5 Cost-Effective Ways Of Making Great Tasting Coffee At Home

Have you ever wished your morning coffee at home was as good as the coffee shop? But you looked at the prices for an espresso machine and nearly fainted.

Well, look no further. Below I will go through the most cost-effective devices for making an excellent and delicious coffee at home, ranging from £10 to £50 (the prices are correct as of the time of writing, but they will be around the same prices).

Disclaimer: These will make a great cup of coffee, they won’t make a ‘grande caramel macchiato with extra vanilla’, though you can add whatever flavourings you like to them.

A few notes on what you need for all of these;

Coffee Beans – For the beans themselves, there are too many variations to go into here, we will explore these at a later date. For now, get a bag of something you like the look of and explore the world of coffee. Just check if they are ground or whole bean…

Grind – You will need ‘ground’ coffee beans for all of the brew styles. Now, you can get pre-ground coffee, or whole bean and grind them yourself. Grinders vary in price, but I definitely recommend picking one up if you can, even start with a low cost and upgrade when you can. The ability to grind the beans ‘fresh’ makes the flavours pop so much better, and you will notice the difference immediately. If this isn’t possible for now, get some pre-ground coffee, it can be a good way of experimenting with different options with ease.

This is all you need to get started. There are other things that can help boost your brewing game, such as water filters and goose-neck kettles, but we are all about getting off the mark here, and those can come later.

Ok, Let’s get started!

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1. Hario V60

The Hario V60 is the cheapest and probably the easiest to use of all the brewing methods, which makes a fantastic cup home brewed of coffee. A plastic funnel, which you place a filter paper into, followed by your coffee. Then the small funnel can be placed directly on top of a drinking vessel and brew straight into the cup. Or, if you have the ‘size 2’ option (or 2-3 cup size) you can pop it over anything else to distribute the coffee later.

Cost
Hario V60 £9.00 (for Size 2)
Pack of 100 Filters £4.50 (NB more Eco-friendly reusable filters are available).


Time to Brew
3 – 5 Minutes


Taste
Clean and smooth. The paper filters take some of the oils and sediment away giving a crisp, slightly sharp flavor.


Fun Fact
The name ‘V60’ refers to the shape and the angle of the sides of the ‘V’.

Buy it HERE

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2. French Press

The French Press, the classic and most recognizable of the home brewing coffee styles. Developed as a way of filtering the grinds out of the water, this style creates a ‘thicker’ coffee than the ‘pour-over’ methods of the Hario and Chemex options. Chances are you will have seen a French Press or Cafetiere as it’s also called, before. It takes a little longer to make, due to using a coarser grind of coffee which needs slightly longer to brew, but the resulting coffee is a rich and bold. It also has the advantage of not needing filters as it has a metal filter built into the plunger.

Cost
A Bodum 4-Cup French Press £15.00


Time to Brew
3 – 5 Minutes


Taste
Heavier and Bolder due to the metal filter, which let’s more sediment through.


Fun Fact
Despite the name, the design as we know it was patented in 1929 by an Italian Attilio Calimani.

Buy it HERE

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3. Clever Dripper

The Clever Dripper is a hybrid of the Hario V60 and a French Press. It consists of a V-Shape top with a paper filter but has a stopper system in the base which allows it to hold the Coffee inside it. The stopper allows it to brew for longer, rather than just drop straight through. By doing this you are getting the ‘filter’ effect of the paper, along with the brewing time of a French Press. As such it has a stronger flavour but with a lighter feel.

Cost
A Clever Dripper costs £20.00
A Pack of 100 filters £3.55

Time to Brew
3-5 Minutes


Taste
A clean taste with a strong flavour.

Fun Fact
Possibly the least known brewing style, but also one of the most popular and well-reviewed out of all the options.

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4. Aeropress

The Aeropress is a little different to all the other options. This little device uses a piston and human power, to force water through the coffee grinds to create a smaller, more intense coffee. The coffee is close, but not quite, an espresso (though some would argue it is damn close!). Once done, you can add some hot water to create a coffee which is more customized to your preference. This method is a great way of getting a stronger coffee, and also could be used to recreate a Latte or Cappuccino if you use a milk frother as well.

Cost
An Aeropress comes with everything, including filters, for £25.00

Time to Brew
3 – 5 Minutes


Taste
The initial brew is a stronger, more intense flavour, which you can dilute to your preference.

Fun Fact
People have created many variations on making this, the ‘inverted’ method being one of the most popular.

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5. Chemex

A Chemex may sound like a chemistry experiment, and you wouldn’t be far off. Developed by Chemist, Peter Schlumbohm, the Chemex is a large glass beaker which a paper filter is placed into, similar to the Hario V60, and the coffee is filtered down into the beaker. This method creates the cleanest cup of all the methods, something you can visibly see in the resulting liquid if you compared it to a French Press brew.

Cost
A 6-Cup Chemex is £40.00
A Pack of 100 Filters £9.98

Time to Brew
3 – 5 Minutes


Taste
Very Clean and Light due to the filtering process.


Fun Fact
It is featured in the MOMA (Museum Of Modern Art) in New York due to its unique design, and described by design author Ralph Caplan as ‘A synthesis of logic and madness’.

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So there you have it, the Top 5 cost-effective methods of making coffee at home. I will be doing step by step walk-through on how to do each of the methods in the future, let me know in the comments which one you would like to see first!

I hope you found this helpful and informative, and if you end up getting any of them, let me know how you found the resulting brews and which coffees you used!

For all things, Coffee and Bourbon related, keep an eye on my other posts HERE

Til Next Time,
Nik W

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