How did people make coffee before coffee makers? Have you ever wondered about that? We’re used to calling drip coffee traditional brew, yet the machine was only invented in the 20th century.
You can hardly call that tradition. Obviously, before that people woke up and spent a few miserable minutes in front of the stove waiting for the coffee to boil, usually in a kettle.
Let’s see what types of brewing still involve boiling today.
Now, this is a type of brewing that does have a long tradition behind it. If you’re ever in Turkey, you might chance upon a demonstration of traditional coffee making where they brew the coffee in hot sand. Do yourself a favor and taste it!
The good part about Turkish coffee is that it doesn’t require any special maker. A traditional copper pot called Ibrik would be great, but any old kettle will do.
Measure a cup of water (or more) and put it in the kettle on the stove. Add two tablespoons of finely ground coffee per cup of water and slowly bring to boil.
Tip: If you want a bit of crema on top, use a spoon to scoop out the first layer of crema on top of the boiling coffee and let it simmer a bit more to get more crema. Keep your eyes on the kettle if you don’t want the coffee to overflow and make a terrible mess!
This is an Italian traditional brewing method and the best Moka pots in the world are Italian made. Actually, this is not exactly a boiled coffee, as you don’t put the coffee grounds in the water.
A Moka pot has a lower chamber you need to fill with water. Next, you put the metallic filter in place and fill it with coffee grounds, after which you screw the top part of the machine on.
Once you’re ready, place the pot on the stove and wait for the water to boil. As the water reaches the boiling point it is forced through the coffee puck into the upper part. Once you hear a distinctive whistling sound you will now the coffee is ready. This is the closest you can get to making espresso without an espresso machine.
Tip: Do not let the Moka pot on the stove once the coffee is ready as the extra heat will scorch it and give it a bitter taste. Also, by leaving it on the stove for too long you might ruin your Moka pot!
The percolator has somewhat of a bad rep as coffee aficionados say boiling the grounds for around ten minutes is an abomination, yet it is a cheap and reliable coffee maker and sometimes this is all that matters.
An electric percolator is easy to use. You put the required amount of water in and add the coffee grounds – two tablespoons of grounds per 6 fl oz of water.
The instructions say you need to leave the percolator on for a full ten minutes, but you can experiment and see how you like the coffee after five minutes of brewing. Pour carefully to filter out the grounds.
Tip: Use coarse coffee grounds as fine particles tend to make their way into the brew and give it a murky aspect.
The good part about these types of coffee makers is they are small and easy to fit in your bag when you are traveling. Whether you go camping or you find yourself in a hotel, you can always make your own coffee.
Just don’t mention anything about instant coffee, that’s not real coffee and you know it!
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