Coffee is a language in itself. ― Jackie Chan
Coffee comes in many different forms. When you think about drip coffee, you think about your parents. When you think about a macchiato, you think of Starbucks. But what about the other types of coffee? Well, there are many ways to make coffee, and here are 8 of my favorite different and delicious ways to enjoy 'em!
Note: These are espresso focused drinks, but can be made in many different ways.
If You Want to Put the Milk Aside
Milk makes most things taste good, but sometimes coffee is best enjoyed in its 'natural' form. There are so many ways to make it, and over time I have become a big fan of black coffee! Here are a few ways to make it at home, especially when the local café is closed.
When it comes to making coffee, you don't usually think about the word 'stovetop' or 'percolator'. Well, it is actually quite common in many countries and has become quite popular in recent years. It is relatively inexpensive, especially when you can't afford a brand new espresso machine.
Biatelli is the iconic brand for stovetop espresso (also known as a Moka Pot), and they are probably the best at it! They are super easy to use, but you will need a little bit of time in the morning to make it. Essentially, you put water in the lower part of the percolator, and your ground coffee in the cup filter in the center of the container. All you have to do is turn on the stove and let it sit until it starts steaming out of the top! You will see the coffee flow to the top and you get to poor it fresh from the stove. It will be relatively hot, and make sure to not let it sit too long or have the heat set too high; you will burn the coffee. It has amazing taste and you can add anything to it when you are done! Here's a great tutorial on Moka Pots:
Note: This is espresso, not drip coffee. You will otherwise have jitters for a while due to too much caffeine.
Another great way to make coffee at home is to make cold brew coffee. You will need around 24 hours to make it, but the quantity you make is unlimited, and can last you all week! You do not need a machine, and it is probably the cheapest way to make coffee. It is called cold brew because there is no heat when making it, not because it is served cold. Hot cold brew is actually great, especially for Irish Coffee! Instead of explaining it, I will show you my favorite video on how to make it:
The americano has been an all-time favorite in the mornings when I don't want dairy. It relatively quick to make and only requires espresso and hot water! You can add whatever you like to the drink, but sometimes it is best to just serve as nature intended. Also, don't forget it can be served cold over ice, which makes a refreshing drink during the summer!
This is likely the most well-known and trendy drip coffee method in recent years. I personally use the Fellow Stagg EKG Kettle and Chemex Coffeemaker (like many others) and I have become fond of pour over's quality. You can use any bean and it takes only 10-15 minutes to make. The process itself can actually be pretty relaxing in the morning, and is a great way to start the day. Here is a great video to get an idea of how to use it:
For the Milk Fans
I must confess, cappuccinos, have been a life-long favorite. They can be harder to make than a latte, but they have variety and great taste. You can have them hot, cold, wet, or dry, and the amount of milk is always up to you! Here is a good article going over the cappuccino.
The term macchiato has been slightly washed out by Starbuck's latte macchiato, but it is becoming more and more popular in America. Instead of large portions of milk and espresso on top, a macchiato is espresso with a small portion of milk and/or froth on top. It is nice for people who love the taste of coffee and espresso but like a little milk here and there. You can use both cold and hot milk (they do both in Italy). The term in Italian actually means 'stained', which makes sense if you think about it.
An antoccino is also a good drink for macchiato fans. It is essentially the same as a macchiato, but is a 1:1 ratio, while macchiatos usually have more espresso than milk.
For those who want a tad more milk, the cortado is the one for you. Often called a less foamy cappuccino, it is espresso with a larger amount of steamed milk.
At the end of the day, espresso drinks are simply divided based on different steamed milk and froth proportions. Over time you will find what variations you like and can one day name your own drink!
Hopefully you found something that interests you. You can now go out and try them! For some additional info, here's a Wikipedia Article on all the types of coffee if you would like to see the proper proportions, or see all the other kinds I didn't get to!