6 Ways to Make Coffee: Find your Perfect Brew

Making coffee seems so simple. Ground coffee beans + water = coffee. Right? But there are many different ways to prepare coffee and each produces a distinctive taste.

6 ways to make coffee: Different coffee brewing methods result in vastly different tastes and caffeine levels. Drip, cold brew, French press, espresso, moka press, percolator.

Before we jump into the coffee maker, here are my April photos for my Project 365: Coffee that I am doing over on Instagram. I’d love it if you’d join me over there for a daily cup of coffee.

Project 365 Coffee photographs for April

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Standard Drip Coffee Maker (aka Filtered Coffee)

The way most coffee is brewed in the US, hot water is poured over coffee grounds held in a filter, then coffee drips through. Programmable, easy to use, medium body, flavor and caffeine. BLACK & DECKER 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker


Percolators are available for both stovetop or electric stand alone models. The stovetop versions are great for camping. Produces a strong somewhat bitter coffee (with potential for coffee grounds in your cup). Farberware Classic Stainless Steel Yosemite 8-Cup Coffee Percolator

French Press

Mix hot water and coffee in the carafe and let steep for 5 minutes, push down on the press to hold the grounds at the bottom. Medium body, intense flavor and aroma and lots of caffeine. Bodum Brazil 3 cup French Press Coffee Maker


Cold Brew

When brewed with cold water, the coffee’s oils are not changed as they are in all of the other methods. This produces a crisp, sweeter than drip brew with low acid. But, it takes 12-24 hours to brew. Country Line Cold Brew Coffee Maker – 2 Quart

Moka Pot

The moka pot uses steam like espresso makers, but the pressure is 9x lower. Stronger flavor than drip but not as strong as espresso. Bialetti 6 cup Espresso Maker


Steam is forced through the grounds resulting in a thick strong brew. Strong flavor, high in caffeine. De’Longhi 15 BAR Pump Espresso and Cappuccino Maker

The coffee maker on my wishlist

It’s hard to justify the expense when I am the only one that drinks coffee in the house.  But this sure would be a fun option for all of the different drinks: regular, ice, specialty. Ninja Coffee Bar Brewer

A mom can dream, can’t she?

I’d love to know what your favorite coffee method is? Let me know in the comments below. I promise no snide remarks if you prefer the over priced single cup environment destroyers. (well, except that one little comment 😉 ).

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  1. #7: Starbucks! ? In all honesty, I loooove my French press. Mainly I just like coffee any way I can get it!

    1. Ha ha! Not a big Starbucks fan myself, but if you enjoy it then that’s what matters. 🙂

  2. Because the weather’s so hot to where I am right now, I’d prefer cold brew! Nothing beats a cold refreshing coffee!

    1. We were hot last week and then had an odd cold spell. But I hear year on the iced coffee.

  3. Tassimo house over here!

  4. The Moka pot is my favorite. It’s a staple in my family and the only way my grandmother knows to make coffee. Xx

    1. I don’t think I have ever seen one, but it sounds like it would make a good strong brew for those hard to wake up mornings.

  5. Lots of pictures of coffee… love it! I do love a good, strong black coffee and tend to treat myself to the good instant stuff 😉 I let it cool down to almost lukewarm temperature before I even attempt swigging it… then start on making my next cup! #FridayFivolity Sim xx

    1. I take some ribbing from folks in the UK and Australia about my year of coffee pictures. I need to remember to post other things on my Instagram account as well so people don’t think that’s all I do. ha ha!

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