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How to brew your own coffee at home

August 20, 2011
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If you have tasted pure Tanzania Arabica coffee (especially WK’s hand-roasted dark), how can you ever go back to instant coffee? The sacred early-morning coffee moment has become tainted by our packed schedules, rushing around, and desire for anything quick, fast and on-the-go.

Making freshly brewed coffee at home is so easy, and the benefits far outweigh the minor inconveniences. Stop and smell the coffee. Let Wamama Kahawa show you how!

STEP 1 –

Get yourself some coffee beans! Our choice of beans would be Wamama Kahawa hand-roasted Tanzanian Dark Arabica. ;D

STEP 2 –

Get a simple home coffee grinder. This tiny one here cost just $10. Two tablespoons of beans and two whizzes in the machine and the coffee grounds are ready for brewing. Coffee retains its freshness the best when it is only ground before drinking. But feel free to grind more at one go and chuck the rest into the freezer.

If you do not want to get a grinder, by all means purchase pre-ground coffee.  The disadvantage of this option is that although convenient, pre-ground coffee actually consists of rejected/old coffee beans (same concept as mince meat being made from spare parts of the animal!). Hence, if you choose pre-ground, freshness and quality is definitely compromised to a certain extent, as opposed to purchasing whole bean where you can actually see the beans.

STEP 3 –

Select your choice of home coffee maker and brew your coffee!

(a)    French Press/Plunger

This usually comes with a scoop.  Prices range from $10-$60 depending on size and brand!

How to use: Put ground coffee into the press, pour boiling water into it (one scoop of coffee = one cup of water. Reduce water if stronger coffee is desired). Fit plunger lid back on and press down until the plunger stops just above the water level. Leave for a couple of minutes. Push plunger all the way down before serving.

(b)   Italian cafetiere / Moka Pot

Our favourite method. Makes strong and rich coffee. Traditionally used by the Italians to make espresso. Our two-mug cafetiere cost us about $20 (price varies depending on brand).

How to use: Fill the lower chamber with water, fill the grounds basket with grounds, put on stove, switch on heat and just wait for the water to boil. Serve immediately!

(c)    Filter coffee machine

This is our least favourite method because it involves more cleaning and in my opinion the same amount of work! But it is useful if brewing coffee for larger numbers of people (the above two options can usually only make 2-4 cups max). Also, most of these machines have the heated plate which helps to keep the coffee warm. Suitable for families where not everyone gets up to have their coffee at the same time! The one we have at home cost $30.

How to use: Add ground coffee to the basket, fill water chamber to required level (there are usually markings to tell you how much water for 1 cup, 2 cups, etc), switch on and leave until the coffee stops dripping into the carafe. Remember to switch off heat before leaving the house!

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