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z0mbie
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Posted Sun Oct 6, 2013, 4:07am
Subject: Which brewing method produces the best coffee?
 

  1. regular drip
  2. pour over method
  3. machine espresso cafe americano
  4. vacuum/siphon
  5. perculator
  6. french press
  7. aeropress
  8. cold brew (although this a different drink, it's still regular brew strength coffee).
  9. instant (freeze dried foamed coffee)
  10. sock filter
  11. stovetop moka pot espresso - cafe americano
  12. aeropress espresso - cafe americano
  13. vietnamese SS coffee press/filter into hot water

Apology if I missed any.  Sorry mastication followed by hot water doesn't count, although I'm sure someone out there has done it ...once. LOL
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Posted Sun Oct 6, 2013, 7:27am
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I don't think there is any objective way to say any of those is best. I would move instant and percolator to the bottom.  The rest comes down to preference and even mood.

I like a nice Turkish or Vietnamese coffee once in a while but wouldn't drink them all the time.  I used to be really into espresso but ended up liking roasting different origins better so drip for me most of the time.

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Posted Sun Oct 6, 2013, 9:13am
Subject: Re: Which brewing method produces the best coffee?
 

You are missing major issues:

What kind of brewer you use depends a lot on batch size.

For 1 mug I use my Aeropress.  When the family comes over I do a (1.2 litre) pot, or two, with my BraZen.  My local coffee-bar makes 5 litre urns.

People who like 'intense' might have espresso.

People who don't like 'intense' might have a latte, which is an espresso foamed-milk combo.  But if you had 12 people over for dinner you might not want to do that ?!

Your 'choice' might depend on how much money you have.  You can get in cheap with an entry-level grinder and a (say) Clever Coffee Dripper.  But if you get into espresso you might spend (say) $2000 on the machine and then it would be reasonable to budget $600 for a quality grinder.

Once you did find that 'best cup' you would hear tell from others that it could be better if you bought bulk greens and roasted your own.  That is even more money and possibly some push-back from your partner.

 
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Posted Sun Oct 6, 2013, 3:06pm
Subject: Re: Which brewing method produces the best coffee?
 

It is an unanswerable question. It ignores all factors, and I mean ALL!
Define "best" to begin with.
" Best taste," by definition, is subjective. What I like best might be sewage to you.

 
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Posted Sun Oct 6, 2013, 3:47pm
Subject: Re: Which brewing method produces the best coffee?
 

z0mbie Said:

regular drip
pour over method
machine espresso cafe americano
vacuum/siphon
perculator
french press
aeropress
cold brew (although this a different drink, it's still regular brew strength coffee).
instant (freeze dried foamed coffee)
sock filter
stovetop moka pot espresso - cafe americano
aeropress espresso - cafe americano
vietnamese SS coffee press/filter into hot water

Apology if I missed any.  Sorry mastication followed by hot water doesn't count, although I'm sure someone out there has done it ...once. LOL

Posted October 6, 2013 link

Like asking "which jeans make your butt look better?"
Depends on the butt.

In this case, why not go to a cafe that features several different styles of brewing with the same coffee. Drink only a small portion of each, but have them all in front of you.

 
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Posted Sun Oct 6, 2013, 3:57pm
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True, taste is entirely subjective.  But the question remains. . Which method do *you* think produces the best coffee... and by coffee I am referring to the the drink everyone commonly knows as just coffee.  Not espresso.  Not Vietnamese cafe sua da, Turkish, Armenian or any other concentrated brew which sweetener is added.  Just that delicious drink peple think about when the term 'regular coffee' is used. That is why I specifically indicate caffe Americano when I included espresso. Americanos were invented to accomodate GIs because Italians didn't have "regular coffee" so simulated one by adding hot water to an espresso... and the GI replied,  "That'll work!" :)

Anyway let's forget batch size or any other variation of coffee (like lattes, cappas etc).   I'm talking the standard cup-o-joe plain black coffee.  If that's not the kind of drink you enjoy, them it is pointless to answer because you don't have a point of reference.

For instance,  for me if I had my choice between a cups of coffee of the same desired strength, only differentiated by brew method (and if course its corresponding appropriate grind), I prefer aeropress.

If 90% say pour over then maybe I might give it another try.  I agree that percolator is the absolute worst,  followed by watering down a concentrated brew.
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Posted Sun Oct 6, 2013, 6:50pm
Subject: Re: Which brewing method produces the best coffee?
 

Like everyone said here, its subjective.  Like Rob said, try a bit of each and decide for yourself.  And don't be influenced by a svelte chicky babe with painted on Calvin Kleins who may be your server ... or a fat mama jama with the same.

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Posted Sun Oct 6, 2013, 11:41pm
Subject: Re: Which brewing method produces the best coffee?
 

I'd put it this way: Any brewing method can produce great coffee using high quality, freshly roasted and ground beans, the appropriate brewing temperature, and the right technique. Which coffee you like best depends on your personal preferences.

 
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Posted Mon Oct 7, 2013, 6:57am
Subject: Re: Which brewing method produces the best coffee?
 

z0mbie Said:

True, taste is entirely subjective.  But the question remains. . Which method do *you* think produces the best coffee... and by coffee I am referring to the the drink everyone commonly knows as just coffee.  Not espresso.  Not Vietnamese cafe sua da, Turkish, Armenian or any other concentrated brew which sweetener is added.  Just that delicious drink people think about when the term 'regular coffee' is used. ...

Posted October 6, 2013 link

Now the original question gets narrowed down and becomes personal (*you*).  Better responses may have come from a better thought-out survey question. But to pick one method as being best or always preferred is like asking, "Which would you rather have if you could only pick one, a stovetop or an oven or a microwave?" Sometimes I eat a bowl of cereal with a tablespoon and sometimes with a teaspoon. They each have their place (flakes vs. granola, and I enjoy both and often mix them)

For those with long term experience in coffee with multiple brew methods at hand, I think the question may be considered pointless. "Different" is not necessarily "better" nor worse.  Variety is the spice of life. Sometimes a pot from the Brazen, sometimes a cup from the Espro Press which I prefer over the Aeropress. And then there are issues of situation, economy, volume, roast level, etc.

Probably a matter of fuzzy logic.  
"Why did you make the coffee in the Brazen?"
"Because I just wanted to this morning."

Like if you asked me, "If you could only ever have one specific coffee bean origin, roasted in one way, and brewed by one method, what would you choose?"
I would answer, "Tea."

 
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Posted Mon Oct 7, 2013, 7:20am
Subject: Re: Which brewing method produces the best coffee?
 

I agree with everyone.  It's all you.. What you like best.  For me..

  1. Americano (Sweeter than other brews, all concentrated goodness)
  2. French Press (More body iver espresso)
  3. Pourover (Classic taste)

Depending on my mood and schedule I switch it up all the time but if I had the time to brew all the time this would be my favorite to least out of them all.
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