If you're reading this blog, you probably love coffee, and drink a lot of it every day. Everybody has their own way to make coffee but there are only 3 ways to do it perfectly:
2. Hawaiian method
First get some good coffee -- kona coffee is one of the best in the world. Use 1 tbsp. per 6 oz. cup of coffee. Grind right before you brew. Grind fairly fine. Some people use a medium - coarse grind. Cold water.
Get some good coffee -- kona coffee is one of the best in the world. Grind for drip using 1 tbsp. per 6 oz. cup of coffee. Pour cold water into a pan. Add the ground coffee. Bring it to an almost-boil -. wait until it the first bubble breaks through the coffee grounds floating on top of the water. Take the pan off the heat and stir once. Wait five minutes. Strain into your coffee pot using a sieve and paper towel or paper coffee filter.
It costs sooo much money to get an adequate espresso machine for home use that you should just forget about it. To have an awesome espresso you need to produce the ever-important crema. What's crema you might ask? Here goes: (stolen from another coffee site)
"Your espresso should have a thick, brownish layer on top, the crema coating. If this coating fails to cover the entire top of the cup at least an eighth of an inch thick (who measures?), there was insufficient pressure during the brewing process. Crema is more sought after in the coffee world than any other aspect of the discipline. Once you have it, you have it always, for that machine anyway! As usual and as I have mentioned, you are at the mercy of the elements hence you may need to pack the grounds tighter, grind the beans finer, or get a machine that produces more pressure. Any rituals or religious observations come in very handy at this point."
That's crema. It usually has everything to do with the machine in terms of getting enough pressure. It costs big bucks to get the right machine. If the salesperson can make a great cup of espresso with crema, sell your car and buy the machine. Then buy a good grinder. Then …
I can't go on. It costs too much money. Just make Drip or Hawaiian's method. You'll be happy.