Brewing Coffee in a cup

Regardless of what Coffee bean is used (Robusta or Arabica) the true secret to a great cup of coffee is often thought to be in its brewing method. Over the years coffee aficionados have tried, tested, experimented and perfected a number of ways of brewing coffee.

Tubruk – The authentic Indonesia way of enjoying a cup of coffee!

Tubruk is the traditional way of preparing coffee in Indonesia where medium to coarse coffee grounds are boiled in a small pot, or mixed with boiling water directly in the serving cup. The mixture then stirred for around 10 seconds, and let to cool down for the coffee grounds to gradually settle to the bottom. There will be some course ground coffee floating at the top and no filtering is necessary. This contributes to the experience of drinking coffee Indonesian style where you chew some ground coffee after every sip!

Turkish Coffee Pot (Ibrik or Cezve)

Popular in the Middle East, the Balkan states and also in Bali, Turkish Coffee is brewed in pots (also called Ibrik or Cezve) used to boil water with ground coffee and (often) sugar. As the coffee bubbles over a heat source, the ground beans surface to the top. The coffee is let to “ferment” for some time, as the ground froth on the top acts as a seal to trap the flavors from escaping, before serving. The brew is never stirred (which would force mingling of grinds into the brew) but rather poured gently into cups for consumption.

Percolator

Though less in favor now, Percolators are still the brewery of choice for die-hard oldies. A basket (either disposable or replaceable) holds the ground coffee, while the container holds water that is gradually brought to boil. As the water percolates into the basket, the water turns dark with the flavor of the ground beans.

Drip Coffee Maker

Based on a similar concept to a percolating brew, Drip Coffee Makers are a common sight in most homes today. Ground coffee is places inside a mesh filter and placed towards the top of the coffee maker, above a reservoir of water. As the water heats up, the internal mechanism of the machine carries the water and causes it to drip into the filter. The ground coffee in the filter thus releases its flavor which runs back into the reservoir.

French Press

Also popularly known as the “Plunger Pot”, coffee grounds are placed in pot with a top plunger holding the grounds to the bottom. As boiling water is poured into the pot it causes the grounds to release their flavor and color. The plunger serves as a restraint/filter preventing the grounds from mingling with the brew.

Vacuum Pot

Comprising of two chambers (Upper and Lower) and a filter attachment, the Vacuum Pot uses the principle of creating a vacuum, once the pot is heated, to force boiling water from the lower chamber into the upper, where the grounds sit inside a filter. The grounds release their flavor and color into the boiling water, and as soon as the heat is turned off the (filtered) coffee is sucked back down into the lower chamber.

Espresso

Espresso Coffee Makers use a 2-compartment pot that has water in the bottom and a cup between them that holds the grounds. A pressurized brewing process, which extracts flavor and other particles from the grounds, forces boiling water from the bottom compartment and through the cup (basket) holding the grounds. The resulting thick, syrupy, frothy, creamy brew is Espresso coffee, which is forced into the upper chamber for consumption.

Cold Water Method (Toddy coffee)

Probably the most “low tech” ways of brewing coffee is the Cold Press process. This process involves steeping coffee grounds in cold (or chilled) water for extended periods (often 12-14 hours) in room temperature. The resultant brew is then strained, using paper filters or basket meshes, and served wither by diluting it in plain water or milk.

Neapolitan Flip Coffee Pot

This comprises of a water-filled lower section, a middle section that has a filter in which the coffee grounds are placed, and an inverted (up-side-down) pot placed on the top. Once the water boils, the pot is flipped over (hence the word flip” in the name!) so that the flavor and color from the grounds drains (via the filter) into the pot. The Neapolitan style produces a stronger flavored brew than most automatic drip coffee brewers.

Jade Luwak Coffee – the Best of All Worlds!

While the brewing method brings out the best in most coffees, Jade Luwak Coffee is different. It produces the most exceptional blend possible regardless of which brewing method is employed!

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