簡單版浸泡式咖啡 A Beginners Guide to Immersion Coffee Brewing
If you don't have coffee equipment at home, but want to drink coffee, what to do? The following is to share how to use the simple equipment at home, through the immersion brewing method, to start your coffee life easily.
The recently popular pour-over coffee is the "filter" extraction method. In addition to presenting a rich aroma and flavor, it has a better layering and requires more skilled techniques in the brewing process. For beginners, if you don’t want to buy equipment, but want to taste the deliciousness of estate coffee, it is recommended to use the simple immersion brewing method, which can also brew a good cup of coffee, similar to brewing tea, instead of pour-over extraction. So let's start.
Immersion brewing steps:
- Coffee powder: pour-over brewing grind size
- Cups or pots: two, one for brewing coffee and the other for coffee
- Filter: For filtering coffee grounds
[Such as a filter for boiled dumplings, a tea filter, a soymilk filter bag, etc., the smaller the pore size, the cleaner the filter, and the less likely it is to drink coffee grounds. It is best to use coffee filter paper.]
- Spoon: mix and stir coffee powder with hot water
- Timer: Immersion time timer
- Electronic scale: weighing powder-water ratio
- 水溫：90度 [85～95度適合咖啡沖煮]
- 浸泡時間 2分30秒
- Water temperature: 90°C [85-95°C is suitable for coffee brewing]
- Powder to water ratio: 1:15
- Immersion time 2 minutes 30 seconds
沖泡步驟： [ 以1-2人份為例，20g粉，注入約300g的水 ]
Brewing steps: [Take 1-2 servings as an example, 20g powder, 300g water]
1. Put 20g of coffee powder into the cup
2. Pour 300g of 90-degree hot water. After the coffee powder absorbs water, it will float on the upper edge of the cup, just like bloom of pour-over coffee brewing.
3. After 1 minute or 1.5 minutes, stir the powder layer on the inner upper edge of the cup with a spoon, and the coffee powder will be immersed in the water.
4. When the immersion time reaches 2.5 minutes, pour it into another cup with a filter and then it’s done.
※ The powder to water ratio can be adjusted according to the preferred strength concentration, the less water is stronger, and the more water is lighter.
※ The time can be changed according to the flavor you like. If you like a stronger flavor, you can extend the time. If you don’t like too much off-flavor and bitterness, you can use less time.
※ If the filter screen gap is too large, the filtered coffee liquid still contains a lot of fine coffee grounds, and the coffee powder will continue to be soaked in hot water, which is easy to cause unwanted flavors. Therefore, the finer the filter, the better the taste and flavor.
The difference between immersion brewing and drip brewing
There are hundreds of coffee brewing methods. The “immersion” method shared today is to immerse the coffee powder in hot water, extract the coffee under the appropriate water temperature and time, filter the coffee grounds and enjoy it. The coffee brewed by immersion method is easier to bring out the sweetness and body, the flavor is balanced, the aftertaste is full, no need to pay too much attention to details during the brewing process, and the brewing result is stable, but this method is also easy to have bitterness due to excessive brewing.
On the other hand, “drip,” which is pour-over brewing, can obtain a cleaner taste, a flavor layer, and a bright acidity, which is a different feeling. In response to changes in various factors, coffee flavor produces different flavors, textures, aromas, and body. Many people love the challenge of surprises. This is the joy of making coffee at home, don’t you think?
Beginners don’t have to spend a lot of money to get started, and such a simple coffee brewing method can also bring joy to life. If you don't have equipment, you can try this method. When you buy coffee beans, you can require “grind powder” service by leaving a note. However, the chance of ground coffee powder with air is increased, and the aroma will start to disappear after grinding. So it is recommended to grind the beans yourself, and keep the most precious aroma of coffee to yourself.
No matter which brew method you choose, it will bring different flavor characteristics and textures, and each method has the potential to extract a good cup of coffee. Give it a try!
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