Boiled Coffee

Boiled coffee is a way of brewing coffee by infusions, such as the French press or cold brew coffee. The difference with these methods is that to prepare boiled coffee, we pour the ground coffee into the (almost) boiling water and not the other way around (incorporate the water into the coffee).

Some traditional brews of boiled coffee are, for example, Turkish coffee, coffee in the sand, or the famous pot coffee. Of course, brewing boiled coffee is also an excellent way to make coffee without a coffee maker.

There are many recipes for boiled coffee, but the way it is made is essentially the same. We are going to stop right at that primary process to make it known and to clear up some of the most frequent doubts our readers have about this traditional type of coffee.

What is boiled coffee?

The boiled coffee is a preparation method we would say that secular, very old, and that continues to be very popular in some areas of the world. It can have certain similarities with the pot coffee, of which we have already spoken on our web.

If we wanted to be simple, we would say that boiled coffee is just mixing coffee and boiling water. However, the variations are multiple and affect the final result categorically: at what moment the coffee is served, we use more or less ground coffee, how thick the coffee must be, how long we leave it in the water to infuse. All these are parameters that will differentiate one boiled coffee from another, making no preparation equal to another.

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In the following sections, we are going to describe each one of these variables:

What water do we use?

More than in other preparation methods, boiled coffee takes a large part of the flavour of the water with which it is made. So we advise you always to use mineral water and as neutral as possible. You know that even between different brands of mineral water, there can be differences in taste.

Water temperature

The coffee should never be poured into boiling water but rather “just after boiling.” That is, remove the water from the fire, wait a few seconds, and then pour the ground coffee to infuse.

Logically, the longer you wait, the colder the water will be. The bitterest flavours will be extracted with the hottest water, so this is a parameter that you can also control.

Another possibility is to use tap water but previously purified with a Brita pitcher.

The thickness of the grinding

Puchero coffee, for example, is made with a slightly coarse grind. To make boiled coffee, you can use any ground coffee. The finer it is, the more surface of the coffee will be in contact with the water, and therefore the more bitter and intense the taste will be.

Turkish coffee, which is not filtered, is a type of boiled coffee made with a practically powder-like grind.

Boiling time

It also happens in other methods of infusion of coffee, such as the French press. The longer it spends in the water, the more oils will be extracted from the coffee, and therefore the result will be more bitter and with more caffeine.

How is boiled coffee made?

  1. We put water to boil. You only have to use the necessary water for the coffee you are going to consume.
  2. Just at the boiling point, remove it from the fire.
  3. Pour the ground coffee. The ratio can be one large spoonful per cup, but this is something that must be adjusted to the taste of the consumer.
  4. Cover with a cloth for a few minutes (you can try with 3 or 4 to start, but this is another variable that you will have to adjust to your taste, as we explained before).
  5. Finally, strain the coffee to remove the coffee grounds and serve it immediately.

But, Is boiled coffee a bad one?

Not necessarily. But it is always a good idea to filter it well to prevent the grounds and diterpenes from passing into the beverage you are going to drink.

It is also not recommended to drink it from one day to the next because the bitterness increases with the time that the coffee is in contact with the water. All infused coffees should be drunk at the moment, and any excess amount should be discarded.

Coffee boiler, which one do I buy?

It is not necessary to buy a specific type of coffee to make boiled coffee. It is advisable to buy the coffee beans we like the most and grind them ourselves at home. In this way, you will be able to try different milling thicknesses, which will affect the final taste of the coffee until you find the one you like the most.

For this reason, we do not recommend buying pre-ground packaged coffee. You will not be able to play with this variable of the thickness of the grind.

Scandinavian boiled coffee

Boiled coffee is a method that is widely used in Scandinavian countries, especially in Norway and Sweden. For this reason, it is also known as Scandinavian-type boiled coffee. And it is also a different preparation, as they add an unusual extra ingredient to the coffee of a lifetime. Do you want to know about it?

Ingredients for making Scandinavian boiled coffee

  • Coldwater.
  • Boiling water.
  • Ground coffee.
  • A raw egg.

How Scandinavian coffee is made (with egg, yes)

As in all boiled coffee, the first thing we’re going to do is put the water to boil. Meanwhile, let’s mix in a bowl or a deep dish the following:

  • A large spoonful of ground coffee for each cup we are going to drink. That is, if we are going to make four cups, then we put four tablespoons.
  • In the same way, we put as many small spoonfuls of cold water as we are going to drink cups.
  • And the raw hole.

We must stir well this peculiar mixture of cold water, ground coffee, and cold water (cold water only serves to help bind the other two ingredients, do not worry).

Next, add the mixture to the boiling water in the pot. Let it boil for three minutes, take it off the heat and immediately add a glass of cold water to cut the boil.

Finally, strain it well (you should serve us a kitchen filter of the fines) and serve it directly in a cup. What do you think?