I’ve worked as a barista, I come from a family of coffee drinkers, and I react well to it.
I’m also a huge nerd, so when I’m into something, I really get into it.
As a result, I know about 20 different methods/traditions of preparing coffee.
I’ve yet to find a better one than this very simple method, which also doesn’t require any special equipment.
Boil a pot of water. I like to use clean water, which means either filtered or spring, but it’s up to you.
Once it is boiling, pour in the coffee grounds, and stir. Llet it come to a boil again.
As soon as it starts boiling again, turn it off. Coffee grounds will be floating on top. Let it sit for about 5 minutes, until they drop to the ground.
If I have a strainer, I usually strain it into another pot, otherwise it can be poured into a cup.
Some grounds will remain, but they settle to the bottom of the cup, kind of like Turkish style.
That’s it! Cream and sugar optional.
This method provides maximum flavor and substances extraction without overcooking the coffee.
You can also add milk and spices during the cooking process, for a chai-like experience.
All the usual suspects are good: cinnamon, nutmeg, cayenne, ginger, clove, etc.
If you’re going for that chai flavor star anise and cardamom are really helpful.
Thanks! I was really struggling with the spice list for this comment, writing it right before going to bed after an all-nighter :)