How to brew coffee in a cup

What you need to brew coffee in a mug. Brewing temperature and time. The proportions of coffee and water. Recipes for making coffee in a mug.
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If you don't have a coffee maker or even a French press, that's no reason not to have a cup of your favorite coffee. You can brew delicious coffee directly in the cup, which is exactly what coffee tasters do to appreciate the real taste and all the notes of flavor

What you need to brew coffee in a mug.

The whole process of making coffee in a cup takes 3-4 minutes. You will need: your favorite cup, a coffee grinder, 12-15 g of coffee and 200 ml of water at a temperature of 197-203 ° F / 92-95 ° C.

How to brew coffee in a cup.
1. Bring water to a boil and turn off the kettle. Open the lid and leave the kettle for 2-3 minutes. During this time, the water will cool down to the desired temperature of 197-203 ° F / 92-95 ° C.
2. While the water cools down, grind the required amount of coffee
3. Put freshly ground coffee into a mug
4. In a circular motion, evenly wetting the entire surface of the coffee, pour the entire volume of water.
5. We wait four minutes
6. A crust forms on the surface and a little foam that we remove with two spoons.
7. Coffee is ready

  • Coffee grinding and time
    We advise you to experiment with the grind and brewing time of your coffee to find your perfect balance in taste. Start with a coarse grind, so the coffee particles will settle to the bottom faster and the coffee grounds will not interfere with your enjoyment. Then gradually reduce the grind size.
  • Warm up the cup
    Before starting the process, pour boiling water over the cup so that the heat is not wasted on warming up, and the coffee stays hot longer. The water for coffee should be hot but not boiling. Boiling water can adversely affect the taste of the coffee, making it more bitter.
  • Add a pinch of sugar
    If you can't get a filter, add a pinch of sugar during the brewing process, then the grounds will settle faster. Usually only coarse ground coffee causes problems. Very fine grinds, on the contrary, usually accumulate all the coffee at the bottom, and the brewing process goes a little faster.

The proportions of coffee and water for brewing coffee in a mug.

How to drink coffee brewed in a mug?

When you brew coffee in the mug after 4 minutes it will be ready, but the coffee will still be too hot and uncomfortable to drink. Here we have three options.
  • You can leave the coffee in the mug to cool down and take your time to drink it. In this case you should understand that the coffee will continue to brew gradually and the taste of the drink will change. You may get an interesting taste experience.
  • Pour the coffee without residue into another clean, chilled mug.
  • Add milk or cream to taste.
How to brew coffee in a cup

Which coffee, grind and roast should be selected for brewing in a cup.

Pay attention to these points to get a delicious cup of coffee for sure. The taste of the drink depends on the terrain, soil, climate and altitude where the coffee berries grow. For example, Brazil will be denser and more nutty, while Ethiopia will be more citrusy. Look for flavor descriptions on packaging.

Roast and freshness.
Light and medium roasted coffee is best revealed in a cup. But if you like coffee with milk, use a dark roast coffee. The more time passes after roasting, the flatter the taste of the coffee becomes. So try to make your coffee within one month of roasting.
The bag should be opaque to protect the coffee from sunlight. Close the bag carefully to keep the air out. This way the beans will interact less with oxygen and retain their flavor properties longer.
Coffee grinding
This is a very important point. A lot of people think that you need a fine grind for brewing in a cup, but that's not true. You need a coarse grind, why? Because the contact time with water is very long, and that's where the coffee continues to brew. If we have a fine grind in the cup your coffee will over-extract, meaning the coffee will give up too many substances that will bring bitterness to your drink and it won't be balanced.
How to brew coffee in a cup

Here you can find the best light, medium and dark roasted coffee.

A good coffee is one that you like. Don't be afraid to experiment. Try different varieties and proportions, so you can discover all the new shades of flavor.

Methods of brewing coffee in a cup, Brazilian way

This is how coffee is brewed by professional tasters. You need coarse ground coffee (like for a French press). Put ground coffee in a heated cup and pour hot water. Approximate dosage: 8-9 grams of ground coffee beans per 100 ml of water. Brewing coffee takes 4-5 minutes. During this time, the coarse particles float to the surface, forming a "crust" that prevents the liquid from cooling. Before drinking the coffee, you need to use a spoon to remove the "crust" from the cup.

Methods of brewing coffee in a cup, Polish way
Ideal for brewing in the office. To make a drink take a coffee of fine or medium grind. Approximate dosage: 6-7 grams per 100 ml of water.
1. Pour the coffee into a warm cup.
2. If you want a sweet coffee - pour sugar.
3. To taste, you can add spices (cinnamon, cardamom).
4. Pour hot water so that it only slightly covers the ground coffee.
5. Stir vigorously with a spoon for 10-15 seconds.
6. Pour the rest of the water into the cup and stir.
7. Cover the cup with a saucer.
8. Brewing the coffee for 3-4 minutes.
Sugar can be added to the beverage, but then you will have to stir the grounds with a spoon, and it is unpleasant to drink coffee with a suspended weight. The grounds which have been moistened with water are stirred intensively in order to "bloom", to create a crema, and during the brewing process the particles will quickly settle to the bottom.
To prevent spices from floating on the surface of the finished drink, they are mixed with dry ground coffee before water is poured into the cup.

Methods of brewing coffee in a cup, Cuban way
Prepare a large portion of coffee (about 200 g), mostly in a glass cup. The drink should be strong, so per 100 ml of water you need 9-10 g of ground coffee. Cane sugar is used. Brewing the coffee for 3-4 minutes. If desired, 1-2 teaspoons of rum are added to the ready coffee.

Cold brew coffee in a cup

How to brew coffee in a cup
In summer we want cold coffee. It's very easy to make at home:
1. From the evening pour into a cup of ground coffee at the rate of 10 grams per 100 ml of water.
2. Pour the water.
In 12 hours cold coffee is ready, you don't need to dilute it.
4. You can add ice, syrup or milk to taste.
At work, you can make such coffee, if there is a refrigerator or at least a cupboard. At lunchtime or before leaving work, the coffee is poured into a jar with a lid and poured with water. The next day, the drink is ready to drink.
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Making coffee in the microwave

How to brew coffee in a cup
To get a drink of moderate strength you need 6-7 grams of fine or medium grind coffee per 100 ml of water. If possible, it is recommended to pour the coffee into a clean cup after preparation.
1. Pour the coffee into a large heatproof cup.
2. If desired, add sugar and spices.
3. Pour a little cold water, stir intensely for 10-15 seconds.
4. Add cold water. its level should be 3-4 cm below the edge of the cup, stir.
5. Put the cup in the microwave oven.
6. Watch carefully. As soon as the foam approaches the edge of the cup - turn off the microwave, remove the coffee.
7. Cover the cup with a saucer, wait 3-4 minutes.
8. Pour the coffee into a clean, warmed cup.

How to brew coffee in a cup

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You can also use these recipes to brew coffee in a French press. Using a French press makes it easier to separate the coffee grounds from the beverage.
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