• Ericka Mae Valenciano

Home-brewing for the Homebody

As Christmas is drawing near, it also means that weather would be perfect for curling up in bed, wearing that fuzzy sweater you kept in the back of your closet last summer, and brewing that perfect cup of coffee to warm ourselves up. Still best to stay at home, we at Coffee Tonya will teach you what you need to know in brewing yourself that cup of coffee you never thought you needed.

For the Beginner Coffee Enthusiast: Hand Drip/Pour Over

This is the oldest and simplest way of brewing that is perfect for trying out home brewing the first time. Coffee cones are used to hold the paper filter. After filling the paper filter with the coffee grounds, hot water is poured over. Slowly, the brewed coffee drips directly into a cup or pot. This is perfect for medium-fine to coarse coffee grounds. The downside of it is that it often only produces a single cup at a time. You can start with this Cafe de Tiamo Stainless Steel Coffee Dripper set (P440.00).

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For the Classic and Flavorful Brew: French Press/AeroPress

Drinking a cup of coffee brewed in a French Press has always been the best. Through what we call as the immersion method, the coffee grounds are soaked directly in hot water. In contrast with pour over, brewing coffee with the French Press preserves its pure taste and richness. Perfect for people who love their coffee robust. So much love this Breaktime Coffee Press 350ml HB-552 (P1,190.00). Very quintessential and it makes two cups.

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A little different from French Press, AeroPress is raved for its compactness and lightness. Perfect for people who are always on the go but won’t compromise their coffee quality. Like how a syringe works, the AeroPress has a plunger forcing hot water and grounds through its filter to your cup. Coarse coffee ground is recommended for the French Press and fine-medium ground for AeroPress. You can check Coffee Tonya’s AeroPress Coffee Maker (P3,980.00) if you prefer this more.

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Sometimes it’s Best to Put it Under Pressure: Moka Pot

If you prefer it intense and strong, the Moka Pot is still the crowd favorite. It is usually a stove-top coffee maker that brews by pressuring the coffee grounds in the mid-chamber with steam from the lower chamber. The brewed coffee then goes to the upper chamber of the pot. Perfect for fine to medium coarse coffee grounds, it is also portable and durable. Getting yourself a well-designed Moka Pot is surely worth it as it creates better pressure. Starting out small? Here’s