An espresso machine can seem like the only choice for making good coffee. However, when you want to brew coffee at home, there is another set up that you should consider first.
An espresso machine, besides requiring a fixed space in your kitchen that you may or may not have, needs you to maintain it in good condition- it is a high-maintenance machine.
We come to you with a couple of bulletproof setups for you to consider. The convenience set up. The holy trinity of convenient coffee: the drip coffee maker, the pod coffee machine and (don’t kill me for saying this) instant coffee!
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1. The Drip Coffee Maker
Some of the most modern drip machines have a wide arrange of options for you to customize your coffee. Some of them grind coffee beans, which eliminates the need for you to get a grinder. You can set bloom time, and even keep your coffee warm for hours. These machines have evolved to offer maximum convenience while improving the quality of drip coffee — a real must-have for the busiest of people.
2. The Pod Coffee Machine
The days when coffee enthusiasts shrugged off pod coffee as lesser are becoming a thing of the past. Pod coffee machines are introducing exciting innovations, which is not something you see every day in a world of coffee that is ruled by tradition.
The concept behind pod coffee is all about convenience. The pod contains enough for brewing precisely one cup of coffee, and there’s already a filter inside it. Hot water goes through the pod of the machine, and it comes out of the lower end already filtered.
Pods’ is not just that they are incredibly convenient and mess-free: They also offer a surprisingly long list of different flavors and aromas, and the quality has significantly improved since they were first invented back in the early nineties.
3. Instant Coffee
This one is self-explanatory. Instant coffee is a gift of the heavens when we are in a hurry, and even the best of us have been known to drink cold, instant coffee when in a desperate need for a quick fix of caffeine.
The good news is that it doesn’t have to be terrible. If you choose your brands carefully, you can brew a decent cup of instant coffee for yourself. There are all kinds of instant coffee out there- We do recommend low-caffeine instant coffee because it’s really easy to overdo it with instant coffee since its caffeine content tends to be higher than regular coffee.
How to Set Up
Ideally, you’ll have all three of the holy trinity.
First, the pod coffee machine: Quick, easy, no mess. This set up you’ll have at home to brew coffee for yourself and guests if needed. It needs no cleanup, so it is the perfect option when you need to get your coffee and go about your day.
Next, the drip coffee machine. You’ll need this one either when you’re working through the night or when you have some extra time in the morning. You can brew yourself several cups at once.
Last comes instant coffee. This one should be kept inside a safe with an ominous sign that reads “open box in case of emergencies.” And there it is powdered caffeine. We see instant coffee as more of a solution to caffeine than coffee as a whole, but if you have some time on your hands and some good creamer, there is a satisfying cup of coffee to be had if you take a little time getting to know instant coffee.
The Craftsman Set Up
For those who need to get your hands dirty and be a part of the brewing process. Our picks for this set up are The French press, the Hario V60, and the Chemex.
The French press
One of the better known hands-on methods of brewing coffee, the French press is an excellent set up for brewing coffee at home. It doesn’t take much time, and coffee can be ground with a manual grinder, which eliminates the need for a big, bulky grinder.
If you like having more control of the brewing process, and occasionally having some tea instead of coffee, then get a French press. It makes your kitchen look fancier; it’s easy to store and easy to clean.
The Hario V60
Although the Hario V60 can be a little more hassle because it needs paper filters and a decanter, it’s our favorite home brewing method. It makes excellent coffee, and it’s very easy to use. It’s fun and satisfying to brew coffee using the Hario.
The only con we could think of is that you would need a grinder to get finely ground coffee. Also, you may purchase already ground coffee, which wouldn’t taste the same- although it’s still a good option, depending on what kind of coffee you consume.
Although it also needs finely ground coffee, nothing beats the Chemex inconvenience and in design. Once you’ve brewed your coffee, you can pour yourself directly from the Chemex without the need to dirty anything else.
Thank you for reading! Let us know in the comments below which method to brewing your coffee is your favorite! Did we miss any other one?
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