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Coffee Talk
From Our Coffee Expert

How does brew method affect taste?

Brew method affects taste in a bunch of ways. Pour overs pull out nuanced flavors; Chemex makes very clean cups; French press yields a thick, full-bodied cup; coffee makers brew consistent, larger pots of coffee. Moka pots make very intense, small amounts of coffee. AeroPress compacts flavors into a tight cup. Cold brew mellows out the acidity while boosting the flavors for a bold smooth cup.

How do you choose the right brew method?

It depends how involved you want to get–if you’re looking for ease, use a coffee maker or make cold brew. If you want to be more involved, but are worried about technique, go with Chemex. Want to be like my Italian Grandma? Get a moka pot. Camping and want something portable? Bring an Aeropress! Want to play around with your coffee? Then a pour over is for you.

Which brew method is the most versatile?

All brew methods can be versatile, but I think Chemex is the most versatile. You can grind finely to make more of an immersion brew. All different levels of roast can work in a Chemex and taste beautiful! There’s no coffee that a Chemex can’t handle.