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What is Drip Coffee?

What is Drip Coffee?

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Drip coffee is one of the most popular coffee types. It’s widely loved for home brewing in particular as it’s quick and relatively easy to make, but what is drip coffee exactly? Keep reading to find out all you need to know about the beverage including where it came from to the flavours you can expect to find in your mug.

What is drip coffee?

Drip coffee is made by pouring boiling water over ground coffee (the grind of which being much coarser than espresso). A filter that is typically made from paper separates the grounds from the brewed liquid which allows the water to pass through and fall into a pot or jug. However, you can now also get coffee pots which are especially for drip coffee brewing or electric options which you can set timers on so you can choose what time it’s made.

When it comes to serving drip coffee it’s generally done in a mug and can be drunk black or with milk and sugar to taste.

Drip coffee

What is cold drip coffee?

Cold drip coffee isn’t as well-known as it’s hot counterpart, but it’s still becoming a noteworthy addition to the coffee world. With this preparation method you’ll need a cold drip apparatus or a drip tower, which is usually made up of three glass containers that allows the iced water to slowly drip over the freshly ground coffee. The coffee will then absorb each drip of the water and this drops into another container at the bottom of the tower. It’s a very long way to make coffee and can take anywhere between 3.5 – 12 hours, depending on how much of it you want to make.

In comparison to other brewing methods such as cold brew coffee, cold drip is much stronger with a richer and fuller body. In addition, it can also be shorter to make than cold brew and uses less coffee grounds.

Coffee Drip With Ice

What does drip coffee taste like?

Drip coffee is clean-bodied with a rounder, more simplistic flavour profile. It’s often praised due to its mellow and less intense flavour as it’s less concentrated than espresso.

Water Poured Into Coffee Drip

Origin of drip coffee

The brewing type was first developed in 19th century France and quickly became the most popular way to prepare coffee. It involved putting ground coffee into a container between two chambers of a pot and adding heated water to the top chamber, the coffee was then percolated and dripped down through the coffee into the bottom serving receptacle.

One of the biggest developments in drip coffee came in 1908 when a German woman called Amalie Auguste Melitta Bentz invented the first coffee filter. She soon patented her paper filter and established the Melitta company and eventually created the cone shaped filter you’re familiar with today.

Breakfast With Drip Coffee

So, there you have it! Now you know what drip coffee is and where it came from. Want to learn about more coffee types? Find out what a cappuccino is next.

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