Making coffee is an art as well as a science. These manual coffeemakers turn back the clock in an effort to brew the perfect cup of coffee without using electricity..
As concerns rise about the amount of power and energy that society uses for everyday conveniences, many people are turning the clock back to find non-electric ways to do common household tasks. A generation raised on Mr. Coffee is rediscovering the older methods of making coffee, and learning that coffee tastes so much better when it’s brewed with old-fashioned attention to detail. These five coffee making methods have stood the test of time.
French Press Coffee Maker
The French press is one of the most highly regarded methods of making coffee, widely touted as the best way to brew flavorful, rich coffee. It’s a very simple contraption made popular in the Seattle and San Francisco coffee houses of the early 1980s. A French press consists of a glass coffee pot with a tight-fitting cover fitted with a plunger mechanism.
How to Make Coffee with a French Press
Stovetop Moka Pot
A stove-top moka pot, sometimes called a stove-top espresso maker, brews rich, dark coffee that is as close to espresso as you can get without a real pupmp-driven espresso machine. The moka pot consists of three pieces – the bottom water reservoir, the filter basket and the coffee pot itself. The stove top moka pot makes coffee by forcing steam from boiling water up through ground coffee in the filter basket. The steam then condenses in the top chamber, making coffee.
How to Make Coffee with a Moka Pot
Spanish Coffee with a Colador
A colador is a cloth coffee strainer that is often used in Spanish households to make coffee. Sometimes called a coffee sock, the colador is a long, cone-shaped fabric tube with a handle. It is used to strain coffee grounds from coffee that has been boiled in a saucepan on the stove. There are many variations of Spanish coffee. This recipe is typical of coffee made in Puerto Rico.
How to Make Coffee with a Colador
One Cup Coffee Filter Holder
Popularized by Melitta Coffee in the 1980s – and much earlier in Europe – the single cup coffee filter holder may be the simplest way to make coffee without using electricity. The cone-shaped coffee filter is made of either plastic or porcelain and is meant to sit on the rim of a coffee mug or coffee cup. It uses #2 cone paper coffee filters to hold and strain the coffee grounds.
How to Make Coffee with a One Cup Filter Holder
Vietnamese Top Hat Coffee Maker
Vietnamese coffee as made in most US Vietnamese restaurants is a treat for both the eyes and the palate. It’s usually brewed into a tall glass using a Ca Phe, a three piece stainless steel mug-top coffee pot that looks a bit like a top hat. A Ca Phe makes coffee that is somewhere between drip coffee and espresso in body, intensity and flavor.
How to Make Coffee with a Vietnamese Ca Phe
Many coffee enthusiasts prefer coffee that is brewed by one of these old-fashioned methods to brew made in an automatic drip coffee maker. It may take a little more time and effort, but the results are well worth it.
Source Deb Powers