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The Secret Life of Coffee: A Whole Array of Coffee Extraction Methods You’ve Never Heard of

The Secret Life of Coffee: A Whole Array of Coffee Extraction Methods

As a coffee lover, I’m always game to try a new type of brew. At Café de la Mancha they have an array of coffee extraction methods, several of which I had never tried. Needless to say, I was happy to engage in some empirical studies.

First, I tried the Turkish coffee – a thick, strong and potent coffee, slowly heated over a small individual flame, stirring continuously as it heats. The final product is strong, has a little sediment and resembles an espresso with some extra oomph.

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Next up, the Sifon Japones, or Japanese Siphon. Living in Mexico, it’s hard to say what the official name is in English …but if any of my coffee-loving American readers know, share it in the comments below! This style was patented by the Japanese, although it’s a German invention. The coffee is filtered, using paper or cloth. The water has to boil and condense and rise in to the area with the coffee. When the fire is put out, the coffee rains down into the bottom portion. The best coffee for this extraction method is a light or medium roast and a medium grind.

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Last up, I tried the Rok Espresso. A relatively new design from London (2010), it is an espresso style extraction method that uses pressure instead of an electric current. It manually creates a vacuum. The espresso isn’t as intense of a flavor, though it still has a bitter element and highlights the different flavors. This extraction method is best used with a finely ground, medium roast coffee.

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Then we had some great munchies.

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What’s your favorite way to drink coffee? Tell us about it in the comments below. Learn more about Cafe La Mancha here.

Mittie.Roger
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Mittie Roger has been blogging for 5 years; her blog focuses on off the beaten path travel in the Americas. Both a blogger and a social media consultant, Mittie works with writers, brands, and artists of many mediums. Her first book of short stories, Aurora, was published in December of 2013 after its title story, “Aurora”, received second place in the 2012 Richard Bausch contest. Her fiction has also appeared in Our Stories and Monkey Puzzle Literary Magazine and her non-fiction has appeared in Land Rover Magazine, Land Rover Monthly and Fuse. Her most recent publication, These Boots Are Made for Walking: Travel Journal and Workbook, uses creative prompts to get you thinking differently, traveling more and experiencing life.

2 Comments
  • Anonymous
    Posted at 15:37h, 17 April

    Partial to a French Press though though your endorsement I will see about a Aeropress like smooth not bitter cupa

  • Jess Miramontes
    Posted at 16:14h, 15 June

    I found how the Sifon Japonés is called in English: Vacuum coffee maker 🙂

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