For coffee lovers, there is always a push to brew a better cup of coffee. Some want to replicate that perfect cup from their local coffee shop, and others might want to impress their loved ones with their coffee brewing skills. 

Maybe that means learning the best techniques or having the most expensive gadgets. However, the co-owner of Little Waves Coffee Shop, says,

The perfect cup of coffee is the one you enjoy.

Areli Barrera de Grodski

Let’s take a look at some of the most popular ways to brew coffee at home and help you discover the one that aligns most with your preferences.

Pour over coffee 

The consensus is that the pour over method is the best way to brew coffee at home. The pour over method is when the coffee grounds are put into a paper that lines either a ceramic, metal, or plastic dome dripper. Set the dripper inside some kind of carafe. Then pour hot water over the dripper in circles, allowing the coffee to brew evenly as it drips into the carafe. 

This method is considered one of the top methods because it allows for an even extraction of all the coffee grinds. This gives coffee drinkers an intense, flavorful brew.

French Press

The French Press provides an easy-to-brew, consistent cup of coffee. Having been around since the 1920s, it is classic and reliable. Right up there with a pour over coffee with most coffee drinkers. 

To use a French Press, you fill the coffee cup in the press with grounds, add hot water, press, and wait. A few tips from Stumptown coffee on how to make an excellent French Press cup. Saturate the grounds and make sure there are no dry spots. After a minute, stir it with a wooden spoon to break up the crust, then fill the rest of the way with hot water. After four minutes, press it and then pour into a carafe right away.

Cold brew coffee

Cold Brew is a great money saving method for making coffee. It’s different than iced coffee because you brew ice coffee hot, then poured over ice. You steep cold brew in room temperature water for 10-20 hours. It also comes out much less bitter than other coffee. So, if cold coffee is your deal–you might consider making batches of cold brew at home.

To make cold brew, you’ll need coffee ground at the most coarse setting. You should use ¼ cup of coffee for every 1 cup of water. Add the coffee to the water in a pitcher and stir periodically at room temperature. Leave it for 12 hours overnight or all day. Filter it in the morning, add ice and any fix ins. You can also dilute it with up to 50% water. 

AeroPress coffee

AeroPress coffee makers are portable, convenient and easy to use. Think of it as an espresso maker, drip coffee maker, and French press, all rolled into one! Skip the bitterness and acidity and brew rich, flavorful coffee wherever you are.


This is a gadget you can buy to brew coffee. It’s like a streamlined French Press that can travel with you. Nice if you’re into the coffee gadgets or travel often. And many people really like these, one reviewer wrote,

So simple to use. I brought it backpacking, and it was the best cup of coffee I’ve ever had in the backcountry.


Drip coffee

Drip coffee is the most standard cup of coffee. It imitates what pour over coffee does, but in a convenient coffee maker that you can just fill up and press a button. Easy, quick, consistent, and convenient for most people. It’s definitely a staple in most homes and makes a great cup of coffee.

They have even turned it into a single serve method with the ever popular Keurig coffee makers.  

Whatever your cup of tea (I mean coffee) is, there is no wrong way to brew coffee. Unless, of course, you measure wrong.

I’m definitely going to try the cold brew method at home. What method of coffee making is your favorite? Let me know in the comments. And subscribe for more great food and drink tips!