There are so many methods to brew coffee, but I am very happy with the classic method that I have used all these years because I know the method I use always produces the best cup of coffee. It is the second method that I love the most, which requires a little more extra time than most people are willing to spend, but I only use it on the weekend and for special occasions. The first method is the easier one and is suitable for everyday use, which is very easy and you have probably been using it already. The type of roast and the texture of the grind you chose is based on personal preference, but I always use medium roast and medium texture for both methods.
- Automatic Coffee Maker
I am starting with the very easy one and I know the automatic coffee maker is mocked by coffee elitists. However, you can get the perfect brew you like if you start with the right coffee beans and if you keep it basic. Starting with fresh roasted bean is the key. Coffee losses it quality quickly once it is roasted and grinding exacerbate the loss in a faster rate. Thus, grinding the whole package you buy at once is absolutely a no. Buying fresh coffee at least in a weekly based and storing it properly is extremely important. Keeping the beans in a resealable bags away from the moisture and light is the best way to store to keep it fresh for a week. If there is local roaster near you that you can get your coffee from, most likely it is guaranteed fresh.
Also grinding the coffee using burr grinder is very important. Although I heard people saying that the texture depends on what kind of filter your coffee maker uses, I have tried all three different kinds of filters (Flat bottom, cone-shaped, and plastic permanent filters), the medium texture is always a winner for me. Another factor that is not usually considered is the quality of the water. Filtered water usually gives a better test than top water for us. According to a study by Dr. Hendon, the water quality plays a huge role when brewing coffee. http://www.techinsider.io/best-way-brew-coffee-home-2016-1 . If you are living in an area with less quality tap water, I recommend using filtered water.
Now, you are probably thinking about the proportion of coffee to water. This is all personal preferences. If you like stronger coffee, use twice more coffee as the water, which is what I always do. The very important thing is that to start with fresh roasted coffee, freshly grinding the bean using the burr grinder, and use filtered water.
- Using Ethiopian clay Coffee pot (Jebena)
The Ethiopian coffee pot makes one of the best coffee in the world and there is no coffee to me that is better than Jebena coffee; however, using freshly ground coffee is a must. Using canned, dried, and instant coffee is not going to give the best result, so avoid using anything other than fresh coffee. It is essential to use quality green coffee, freshly roast the coffee, and grind properly. So, try brewing coffee using Jebena and you will appreciate the quintessential coffee.
Materials you need
¼ cup green coffee beans
2 cups of water
A glass measuring cup
Jebena & the straw device to sit the jebena
Steps to make Jebena coffee (see the video)
- Roast the coffee (please see the detail instruction at the link before roasting)
- Grind the coffee using burr grinder
- Put 2 cups of water into the Jebena and let it boil
- Transfer the boiled water back into the measuring cup
- Add the freshly grind coffee and stir with a spoon
- Transfer the coffee mixture back to the jebena and let it boil for five more minutes on a medium heat. If there is any coffee remain in the cup, pour some coffee through the spout, mix, and put it back; repeat as many times until all the coffee is back to the jebena.
- Take the Jebena off the heat and allow it to sit on the straw device pointing the spout downward for 10 minutes for the coffee particles to settle down
- Gently pour the coffee through the spout into a cup and enjoy.