It all started with that one cup of coffee, you remember it. The coffee was smooth and was comforting. It had body. There were flavors you had never tasted before. It was so good.
Maybe you were at a friend’s house, a coffee shop on vacation, or maybe someone gave you some coffee as a gift. You had never tasted anything like it before, and when it was gone you were left all alone with a giant tub of pre-ground generic coffee or a large (but well organized) assortment of overpriced, plastic single serving K cups.
That is when you decided that somehow, someway you were going to find your way back to a cup of coffee like that. I can help.
At Brewing Coffee Manually, I’d like to help you become a better coffee enthusiast, and brew better cup of coffee. Here is how:
- Try brewing your coffee manually
- Understand that the coffee you choose has a significant impact on the quality of a brewed cup of coffee
- Learn, experiment and explore
Brewing Coffee Manually
Don’t be intimidated by this phrase. It isn’t something incredibly complex that is only for hipsters and baristas. It is simply realizing that automatic drip coffee is not all it is cracked up to be. Trust me, there is something about taking the time to hand craft a cup of coffee. You need to try it.
It doesn’t take much to get started. In fact, you could be brewing coffee manually with five dollars and a trip to Target. It doesn’t stop there. (But it can if you want). There are many different ways to enjoy and brew coffee at home. Come and explore. It will be fun.
- Brewing Coffee Manually- 6 Tips to Get You Started
- Getting Started- Drip Brewing 101
- French Press Coffee- An Intro to Immersion Brewing
- The Bee House Dripper
- Aeropress for Beginners- A Brewing Tutorial
- Cowboy Coffee- The Brewing Guide
- Hario Woodneck Drip Pot (Nel Drip) Intro and Tutorial
- The Chemex Brew Guide and Informational
- The Moka Pot Tutorial and Brew Guide
Understanding the importance of selecting your coffee
This biggest impact you can have on the caliber of the coffee that you brew at home is to purchase quality whole bean specialty coffee. If you don’t grind your coffee at home, that is okay. It is something you can work up to once you are convinced it will make a difference.
Let me help to decode the semi-cryptic coffee lingo that is found on many bags of specialty coffee as well as give you a great spring board for exploring new coffee and finding out what you like. Where your coffee comes from and how it is processed and roasted all impact how a coffee tastes. Wouldn’t you like to know more about that so you can find those coffees you like?
- Choosing a Coffee Grinder
- Green Coffee Explained (In 1,652 Words or Less)
- Coffee Origins- How Geography Relates to Taste
- Understanding and Selecting a Great Roasted Coffee
- What Coffee Should I Buy at the Grocery Store?
Learn, experiment and explore
The more you learn about coffee, the more you learn about how much you don’t know about coffee. It is a vast black hole of variables, intricacies and questions. Don’t be intimidated by this, get excited. My goal is to help you improve your coffee one cup at a time (make a better cup of coffee than you made yesterday). Do you have a question about coffee or an idea for a post? Tell me about it. I want to try new brew methods, learn new things and brew better coffee with you. Nothing is too strange (well test me and see).
- Butter in Coffee- The Tasting Results are in!
- Kids and Coffee- Challenging the Assumptions
- Chicory: History, Blending, and New Orleans Style Coffee
- What is Cascara? – Exploring Coffee Cherry Tea
- Troubleshooting and Fixing a Bad Cup of Coffee (Your Manual Coffee Brewing Toolbox)
- What is the Best Water to Use When Making Coffee?
- The Benefits of Drinking Coffee Black (And Tips for Making the Switch)
(Page Updated September 22, 2020, Originally published March 17, 2020)