Each day, Americans drink 400 million cups of coffee. This equates to 146 billion cups of coffee per year, which makes the US the largest consumer of coffee in the world.
In fact, coffee accounts for 75% of all caffeine consumed by Americans. It’s pretty safe to say that Americans are coffee fanatics. If you consider yourself a true coffee fanatic, then it’s important that you explore all of the different types of coffee.
Check out this guide to learn about each type of coffee that every coffee lover needs to try.
When most of us think of coffee, we think of a standard cup of black coffee with maybe some cream, sugar, or milk added to it. However, there are many different types of black coffee out there, and if you’re a true coffee lover, you need to try each one.
The different types of black coffee include:
In order for a coffee to be considered a French press, it needs to be made in a French press machine. In a French press machine, the water and coffee grounds steep together for a few minutes.
Then, the fine mesh filter presses down and separates the coffee grounds from the brewed coffee. If you like bold flavors and rich aromas, French press coffee is for you. You can check out Coffee SVG to find the perfect mug for your French press coffee.
If you order black coffee in North America, you’re likely going to be given drip coffee. Drip coffee comes from a coffee pot and is considered to be “regular coffee” in this part of the world.
However, you’ll be surprised to know that there are coffee shops in other parts of the world that don’t even serve drip coffee. Drip coffee is made by a machine that drains hot water over a bed of coffee grounds. Then, it allows the mixture to steep for a moment before draining it into the pot below.
Drip coffee is known for being medium-bodied and classically flavored.
Siphon coffee is going to make you feel like you’re a real scientist, as it’s made using two glass balloons that look like beakers for chemicals.
Siphon coffee is made in a vacuum pot that creates a seal in the lower glass bulb. This forces water into the upper glass bulb where the coffee grounds are located. The brewed coffee is then sucked back down the filter and into the lower bulb. Typically, siphon coffee is made with a cloth filter, which adds complex flavors and a juicy, silky body to the coffee.
Another type of coffee every coffee lover needs to try is pour-over. Pour-over coffee is similar to drip coffee in that hot water is also poured over the coffee grounds.
However, the main difference is that pour-over coffee is typically made in a manual coffee maker. This means that you manually our the water over the grounds instead of having the machine automatically do it for you. Many people prefer pour-over coffee to drip coffee because it tends to have more complex aromas and nuanced flavors.
Cold Brew Coffee
As the name suggests, cold brew coffee is made from cold water rather than hot water. Cold water takes much longer to extract the flavor of coffee, which is why many people buy prepared cold brew instead of making it at home.
Generally speaking, it takes about 12 hours for the coffee and cold water to steep together before you can filter it. However, it’s worth the wait, as the end result is a unique brew that contains 66% less bitterness and acidity than hot coffee or iced coffee.
You don’t need to travel all the way to Vietnam to taste some great Vietnamese coffee. Vietnamese coffee, also referred to as cafe da, is made using a small metal drip filter and medium-coarse ground dark-roast Vietnamese coffee.
It’s typically also mixed in with a couple of tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk. To make Vietnamese coffee, you’ll need:
- 3 tablespoons of Vietnamese ground coffee
- 6 to 8 ounces of water that is close to boiling point
- Sweetened condensed milk
All you need to do is measure out three tablespoons of ground coffee into the drip filter. Then, pour over a couple of tablespoons of the near-boiling water so that the coffee can bloom. Next, gently press the filter to compress the bloomed coffee.
This helps to slow down the drip rate and makes for more flavorful coffee. Then, slowly pour the rest of the water into the filter so that the coffee begins dripping into your cup. If you plan on drinking it with sweetened condensed milk, pour that into your coffee mug first.
Another type of coffee that every coffee lover needs to try is Turkish coffee. To make Turkish coffee, super-fine coffee grounds are placed in a small pot that’s known as a cezve or ibrik.
You then place this pot over an open flame and bring it to near boiling point two to three times. Then, you pour the coffee into a cup. Turkish coffee is known for having a bold aroma, extra-strong tasting notes, and a dense feel to it. Many people prefer to pair Turkish coffee with a sweet treat to help balance out the flavors.
Turkish coffee goes great with chocolate, candy, and of course, Turkish delights.
Which Type of Coffee Are You Excited to Try?
Now that you know about each type of coffee that you need to try, it’s time to give each of them a go. Pretty soon, you’ll have a newfound appreciation for your favorite drink.
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