Best Brewing Methods for Your Ethiopian Coffee
Learn how to get the most out of your world-class Ethiopian coffee
A coffee lover once described the taste of Ethiopian coffee as an “outpouring of the heart to the world.”
Ethiopian coffee continues to win over coffee enthusiasts and even the non-coffee-drinking populace with its bright berry flavours and aromatic brilliance.
When preparing a Specialty Grade 1 Ethiopian coffee of this magnitude, your automatic drip machine will not cut it. The paper filters will absorb and rob much of the sought-after flavours of blueberry and almonds that Ethiopian coffee is known for.
You must pay special attention to truly unlock all of the flavoursome nuances that Ethiopian coffee has to offer.
The following brewing methods are the best in bringing out the rich soul from your Ethiopian coffee.
The Pour Over
This classic low-tech brewing method doesn’t involve any complicated machinery since it essentially entails pouring hot water over coffee grounds. As simple as it appears, you’ll need to invest in accessories like a special pour-over funnel, grinder, a gooseneck pot, and a scale with a timer.
Coffee aficionados love this method because it provides the most control over coffee brewing — from coffee to water ratio, water temperature, flow rate, and grind size, resulting in a splendidly flavorful coffee.
As the name suggests, the pour-over method is dripping hot water over your coffee grounds collected in a filter. This gentle pouring allows the hot water to delicately soak and seep deep into the grounds to release the full spectrum of flavours and aromas.
While this method is the most time-consuming, you should treat this slow and peaceful process as a gratifying zen-like ritual like many coffee fans do.
General Instructions for an Ethiopian Pour-Over
Step 1: Place 5.5 grams of your Ethiopian coffee in your paper filter, which is secured on your pour-over funnel. Some funnels can be placed on top of your preferred coffee cup, while more advanced funnels feature their own bottom container to catch your brewed coffee.
Step 2: Heat your filtered water just below boiling. Be careful not to let it boil as boiled water can burn the coffee and diminish the complex fruity and floral flavor notes.
Step 3:Now gently pour the hot water from your gooseneck pot, starting at a high position and gradually lowering it while noticing how the hot water evenly surrounds your coffee grounds. Be sure not to over pour and pause once in a while to let the hot water pass through the grounds.
Step 4: Once you’ve emptied the hot water contents from your gooseneck pot, let your coffee sit for 2 minutes.
Step 5: Take a spoonful of your delicious coffee and slurp it into your mouth.
The French Press Method
If you’re looking for an economical, easy, and quick way to prepare your coffee, the French Press is a charming and streamlined solution
The French Press brews coffee by letting the hot water and coffee grounds naturally brew together in a receptacle. A plunger with a metal filter is then used to push down the bits of coffee grounds, separating them from the coffee. You’ll want to make sure that your coffee grounds are coarse and not too small, or they’ll slip through the filter’s holes.
What is exceptional about this method is that the metal filter doesn’t absorb any of the delicious Ethiopian coffee oils (where most of the flavors reside), resulting in a rich, deep, and full-bodied coffee
One caveat is that the filter may not completely separate all of the tiny coffee ground particles, so if you don’t mind a little ground residue at the bottom of your cup, you’ll love the French Press method for its overall simplicity and fantastic results.
General Instructions for Ethiopian Coffee French Press
Step 1: Place 7 to 8 grams of your preferred Ethiopian coffee flavour into your French press.
Step 2: Heat your hot water to below boiling and slowly pour it into your French press. Insert the plunger on top but don’t push down yet. Let the mixture brew for a few minutes.
Step 3:Now push down on the plunger at a slow, uniform pace until the plunger reaches the very bottom of the French Press. You’ll notice that the coffee grounds have been packed at the bottom.
Step 4: Pour your coffee into your mug and enjoy!
The Cold Brew
The Cold Brew is a delightful way to enjoy your world-class Ethiopian coffee as a refreshing chilled beverage. While the preparation itself is minimal, making a cold brew does require the longest brewing time.
Since the Cold Brew method does not rely on hot water, you’ll find the coffee to be much less acidic and much more smooth-tasting.
General Instructions for Cold Brewing Ethiopian Coffee
Step 1: Fill up a large glass receptacle with 1 part coffee grounds and 4 parts of water. Feel free to adjust the amount to suit your preference.
Step 2: Let it sit in your fridge for at least 12 hours to 24 hours.
Step 3:That’s it. The coffee grounds will slowly infuse and extract into the cold water
Other Brewing Methods
While the pour-over, French Press, and cold brew methods are quite effective at getting the best out of your Ethiopian coffee, they’re certainly not the only ways available. Feel free to explore these options.
Although espresso machines can be prohibitively expensive, they make an excellent and very concentrated cup of coffee. The quality of the coffee will be wholly dependent on the quality of the espresso machine. If you’re going to go this route, make sure that your espresso machine is top-notch and that your Ethiopian coffee grounds are very fine.
This popular brewing method is catching along quickly with the coffee crowd for its inexpensive and lightweight setup ideal for camping and outdoor outings. Unlike the French press, the Aeropress has a bottom chamber to hold your coffee beans and another chamber to hold your hot water. Like the French Press, the Aeropress uses hand pressure to force the hot water against the coffee beans to brew.
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