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The Top 5 Most Convenient Brewing Methods [According to Experts]

In this day and age, many people are too busy to even make their coffee. And while we appreciate complex machines with tons of different functions and features, sometimes we value convenience more than anything else.

The most convenient option of all is to buy your coffee. This, however, has two big disadvantages.

First of all, it is very expensive and depends on where you live (and how much you drink!) It can cost upwards of hundreds of dollars a month. Secondly, you may never find a shop or a barista that makes your coffee exactly how you like it, so you settle.

Well, good news! You don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on coffee every day. And you certainly don’t need to settle for a coffee that doesn’t quite live to your expectations: in this article, we’re presenting you with five different options.

These are convenient brewing methods that are designed to make the best coffee as easily and quickly as possible.

5 Convenient Brewing Methods

Nespresso

Capsule coffee is, without a doubt, one of the most convenient ways to make coffee. Not only that, but it makes espresso, arguably the best shape that coffee can take. It is concentrated, fragrant, and delicious.

Out of all capsule coffee options, Nespresso is the one that has been able to play to the convenient aspect of it.

Anywhere you look, Nespresso beats all competitors’ inconvenience.

For starters, Nespresso machines usually only have one, maybe two buttons. These two buttons allow you to do everything.

You don’t have to learn how to use the machine, because it’s so easy a child could figure it out in a moment.

Then, maintenance of the machine. If you’re ever had an espresso machine, they are an absolute nightmare to take care of.

You must keep them clean, give them a deep clean every once in a while or they will break beyond repair.

Nespresso machines? They let you know when you need to clean them. And if you ignore the alert, they stop working altogether until you clean them.

Convenience extends to other aspects. Take their capsules, for example. The actual coffee you buy.

It is all located on their website and it is the best catalog and the easiest one to shop from on all of the internets. They have the best selection of coffee.

Once you choose what you want, you can also choose your next order. You can get your coffee every month by just setting your order once.

And they also send you a free recycling bag for you to dispose of all your used coffee capsules which they recollect every once in a while.

So not only do they make shopping easy, but they also recycle your garbage for you. How much more convenient can you get, Nespresso?!

Of course, there are downsides. Even though Nespresso is the best in terms of convenience, it is still a very expensive brand and some of their machines don’t let you use any other capsules but theirs, which can be a dealbreaker for a lot of people.

Aeropress

The Aeropress was invented in the 2000s, but it launched into mainstream popularity during the first half of the 2010s. It was a new and exciting way of brewing coffee and it produced results that were very similar to espresso.

In a time when home espresso machines were all the rage, the Aeropress promised the same results (or better) for a fraction of the price and effort. It was a no-brainer.

Sure enough, the Aeropress is incredibly easy to use. It is often compared to the French press because of how similar they can appear at first sight. In terms of difficulty to use it is just above the French press, although it brews coffee in half the time.

So, if the French press is easier to use, how is the Aeropress a more convenient brewing method?

3 reasons: versatility, durability, and ease of cleaning.

While the French press can only really hope to brew one kind of coffee successfully, the Aeropress can do a lot of different coffees without trying too hard.

It can brew espresso coffee as well as pour-over, French press, cold brew, iced coffee, and so on. And, just like the French press, it can be used for tea and infusions as well. It is the most versatile brewing method in existence.

Then comes durability. You will never, ever, come across an invention as convenient as this one. It is made of a special type of plastic that is impervious to extreme temperatures and virtually impossible to break.

Most other home brewing methods Chemex, HarioV60, a French press can only fall one time before they are rendered useless. You always have to be careful with them.

An interesting Article about  Chemex & HarioV60 from Beanpoet.com

The Aeropress? You can throw it down the Grand Canyon and it will be intact whenever you get down there and brew yourself a cup of coffee. You can take it with you anywhere and it will always work perfectly.

Finally, it is probably one of the easiest brewing methods for you to clean.

Cleaning is a big part of making coffee. You want everything to be clean so that it doesn’t mess with the flavor of your coffee later on.

And, truth be told, most brewing methods are quite annoying to clean.

The Aeropress, however, doesn’t have crevices or metal filters, or anything that is usually hard to clean. In fact, in most cases, a simple rinse is all that you need.

Thanks to the smooth surface, nothing sticks to the Aeropress. Of course, a more thorough clean is needed once in a while. But nothing more convenient than simply a rinse.

Moka pot

The Moka pot is something of a wonder. It was invented way back in the 1930s, in Italy, as a way to bring the then-new espresso to Italian homes. It is the precursor of home espresso machines, in many ways.

What is so wonderful about it is that it hasn’t changed at all since its invention and yet it remains one of the easiest, most convenient ways to make espresso at home.

It is immensely popular in many countries, being the most used brewing method by far. This is true of several European countries as well as the majority of Central and South America.

What makes it so great, though?

First of all, the Moka pot is quite inexpensive. It was designed to be made almost completely out of aluminum, which is a cheap yet very durable metal that’s a great heat conductor.

This material is the key to getting this design to work properly. It’s also quite light.

The price alone is one of the main reasons why the Moka pot has, almost literally, conquered some areas of the world.

In relatively poor countries that nevertheless have a very rich coffee culture, the Moka pot is of great importance in people’s lives. This is true of places like Cuba, Colombia, and Brazil.

The Moka pot works similarly to an espresso machine. You have to pour the grounds and tamp them adequately for the coffee to be properly extracted; the result isn’t technically an espresso, but it comes surprisingly close.

Moka pot coffee also tends to have a syrupy quality that’s unique to this brewing method, and there’s a whole movement that appreciates this brewing method not as simply an attempt to recreate espresso but as its own thing.

The Moka pot is very convenient and can brew coffee in just a minute or two. The size of the Moka pot determines how much coffee you can make, with the smallest size only being able to make about one or two shots.

There are much bigger models that can churn out amounts of coffee that would be enough to caffeinate a whole office.

Ibrik

Lastly, we’re going with an unconventional option that many people probably haven’t heard of. Ibrik (and the name changes depending on the country) is perhaps the oldest method for brewing coffee there is. And, ironically, still one of the most convenient ones.

Coffee originated in Africa, but it is thought to have been first consumed in the Middle East. And it was certainly very popular in this region well before Europe discovered the beverage.

The Ibrik, then, is the Middle East’s oldest and most traditional way of brewing coffee. A great number of different countries have adopted it since its invention more than five centuries ago.

Countries like Yemen, Israel, Turkey, and so on see the Ibrik as the default way of preparing coffee.

Now. What exactly is an Ibrik?

It is a pot. This pot has a very long handle which is designed to keep us away from the heat. And, since most Ibriks are made of metal, the length also ensures that the handle itself won’t become too hot to touch.

The shape of the Ibrik itself is also fitting for this type of brewing. The top part of it has a particular shape that allows the coffee to foam up as it brews. And brewing coffee in it is unique.

Ground coffee and water are mixed in the Ibrik, which is then brought to a boil. As it boils, just before it boils over, it is taken off the stove for a short moment. Then, it is made to boil once again and taken off the heat just before it boils over.

After two boils, maybe three, the coffee is ready to be served. And it is served without filtering it. That means that you drink ground coffee!

This type of coffee is unique. It is very thick, almost muddy, and has a very rich and complex flavor. The type of grind used is often referred to as “powder size” and it is even finer in size than an espresso grind.

This is necessary to properly extract the coffee and for the texture to be enjoyable instead of lumpy.

In essence, the Ibrik is just a pot. It is incredibly simple to use and clean. You don’t need any other tools or extra steps: just pour water, ground coffee, and that’s about it. It doesn’t get any simpler and more convenient than that.

This type of coffee is often flavored using spices. You can add cardamom, cinnamon, grated ginger; all of these spices are very common for Ibrik coffee and they often go hand in hand.

In some Middle Eastern countries, simply saying coffee means coffee with spices.

The Ibrik is quite an inexpensive, easy-to-use tool that can easily last decades. It doesn’t have any parts that can be damaged or go missing, it doesn’t depend on any mechanism to work.

It is, perhaps, the most convenient brewing method of the whole list as well as the oldest one.

Convenience is very important to most coffee drinkers, but it’s not all that matters. That’s why we didn’t try to rank these brewing methods, as they are all already quite convenient.

And getting one just because it is the most convenient isn’t the best idea: it all comes down to personal taste.

For example, the Ibrik is more convenient than a Nespresso machine, but it’s not for everybody.

The point of this article is to give you a guide and show you the pros (and thus the cons) of each of these convenient methods for brewing coffee.

It is up to you to decide which one is better for you and which one suits your needs better.