With just a few accessories and the right beans, you can brew the perfect cup of coffee at home. Today I want to share with you my favourite alternative coffee brewing method and inspire you to give it a try if you haven’t done it already!
Beans from Coffeecompany, one of my favourite coffee roasters in Amsterdam.
Each brewing method gives different results, and before deciding which one is the right for you, you should really give them all a try at least once. To be honest, when we chose the V60 dripper, we did it also because it looked so simple to use and easy to clean, which is a big plus if you’re going to brew coffee every day and don’t have much time to clean afterwards!..
I always loved the smell of fresh coffee.. Such a strong and flavourful aroma! I remember the smell that took over our house on the weekend mornings, when my father prepared an expresso to start the day. I was too young to drink it, but I was so fascinated by this smell!
Then when I grew up, and had my first cup of coffee I was deeply disappointed. That sweetness and deep flavour that I expected was nowhere to be found in the actually taste of the coffee. It was bitter, and left an unpleasant and sandy taste in my mouth. I wanted to like it, because I adored the smell, so I put tons of honey in it, foamed or creamy milk to make it taste somewhat better. Later, when I discovered green tea, I totally forgot about coffee and I just thought that maybe I’m just not a coffee drinker.
That was until one day when I started to be more interested in coffee and decided to give it another chance. So I attended a coffee cupping session. A whole new world opened up, and I tasted for the first time a coffee that tasted exactly like I had always imagined it: full bodied, balanced and with sweet undertones. I was in love!
Now I drink one cup almost every afternoon (still can’t give up my cup of green tea in the morning!) and I am super fascinated by all the alternative coffee brewing methods: Aero Press, Chemex, French Press, Syphon, and V60 Dripper. The V60 is definitely my favourite pour over coffee brewing method, and every time I enjoy a cup of coffee at home I love it more. It is an excellent method and the great part is there’s no need for professional espresso machines or complicated accessories. Just a few simple accessories and good quality fresh roasted beans!
Of course you can always have a good cup in the city as well, and the coffee scene in Amsterdam is quite amazing. My favourite places currently are Coffeecompany & Espressofabriek. You can also enjoy a good cup of coffee at CT Coffee & Coconuts if you’re in the neighbourhood.
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What kind of coffee do you drink? I’d love to know which one of these Alternative Coffee Brewing methods you have tried. Please share your experiences with me in the comments section below!
Coffee: The Coffee Company // Photos: á la Rox