Want to make the best coffee at home? Here’s how to make coffee 6 ways: pour over, French press, cold brew, espresso and more!

How to make coffee

Over here at A Couple Cooks, we are unashamedly coffee obsessed. And it’s not about caffeine (really!). It’s that cozy feeling you get when you’re holding a warm, fragrant cup and embrace the promise of a new day. Since research seems to indicate that drinking coffee is A-OK (as long as you’re not overdosing), we are 100% passionate about sharing the love of a great cup of joe. Here’s how to make coffee at home: 6 different ways!

The journey toward great coffee

I first got into coffee while studying in Spain. In my university building in Madrid, there was a little cafe that served café con leche. The flavor was incredibly strong, perfect mixed with the creamy milk and sugar: and it was the best I’d ever tasted. Café con leche was my gateway to trying espresso: that astringent dark bitter liquid in a tiny cup. On our honeymoon to Rome and the Amalfi Coast in Italy, Alex and I drank espresso with breakfast in bed, and at a little Roman cafes with a pastry.

Alex and I brought back our new European coffee habit to the US, mainly drinking dark roast coffee like the Italian espresso that we loved. After a few years, our coffee tastes changed when we met our neighbors, Sarah and Andy of Blue Mind Roasting. They taught us about the nuanced flavor of craft medium roast and light roast coffee. At first, light roast tasted oddly floral and almost like tea! But after starting to drink their light roast and medium roast coffees, we began to appreciate the unique flavors of single origin beans. We’ve been making this coffee in our Chemex every morning ever since. Keep reading for how we learned to make the best cup of coffee.

And now…how to make coffee!

After years of cultivating a passionate love for brewing, we’ve perfected all our favorite methods. Here are our top 6 ways of how to make coffee: pour over, French press, cold brew, Moka pot, Aeropress, and espresso. Ready to get started?

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Iced coffee

How to Make Coffee (Hot or Cold!)

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: Varies


Here are all the best methods for how to make coffee: hot or cold! 


  • Coffee beans
  • Water


  1. Pourover coffee: Go to Perfect Pour Over Coffee
  2. French press: Go to French Press Coffee
  3. Cold brew: Go to Cold Brew Coffee (or French Press Cold Brew).
  4. Iced coffee: Go to Iced Coffee (or Chemex Iced Coffee or French Press Iced Coffee).
  5. Espresso: Go to How to Make Espresso (or French Press Espresso). 
  6. Moka pot: Go to Moka Pot Coffee
  7. Aeropress: Go to Aeropress Coffee
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Coffee
  • Cuisine: Coffee
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: How to make coffee

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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  1. Wow, never knew there were so many ways to do my coffee lol. Definitely going to give those a shot and will report back!