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Saturday
Nov192011

How Do You Brew Yours?

The Top 5 Methods for Brewing Coffee

  1. Drip  The Drip brewing method was invented in Germany by Melitta Bentz in 1908. This is the method used by most consumers when brewing coffee at home. The major benefit to the drip brewing method is being able to brew larger amounts of coffee at one time. 
  2. French Press  The French Press brewing method has been around since the 1850′s, however it was not first patented until 1929 by Italian designer Attilio Calimani.  The French Press method helps maximize the flavor output of the coffee.  This may not provide the “cleanest” tasting cup of coffee, it closely resembles cupping coffee (see below). 
  3. Espresso  The Espresso brewing method has been around since the early 20th century, first patented in 1901 by Luigi Bezzera of Milan, Italy. This concept was first brought to America in full strength by Starbucks Coffee. Some of the most popular espresso drinks made using this brewing method are Latte, Mocha, Cappuccino, Macchiato and Espresso con Panna. 
  4. Chemex  The Chemex brewing method was invented in 1931 by Peter Schlumbohm.  It has only recently grown in popularity among "coffee geeks" and not widely known amongst the average coffee drinker. The biggest benefit to this brewing method is how clean of a cup of coffee it produces. 
  5. Cupping  Coffee Cupping is the brewing method used by the pros in selecting coffee to roast and then sell to consumers. During this process the Master Taster is looking for defects in the coffee as well as positive attributes including: body, sweetness, acidity, flavor and aftertaste.  Surprisingly, Coffee Cupping is one of the easiest brewing methods and can be done at home. 

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