You may or may not consume coffee on the daily, but you'll know how far apart a cup of joe made from instant coffee mix can be from one brewed with a little more care, and made from better ingredients.
Now, there's really nothing wrong at all with instant coffee, but sometimes, a craving for something just a little more refined can get the better of us, although satisfying that craving can often be a little hard on the wallet.
I mean, we all know how a daily latte or mocha from a proper barista-staffed coffee shop can really add up by the end of the month.
Thankfully, there are now plenty of tools that you can get to prepare yourself better coffee at home — at least better than a 3-in-1 sachet, even if not quite proper espresso.
Here are some tools that you might want to consider to get started, which are all at affordable prices or going for limited-time discounts.
They say that the best-tasting coffee really only comes from the freshest coffee grounds, and there's really no way to get it any fresher than by grinding roasted cofee beans yourself.
While some bean grinders can reach ridiculously high price points, you can at least start off with a manual hand burr grinder like the one from Flawsome below. While you probably won't get the finest grounds, you'll at least still enjoy an end product more than good enough for other methods of coffee-making, like pour overs or stovetop brewing.
Making coffee with a French Press will yield you a strong and full-bodied brew that is perfect for drinkers who like theirs without milk (you can still add milk if you want), and it's a method that has become one of the most popular ways to have a cup among amateur coffee lovers.
Simply let your grounds (coarse) steep in hot water for around five minutes before pushing down on the press filter and pouring out your coffee. An added plus is that you can also use a French Press for frothing warm milk, if milk-based coffee drinks are your preference.
The original Moka Pot by Bialetti has become one of the most iconic methods of brewing coffee over a heat source, with the Italian invention having become a fixture in around 70 percent of homes in Italy.
It uses heat to build steam and pressure in the bottom chamber, which then pushes hot water through medium-ground coffee located in the center filter chamber into the top collection chamber. The final product is dark, strong coffee that's very close to the intensity of actual espresso, and the process only requires no more than a few minutes.
While the original Moka Pot manufactured by Bialetti can be rather expensive, you can instead get cheaper replicas from other companies like the one below from Easyworkz.
There are many ways to make pour over coffee (or drip coffee), and one that has gained quite a lot of points lately is the V60 method, which allows you to explore more delicate flavors from coffee beans in a purer sense, which is apt considering that you have filters involved.
Again, this method is also quite involved, and it's also a little more intimate as well, as you'll actually need to skillfully use your hands to pour hot water over coffee grounds in a conical dripper before letting the liquid drip down into the vessel below.
This method has a bit of a learning curve, and you'll need more time and patience to fully master the preparation of drip coffee. But those that love the ritual of the pour over can swear that it's incredibly rewarding and well worth the time needed to get good at it.
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