July 13

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What is Filtered Coffee?

Usually, the different types of coffee you take are filtered in some way. Some examples of filtered coffee include:

  • Pour-over coffee
  • French press coffee
  • Aero press coffee
  • Siphon filters coffee
  • Cafe Americano
  • Coffee lungo

This article talks about the basics of coffee filtering, the advantages of filtering coffee, the different ways of filtering coffee, and the different coffee filters. Let’s start with coffee filtering basics.

 

Basics

Filtered coffee is a process that involves the separating of coffee from coffee grounds. Usually, you contain the coffee grounds in a filter, and you pour water over them. The liquid that pours out from the process is the filtered coffee and is usually collected using a carafe or a coffee mug. Coffee extraction is affected by factors such as:

  • The brewing period
  • Water temperature
  • The degree of roasting
  • The coffee grounds size
  • The type of filter used

 

Different types of coffee filters affect the flavor of your cup of joe. They include:

  • Metal filter
  • Cloth filters
  • Basket filters
  • Cone filters

 

The different types of coffee filters are also affected by factors such as:

  • Bleached filters
  • Non-bleached filters
  • Filter paper thickness
  • Size of the filter
  • The shape of the filter
  • Material of the filter

The above factors are also a determinant of the quality of the coffee that you take.

 

What are the Advantages of Filtered Coffee?

Filtered coffee has advantages to both the consumers and the sellers. The benefits include:

  1. The method is practical for coffee shops and home coffee brewers.
  2. The filtered cup of joe has a wonderful flavor.
  3. It is a cheap method of making coffee.
  4. The method is quick.
  5. You can adjust the cup of joe to fit your preference.

 

There are several ways through which you can filter coffee. They include:

Pour Over

The pour-over coffee method is a straightforward method you can use to make your coffee. The method is also called drip coffee and filter coffee. It involves pouring hot water over coffee grounds that you have placed in a filter. The coffee will drip to your carafe, pot, or mug.

Requirements

  • Hot water
  • Brewing device
  • Filter
  • Scale
  • Kettle
  • Carafe/mug/pot.
  • Medium Ground coffee.

Method

  1. Boil your water and put it in the kettle. The kettle stabilizes the water temperature.
  2. Place the brewing device in a carafe/mug/coffee pot.
  3. Place the filter paper in the brewing device.
  4. Use a scale to measure one gram and 17 grams of water.
  5. Add 1 gram of coffee granules to the filter.
  6. Pour the water in a circular motion over the granules.
  7. Agitate the grounds to ensure even drip of coffee
  8. Wait for the coffee to drip completely.
  9. Enjoy your coffee.

If the cup of coffee is not your preference, try adjusting the factors affecting the extraction of coffee until you get the results you want. Also, adjust the amount of coffee if your brew is not strong enough and vice versa.

 

French Press

French press is among the easiest ways to make coffee. The method comes from Italy and has spread all over the world. The story behind its invention was an accident. A Frenchman was boiling water and noticed that he had not put coffee. He added the coffee grounds to the boiling water, and once the ground coffee rose to the top, he used a metal screen and a stick to press it down. The result of the accident was the best cup of joe he had ever tasted. The method is working to date.

Here is a step-by-step guide to making French Press Coffee

Requirements

  • Ground coffee
  • Scale
  • Hot water
  • French press
  • Coffee mug
  • Long spoon

Method

  1. Boil some water.
  2. Warm up the French press by adding some hot water in the French press. Warming the French press helps in maintaining temperature during the brewing process.
  3. Measure 16 ounces of water and 28 grams of medium ground coffee using the scale.
  4. Empty the water in the French press.
  5. Add the coffee grounds into the French press.
  6. Add the measured hot water into the press.
  7. Stir vigorously using the long spoon.
  8. Allow the mixture to steep for four minutes.
  9. Press the plunger to the bottom.
  10. Serve the coffee in your mug and drink it immediately.

 

Aero Press

Aero press is a fast and inexpensive gadget used to make coffee. For years now, it is accepted and used around the world. It produces strong coffee that is as concentrated as espresso. Here is a guide for making coffee using the Aero press.

Requirements

  • Hot water
  • Finely grounded coffee
  • Aero press
  • Coffee mug
  • Funnel
  • Spoon
  • Plunger

Method

  1. Boil your water and give it a minute to cool.
  2. Place the Aero press on top of your coffee mug.
  3. Make the filter wet by drizzling some water in the filter paper.
  4. Add the ground coffee to the funnel.
  5. Add water in the aero press until it is the level of the Aero press top line.
  6. Stir the mixture using your spoon.
  7. Give it a minute.
  8. Press the plunger down until you hear a long hissing sound.
  9. Dilute the coffee.

Adjust the concentration of the coffee to your preference.

Filtered coffee is a method to try out a variety of coffee that you have not tried out. Filtered coffee has a cleaner and mouthfeel taste compared to other methods of brewing.

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