The Top 6 Methods for Brewing Coffee at Home

If you’re a coffee fanatic, relying on your barista can be challenging especially, when the coffee shop is closed. Are you probably thinking of brewing your coffee? You just landed the right article. This is a skill that will change your life completely. From saving some cash, the time you spend in the coffee shop, and many other benefits.

Before venturing into the methods, let’s start with the basics. To make your quality cup of coffee, you’ll need to:

  1. Choose the right type of coffee beans. Fresh whole beans will make you a quality cup of coffee.
  2. Correct grinding. There are 3 types of grind sizes. The coarse, medium, and fine-grind. Grind the beans correctly as per the method you’re going to use.
  3. Right coffee to water ratio. Here the general ratio is 1 gram of coffee to 17 grams of water. You can then adjust to your preference.
  4. Right roast. There are 3 types of coffee bean roast. The light-roast, medium-roast, and dark-roast. Among the 3 coffee roasts choose your preferred roast.

With the four requirements and following the correct procedures, you’ll be sure to have a quality cup of coffee by the end of each method. Now let’s discuss the coffee brewing methods.


1. Pour Over

The pour-over method is among the oldest coffee brewing methods. It is a fast and simple method you can use to make your quality cup of coffee.

pour over coffee.


  • 1-gram medium-fine ground coffee
  • 17 grams of hot water
  • A cone-shaped paper filter
  • Carafe or coffee mug
  • Brewing device


  1. Place the paper filter in the brewing device.
  2. Place the brewing device in the carafe of a coffee mug.
  3. Rinse the paper filter to get rid of the paper taste.
  4. Discard the rinsing water.
  5. Add the coffee grounds into the paper filter.
  6. Pour over the hot water in a circular motion to wet the grounds evenly.
  7. After each pour, give the grounds 30 seconds to “bloom.”
  8. Allow the coffee to brew for 3 to 4 minutes after the pour.
  9. Enjoy your quality cup of coffee.

Adjust the amount of coffee if the brew is not to your preference.


2. French Press

The French Press is considered as one of the best, easy and classic methods to make your cup of coffee. The method extracts more flavors compared to the other methods.

freshly brewed french press coffee.


  • French press
  • 56 grams of coarse ground coffee beans
  • 8 cups of boiling water
  • A long wooden spoon
  • Coffee mug
  • Carafe


  1. Boil your water for a minute.
  2. Add some hot water to the French press to preheat it. This ensures the press stays warm during the whole brewing process.
  3. Preheat the press for 30 seconds.
  4. Add your ground coffee into the French press.
  5. Add a small portion of water to the coffee in a circular motion to cover the grounds evenly.
  6. Give the coffee 30 seconds to bloom.
  7. Pour the rest of the water until the press is full.
  8. Gently stir the coffee using your wooden spoon.
  9. Cover the press with its lid and wait for 4 minutes for the coffee to brew.
  10. Push the plunger down to the bottom of the press.
  11. Serve yourself a cup of coffee and store the rest in a carafe. Do not leave coffee in a French press as the more it steeps, the more the bitterness.

Adjust the coffee to your preference.


3. Chemex

Chemex method is a type of the pour-over method. The method uses a Chemex filter paper that is 20-30% thicker than the filters used in the pour-over method.

Chemex coffee maker.


  • 1-gram medium-coarse coffee grounds
  • 16 grams of boiling water
  • Chemex filter paper
  • Coffee mug
  • Flask


  1. Place the Chemex filter paper into the flask.
  2. Rinse the filter paper and discard the water.
  3. Add the coffee grounds to the filter paper.
  4. Pour some boiling water into the grounds and give them 30 seconds to bloom.
  5. Continue pouring the water in a circular motion to cover the grounds with water evenly.
  6. Give the coffee 4 minutes to brew.
  7. Serve your coffee in a coffee mug.

Adjust the brew to suit your preference if it is not.


4. Aeropress

This method was invented in 2005. It is a quick and inexpensive method. The device used is light and portable. The brew from the device is usually as concentrated as the espresso brew.

Aeropress coffee maker.


  • Filter paper
  • 1-gram medium-fine ground coffee
  • 12 grams of hot water
  • Aeropress
  • Coffee mug
  • Plunger


  1. Place the paper filter in the plastic cap.
  2. Rinse the filter paper and discard the water.
  3. Twist the cap to the Aeropress chamber.
  4. Place the Aeropress securely on a coffee mug.
  5. Add the ground coffee to the chamber.
  6. Add water to the chamber until it’s the Aeropress top line.
  7. Stir the mixture using a spoon.
  8. Give the coffee 2 minutes to brew.
  9. Insert the plunger to the bottom of the Aeropress.
  10. Serve your coffee.

Adjust the coffee to suit your preference.


5. Moka Pot

Moka Pot is also referred to as a stovetop espresso maker. This method makes strong espresso-like coffee.

Moka Pot coffee maker.


  • Fine ground coffee
  • Hot water
  • Moka pot
  • Filter paper


  1. Fill the Moka pot with hot water up to the top line.
  2. Fill the filter evenly with ground coffee.
  3. Place the filter basket into the bottom compartment.
  4. Screw the top part of the pot.
  5. Place the pot on a stove and set your heat to medium.
  6. Wait to hear a hissing and bubbling sound, then remove the pot from the heat.
  7. Serve your cup of coffee and adjust the coffee to suit your preference.


6. Espresso Machine

Using an espresso machine is the best way to make espresso coffee. To perfect the espresso brewing technique, you need to be patient and persevere because it may take time for some.

home espresso machine.


  • 7-9 grams of fine ground coffee
  • Espresso machine
  • Portafilter
  • Tamper


  1. Preheat your espresso machine.
  2. Fill the portafilter with the ground coffee.
  3. Use your finger to make a level surface that is even.
  4. Tamp your coffee twice and making sure to get rid of excess coffee.
  5. Wait for your coffee to brew.
  6. Taste your coffee and adjust it to suit your preference.

With these methods, you can now enjoy your quality cup of coffee.


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Hi I'm James and coffee is an integral part of my routine: from waking up to getting ready for work in the morning, to spending time with friends after work in the evening hours. It’s not just about being caffeinated; it's about enjoying every single moment of your day with that perfect cup of joe! At, our goal is to provide no-nonsense, clear and up to date information about coffee.

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