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FILTER VS. ESPRESSO

Filter coffee
Filter coffee

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Espresso
Espressos

Price

What is the big benefit of filter made coffee? The price of the equipment.

 If you want to prepare good Espresso drinks, you should invest money in the following equipment:

  • Espresso machine
  • Electric Coffee grinder
  • Tamper
  • Good filter pot
  • Nano filter basket
  • Softener

For the filter method you need the following brewing equipment:

  • Dripper
  • Paper filters
  • Kettle
  • Scale
  • Manual grinder
  • Thermometer 

Compared to the filter method, the final price of Espresso equipment can be up to 10x higher. Filter coffee equipment won’t take up a ton of space. It’s small and easily stored.

You can take it along on your travels without a problem.  

Time

A good benefit of Espresso preparation is that it takes less time to prepare than filter coffee. Time is money. If you consider to prepare coffee in a café, Espresso coffee drinks will make better profit than the filter preparation. 

But if you want to prepare coffee at home and if you are not a fan coffee cocktails, like cappuccino, latte.., the filter brewing method will bring you far more joy for much less money. 

Coffee flavours

Taste

Another benefit of filter made coffee drinks is that their aftertaste sensations can last for a long time, if done correctly. 

A coffee’s body (texture) and mouthfeel are mainly created by essential oils, but also sugars and plant fibers. 

An Espresso machine enables us to extract a great amount of essential oils. However, compared to filter made coffee drinks, the final drink has less flavour compounds over all. The Espresso machine gets out more oils because of the stronger pressure and heat. Since the contact between water and coffee ground is longer for the filter method, we can extract out more flavour compounds. Water always extracts the different flavour compounds in this order: fats and acids, then sugars, and finally the plant fibers. Because of the longer brewing time, the filter method enables us to extract more sugars as well. 

Ground coffee
Bayawe coffee dripper

Amount of grinded coffee

The current trend for Espresso drinks is between 18 and 20g of coffee grinds while using a coffee:water ratio of 1:2.  It’s called a Double Ristretto and it is also used as the basis for other coffee drinks. 

For filter coffee drinks, we can also use 18g of coffee grinds. However, in doing so the standard coffee:water ratio is 1:16. This means the same amount of coffee grinds will provide much more coffee. 

Water

When we work with an Espresso machine, we should use distilled water to lengthen the life of the machine. Distilled water has almost no mineral content and compared to natural water, more pricy. The lower the mineral content of the water is, the more available space for flavour compounds the water has. If water with a low mineral content is used for coffee preparation, the final drink is often over-extracted and bitter.  Water with a higher mineral content, on the other hand, has less available space for flavour contents. The final cup tends to be under-extracted. 

With the filter coffee method we usually use regular water which contains minerals. The flavour compounds of the coffee grind will complete the minerals of the water. 

Preparation

With a high-quality Espresso machine we can set up the pressure of the water coming out of the pump. We can set up the temperature as well. The set up can only be done before the brewing process starts.  Usually it takes a couple of (lost) coffee shots before the changes are implemented. 

With the filter method, we can change the pressure and water temperature also during the brewing process. 

Black coffee
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Result

In my point of view, filter made coffee drinks have a higher quality than Espresso drinks. Filter coffee drinks have more complex flavours and a longer aftertaste. 

The main benefits of Espresso drinks is the fast preparation time, but also the fact that we can use them as a base for other coffee drinks. 

Espresso drinks can be compared to cognac:  It’s a small amount of liquid made with pressure. The aromas and flavours are intense and the aftertaste is long. We drink Espresso shots faster than cups of filter coffee. We enjoy the aftertaste of the Espresso more than the taste and body.  

Filter coffees can be compared with wine. We usually fully enjoy the flavours in our mouth. We relax and meditate. The aftertaste of filter coffee can be also long, but not as intensive as the Espresso made after tastes.

I like to say that during the morning I sit and relax with a mug of coffee and during the evening I enjoy a glass of wine. 

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Coffee makers

WHAT KIND OF COFFEE PREPARATION IS THE BEST FOR HOME BARISTAS?

There are two main coffee preparation methods: Espresso and Filter made coffee. Other methods of coffee preparation are pod options, capsules, instant made or Turkish coffee.

In my opinion, filter made coffee brings the best final results. Easy preparation methods such as instant coffee and capsules can offer interesting flavour experiences, but in my opinion they are more flat. They are missing depth, don’t have a good aftertaste and most of the time the flavours and aroma are similar. It’s like drinking fruit juice, made from syrup. 

Turkish coffee, Photo by Ahmed Aqtai from Pexels

Turkish coffee

The coffee can have nice and intensive flavour results and a rich body. However, drinking it regularly on a long term basis, might have a bad effect on your health. 

Moka pot
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Moka pot

The Moka pot brew method can yield interesting results if done right. In my point of view, this method is a good low-cost and easy compromise between the filter and Espresso preparation options. I especially love the sensual aroma experiences of the Moka pot. What I don’t like is the fact that steam pressurized boiling water is forced through the ground coffee, which almost always creates one main flavour: bitterness. 

Sipohon (vacuum) coffee brewer, Photo by Omar Rodriguez from Pexels

Siphon brewer

Another well-known way to prepare coffee is the fancy looking vacuum method (siphon brewer). The iconic Moka pot coffee maker functions on the same principle, but with the siphon brewer coffee-lovers can also enjoy the excellent visibility of the coffee brewing process. 

I wouldn’t buy the siphon brewer to prepare my coffee drinks at home. Due to the materials and design, vacuum coffee makers tend to be more expensive than other types of coffee makers.  Moreover, compared to other brewing methods, the process with a siphon coffee maker is also more complex. 

In the coming blog, I will be more in the details describe the positives and the negatives, between “Filter coffee” and “Espresso coffee”.

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OUTDOOR COFFEE MOMENTS

“Our senses are like a gateway into the world,” says Whitman.
And as we open that gateway through developing our sensory awareness, the world blossoms into a symphony of colors, scents, tastes, sounds, and touch.” – Kenton Whitman, naturalist, writer & educator 

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COFFEE BREWING – SMALL DETAILS

Ideal recipe for coffee brewing, what it will work for each coffee “DOESN’T EXIST!”

Coffee recipes are ideal, for beginning and coffee shops. Once you start with coffee brewing. After, you will get some new skills, try to avoid of using some recipes. Even in good coffee shops, where are experienced Baristas and often they change coffee beans, they don’t use Brewing recipes. If, yes, they are laying to you, or they have bad management who don’t trust to them, or they are not good Baristas. For me good Barista has to have some passion and love coffee.
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KODAWARI AND KISSATEN – JAPANESE COFFEE CULTURE

The passionate pursuit of an ideal

Kodawari

Kodawari is the noun form of kodawaru, an intransitive verb meaning “to be sensitive to minor things”.

Japanese Culture and Behavior: Selected Readings., edited by Takie Sugiyama Lebra, William P. Lebr

“Kodawari, the desired quality of focus and perfection-seeking, is a constant goal for makers of coffee, and fine craftsmen in any art in Japan. What he calls kodawari is dedication to his work, comprising service, skill in making coffee, and an uncompromising sense of the importance of what he does” – Coffee Life In Japan, Merry White (2012)

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COFFEE DRIPPERS – WHAT EQUIPMENT IS THE BEST FOR YOU.

  • Hario focus on Clarity
  • Wood neck focus on Body
  • Aeropress focus on Body
  • Chemex focus on Clarity
  • Kalita focus on clarity but create also a good body
  • Melita focus on Clarity
  • French Press, focus on Body
  • Clever Dripper focus on Body and Clarity
  • Moka pot focus on body
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SLOW DRIP – COFFEE BREWING PREPARATION

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This method has gained popularity in Japan. The Slow drip method is used mainly at cold brew. ”Hot” Slow drip is something like alternative between Pour over Drip coffee.

When we prepare coffee via the Drip method, we are slowly dripping water over the coffee grounds. In doing so, the water does not overflow the grind.

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THE ART OF COFFEE GRINDING

Grinder

If the grinder, is not of very good quality, you will get lots of dust in the coffee. The dust will get into the coffee mainly when you do coffee via French press, Mokka pot, or you can use steel filters. The brewing process can continue afterwards, and the taste of the coffee drink can change.

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CUP OR MUG OF COFFEE?

Cups vs. Mugs

Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes

What are the differences between cups and mugs?

There are many possible different definitions for cups and mugs. Generally, it can be concluded that the capacity is the main aspect that differentiates cups from mugs. Cups are smaller than mugs. A cup typically holds not more than 6 fl. oz. of liquid (180ml). A mug typically 8 fl. oz. if liquid (240ml) or more.

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SHADE GROWN COFFEE CHERRIES

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is today.
– Chinese proverb

Trees on Coffee plantation

We need trees. Why are trees so important? According to the Irish Botanist, Diana Beresford-Kroeger, trees are the most important living organisms on earth! Trees protect and feed our planet. They provide life-giving oxygen, store carbon and stabilise the soil.

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