tablespoon for each serving, adjusting in accordance to your taste. During the making of the coffee the sugar is added so be sure to ask your guests before making the coffee how they take their coffee.

Directions

1. Add the finely ground coffee to the cezve and sugar (for those who want sugar) and combine.
2. Add the filtered water and place the cezve on a stovetop.
3. Bring to a boil on a medium heat, which will take around three to four minutes so you need to watch over the process.
4. As the coffee warms, a dark foam, which is important when serving Turkish coffee, starts to build up.
5. When getting closer to boil, use a teaspoon and transfer some of the foam to the individual cups and the return the pot to the stovetop.
6. When the coffee boils pour half the coffee into the cups and then return it to the stove to boil the remaining coffe for 15-20 seconds.
7. Pour the rest of the coffee into the cups.

Note: Turkish coffee is served with a glass of water and Turkish delights or other sweet treats.

See our detailed guide on how to make Turkish coffee.

8. How to Make Coffee with a Chemex Coffee Maker

Chemex Classic Series, Pour-over Glass Coffeemaker

One of the more popular ways to make coffee is with the Chemex coffee maker. The filters in the Chemex are thick, bonded filters and they slow the rate at which the water drips through them giving you a very rich and full brew. Finding the perfect grind/water ratio for your taste will take a few tries. The Chemex makes around three to four cups and using it in conjunction with a timer and a thermometer is a good idea.

Directions

1. Heat your water to boiling and then let it sit for about 30 seconds.
2. Place the filter into the top of the brewer.
3. Add the coffee to the filter, best to use fine to medium ground. Usually 2 tbsp for each cup of water suits most tastes.
4. After setting the timer to 45 seconds, slowly pour the water in a circular motion onto the grinds to moisten them, which causes them to “bloom” creating a beautiful aroma.
5. Reset the timer for 2 minutes and pour the rest of the water into the filter in a circular pattern.
6. Wait while the coffee completely drains before removing the dripper.
7. Enjoy the rich coffee

9. Making Coffee With a Coffee Perculator

Coffee PerculatorUsing a percolator to make coffee is something i remember from when i was younger, there was something pleasant about making coffee in a percolator. It is some of the richest best tasting coffee you´ll have. The aroma of the percolator brewing is something that is hard to beat.

Not everybody likes the percolator because they tend to burn the coffee, especially on the stove-top models. It requires some practice to get coffee done the right way using a percolator but when you get it right you are rewarded with a perfect brew everytime you make coffee

Directions

1. Fill the reservoir of the percolator with cold water.
2. Add the coarsely ground coffee to the filter basket, around a heaped tablespoon for every cup.
3. Watch the brewing process. On the percolator there is a glass bubble and when you start to see bubbles in the water it´s time to turn down the heat to avoid starting to boil the coffee and get a burnt flavor as a result. The ideal heat for the water is around 200 °F and you must allow steam pressure to build up in the stem and bubble over. Give each cup around a minute to brew.
5. Although the electric percolator models have a “Keep Warm” setting it is always best to avoid using that and just pour the freshly brewed coffee into your cup and the rest into a pre warmed thermo flask because the keep warm feature will always affect the taste of the coffee.

10. How to Make Coffee with a Stovetop Espresso Maker

3 Cup Stovetop Coffee Maker with Safety ValveYou can get close to the creamy texture and caffeine kick of an Espresso made by a professional Espresso machine which you find in coffee shops, but made at home in a Moka pot.

Directions

1. The top chamber is removed and the lower part is filled with water, the water should reach just below the valve.
2. Fill the filter basket with fresh finely ground coffee. You must make sure that there are no coffee grounds on the rim of the filter basket.
3. Screw the top chamber on to the lower chamber tightly.
4. Place the Moka pot on the stove and bring to boil. When the water boils the top chamber is filled with brewed coffee. When you hear steaming and bubbling sounds you know that the coffee is ready.
5. Remove the Moka pot from the stove.
6. Drink and enjoy.

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