Want to make the best coffee at home? Here’s how to make coffee 4 ways: perfect pourover, Aeropress, cold brew, and iced.
Over here at A Couple Cooks, Alex and I unashamedly coffee obsessed. Coffee has been a constant bright spot of connection in our relationship. And it’s not about caffeine (really!). It’s that cozy feeling you get when you’re holding a warm, fragrant cup and embrace the promise of a new day. Since research seems to indicate that drinking coffee is A-OK (as long as you’re not overdosing on it), we are 100% passionate about sharing the love of a great cup of joe. Here’s how to make coffee at home: 4 different ways!
Our journey toward great coffee
I first got into coffee while studying in Spain. In my university building in Madrid, there was a little cafe that served café con leche. The flavor was incredibly strong, perfect mixed with the creamy milk and sugar: and it was the best I’d ever tasted. Café con leche was my gateway to trying espresso: that astringent dark bitter liquid in a tiny cup. On our honeymoon to Rome and the Amalfi Coast in Italy, Alex and I drank espresso with breakfast in bed, and at a little Roman cafes with a pastry.
Alex and I brought back our new European coffee habit to the US, mainly drinking dark roast coffee like the Italian espresso that we loved. After a few years, our coffee tastes changed when we met our neighbors, Sarah and Andy of Blue Mind Roasting. They taught us about the nuanced flavor of craft medium roast and light roast coffee. At first, light roast tasted oddly floral and almost like tea! But after starting to drink their light roast and medium roast coffees, we began to appreciate the unique flavors of single origin beans. We’ve been making this coffee in our Chemex every morning ever since. Keep reading for how we learned to make the best cup of coffee.
And now…how to make coffee!
After years of cultivating a passionate love for brewing, we’ve perfected all our favorite methods. Here are our top 4 ways of how to make coffee: pourover, cold brew, Aeropress, and iced coffee. Ready to get started?
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About the Authors
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.