I’ve made it one of my goals to start making more coffee at home, since 1: I am a coffee addict and 2: I spend entirely too much money on coffee from coffee shops, even though I do enjoy a trip to Alfred Coffee or Eightfold. I like to make coffee at work on the weekdays (yes, I do work a full-time job) and at home on weekends. At work, I have a nice Pour Over Coffee Maker that I like to use with Stumptown Coffee. But at home, Jack likes to make espresso using Blue Bottle Coffee and an Italian Espresso Maker. I figured it would be good to write a post about how to use these contraptions to save money but make really good coffee while at it!
Ways to Make Homemade Coffee:
1. Pour Over Method– Heat up 2 cups hot water (2 servings) in a kettle. Grind fresh coffee beans (about 1/4 cup for 2 servings) using a grinder. Using a beaker like this one, put in a paper filter made for pour overs, and then add your beans. Slowly pour over the boiling water and wait until all the water has made it through the filter. Pour into a cup coffee mug and enjoy!
2. Espresso Maker Method– Unscrew the bottom of the Espresso Maker and add ice water (key to good espresso is to make it really cold)! Remove the coffee grounds section and add your finely ground coffee beans (about 3/4 full). Put the maker on the stove and wait until your espresso is made (about 5-10 minutes depending on how much water used).
3. French Press– Grind your coffee beans (should be about the size of breadcrumbs) and heat 4 cups water to boiling. Add the beans and then the water to the French Press. Stir the mixture and steep for 4 minutes. Plunge the press to the bottom and pour your coffee!
I hope these methods were helpful! Enjoy your morning cup of joe 🙂
Photos: Jack Van Leeuwen