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What's the best way to brew Hug In A Cup Coffee? Many coffee brewing options vary in the time they require, devices they involve, and flavor profiles they produce. The best coffee brewing method for you depends on your personal preferences.

Here's a guide to some of the most popular brewing methods out there:

DRIP COFFEE MACHINE

Auto-drip coffee machines are one of the most common household brewing methods due to their ease of use, convenience, and ability to make large amounts of coffee at once. If you have counter space to spare, a drip machine is definitely one of the most convenient methods money can buy.

  • Brew Method: Drip
  • Measurements: Coffee / Water Ratio: 60g / 1000g
  • Grind: Medium 
  • Filter: Paper
  • Time: 5-10 minutes

Try This If: You want a consistent taste and have multiple coffee-lovers in your household. 

French Press

The french press is the world's second most popular brewing method next to automatic drip. It is well known for the bold flavors due to the mesh filter instead of the paper filter. The mesh allows the coffee oils to be enjoyed after the plunge and pour. 

  • Brew Method: Steep
  • Measurements : Coffee / Water Amounts: 30g / 500g
  • Grind: Coarse 
  • Filter: Metal 
  • Time: 5-10 minutes

Try This If: You want a simple manual brewing method, and you enjoy a full-bodied taste. 

1. Bring enough water to just below a boil (~200° F / ~93° C ) to brew the coffee.

2. Weight out 30 grams of coffee and grind it coarse.

3. Place the grounds into the French press and pour 500g of water evenly, saturating all of the grounds.

4. Start timer immediately for a 5 minute steep.

5. After 1 minute, submerge grounds floating at the top into the water and give a slight stir with an object that won't harm the glass.

6. When the timer is up at 5 minutes, press the plunger down.

8. Pour and enjoy

AERO PRESS

The AeroPress is one of the newest brew methods to impress the world of specialty coffee. Its portability and durability make it ideal for travel. Its design and range of use allow it to produce excellent coffee with many variables to manipulate. The Aeropress is an immersion brewer with a pressing motion but is very different than the French Press. Brewing with this device is relatively quick and easy to clean. 

  • Brew Method: Inverted – The Aeropress will be brewed with the filter cap facing upwards and the plunger already attached on the bottom
  • Measurements : Coffee / Water Amounts: 17g / 250g
  • Grind : Fine 
  • Filter: Paper Aeropress Filters or Metal S Disk Filter
  • Time: 3 minutes

Try This If: You like the bold taste of espresso, you don't mind making a single serving at a time, and you travel frequently. The final cup will be rich and clean, free of sediment unless you decide to use a metal filter.

1. Bring enough water to just below a boil (~200° F / ~93° C ) to brew the coffee.

2. Place the paper filter in the filter cap and preheat it by pouring a couple grams of hot water over it. 

3. Weigh out 17 grams of coffee and grind it medium and place the grounds into the Aeropress.

4. Pour right at 50 grams of water, saturating all the grounds evenly, and rest for 1 minute to allow for bloom. The grounds will soak up the water, allowing you to pour more water in and brew more coffee overall.

5. After 1 minute, pour the remaining 200 grams of water in slowly and evenly so that all the grounds continue to be fully saturated and agitated as you pour.

6. After 1 minute 30 seconds, place the cap on the Aeropress and flip the device over and onto a mug and shake the Aeropress slightly.

7. Begin pressing slowly. Too fast, and the bitterness in the grounds will be released. 30 seconds of pressure is ideal.

8. Once you hear air being forced through the filter, turn the Aeropress back over. Trash the filter and grounds, then rinse off the equipment.

9. Since the Aeropress creates a slightly smaller cup than most people drink, we walked you through creating a more concentrated cup. To balance out the flavors, add some hot water to dilute the coffee. Do this by just filling up the mug to where it would typically be if made through another brew method.

10. Sip and enjoy.

Moka Pot

The Moka Pot is a stove-top coffee maker with a simple design and effective method. The bottom chamber holds the water. The center basket contains the coffee grounds, and the upper chamber will store the final coffee. Ample amounts of pressure push the steam through the grounds and up through the tube into the final chamber, resembling espresso. The Moka Pot is a widely used and respected method that boasts a full body and strong brew. 

  • Brew Method: Pressure
  • Measurements: Coffee / Water Amounts: 20g/ 310g
  • Grind: Fine 
  • Filter: Metal 
  • Time: 5 minutes

Try This If: You want a taste similar to espresso, and you like simplicity. 

1. Grind enough coffee to fill the filter basket evenly, and don't pack the grounds down.

2. Fill the bottom water chamber up to, but not exceeding the pressure valve.

3. Assemble the entire pot and make sure it is screwed together properly.

4. Place on a heat source at medium heat (~204° F / ~95° C) and let sit. Leave the lid up so you can see what's happening,

5. Once you see the coffee initially make its way to the upper chamber, turn the heat down to about 50% of the original temperature.

6. Remove the pot from your heat source when the coffee reaches the bottom of the spout, or all the water is spent. This should take between 4 and 5 minutes.

7. Pour and enjoy.

ESPRESSO MACHINE

An espresso machine is an automatic brewing method that involves a pump and boiler to force pressurized steam through ground coffee. The result is a consistent shot of creamy espresso.

  • Brew Method: Pressure
  • Measurements: Coffee / Water Amounts: 20g/ 40g (Espresso ratios are typically 1:2)
  • Grind: Fine 
  • Filter: Metal 
  • Time: < 1 minute

Try This If: You're a die-hard espresso lover, and you want the consistency and convenience of non-manual brewing. 

COLD BREW

Making cold brew coffee involves steeping coffee grounds in water for long periods. Cold brew coffee is an incredible alternative to your standard cup of coffee. It requires no equipment other than a generic container and filter. Served over ice, cold brew coffee will be one rewarding drink. If it wasn't already incredible enough, the concentrate would remain fresh in the fridge for up to two weeks.

  • Brew Method: Drip
  • Measurements: Coffee / Water Ratio: 70g/ 500g 
  • Grind: Medium-Coarse
  • Filter: Paper or Cloth 
  • Time: 12-18 hours

Try This If: You want a smoother taste, enjoy a potent coffee concentrate that's typically less acidic and softer than hot-brewed coffee.

1. Grind all 70 grams of coffee coarsely and place in any container. We like to use the French Press container, but anything will do.

2. Measure out 500g of room temperature water and pour evenly into the container with coffee grounds.

3. Start a timer for 12 hours.

4. After ten minutes, break the crust formed by the grounds on top of the water and submerge them with a good stir, ensuring full saturation of all the coffee.

5. After the 12 hours have passed, prepare another vessel and a filter.

6. Pour the coffee through a filter (or 2) into another container, disabling any particles from being present in the final drink.

7. Pour over ice and enjoy. 

Summary

No matter which brewing method you choose, the perfect cup always comes down to the quality of your coffee. When you brew with a coffee that's crafted for health, roasted for maximum flavor, and packaged to maintain freshness, you can't go wrong. 

So before you grab another bag of that cheap grocery store stuff, try our Hug In A Cup Coffee. Organic, rich in antioxidants, free of contaminants, and arriving at your door tasting as fresh as the day it was roasted.

Do you have any other brewing methods? Share them with us at hello@huginacup.coffee

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