How To Make Specialty Coffee At Home?
Times are changing. The new normal of this post-covid19 era has simply brought one good thing upon us, self-sustainability. So, we coffee lovers here must be thinking the same thing here right! How can we make specialty café-like coffee drinks at home?
Well, you’re in luck! Below we’ve shownsix ways to make popular specialty coffee drinks in your home comfort. No, we still love our coffee shops, but you have to admit making them by yourself is something very satisfying too. From your good espresso beans to your espresso machine, gather up your coffee arsenal, it’s time to get into the business!
Pour Over Coffee Using Chemex
Pour-over coffee is one of the most favorite and versatile drinks for home brewing. Working with a Chemex for the pour-over requires a little practice, but once you get it there’s no looking back.
- Heat up the water first to 93-96 degrees Celsius (200 – 205 degrees Fahrenheit).
- Use light roasted or medium roasted and medium-coarse ground coffee for perfect pour-over. For 2 cups of coffee, we’ll need around 34 grams.
- Add the Chemex filter and coffee, and wait for it to bloom. Wet the coffee filter. Now add the coffee and let it bloom for a minute by letting it sit. This process releases the CO2 from the coffee.
- Now, add the rest of the water to make your pour-over coffee! For every 1 gram of coffee, use 15 – 16 grams of water. In total, for 34 grams of coffee, you’ll need 520 grams of water.
It is 100% worthy of your few extra minutes when it comes to using a Chemex coffee maker. Because it’s a simple mechanism that can deliver perfect pour-over coffee for you every time.
The French press is one of the effortless and most inexpensive ways to brew a great cup of specialty coffee. It’s a forgiving method as it works for all sorts of beans and roasts. An ideal tool for a perfect morning coffee ritual!
For your French press coffee, use any of the light, medium, or dark roast beans. Make sure the ground level of the beans should be a medium grind here.
- First, grind 70 grams (for 1 cup) of coffee beans to a medium grind. Avoid using fine grind as it can create sediment. Also, avoid using too coarse grind as it won’t make the coffee flavorful enough.
- Heat up 4 cups of water but not at the boiling point (93-96 degrees Celsius). Then let it sit for a minute to tone down the temperature a bit.
- Add the coffee grounds now to the bottom of the pot and let it bloom for a minute. Add hot water up to the surface of the coffee. Stir it with a spoon.
- After a minute, fill up the French press to the top and stir again. This time wait for 4 minutes.
- Place the lid on the French press. Slowly press the plunger down (to the very bottom). Pour and serve the coffee immediately
Espresso Using Espresso Machine
This bitter, rich, and creamy coffee is the king of all caffeinated drinks. Once you’ve mastered making espresso by yourself, the possibilities of specialty coffee recipes will be endless. Key specialty recipes like latte, cappuccino, and macchiato are all espresso-based.
- First of all, it’s best to use espresso roast coffee beans or grinds. Take 9 grams for a single shot and 18 grams for a double shot. The grind must be very finely ground.
- The grounds poured in the portafilter should be tamped evenly. Set the portafilter in your espresso machine and start the brewing. Ideally, an espresso shot takes around 25 – 30 seconds.
- Each variable can be adjusted to suit your palate. So this is a trial and error experience. So be patient and consistent with espresso making at home to achieve perfection.
The Cappuccino is the heartthrob among the coffee drinks.A perfect combination of steamed milk, espresso, and frothy foam on top. Yes! Now you can make a barista-quality cappuccino at home too!
- A cappuccino has 1/3espresso, 1/3steamed milk, and 1/3foam in it.
- A latte is 1/3 espresso and 2/3 of steamed milk.A thin layer of foam can also be seen on top.
Steps to make a cup of cappuccino:
- First make the espresso for the cappuccino. It’s the base of the drink.
- Now you can steam the milk.Ideally, you can do it with your espresso machine. You can also heat the milk up in other traditional ways and then make frothout of it.
- Ideal milk temperature should not exceed 65.5 degrees Celsius (150 degrees Fahrenheit). Remember, cappuccino requires a good amount of froth on top.
- Once you pour the frothed,it’s ready to be served.
With a few key tools and you can make this perfectly creamy and topped with a frothy foam drink! Let us tell you how! A latte consists of espresso, steamed milk, and a very thin layer of foam on top. We’ve already stated the difference between a latte vs a cappuccino above.
- Just like the cappuccino, make the espresso first.
- Now, steam the milk for your latte. For best microfoam, keep the temperature around 65.5 degrees Celsius (150 degrees Fahrenheit).
- Wait for 30 –60 seconds to allow the foam to incorporate a bit into the milk for the best creamy texture.
- Finally, pour the milk over the espresso and enjoy!
The most important skill for making a latte is milk frothing. So, make sure to practice a lot to achieve the best Latte outcome at home. Overall, keep an open mind and experiment to find your own perfect method.
You can also add flavorings on top and apply different milks such as: Adding ice for a perfect Iced Latte, lavender syrup for a Lavender Latte, vanilla syrup for a Vanilla Latte, pumpkin spices for a Pumpkin Spice Latte, and usingOat Milk or Almond Milk for your Latte.
The macchiato is a crowd favorite because it’s ideal for providing a jolt of caffeine without all the extra calories. Macchiato was invented to be a perfect afternoon espresso drink. A classic macchiato consists of espresso with a generous amount of frothy milk on top.
Clearing the confusion: A latte macchiato has espresso poured into the milk. For a latte, the steamed milk gets poured over the espresso.
Now, here’re the steps for making a LatteMacchiato at home:
- As usual, make the espresso first.
- Heat up the milk up to 65.5 degrees Celsius for perfect microfoam and creaminess. Froth the milk for your Macchiato. Remember, it requireslight and fluffy “dry foam”.
- Use a spoon to remove scoop up the dry foam and place it on the top of your espresso.
The drinks we’ve selected are pretty much the staple café house choices around the world. Pour-overs can also be turned into iced coffees for your summer days. And espresso-based drinks have so many variables to play with, it’s just all up to you at the end of the day! We hope that our specialty coffee recipes will help you achieve your coffee satisfaction at your home comfort for years to come.
Article made by : Al Mamun