If you don’t have a coffee maker but love a steaming mug of joe, these eight methods will give you a DIY cup of java in no time.
1. French Press
French press brews strong, bold coffee from coarse ground beans. A French press is simply a glass vessel with a plunger-style filter that blocks any coffee grounds from getting into your cup. Just spoon coffee grounds into the press and add hot water. Stir and steep for four minutes, plunge and pour. After 20 minutes, remove the lid and enjoy an even stronger brew.
2. Pour Over
A pour over produces clean, crisp, and complex coffee. In a pour over, cold water slowly drips through freshly ground beans in a filter-lined vessel. The whole process should take around five minutes, and you’ll find that most pour overs allow you to adjust the water temperature, giving you more control over flavor. Choose a unique paper or metal filter for the best pour over experience.
Siphons are one of the oldest and easiest ways to make coffee. A siphon uses a boiling-water chamber and tube to force hot water through the coffee grounds. When brewed correctly, siphon coffee has a smooth, rich flavor with a lovely crema on top. Any carafe or insulated vessel can be used for a siphon, as long as it seals well and is tall enough to hold boiling water. The process itself is similar to a French press: Add grounds, add water, stir, and let sit. Next, hold the tube over the carafe at an angle and let the steam force the water through the grounds. The 43-inch Chef’s Star ($54.95) is a popular glass siphon option.
AeroPress uses micro-filter paper to brew smooth, strong coffee. It works by forcing near-boiling water through a tightly compressed bed of finely ground coffee in 20 seconds. Simply place coffee grounds in the cylinder, add hot water, stir, and cap. Place the cylinder on top of a mug or decanter and push the plunger down with a steady and steady pressure. After 20 seconds, plunge again and press any used coffee through the filter into the cup. While you can get great results with a standard-issue AeroPress, some enthusiasts upgrade the brewing vessel with an AeroPress 6-Cup Coffee Maker ($39.95) for speedier brews.
5. Siphon or French Press
If you don’t have a coffee brewer, you can combine the two methods with these instructions. Fill the bottom of a pot with cold water, and place a paper filter on top of a glass or stainless steel mug. Place the French press atop the filter, and place the top on the pot. Bring the pot to a boil and let it sit for four minutes. Once the water is cooled, transfer it into the French press and let it drip through. Once the dripping slows, your brew is complete. Pour into mugs and enjoy.
6. Moka Pot
A moka pot is a stove-top percolator that produces richly flavored espresso-like coffee. It takes a bit of patience to get the process right, but you’ll be rewarded with a full-bodied brew.
The Chemex coffee maker was the first high-quality drip coffeemaker on the market. The hourglass-shaped device, made of borosilicate glass, is still very popular for its looks and legendary coffee. The Chemex excels in taste because it’s designed to minimize heat loss during the brewing process. When water in the reservoir is forced through a spiral filter, it collects on the double-layered side, which is narrower than the bottom, and filters through to the grounds. Over time, the waxy coating that typically forms on the surface of hot coffee is eliminated. The result is a clean, bright, and rich-tasting brew.
8. Cold Brew Coffee
Cold brew coffee is easy to make, and it gives you smooth, sweet, and naturally sweet flavor. Make cold brew coffee in your fridge overnight, and wake up to fresh, low-acidic, ready-to-drink coffee.