Coffee Time Can Be Anytime With An Online Coffee Course

Admit it. You can't get your day started without your morning cup of joe. But you also spend a fortune on expensive coffee drinks and way too much time idling in your car at the local drive-thru coffee shop. Do you have a kitchen full of coffee blends and brewing gadgets but still can't duplicate the coffee experience you crave? Or maybe you yearn to be a barista serving up artistic masterpieces to java-loving customers. Whatever your reasons, you can acquire the necessary knowledge and brewing skills by simply sitting at your computer. From roasting the beans to learning the latest brewing techniques to learning how to appreciate a perfect cup of coffee, you can find a convenient online coffee class. In this post, you'll learn about the types of brewing, which you can use in your kitchen or your coffee shop.

Decoction brewing

In decoction brewing, ground coffee is placed in boiling water to extract the flavor. It is likely the oldest method of extraction brewing. Boiling water is poured into a cup filled with ground coffee. As the coffee cools the grounds sink to the bottom and the extraction is poured off and served either black or with cream and sugar. Simple decoction brewers consist of two chambers on top of each other. Coffee is placed in the top container, which acts as a filter as the boiling water is poured through and ends up in the bottom container.

Infusion brewing

Brewing through infusion uses steeping to extract the coffee from the grounds. The most common steeping method is the French press. Ground coffee is placed in a cup and a plunger is used to squeeze the coffee against the bottom of the cup. After a few minutes, the liquid is poured off and served.

Gravitational feed brewing

This type of coffee brewing is the most common type found in most homes and coffee shops. It is what is used in automatic drip coffee makers and percolators. Ground coffee is placed in a filter basket and heated water is run through or percolated through the coffee and caught in a decanter or body of the percolator.

Pressurized percolation brewing

If you have or use an espresso machine you are familiar with this brewing method. It uses pressure to percolate hot water through the finely ground coffee. The pressure extracts more of the flavor and other coffee compounds than other brewing methods, making a slightly thicker, stronger, more caffeinated coffee. It is typically served in three layers — the crema (foamy top layer), the body, and the heart (the bitter part that settles to the bottom).

So if you'd like to learn the fine art of brewing using these methods, whether for your own enjoyment or serving others, you can sign up for one of the many coffee courses presented online — such as with New Jersey Coffee School. There are many available for different skill levels and that will generally let you learn at your own pace.