How To Make Different Types of Coffee

The question is as old as coffee itself; what’s the best way to have my morning cup of coffee? Coffee snobs, early-risers, and night-owls will all have their answers, but for the casual coffee drinker, there are many things to consider. The world of coffee is enormous, and with so many choices, it's hard not to get overwhelmed.

Thankfully, you don’t have to make your decision alone! We’ve put together a list of some of the most popular coffee drinks, as well as some unique choices for the more adventurous among us.

Between traditional black coffee, light and sweet lattes and mochas, and rich, decadent Turkish coffee, there’s a choice out there for everyone. Try making some of the coffees described below, and find out what cup of joe fits your tastes.

Black Coffee

First on the list is arguably the simplest form of our favorite drink; black coffee. From coffee’s first, legendary discovery in Ethiopia, black coffee has long been the easiest and most accessible form of coffee to drink.

Black coffee can be made with only ground coffee beans and hot water, but there are several different machines and methods out there. In the US, the drip coffee method is the most popular, but if you want help choosing the best coffee-making device for you, try our Guide to Choosing The Right Coffee Machine. For this method, we will use a drip coffee machine.

What You’ll Need

  • A Drip Coffee Machine
  • Ground Coffee
  • Water

Method

  1. Start by filling your coffee machine with water; tap water will do just fine! The amount of water will depend on the machine, so follow the directions that come with it.
  1. Place your filter in the machine. Choose the filter that will fit your device correctly, and for best results, try to find filters made of oxygen-bleached or dioxin-free paper.
  1. Grind and measure out your coffee. Your favorite Amora Coffee blends are shipped as whole beans or pre-ground, though we recommend fresh ground coffee for the best taste. Measure out 1 tablespoon for every 6 oz. of water you plan on using.
  1. Press “Brew” and wait. That’s it! Your coffee will be ready for you to enjoy in moments.

Espresso

Next on our list is the famous espresso. The espresso is considered the most popular coffee drink globally, and for a good reason. Brewing an espresso concentrates the caffeine, making for a more robust cup of coffee in a smaller package. Espresso shots are also the base for many popular coffee drinks, making this little cup of liquid one of the most valuable coffee methods out there.

Making espresso requires a machine, which can be difficult for some people, but there are affordable options out there, such as the Moka Pot, which we will use in our method.

What You’ll Need

  • A Moka Pot
  • Finely Ground Coffee
  • Water

Method

  1. Fill the bottom of the Moka Pot with water until the water is just below the small valve. During the brewing process, the water will boil and be pushed up through the coffee grounds.
  1. Fill the Moka Pot chamber to the top with Amora’s Espresso blend, and press down lightly. Using finely ground coffee extracts the rich, full flavors that make espresso so popular.
  1. Screw the Moka Pot back together and place it on the stovetop with the lid flipped open. Watch until the coffee begins to bubble up through the spout.
  1. When the stream of coffee starts to get light brown, take it off the heat and close the lid. Let it sit for a few minutes before enjoying!

Lattes and Mochas

Beyond a simple cup of coffee or the super-powered shot of espresso, lattes and mochas are a great way to get your daily coffee fix. These drinks are the classic combination of coffee and milk and are surprisingly similar to each other.

Both start with a shot of espresso, followed by steamed milk and topped off with a layer of foamed milk on top. If you stop there, you have your latte, but if you add in some chocolate, there’s your mocha!

The only extra equipment you might need is a milk frother, but if you don’t have one, you can whisk or blend the milk to create the signature foam. If you can make an espresso, you can make both of these drinks at home!

What You’ll Need

  • A Moka Pot
  • Finely ground coffee
  • Water
  • Milk, or milk substitute
  • A milk frother
  • A small saucepan or pot

Latte Method

  1. Start by making a shot of espresso, following the directions for espresso above.
  1. While your espresso is brewing, heat a cup of your milk in a small pot on the stovetop. Once the milk is steamed, give it a quick spin with your frother to create a foam on top.
  1. Pour your espresso shot into your coffee cup, and slowly pour the frothed milk over top of it. You want to make sure you pour slowly so the foam comes last.
  1. Let the drink cool for a few minutes before enjoying!

Mocha Method

  1. To make a mocha, start with steps 1 and 2 from the “Latte Method.”
  1. Before pouring your espresso into your coffee cup, add your chocolate flavoring. For a sweeter mocha, try a splash of chocolate syrup. For a more nuanced chocolate flavor, try some cocoa powder! It’s all up to you.
  1. Finish the rest of the steps from the latte method, and enjoy your mocha.

Turkish Coffee

Rounding out our list of coffee is the flavorful, full-bodied Turkish coffee. This coffee is the most difficult to brew on our list, but the results are well worth the effort.

Said to be developed in the early 1500s, Turkish coffee uses a unique brewing vessel, called an “ibrik,” or “cezve,” depending on who you ask.

For the actual experience, Turkish coffee is served in specialized Turkish coffee cups made of thin porcelain to keep the coffee hot. Luckily, you can still make Turkish coffee at home with the pots and pans in your kitchen! The method we use here is based on this authentic recipe.

What You’ll Need

  • An ibrik, or small saucepan
  • Finely ground coffee
  • Ground cardamom
  • Sugar to taste

Method

  1. Boil about a cup of water in your saucepan. If you would like a slightly sweeter drink, boil the water with about a teaspoon of sugar.
  1. Take the water off the stove, and add your coffee and cardamom. Boil the coffee again until it foams, and take it off the heat.
  1. Boil the mixture one more time until it foams, and remove it from heat. Pour into your cup and serve with a side of traditional Turkish delight!

When it comes to coffee, your choices are almost endless. Any of these coffee recipes can be tweaked, updated, and switched around to fit your tastes.

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