So, you want to begin brewing coffee at home. Brewing coffee at home is an excellent way to discover new coffee brewing methods and explore your specific likes and dislikes.\nYou know that feeling you experience when you visit a new coffee shop, restaurant, or bakery and taste an amazing dish? It’s the kind of feeling that makes you want to tell all your friends about the experience. You can create that experience when you brew coffee in your kitchen.\n\nBrew Amazing Coffee at Home \n\nCreating a fantastic cup of coffee in your home requires a combination of the right supplies, experimentation, and trusting your taste buds. Many of our coffee preferences are based on our first experience with coffee. Often, we don't realize that we are ordering medium roast or using a single-serve coffee brewing method because that is all we know.\n\nHowever, suppose you are willing to expand your coffee brewing methods from a drip coffee to a cold brew or a cold brew to a pour-over coffee brewing method. In that case, you can experience an entirely new world of coffee flavors and sensations.\nFor example, if you love coffee but need a reprieve from some acidity, the cold brew coffee brewing method can be life-changing. Using cold water instead of quick shots of hot water changes the chemical makeup of the coffee grounds, providing a completely different experience.\nMust Haves for Brewing Coffee at Home:\n\nFiltered water\nHigh-quality coffee beans\nBurr grinder\nMeasuring scale\n\nWhy Is Filtered Water Important for Brewing Coffee?\nAt Stone Street, we always try to stress the importance of your coffee beans and your water. Coffee is over 98% water, so if your water doesn't taste great, neither will your coffee. \nThis filtered water policy is for all coffee brewing methods. Whether you’re hand brewing a pour-over coffee or using a drip coffee machine, your water has to be top-notch. Many homes have a refrigerator with a water output. You can also invest in a water purification system directly on your faucet or a filtered water pitcher to keep in your fridge.\nHigh-Quality Coffee Beans Make a Difference\n\nYour coffee brewing method is nothing without high-quality coffee beans. Not only do you need great coffee beans, but selecting the proper roast and coffee grind is instrumental in creating a delicious cup of coffee.\nWhile there are preferred roasts for different coffee brewing methods, the proper coffee roast is subjective. While you may prefer a dark roast full of chocolatey boldness, your partner might thrive off the brightness of a light roast. There's no wrong answer to which coffee roast to choose because it all comes down to your taste buds. \nUnlike the roast, the coffee beans' grind level depends on the coffee brewing method you choose. Using a grind that is too fine or too coarse will alter the flavor, consistency, and your overall enjoyment of the coffee.\nWhether you use a drip coffee maker or a pour-over coffee brewing method, you need the flavors of the coffee beans to shine. Not to mention, using a too fine coffee grind can lead to chunks of coffee grounds in your coffee. \n5 Levels of Coffee Grounds:\n\nExtra-finely ground\nFinely ground\nMedium ground\nMedium-coarsely ground\nCoarsely ground\n\nFinely ground coffee beans are synonymous with espresso. The espresso coffee brewing method requires finely ground coffee so the hot water can thoroughly saturate the coffee grounds in the few seconds involved in brewing the coffee. \nMake Espresso Like A Pro\nFor a pour-over brewing method, medium to medium-coarse grounds are the best option. Since you are manually pouring the hot water over the coffee grounds, you can control the speed and coverage area of the coffee grounds. While the drip coffee brewing method is automatic, it works great with medium-ground coffee beans.\nWhen making cold brew, the process is significantly slower than any other method of brewing coffee. Both cold brew and French press coffee brewing methods required coarsely ground beans to fully accentuate the flavor of the coffee. Too fine of a roast would cause coffee particles to end up in your drink.\n\nBurr Grinder for an Even Grind\n\nBurr grinders are hands down the best coffee grinders on the market for brewing coffee. Instead of chopping the coffee beans, the mechanism involves two rotating pieces of metal crushing the coffee into grounds. This creates a nice, even grind.\nThe more equal and balanced your coffee grounds, the better opportunity the water has to coat the coffee grounds evenly. Evenly coated coffee grounds produce a more balanced and consistent flavor. A balanced saturation will produce the best flavor and aroma notes possible from your coffee beans.\nMeasure With a Gram Scale for a Consistent Cup of Coffee\nUsing a scale to measure your coffee is the most reliable and accurate method. Coffee beans all have a different density due to their origin and the chemical reactions that occur during the roasting process. Measuring coffee beans on a scale instead of using a scoop or measuring cup ensures you will have a consistent cup of coffee each time.\nShould You Weight Your Coffee Beans Before or After Grinding?\nCoffee beans should be weighed before grinding. While the weight of a product is the same before and after it is ground up, there are several advantages to weighing before grinding, including:\n\nThe coffee beans are easier to handle\nThe coffee stays fresher longer \n\nThe first point is that handling coffee beans is significantly easier than handling ground coffee. You can easily add or remove one or two coffee beans; however, the same cannot be said for balancing the exact weight with a ground-up substance. Guessing the number of coffee beans you need can lead to excess waste or the need to repeat the grinding process to get the correct amount. So, save yourself some time and energy by weighting first, then grinding.\nThe second is freshness. You should always grind your coffee beans within minutes of using them to brew coffee. Once the coffee beans have been ground up, the fragrance is released, and it is at its peak freshness for a very limited time.\nBest Methods for Brewing Coffee\n\nBrewing coffee at home can feel overwhelming, or it can feel exciting. Either way, once you have all the necessary materials, you're halfway there. After that, the rest will be trial and error to determine which roast and coffee brewing method works best for you.\nThere are many different ways to brew coffee, and you don't have to decide on just one. Many coffee lovers enjoy mixing up their favorite coffee brewing methods depending on the day or the season.\nPour-over might be your go-to while working from home or on the weekends, while cold brew is your favorite to drink in the afternoon or during the summer months. And still, others keep the option to brew drip coffee available when entertaining guests.\n3 Most Popular Coffee Brewing Methods\n\nCold Brew Coffee\nDrip Coffee\nPour-Over Coffee\n\nBrewing Cold Brew Coffee at Home\nCold brew is deceptively easy to make. You only need a few supplies that you most likely already have in your kitchen. Aside from the 24-hour steeping time, making cold brew coffee takes roughly five minutes.\nCold brew coffee is one of the best year-round coffee brewing methods. It’s always a favorite during the long summer months for its refreshing chill, but it maintains its appeal even during the winter months.\nCold brew coffee is also great for those looking for a less acidic coffee drink. The cold-water coffee brewing process releases fewer acidic compounds compared to the hot-water brewing process. It's the ideal coffee brewing method for those that deal with sensitive stomachs. \nSupplies Needed for Brewing Cold Brew Coffee\n\nMedium-coarse or coarse ground coffee beans\nFiltered water\nFine mesh strainer\nFilter - paper or cheesecloth\nMason jar or pitcher\n\n\nThe coffee grounds-to-water ratio differs depending on how potent you want your cold brew extract to be. The good thing is once steeped and strained, cold brew is intended to be mixed with water to adjust the potency. This recipe uses a one-to-four ratio of coffee grounds to water. \nLet’s Cold Brew!\n\nIn a Mason jar or pitcher, stir together 1 cup of coarse coffee grounds and 4 cups of cold, filtered water.\nPlace the lid on the container and let it sit at room temperature overnight, anywhere from 12-24 hours.\nDouble strain the cold brew coffee using either a coffee filter, a fine-mesh strainer, or a strainer lined with cheesecloth. This eliminates any coffee grounds from getting into your drink.\nPour the cold brew concentrate in a glass with ice, adding water to taste. Typically, equal parts cold brew and water make the best combination.\nAdd milk, creamer, or sweetener to taste. \n\n\nDrip Coffee Brewing vs. Single Serve Coffee\n\nDrip coffee is a coffee brewing method that uses a coffee maker. First, hot water is dripped over the coffee grounds, then dripped into your cup or carafe. Drip coffee is incredibly popular for its efficiency and ease. When things get hectic, you can't beat pressing a button and letting the machine do all the work.\nDrip coffee is what many office environments rely on, while in recent years many have veered away from the standard drip coffee to single-serve machines. The single-serve method is another common coffee brewing method, often described as a drip coffee since the process is similar.\nHow to Brew Drip Coffee\nWhen brewing drip coffee, a medium coffee grind is the best option. If your coffee grounds are too fine, you'll end up with bits of coffee grounds in your drink. If the coffee grounds are too coarse, the water won't be able to saturate it enough, resulting in a weak cup of coffee.\nShop Filter Packs\nSupplies Needed for Brewing Drip Coffee\n\n\nDrip coffee maker\nPaper filters\nMedium ground coffee\nFiltered water\n\nBrewing Drip Coffee\nEach coffee maker will have its specifications, but the overall process will be the same.\n\nFill the water reservoir with filtered water up to the indicated line.\nPlace a paper filter in the machine.\nMeasure your ground coffee beans. The general rule is 2 level tablespoons of coffee grounds per cup of coffee.\nAdd coffee grounds to the paper filter, then shut the lid.\nPress the brew button and wait for your coffee to brew!\n\nPour-Over Coffee\nPour-over coffee can be categorized as drip coffee, but there is a big difference between these two coffee brewing methods. The main difference is that drip coffee uses a machine and requires little work on the part of the barista. Other names for this coffee brewing method are hand brewing and manual brewing.\nPour-over coffee is made by hand, or as some would say, made with love. It is praised for providing a genuinely authentic coffee experience. In addition, many prefer the texture and mouthfeel of pour-over coffee to other coffee brewing methods.\nFreshly ground coffee will always garner the freshest cup of coffee. Unfortunately, it's not always feasible, but if you're willing to take the time to brew your coffee manually, we highly suggest grinding your coffee beans. \nHow to Brew Pour-Over Coffee\n\nPour-over coffee is considered a favorite ritual for many people. It is a great way to begin your morning on a thoughtful and purposeful note, then hopefully carry over into the rest of your day.\nSupplies Needed for Brewing Pour-Over Coffee\n\nMedium grind coffee beans\nFiltered water\nDripper\nPaper filter\nCup or Carafe\nBurr grinder\nSlow-pour kettle (for consistency) or standard kettle\nGram scale \n\nSteps To Brewing Pour-Over Coffee\n\nBring 20 oz of filtered water to a boil\nMedium grind 20 grams of coffee (3 tablespoons, if you don’t have a scale)\nPlace a new filter in your dripper\nPour hot water over the empty filter, then discard the water. This warms the dripper and removes any residual paper taste.\nAdd ground coffee beans to the filter, then tap the edge to level it out. Place your pour-over brewer on a cup or carafe.\nThis is the first pour; there are four pours in total. Slowly pour the first ¼ of the water over the coffee grounds starting at the outer edge moving inward. Allow the coffee to drip for 30 seconds before beginning the second pour.\nThe second pour begins in the center and works its way toward the edge. Reversing the pour direction should even out the water across the coffee grounds. Wait 30 seconds, then repeat the process with the last two pours.\n\nMaking pour-over coffee is not a short process - it is meant to be an experience. When brewing coffee using the pour-over coffee brewing method, you are in a position to not just make coffee but create it.\n\n\nBrew Coffee, Brew Happiness\n\nKeeping filtered water and fresh coffee beans stocked in your kitchen is a sure-fire way to set your mornings up for success. Whether you’re working from home or have a commute, brewing coffee can be as methodical or as quick as you need to ensure you get your caffeine kick.\nChoose the best method for brewing coffee that fits your taste buds and lifestyle. Between drip coffee, cold brew coffee, and pour-over coffee, there are numerous ways to elevate the act of brewing coffee. And don’t be afraid to experiment. Brewing coffee should be enjoyed, and discovering new ways to brew your favorite blends is always a win.