6 of the best ways to make great coffee at home

By TASTE, 8 August 2017

We’ve all got our favourite way to make the perfect brew. These are the most popular…

The coffee plunger

One of the simplest ways to make a great cup of joe: add a heaped tablespoon of ground coffee per 200 ml water to the beaker, pour over hot (not quite boiling) water and stir. Insert the plunger, stopping just above the coffee level, and brew for 3–4 minutes before plunging and serving immediately.

The coffee and tea maker

Equal rights for coffee and tea lovers! Add ground coffee or tea leaves to the filter, pour over hot (not boiling) water and 3–4 minutes later you’ll have a steaming cuppa in hand. (Woolies stocks this stainless-steel, bamboo and borosilicate glass coffee and tea maker, R599).

The coffee dripper

The hourglass-shaped Chemex dripper with its distinctive wooden collar brews coffee by means of a paper filter inserted into the neck of the flask. Add ground coffee and “bloom” it by moistening with a little hot water. Then pour over the desired quantity of water (for your number of cups) and let it percolate into the flask.

The Moka pot

A one-cup wonder – this one invented in 1933 – has had a resurgence in popularity thanks to the ease with which it brews a perfect espresso under pressure on the stovetop.

The Aeropress

Compact and easy to transport, this is the perfect one-cup coffee maker and, thanks to its immersion brewing process and use of gentle air pressure, can brew a range of styles in around two minutes.

The espresso coffee machine

Make authentic espresso, latte macchiato and cappuccino at home (the system makes the perfect mix of steam, air and milk for an impeccable foam).Discover more interesting ways with coffee here.

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    Megan Gant
    21 May 2019

    Just a slight note to point out the common mistake of calling it “plunger” coffee when it is actually a French press. Really happy to see that you did get the Moka Pot right, as most people refer to it by the brand Bialetti.