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5 Different Coffee Brewing Methods

Friday, February 13, 2015

As millions of coffee lovers around the world will attest – as well as us here at Cafe2U Headquarters – there is a lot more to coffee than meets the eye.

Despite what some people may think, coffee is not merely a hot beverage containing caffeine, it is not solely a quick morning pick-me-up.

No, coffee is much more than that.

Like a fine watercolour or a piano concerto, brewing a delicious cup of coffee is an art form.

There are numerous factors to consider, such as nutrition, flavour and caffeine content.

Below are seven typical brewing methods that can be employed to make a cup of coffee.

Standard Drip


This is perhaps the most popular and traditional brewing method for making coffee.

The ‘Standard Drip’ process simply involves pouring hot water onto ground beans in a coffee machine.

It’s painless, very quick and also one of the healthiest methods too, as the filter absorbs most of the coffee’s oils which can negatively affect your cholesterol over a long period of time.


Introduced in the 1940s, Chemex is a slow-and-steady approach to brewing coffee, pouring hot water over coffee grounds.

However, the Chemex employs a filter that’s three times as thick as a standard drip machine, allowing for a smoother, purer and less oily coffee.

Although quite old, the Chemex has made a comeback in the last few years.

French Press

With the French Press, all you need to do is add some coffee grounds to the pitcher along with some hot water and steep for five minutes.

Then you just push down the strainer and voila, fresh, delicious coffee!

And remember, the longer you steep the grounds, the higher the caffeine content of your cuppa.

Cold Brew

This brewing process is similar to the French Press technique but unlike the latter it utilises cold water – ideal if you like iced coffee – and coffee grounds that are steeped up to 12 hours.

The Cold Brew produces a coffee which is very crisp and sweet and not at all acidic – that’s because hot water tends to interfere with the coffee oils and alter the taste.

Instant Mix

All you need do with this form of coffee is blend an ‘instant mix’ of ground coffee powder with hot water and you are away!

However, as connoisseurs will rightly point out, this brewing method isn’t technically coffee – it’s coffee extract that’s been dried out.

So do yourself a favour a make an authentic brew to take full advantage of those delicious coffee flavours.

Over to you

So, there we have it, a range of different brewing methods for making your cup of coffee.

Which one is your favourite?

Thinking of giving one of these a go?

Have we missed any methods off the list?

Remember to get in touch with us here at the Cafe2U Coffee Blog  with your questions and comments.

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