This Guide Will Help You Brew Better Coffee at Home

By Swindon Link - 7 September 2021

Food & Drink

Did you know that there are many different ways to brew coffee? Did you know that how you choose to brew coffee can drastically affect the taste and quality of your drink? Brewing coffee on the stovetop is a common practice for many people. It's easy and convenient, but it can be tricky to get it just right. The key to brewing great coffee is all about temperature and water quality. Here's a guide that will help you brew coffee at home.



Benefits Of Brewing Coffee On The Stovetop

Benefits of brewing coffee on the stovetop include a more flavorful cup, a lower cost to brew at home, and an environmentally-friendly choice. Brewed hot over an open flame or direct heat, the full flavor profile can be drawn out from each bean making for a richer tasting beverage than other methods such as drip machines. This is the same process used in the specialty quality coffee business industry. By using a French press, for instance, the water is kept at around 200 degrees Fahrenheit by boiling it in an electric kettle. This method also makes multiple cups of coffee quickly and easily.


However, over time acidity may build-up due to this concentrated exposure which can leave you with a bitter-tasting brew that isn't any healthier than your local coffee shop's offerings. Brewed stovetop requires just a few simple ingredients; ground coffee beans, boiling water, and a heat source such as a stove or open fire. The ratio is typically a tablespoon of coffee per every six ounces of water and the process takes about five minutes from start to finish, making it much faster than drip methods that can take up to 12 minutes for some machines!

What Is The Best Type Of Coffee Maker For You?

A French press might be the best option if you are looking to avoid electricity and want a more manual experience, whereas an automatic machine may better suit your lifestyle or needs. There are two main types of coffee makers, fully automatic drip brewers or pour-over/ manual brewers like French press pots, or siphons (vacuum).

How To Make Coffee On A Stovetop

The other way to brew coffee is on a stovetop. To do this, heat the water in the bottom part of your pot (or kettle) until it’s hot but not boiling. Next, fill the top portion with ground beans and slowly pour some of that heated water onto them, just enough to dampen them evenly for a good bloom. After a few seconds, pour the remainder of the water over your grounds in an even circular motion until you’ve reached your desired volume. Finally, remove from heat and let it all drip out into a carafe or thermos below. This method is great for those who want to brew larger batches at once, but it can be a little messier to clean up afterward.

Drawbacks Of Brewing Coffee On The Stovetop


Brewing coffee on the stovetop is not without its drawbacks. Brewed coffee may taste burnt or bitter, due to uneven heating of the pot. This causes excess stickiness in the kitchen - have to clean up spilled grounds and dirty surfaces after the brewing process is complete. It may be difficult for some people who don't have the arm strength needed to stir and press down on a stovetop pot. It also requires careful monitoring of coffee as it brews, lest over brewing results in a bitter taste.

Tips And Tricks For Making Great-tasting Pot-brewed Coffees At Home

Brewed coffee has a stronger, more complex flavor than drip coffee. The best way to get the most flavorful brew is to use freshly roasted beans. You can grind them yourself right before brewing your pot of coffee for an optimal taste experience. Grind with a burr grinder instead of using pre-ground store-bought coffee to ensure the beans are ground evenly and consistently. Brew using filtered water to remove chlorine taste, as it is naturally occurring in tap water which can affect the flavor of your coffee. Use a fine grind for drip coffee machines or percolators and leave no more than two tablespoons of grounds in your pot after brewing for optimal flavor. Brew your coffee using a ratio of one cup water to two tablespoons of ground coffee for drip machines, or just measure out grounds with the number of cups you want to make. Use about four ounces per 12 oz cup if you are measuring by volume. 


Whether you’re a coffee snob, only drink the occasional cup on the weekends, or are just looking for something quick and cheap to get your morning started, there is an option that will work best for you. The above guide will help you brew better coffee at home.

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