Chemexes, Mokka Pods, Keurigs and Nespresso machines: all coffee equipment filling different coffee needs. However, you don’t need any of them to make a decent cup of coffee.
Sure, they’re helpful, and you need them if you’re after certain flavors, but they’re not a necessity — especially if you just want a simple cup of black coffee. Getting a good cup of coffee at home only requires the tools you have in your kitchen. Here are three coffee methods you don’t need expensive equipment for:
Cowboy and Turkish coffee is essentially the same thing: coffee grounds boiled directly in open water. The only difference is the quality. Cowboy coffee has the stereotype of being a thick, black mush shared around the campfire, where you’re spitting out the grounds from between your teeth into a sizzling, black mass bubbling over inside the fire.
Turkish coffee is a deliciously sweet, sometimes spiced nectar brewed in a small golden pot, served to you inside a cozy cafe. Yet, despite the difference in quality, they share the same equipment, which is a small pot and stirring utensil. The only difference is technique.
Cowboy coffee recipe:
1 tablespoon of coarse ground coffee (per 8-ounce cup)
8 ounces of clean cold water (per tablespoon of coffee)
Sugar, cream and other accoutrements
In a small saucepan, put the desired amount of coffee at the bottom of the pan. Tilt the grounds so they all pile up on the edge of the pan. Pour water on the section of the pan without water. This is so the water does not disturb the grounds, resulting in them floating freely in the water. If you skip this step, you’ll be spitting out a lot of coffee grounds. Remember, this coffee is unfiltered, meaning there will always be some residue in your drink.
Once everything is set, place the pot on a stove, and turn it on to a medium heat, bringing it up to a simmer. The longer you let the mixture simmer, the stronger the coffee you’ll have. If you want to add sugar, add it now, as it will mix better while the mixture is simmering. Once finished, take the pot off the heat, and let the boiling stop. There will be some grounds at the top of the pan. To settle them, sprinkle fresh cold water at the top.
Pour the liquid slowly into your cup. The grounds should clump at the bottom, leaving a cup of coffee with relatively few grounds. There’s always going to be a few grounds but, if done correctly, it will be on the scale of an espresso shot.
Turkish coffee recipe:
1 tablespoon of finely ground coffee (per 8-ounce cup)
8 ounces of clean cold water (per tablespoon)
Preferred sugar/spices (normally has sugar and spices added in during brewing)
Recommended spices: cinnamon,…
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