Coffee at Home with Roast Master Gary
#1 Stove Top
A stove top brews coffee by passing boiling water pressurised by steam through ground coffee. It’s similar to espresso coffee as it uses pressure to extract the good stuff enjoyed by espresso or black coffee drinkers.
The right grind is the starting point for making the perfect coffee. Always grind your coffee to your preferred brewing method just before you brew it – the grind must match the method.
Espresso coffee is made by pressurised water which is forced through ground coffee. Using pressure extracts the good stuff. The quality of the coffee you use is paramount.
French press or plunger coffee is made by pouring very hot water over ground coffee, waiting a few minutes for the coffee to brew, and then pressing down the plunger handle. It’s a quick, easy way to make great coffee.
Filter or batch brew coffee is made by adding water to ground coffee and extracting the brew via gravity through a cloth, paper or metal filter. It’s light compared to espresso, with a clearer, delicate flavour.
Aeropress coffee is made by immersing water in a chamber with the coffee and then pressing down on the plunger into the cup. This gives a full bodied brew from the immersion with quick brewing time and clean crisp flavours from the flow of the coffee. It’s a fast, flexible, filter style coffee.
#7 How to Store
Properly stored beans make great coffee. Coffee starts to lose its freshness as soon as it’s roasted. It’s better to buy small amounts of coffee regularly to get the best results than to buy in large quantities. Correctly stored coffee will preserve the flavour of your beans and give you the best brew results.