Americano, Long Black, Caffe Crema… all have one thing in common: they are diluted versions of an espresso. People that like espresso taste but find it too strong for their palate or their stomach wanted a ligher version of it. Coffee Brewing Methods helps us understand what is the difference between these drinks, and teaches us how to brew them.
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A well made Americano will also have crema. This is again possible due to the high pressure, which forces the oils in the coffee bean into the drink.
The crema in Espresso coffee is something that coffee aficionados swear by. It serves as a barrier against the outside elements and preserves the taste of the coffee for longer. When it comes into contact with the air this crema starts to dissipate. Therefore, Americano coffee should be drunk quickly.
The slower filter brewing process causes the coffee produced to have a lighter, more tea like texture.
The caffeine content in Americano and Filter coffee is quite similar and isn’t worth getting worked up about.
Some of you may or not have heard of a Long Black so first thing’s first, I’ll explain quickly. If you heard of it and you aren’t sure if Americano coffee is better than a Long black, you’ll find your answer here.
A Long Black is very similar to an Americano with a few subtle differences. It is also made by adding hot water to Espresso.
There are two main differences. Firstly, the hot water is added before the Espresso. This preserves the crema from the Espresso. The second difference is that there is generally less water in a Long Black.
The Long Black is the standard, Espresso based black coffee in New Zealand and Australia but it is growing in popularity the world over.
The Long Black also has its origins in Italy. The story here is that Italian baristas created the Long Black when American tourists kept asking for a ‘longer black coffee’. This was as opposed to the ‘Short Black’ (Espresso).
In reality, the Americano and the Long Black were likely the same drink at the start that morphed over time and became two different drinks associated with different cultures.
As usual with coffee, there is no right answer here – it comes down to preference. If you prefer more coffee in your cup, and a drink that isn’t as strong then the Americano is for you. If you like a stronger coffee that doesn’t take too long to drink, but is still more than an Espresso, give the Long Black a try!
Personally, I am a big fan of the Long Black. I generally like drinking Espresso. However, when you are meeting someone for coffee, you want a brew that is going to last a little bit longer. In this instance, a Long Black is great. I also like that the crema lasts longer with a Long Black.
In the opulent world of coffee, “to each its own” applies. Since we have different taste buds, coffee preference can not be specified to the dot. It takes a lot of cups for one to discover which type of coffee gives a more pleasurable, almost-orgasmic sensation at first sip. Let’s breakdown the moka pot vs french press showdown.
The Moka Pot and the French Press are 2 unique equipment that produces coffee with its own quality. We are comparing these two to provide you with the pros and cons of each, depending on your circumstances. We will not attempt to persuade you to change your taste preferences.
Moka pots are stove top espresso makers famous for a concentrated and creamy coffee. Coffee is produced by steam pressure. The resultant coffee is espresso-like coffee without the use of electricity or fancy equipment – strong and sharp!
french press coffee is full-bodied (compared to plain old drip coffee) and is produced by steeping. It is a staple in artisan coffee shops because people who are serious about their coffee prefer its richer taste.
There are a few attributes by which we could compare the two equipment, and these are:
This refers to coffee prep time and your patience.
|Moka pots require that you invest time in heating the water and . Also, do not leave the pot unattended to avoid ending up with bitter coffee. Unlike French press, you can use previously ground coffee thus start to finish only takes 10 minutes.||Each batch needs freshly ground coffee beans every time. Water must be heated separately to under its boiling point. Steeping and plunging would take 5 miinutes. All three steps need 10-15 minutes.|
|Standard grind setting works just fine with the stovetop espresso maker. Therefore, you can use any pre-ground coffee.||French press will only use coffee that is ground as coarsely as possible, so you could expect a great brew. Thus you must have your own grinder.|
There is definitely a difference in the brewing methods of the moka pot vs french press
|Moka pots require a little skill to be able to achieve optimal extraction which depends on the grind size or tamping. Both can be tweaked to perfection over time.||French press method is almost fool proof. 3 step process yields a more consistent and guaranteed strong brew.|
|Moka Pot||French Press|
|Between 3 to 12 cups (refers to espresso cups which is about 50 ml)||
|$10 – $70||
|$10 – $70|
Moka pots are more sophisticated and requires trial and error to achieve your happy cup. The longer you use it, you will learn how to produce both weaker and stronger brews with the quality of your coffee likened to an espresso. You are given a degree of freedom to experiment and you may even enjoy the process.
If you like to be more precise and don’t mind being mundane, the french press is for you. Coarse ground, almost boiling water and exact amount of steeping time are all you have to master.
The battle between Moka Pot and French Press is not that dramatic, in fact you could have both equipment at home so you could have the best of both worlds.
News of CBD Coffee is now hitting the waves and one example is its availability in Central Maine. Interestingly enough, many are caught up with the idea of taking CBD through coffee. And people often wonder, how HIGH can I get? How many drinks should I take to get HIGH? Is this is even legal? To answer those questions, let’s talk more about CBD-infused Coffee.
It was once hilarious to me how people keep coming up with ways to consume coffee. They add butter, eggs, salt, and more! However, after opening my mind up to the vast possibilities of every different cup of coffee, I realized that I was missing half of my life. I’ve practically tried all weird coffee mixes, flavors, and origins. I’ve come to learn a lot more than I can swallow. Moreover, there is nothing more than can ever surprise me until I found CBD Coffee.
First I thought that maybe it’s just wishful thinking for CBD supporters out there, but now I’ve come to realize just how big a market this is. In as much as I want to resist this coffee mix, it’s just interesting not to. However, before I started to jump into conclusions, I still had to make sure that I know what I’m talking about.
First of all, let’s talk about CBD.
CBD, or Cannabidiol, is the active ingredient in hemp. It’s a natural chemical that is popularly used in treating pain. CBD is extracted from the marijuana (cannabis) plant. To produce CBD, it is diluted in oil (i.e., coconut oil, hemp seed oil, etc.).
CBD comes from the cannabis plant. However, what most people don’t know is that it comes from a different type of marijuana plant called HEMP. Hemp is actually another type of cannabis plant unique from Marijuana. Though they have technically the same chemical composition, the distribution is disparate from each other.
Hemp is also known as cannabis indica while Marijuana’s scientific name is cannabis sativa. The main difference between these two is that Marijuana has a strong psychoactive effect giving us the ‘buzzed’ sensation while hemp has a powerful pain-relieving effect.
CBD is not a totally banned chemical component in the country. As a matter of fact, most states in the USA have legalized the medical use of CBD and only a few states allow the recreational use of marijuana. CBD is a chemical that has more medical use than recreational. Unlike what most people think, CBD is a natural painkiller. It effectively numbs the pain sensors of the body without causing any long-term large-scale damage to the body.
Since hemp isn’t a psychoactive drug, it won’t make you high whatsoever. Though CBD also contains the chemical that makes you high, it is in extremely minute amounts that it will barely give you a slight buzz. The closest thing to a buzz that you’re going to get is when you suddenly feel relaxed and calm. And drinking CBD-infused coffee will give you the same feeling.
CBD is relatively tasteless so it won’t really give much of an added flavor to your coffee. It will only enhance the earthiness of the coffee. Some say that it goes best with hazelnut flavored coffee. If you agree, give us a shout and let us know.
Like any other flavored coffee you get from a cafe, they add flavors to your cup of joe. In the same way, cafes use the original CBD tincture and add it to your drink. Though there are some flavored CBD tinctures, most cafes would often steer clear from these flavors since they alter the taste of the coffee. Plus, the change in taste may be good for some but not absolutely appealing to all.
On a personal note, we don’t see anything wrong with drinking CBD-infused coffee. In fact, research shows that there are more benefits that you can get from it. CBD does not alter the chemical components of coffee, leaving you with that caffeine and antioxidant boost you’re always looking for in the morning. On the other hand, it also helps in giving you a clearer mind since it relaxes your entire body. Thus, it gives you a less stressed feeling, especially in a toxic working environment.
With that said, we still have mixed feelings about CBD-infused coffee. But, with an explorer’s way of thinking, it can also be quite an adventure to start your day with a kick of CBD in your drink, don’t you think?
You don’t really know what chemicals are found in your coffee creamer because one thing is for sure: creamer is not milk. But did you know that it’s easier to make one yourself? It’s healthy, it’s pure, and you get the perfect taste that you need. With just a few ingredients, you can enjoy a sip of your coffee in so many different ways you can imagine.
I am all for improving the brewing method and finding new ways to refine a preparation recipe. But this shower-head seems useless to me. In all fairness, I did not test it, so it’s all a presumption. But the maker of the device, Charles Babinski, swears that the apparatus is great for those looking for a cleaner cup. Not for me, again… but he says, Melodrip gives a “cleaner cup,” since the controlled flow of water minimizes the effect and volume of fines.” If a cleaner cup is “your cup of tea”, pardon the intended pun, you should definitely try it. I have my doubts, but again, I am not a crowned barista as Charles Babinski is, so take my reluctance with a few grains of salt.
The extent to which Americans guzzle coffee — random coffee, mediocre coffee, whatever coffee is most readily available in the office kitchen or nearest Starbucks — belies the expertise and sheer nerdery that can go into making coffee. Bean varieties, grind styles, brewing timing, water quality — the number of variables at play seems endless, as does the number of methods.
Which is why it doesn’t hurt to ask an expert. Charles Babinski is the cofounder of Go Get Em Tiger in Los Angeles — which consists of several GGET coffee shop locations and a roasting operation — and the kind of coffee pro who frequents (and wins) barista competitions. These days, one of Babinski’s favorite approaches for brewing involves what he describes as “a basic, rudimentary tool,” the Melodrip.
“The Melodrip is a pretty simple design, which is that it’s a shower head,” says Babinski. The petite apparatus, which began as a Kickstarter and “looks like a little dental tool,” gives you more control when making pour-over.
“It’s basically like a little shower head on a stick — you hold it [over the coffee filter] and you can pour water into the shower head, and it makes a very gentle, uniform fall” as the water cascades over the ground beans, explains Babinski. The result, he says, is a “cleaner cup,” since the controlled flow of water minimizes the effect and volume of fines (bean micro-particles — as previously stated, coffee can get really, really technical) coming through the filter.
What makes the Melodrip particularly exciting, Babinski says, is that it’s a great for travel, when it’s easy enough to pack your own filters but hardly convenient to carry around a kettle. “You still need some way to measure your water and beans,” Babinski says, but being able to control the flow of water for your pour-over from a clunky hotel-issued kettle makes a real difference.
And for coffee nerds always looking to try a new method, “it’s one more tool that expands ways that you can brew, without being something that takes up a bunch of space in your cafe or your kitchen.”
So you probably figured out that I am not the biggest fan of this pour over shower-head. I’d rather stick to technique, (practice, practice, practice), and go that way. When in doubt, read the news on the pour over coffee winner and how she perfected her technique and she won.
I have been asked so many times what is my favorite coffee brewing method. Or what are my favorite coffee beans? I like all brewing methods, but espresso is my favorite one. But really, coffee taste is personal. Yes, I love espresso, but most readers probably don’t. Whatever your preference makes the best cup of coffee for you. Coffee beans choice is also a matter of personal preference, but here we can add the brewing method as a variable too. Some brewing methods require darker roasts, some require a lighter roast.
If we were to ignore all of the subjective factors, it comes down to using good water, a great grinder, and a scale. Anyway, the article is very interesting, you get to see what baristas think about coffee brewing.
For coffee lovers, there are few experiences more joyful than visiting a beloved café and enjoying a piping hot cup of godly nectar. But when it costs up to $5 a cup, depending on where you live, trying to recreate that experience at home is one of the easiest sounding ways there is to save a little cash.
Except ― it nearly never tastes as good, right? Why is that, aside from the fact that it’s a treat to have something made especially for us by someone else? In an effort to save our sanity and bank accounts, HuffPost went on a mission to find out.
We chatted with six people who would know ― they have, after all, made coffee a career. They are: Jeremy Lyman, co-founder of Birch Coffee, Michael Phillips, director of coffee culture for Blue Bottle Coffee Company, Naida Lindberg, cafe manager at Verve Coffee Roasters, Todd Carmichael, CEO and co-founder of La Colombe Coffee Roasters, Bailey Manson, education and service program manager at Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea and Emily Rosenberg, senior educator at Stumptown Coffee Roasters.
This crew of experts gave us the (evenly leveled) scoop on how to achieve coffee-shop levels of caffeination from the comfort of your own kitchen.
On some points, like the importance of proper tools, they were widely in agreement. All but one cited the pour over as their method of choice (Carmichael prefers a French Press), and they were pretty much on the same page about their distaste for coffee in pod form. But in many cases, their reasonings ― and their ratios ― differed.
What seems to be universal is that making great coffee at home is less a precious and daunting task than we might think, and it really comes down to a couple of key ingredients. Find out what they are and how to use them below.
A lot. Every single expert we spoke to agreed. “It’s a magical ingredient in that when it’s doing its best you have no idea of its impact, but when it’s at its worst you can taste it very obviously,” Phillips said.
That being said, it all depends on where you live and the quality of your tap water. “When I drink water out of the tap in any new city I go to, if it tastes nice to me then it’s good to brew,” Rosenberg said. “If the water smells a little off or leaves a weird feeling in your mouth, chances are that won’t taste great in your coffee.”
Most experts we spoke to maintained that a simple filtration system like a Brita is typically good enough to filter it out, and some also praised Third Wave Water, a mineral supplement that, when dropped into water, claims it can aid in coffee extraction and provide the best tasting coffee possible. But trying a taste test side by side with bottled spring water could open your eyes to your coffee’s even greater potential.
“Buy a gallon of Poland Spring and brew with that, then brew a pot with what you’ve been using,” Carmichael suggests. “You’ll either say, ‘Wow, that was way better’ or ’You know what? My water’s not that bad, but at least you can rule that out.”
Less obviously, the factor that makes a difference when it comes to water at home versus in a shop is that water’s temperature. Ideally, coffee should be brewed between 195 degrees Fahrenheit and low 200s. Most drip coffee makers on the more affordable end just can’t get up to that level, meaning you’ll get a less flavorful cup.
“Even if you’re starting with really high-quality coffee that’s fresh, ground fresh and your ratios are right, if you’re not getting to the right temperature you’re never going to extract some of the more dynamic flavors of the coffee, it’s always going to be a little more muted,” Rosenberg said. ” I think that’s why we’ve pushed, as an industry, the pour-over method because most people have a way of heating water. Even if it’s just a pot on a stove it’s going to make a huge difference.”
It seems everyone we spoke to varied slightly when it comes to the gold standard of coffee to water ratios. Carmichael was steadfast in his assessment of “one part coffee to 17 parts water” for hot coffee and 1:9 for a cold brew. Rosenberg called the industry standard 1:16, while Manson and Lindberg both said 1:15.
They’re close enough margins to experiment for yourself, sure, but not precise. It’s an interesting notion when you consider how precisely they all agree one should be when measuring coffee.
The biggest takeaway from talking to experts about at-home coffee is that it’s a craft, an art, and requires some level of precision. Rosenberg laid it out pretty simply:
“I liken a lot of the things with coffee prep to cooking or especially baking,” she said. “You can not follow a recipe and get different results every time you bake a cake. You can follow a recipe that uses volume measurements that’s not gonna be quite as accurate, or you can pull out your scale and really hit the mark on predicting what’s going to come out.”
“I think a scale can be really intimidating, so I understand there’s a fear or it feels fussy, but think about how many ingredients go into a cake,” she added. “Coffee is just two. Unless you’re a super confident baker, you wouldn’t eyeball ingredients, so just use some sort of measurement tool to make sure you’re being consistent.”
Another reason a scale is so important? Your coffee maker could be lying to you. “If you look at the carafe at the lines that say three, four cups ― those aren’t actual cup sizes, and that can be very confusing,” Lyman said. “Especially because they don’t tell you they’re not real cups. I think they’re considered five-ounce cups. I don’t know why they do it that way, they just do.”
Carmichael offered an even more colorful analogy as to why precise measurements matter. “Not that I would do this, but if you were going to go buy a bag of weed, you want it to be weighed first, right? You can’t eyeball this stuff.”
Of course, having a good, fresh product matters, too.
If you’re dissatisfied with the coffee you’re making at home, we hate to be the ones to tell you this, but it might be time to invest in a grinder.
Manson wouldn’t commit to saying it’s a downright rule, but when asked if he would use pre-ground coffee, he replied: “if I’m going backpacking.” Lyman agreed that getting the grind size right is imperative and even recommends a specific type that he swears by. Rosenberg likened grinding coffee to sliced bread.
“If you leave the loaf of bread and cut a slice each piece is going to be delicious, but the piece you slice within in an hour is going to be stale,” she said. “Grinding the coffee immediately before is going to give you the best flavor but there’s also the matter of convenience ― sometimes I buy the sliced bread.”
Speaking of convenience, Keurigs were pretty much universally panned by our experts, though not for all the reasons you might think. Some agreed that the ratios are just too small and out of your control, most agreed that the environmental impact is enough to avoid them and a couple pointed out that when you break it down, it’s actually more expensive than buying a pound of coffee.
“I think everyone has an empty, slight disappointment after a K-cup,” Carmichael said. “You know that slight depression when you eat two Big Macs, like, ‘Why did I do that?’ That’s kind of like the K-cup.”
Carmichael and Manson both pointed out, though, that there is room for improvement when it comes to the process, and both were curious as to why it’s taken this long to figure out a better, more environmentally friendly and tasty way.
“We have these cars that are destroying the earth, but then other people are like, ‘Well, let’s just make a car that doesn’t destroy the earth,’” Manson said. “But that’s not really happening with Keurig. They’re not resolving the issue by creating something people can get on board with, but it’s only a matter of time, and it will get resolved.”
As Phillips gently reminded us, coffee extracts oil. It’s tasty but can turn your clean carafe filthy over time. “I would bet 90 percent of carafes you brew coffee into right now are dirty enough to the point of being able to taste it in the cup,” he said. “People don’t realize how often and thoroughly they should be cleaning equipment.” Rather than giving your carafes a quick rinse with water, scrub them thoroughly with soap and hot water to pull out those oils.
At the end of the day, it all really boils down to taste, and the experts agreed that whatever your preference makes the best cup of coffee for you. Things like acidity and taste vary by region, and Lindberg even offers up her recommendations for which coffees ― from Guatemala, Honduras, and Costa Rica ― she thinks pair more deliciously than others. It’s all a matter of preference.
But yeah, good water, a grinder, and a scale seem to be pretty important, too.
Manufacturers of coffee makers are striving to align to an evolving market. Now companies aim to get the Energy Star certification.
“At SCA, we will be introducing a new, dynamic product that will forever change the way cold brew coffee is brewed,” said Heffner. “We are excited to unveil this revolutionary new system to the industry.”
Curtis Earns Energy Star Certification for Commercial Brewers
California-based Wilbur Curtis Company has attained Energy Star certification for four of its most popular brewers. The company announced last month that its certified machines now include Curtis GemX and Gemini IntelliFresh coffee brewers, and its ThermoPro and ThermoProX brewing systems.
The announcement is the first public move the company has made since its acquisition by French conglomerate Groupe SEB in a deal that was expected to be finalized last month.
Wilbur Curtis Senior Marketing Director Marc Heffner told Daily Coffee News that the certification process was relatively swift, as there were no changes made to any of the machines in order to fall in line with the certification requirements; they only needed to be evaluated and approved.
“It took 90 days to complete,” said Heffner. “But this time period was extended beyond the normal time due to the government shutdown period at the first of the year.”
Late last year, Bunn announced that its new Infusion Series Soft Heat brewers were the first commercial coffee brewers to earn the Energy Star certification. Curtis is now the second manufacturer of commercial coffee equipment to attain certification since the EPA published its guidelines for the category in 2016.
“Curtis actually led the way in this initiative and was instrumental in getting the Energy Star Coffee Equipment category established,” said Heffner. “Curtis made a substantial investment of time and energy to work with the Energy Star organization to help set up the criteria needed for these standards. We knew our equipment would meet the guidelines as energy efficient brewers that would benefit operations.”
Energy Star certifications aren’t the only area that Curtis is focusing its energy at the moment. Following its launch of a Nitro Infuser for cold brew late last year, Heffner said the company plans on revealing an entirely new cold brewing system at the SCA Expo event in Boston next month.
“At SCA, we will be introducing a new, dynamic product that will forever change the way cold brew coffee is brewed,” said Heffner. “We are excited to unveil this revolutionary new system to the industry.”
As for whether its Seraphim, Corinth, Gold Cup single-cup brewers or other equipment might be next in line for the coveted, green-spirited designation, Heffner said that in the coming months Curtis will be submitting the majority of its equipment for review, testing and approval by the EPA.
Coffee filters are more important than people care to admit. Their shape and size will alter the brewing parameters, and depending on the filter type you could possibly have completely different coffee cups. Davis Coffee Center did some tests and they have their results, take a look. Click here to view original web page at www.home-barista.com
Davis Coffee Center Tests Flat vs. Conical Filters
So, over at the U.C. Davis Coffee Center, they did a comprehensive series of tests to determine if there really is a taste difference between “semi-conical” (e.g. Hario V60) and flat-bottomed (e.g. Kalita Wave) filters. Turns out there is. The short version is
So, over at the U.C. Davis Coffee Center, they did a comprehensive series of tests to determine if there really is a taste difference between “semi-conical” (e.g. Hario V60) and flat-bottomed (e.g. Kalita Wave) filters. Turns out there is. The short version is [For lighter roast] The flat-bottom basket […] [For lighter roast] The flat-bottom basket yielded flavor attributes with more dried fruit, sweet, and floral flavor intensities, while the conical basket yielded more citrus, berry, and sour. Similarly, the basket shape affected the dark roast, with the flat bottom yielding more pronounced chocolate, cocoa, and woody flavors, and the conical yielding much more intense bitterness.
I think this means most people will prefer the flat bottom. Interestingly the grind did not make much difference. There is a thorough discussion of the methodology and results with several interesting diagrams at Flat vs. Cone: Basket Shape is as Important as Grind Size in Drip Brew Coffee.
We all agree that a great day starts with a cup of rich, flavorful coffee. A great cup of hot java is a perfect way to begin your day, and nothing boosts your productivity more than the dark cup of goodness. And most of the coffee lovers like it black.
What if we want to make that cup at home? We aren’t going to go into the nitty-gritty details, there are a lot of other coffee brewing tutorials on the Internet. We will assume you have the basics covered and teach you advanced tips and tricks.
While brewing the coffee, the coffee maker also plays an important role. The most commonly used coffee maker is the automatic drip coffee machine and so it is essential to understand how to brew the coffee using it. A bad coffee maker will not provide a correct temperature for the brewing water, and it will not have a consistent water flow. Many time coffee lovers underestimate the value of using well built coffee machine.
The least bothered about element while brewing coffee is water. But a bit consideration to this element can drastically change the flavor of your coffee. We suggest you to use fresh filtered water for brewing. Always add fresh and cold water to your coffee maker.
It is a misconception that it is better to add hot water for brewing coffee. Adding hot water directly to your coffee make not only changes the overall flavor of the coffee but can also ruin the coffee maker. So better add cold water only.
Another factor is cleaning the state of the coffee maker. Always ensure that your coffee maker is absolutely clean as the unwanted elements like water sediments and coffee oil can add to the brewing process and will change the taste of the coffee for the worst of it. That is why it is very essential to clean your coffee maker regularly so that nothing gets mixed up with the process of brewing coffee. Also descale your coffee maker when it’s needed.
Going back to the basics, let’s make sure we follow the recipe. A good recipe is a great start for improving the cup and tweaking it to make it your own.
The most common recipe is to use two level teaspoons for every six ounces of water. You can always adjust it according to your taste to make your coffee either darker or lighter. It is better not to a scale to measure your grounds.
Always make fresh coffee, and make only what you drink. Stale coffee is not good.
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