It's only natural after writing a post on the 3 most overrated coffee brewing methods that I would follow up with the 3 most underrated brewing methods. So without further delay, let's get right to it!
3. Manual Drip/Pour Over
Certainly its popularity has risen over the past 5 years, but I still consider it to be one of the most underrated of all of the brewing methods out there. No coffee brewing technique gives you more control of the coffee's saturation, which is an extremely critical element to your cup's final taste.
Pour over also goes hand in hand with freshness. The coffee brewed with a V60 or Chemex is meant to be consumed immediately after it is brewed, and one cup at a time. Manual drip and Airpots just don't mesh well.
For whatever reason, that fresh cup of coffee is still underrated.
I realize this might be a contentious one, but just to be clear, I'm not talking about espresso based drinks like the latte. I'm talking about straight espresso…the highly concentrated coffee you get from pushing 9 bars of hot water through compacted coffee grounds.
To me, espresso is coffee in its purest form, yet greatly unappreciated. I think this is mainly true because most people in the world have never had an authentic espresso. The problem is that making a great espresso is the hardest thing you can do in the world of coffee. So it's very likely that your experiences with espresso have given you the wrong impression. My girlfriend for example, describes every shot she has had as “gasoline”. Well honestly, I don't think she has ever liked espresso because she has never had a half decent shot.
Find a legit espresso bar. Have them pull a shot for you. Then decide if it's still underrated or not.
This is the chemist's coffee brewing technique of choice, and really not many people know of it. It started regaining popularity in the 90s, and many of the world's top baristas think siphon coffee is the best there is.
Sure, it's a lot of extra time and work, but the results are remarkable. It's also super fun to watch in action. Talk about underrated!
What do you think?
Are these 3 brewing techniques worthy of the list? Would you re-order them? Add or drop? Please share in the comments below!