6 Methods for Manually Brewing Coffee at Home

For coffee enthusiasts who want to brew a better cup of coffee at home with our green coffee beans, here are six popular manual coffee brewing methods to consider using. Your preferred method will boil down to your personal taste, time and technique!

There is a wide acceptance that manual brewing methods allow for better quality control and a superior coffee experience. For many, it’s more fun and fascinating to have a hands-on approach with their brewing process rather than hitting a ‘brew’ button on a machine. The growing trend or movement for gourmet-type coffee making has resulted in a staggering range of gadgets and differing opinions. While we support all styles of coffee brewing, our focus this time will be to touch on six of the more crowd-pleasing manual coffee-making options that could complement our single-origin coffee by our partner estates.

 

A Quick Guide to Manual Coffee Making Styles

Below is a brief overview of six manual coffee-making styles, including some quick tips, as a starting point to help you select your preferred method of infusion, from pour over/drip, plunger/pressed, percolate to filter pot.

Drip: South Indian Filter Pot

The Indian filter coffee is variously known as filter coffee, degree coffee, Mysore filter coffee or Kumbakonam coffee, and was a staple in South Indian households long before café chains serving lattes and mochas became fashionable in urban India. The Indian filter pot is one of the simplest coffee makers in the world. It comprises two stainless steel/brass chambers assembled one on top of the other. The top chamber has tiny perforations which act as the fixed filter. This chamber also houses a plunger to tamp and hold down the coffee grounds. This contraption is simple yet effective. The filter pot doesn't use any non-metal or consumable parts like rubber gaskets, making it last a lifetime. You can buy it here.

  • Grind of Beans: Medium coarseness
  • Ground Coffee: 2.5 tablespoons of coffee (17g)
  • Brewing Time: 6 to 10 minutes
  • Flavour Profile: Earthy flavours
  • Cost: Rs. 100 onwards
  • Produces 1 - 4 cups of coffee
  • Very easy to clean
  • Portable.
  • Does not require filter paper

Pour Over/Drip: Coffee Cone

One of the oldest, simplest, fastest and cheapest ways to brew coffee is the drip method using a coffee cone and paper filter. Hot water is poured evenly over coffee grounds in a paper filter. With gravity, the brewed coffee drips slowly and directly into a cup or pot. Coffee cones are made of plastic, glass, stainless steel or ceramic. The shape of the cone and its filters will influence the flavours. Popular brands include Melitta, Hario V60, Kalita Wave and Bee House. You can buy it here.

Pour Over Coffee Brewing

  • Grind of Beans: medium-fine to coarse
  • Quantity of Coffee: 3 tablespoons of coffee (21g)
  • Brewing Time: 1-3 minutes
  • Flavour Profile: Smooth, round body
  • Cost: Rs. 400 onwards (extra cost for filters)
  • Produces a single cup of coffee
  • Easy to clean
  • Portable
  • Requires paper filters that match the cone

Pour Over/Drip: Chemex

Chemex is a beautifully designed and elegant pour over, glass flask that was invented in 1941 by Dr. Peter Schlumbohm. It uses a special Chemex paper filter that is 20-30% heavier than other filters. Similar to the coffee cone, hot water is poured over coffee grounds in a paper filter. The brewed coffee drips into the bottom of the flask which doubles as its own carafe. You can buy it here.

Chemex Coffee Brewing

  • Grind of Beans: medium-coarse
  • Ground Coffee: 6 tablespoons of coffee (42g)
  • Brewing Time: 4 minutes
  • Flavour Profile: balanced, cleaner, refined, floral, sweet notes and non-acidic
  • Cost: Rs. 5000 approx. (extra cost for filters)
  • Different sizes yields up to 6 cups
  • Harder to clean and requires special brush
  • Portable but fragile
  • Requires Chemex paper filters

Plunger/Press: French Press

The French Press method, invented in 1929, is widely considered the best and easiest method for brewing superior and consistent coffee. It extracts, arguably, more superior flavours than any other method. In a press pot, ground coffee is soaked, steeped and strained in hot water; therefore, coffee’s flavourful essential oils, caffeine and antioxidants are better diffused and preserved leaving the purest flavours of the coffee. It is well suited for coffee drinkers that enjoy a luscious, expressive and complex taste experience. You can buy it here.

French Press Coffee Brewing

  • Grind of Beans: coarse
  • Ground Coffee: 2-2.5 tablespoons of coffee (14-17g) for one cup
  • Brewing Time: 4 minutes
  • Flavour Profile: pure, clean flavour nuances that are complex and robust body
  • Cost: Rs. 500 onwards
  • Various sizes produce up to 8 cups of coffee
  • Easy to clean
  • Portable, especially the stainless steel thermal variety
  • No filters required

Plunger/Press: AeroPress

Relatively new, the maker of Aerobie Frisbee (Alan Adler) created and launched the AeroPress in 2005. The AeroPress is plastic and comes in 3 parts. A filter sits in a coffee basket at the bottom of the brew chamber. Coffee grounds rest in the brew chamber where hot water is added then immerses/steeps the coffee. To extract the coffee, a plunger is pressed down creating air pressure to force brewed coffee through a filter and into a cup. You can buy it here.

AeroPress Coffee Brewing

  • Grind of Beans: fine-medium
  • Ground Coffee: 2.5 tablespoons of coffee (17g)
  • Brewing Time: 1-2 minutes
  • Flavour Profile: sweet, full-bodied, espresso-style coffee
  • Cost: Rs. 3000 onwards
  • Produces a single cup of coffee
  • Easy to clean
  • Portable, especially popular with campers
  • Requires AeroPress micro paper filters (or a fine metal filter)

Percolate: Stovetop Moka Pot

Originally patented in 1933 by Alfonso Bialetti, stovetop-style coffee makers use steam pressure from boiled water in the lower section to pass through coffee grounds in the mid chamber of the pot. Brewed coffee then sits in the higher chamber. A well-designed stovetop pot will create better pressure. Common brands include Bialetti, Pedrini, and Kabalo. You can buy it here.

Stovetop Moka Pot Coffee Brewing

  • Grind of Beans: Fine-Medium Coarse
  • Ground Coffee: 2.5-3 tablespoons of coffee (17-22g)
  • Brewing Time: 5 minutes
  • Flavour Profile: espresso-style coffee, strong and can be bitter
  • Cost: Rs. 1000 onwards
  • Requires a gas stove
  • Produces the equivalent of a single or double shot
  • Easy to clean
  • Portable and durable
  • No extra filters required

 

Happy Brewing! Do reach out to us if you need any help with buying the right equipment.

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