The Drip brewing method has been around since 1905 and was invented in Germany by Melitta Bentz in 1908. This is the brewing method that most consumers use when brewing coffee at home. The major benefit to using this brewing method is being able to brew large amounts of coffee at one time. Another more recent benefit to brewing coffee this way is using less paper by using a mess reusable filter. See our latest review of a drip coffee maker.
The French Press brewing method has been around since the 1850’s but was first patented by Italian designer Attilio Calimani in 1929. A french press is the way that we brew coffee here at Coffee Cup News when we do reviews. The reason for this is that it helps maximize the flavor output of the coffee. While this may not provide the “cleanest” tasting cup of coffee it closely resembles cupping coffee, which we will cover below. Check out our video how to on preparing a french press.
The Espresso brewing method has been around since the very early 20th century and was first patented by Luigi Bezzera of Milan, Italy, in 1901. This concept was first brought to America in full strength by Starbucks Coffee who is a Seattle based coffee company and are now the biggest retail coffee chain in the world. Some of the most popular espresso drinks made using this brewing method are Latte, Mocha, Cappuccino, Macchiato and Espresso con Panna. Watch Matt as he shows us how to pull a good shot of espresso in our Coffee Forums.
The Chemex brewing method was invented in 1931 by Peter Schlumbohm but has only recently grown in popularity among coffee geeks. I have found that this brewing method is still 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. Brewing in a Chemex can be take some time to perfect and has quite an art to it. Check out our tutorial on this brewing method.
Coffee Cupping is the brewing method the pros use in selecting coffee to roast to 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. Shockingly enough Coffee Cupping is one of the easiest brewing methods and can be done at home. I will be posting a step by step how to do this at home sometime this week. We recently went down to The Roasterie in Kansas City where we were shown first hand what a Master Taster does everyday.
What is your favorite brewing method? Don’t see your favorite listed here, tell us!