Brewing proper coffee might seem difficult and complicated but it doesn’t have to be! All you need are three ingredients: water, coffee beans, and passion.
Throw out the instant coffee! A proper coffee made from beautifully aromatic espresso and steamed milk is worth every ounce of effort and – despite the truly bewildering range of coffee-making equipment out there – its really not that hard to put together at home. Let’s break it down for you.
START WITH: GOOD COFFEE
To start, you’re going to need good coffee – obviously. Ideally, this should be espresso made with an espresso machine. But espresso machines can be pricey and complicated to use, so if you are not in the mood to spend a whole lot of time and money on your coffee, you can opt for one of the following options instead. All with the right ingredients and a little bit of patience can produce a gorgeous coffee base to build a solid running brew on.
The Moka Pot
Also known as a caffettiera, the Moka Pot is an iconic piece of kitchen equipment that allows you to brew your coffee on the stove top.
All you need to do is fill the bottom half with freshly boiled water, the filter basket with finely ground coffee beans, screw on the top half, and set it on the stove on medium heat.
As the water in the bottom chamber boils, the steam will rise through the filter basket and push a stream of coffee into the upper chamber. The result: a rich, authentic espresso in just minutes! The only downside is that the Moka Pot only allows you to make one or two cups of coffee at a time.
A relatively recent invention, the AeroPress is said to be one of the easiest and best ways to make great coffee both at home or on the go! It can make one to three cups of coffee per pressing and is able to brew both American-style coffee as well as espressos for use in lattes and other espresso based drinks.
Keeping your AeroPress clean is also easy as it uses a filter which, after use, can be removed and discarded together with the used coffee grounds.
What’s more, its compact nature means that it can fit in your bag and it is sturdy enough not to get broken in transit. In fact, coffee aficionados love the AeroPress so much that there are even specially dedicated AeroPress Brewing Championships!
Because we just had to. This charming local barista will convince you to get an aero-press to make your daily brew.
The French Press
Another iconic brewing method, the French Press (which can vary in size from 2 to 12 cup servings) is what you need if you are looking to serve several cups of coffee at the same time. All you need to do is put in the correct amount of ground coffee beans, ground to the right size. In fact, the biggest mistake people can make when using the French Press is using a grind that is too fine, resulting in a “muddy” cup of coffee. With a French Press, you will need to use a coarse grind, similar in size to breadcrumbs.
IN A RUSH?
Don’t have the time to fiddle around with presses or espresso machines? Single-serve coffee capsule machines have gained popularity as they are easy to use, easy to clean, and can serve up a pretty good cup of coffee within seconds. These machines range from basic to full-featured models which can create lattes and more. Users can also pick from a variety of capsules which vary in strength, aroma and flavour.
Coffee capsules machines available from Best Denki (Waterway Point), Courts (Causeway Point), Harvey Norman (Bedok Point and Northpoint), Metro (The Centrepoint) & The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (Causeway Point, Changi City Point, The Centrepoint and Waterway Point)
QUICK TIP: HOW TO SELECT COFFEE BEANS
When it comes to selecting coffee beans to make your perfect cup, experts remind us that the most important thing to keep in mind is freshness — both the freshness of the roast and the freshness of the grind.
Go for coffee beans that have been roasted as recently as possible. This will give you the broadest range of aroma and flavour. Likewise, the freshness of the grind is also important. Buy ground coffee beans in small amounts or buy whole beans and grind them yourself using a coffee grinder. You should also keep your coffee beans in the fridge or freezer to keep them fresher longer.
When selecting the size of the grind, keep in mind that you will need a fine grind when using an espresso machine or Moka pot, a fine-to-medium sized grind when using an Aeropress, and a coarse grind when using a french press.