When it comes down to it, the process of
brewing coffee is pretty straightforward. All you need is water, coffee and a way to combine
them. However, over the centuries this simple process has evolved and been refined to a ritual with seemingly
Even so, the process remains simple as its base. With the advice and instructions you'll find on
these pages you be able to experiment with several different brewing methods.
As I mentioned in the history of coffee, in the early days
coffee beans were often eaten whole or mixed with other food as a source of energy. It took a while for folks to
develop the process of brewing coffee into a beverage.
Originally, coffee beans were simply boiled in water to produce a beverage. Boiling actually
drives off some of the volatile oils and flavors that we often appreciate and coffee. Today, most experts recommend
brewing coffee at a temperature of about 200°. Even so, as you'll note in the section on brewing Middle Eastern
coffee, boiling is still a respected technique in many traditions.
To get started, review the general information here:
How to Brew the
After that, move on to some of the pages describing specific brewing techniques. Don't hesitate
to try different methods. You'll probably discover several that you enjoy depending on the type of coffee you have
on hand, the time of day, the characteristics you're looking for in the final cup, and even just your mood. Have