There are many ways to brew coffee at home, some of which require heavy investment in many pieces of equipment. That need not be the case, as there are actually many hand brewing methods that are simple and require little to no equipment to extract that single cup of coffee. Here is sharing with you how to make coffee without a coffee maker or coffee machines.
An illustration on how S.E Asia brew their coffee without coffee maker
Constraints of Brewing Coffee At Home
In many cases, the practice of brewing coffee at home is limited and defined by the amount of space we have in our kitchens. While there is no doubt that everyone would love to have beautiful coffee machines in our homes, the reality is that we normally have to get the job of brewing a cup of coffee done using minimal equipment. At the most, we can afford to have one or two pieces of coffee brewing equipment such as a french press or a V60 drip filter.
The other factor that affects our coffee making process at home, is time. With many people leading busy lifestyles, operating and then having to clean a semi automatic espresso machine is simply not worth the time and effort, especially because coffee consumption at home can be considered little.
You also have to consider the brewing time and process, as an unskilled barista at home, can probably take upwards of ten minutes to properly grind the coffee, extract the espresso shot, and pour it well with milk, after which you will still need to clean up and pack up.
This is not even considering the amount of time needed for such coffee machines to start up and allow for the boilers to get up to the right temperature and pressure. However, that does not mean that we should all be drinking instant coffee to save time. There are plenty of other ways to enjoy our daily cup of joe, while only spending a couple of minutes to brew the coffee, with minimal clean-up.
How families in Singapore brew their coffee without a coffee maker
Solutions to Brewing Coffee At Home (Coffee Drip Bags)
In the market today, there are numerous products that we can use to achieve a good cup of coffee, without a coffee maker or any elaborate coffee machines. One such solution is the single cup coffee drip bags that some roasters produce.
Following the same principle as pouring boiling water over coffee grounds in a V60 drip filter or a Chemex, there are little coffee bags with usually just enough (15gm) coffee grinds for you to extract one good cup of coffee. The best part about these coffee drip bags is that you do not even need to invest in any sort of coffee jug or collection vessel, where you would normally collect the brewed coffee before pouring it into a mug.
You can hang these coffee bags directly over your coffee mug, and simply remove the drip bag after you are done brewing the coffee, dispose of it, and your cup of coffee is ready to be enjoyed in the mug. In essence then, you are able to have a cup of specialty coffee, brewed using a drip method, in a disposable bag. This is truly one of the best ways to make coffee without a coffee maker or coffee machines.
Another very key benefit of using coffee drip bags is consistency. This is because the coffee grounds in the drip bags are ground by the coffee roaster before loading into the drip bags, which bode very well for consistency.
Firstly, because the coffee is likely ground in a larger batch, you are likely to get a more consistent grind, due to the absence of “pop-corning” that usually occurs when you try to grind a small amount of coffee beans.
This is where a small amount of beans bounce around the grinding chamber during the grinding process, leading to a slightly more irregular grind size and therefore irregular consistency.
Secondly, because the coffee drip bags are pre-loaded with coffee grounds that have been ground by the producer, it removes any guesswork on your end on what the correct grind size should be. In a way, what you are working with is already the “manufacturer’s recommendation”. Lastly, having the coffee pre-ground and loaded into the coffee bag means that you don’t even need a grinder at home, much less a coffee maker or coffee machine.
From a taste perspective, a coffee drip bag emulates a drip filter in many ways, but is probably a little bit less refined in terms of the final product, and will unlikely taste as clean as compared to a V60 drip filter or a Chemex.
That said, the difference is acceptable to most people, especially if you consider the positive trade off of not having a need for any sort of coffee equipment. When compared to French Press Coffee, it is comparable in terms of the steeping time, but the end product probably tastes a little bit cleaner than a french press coffee.
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