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Full Immersion vs. Filter Through

January 24, 2023

Brew Battles: What's your go-to brew? 

people drinking coffee

People all over the world love coffee.  However they don’t necessarily agree on the best way to brew it.  And rightly so.  The method you choose can significantly impact the finished cup's flavour and strength thus leading to widely different results.  Let’s look at two popular brewing methods.  Both have their perks (pun intended). 

Full immersion brewing involves submerging the coffee grounds in water for a short period of time. This method is often used to make French press coffee and cold brew coffee. French press coffee is made by heating water and adding it to a French press pot along with coarsely ground coffee beans. The pot is then left to sit for a few minutes, allowing the coffee to brew. To serve, the plunger is pressed down to separate the brewed coffee from the coffee grounds. Cold brew coffee, on the other hand, is made by steeping coffee grounds in cold water for an extended period of time, usually 12-24 hours. The resulting coffee is less acidic and has a smoother flavour compared to coffee made with hot water.

filter through brewing

Filter through coffee brewing involves pouring hot water over ground coffee beans contained in a filter.  Drip coffee machines and pour over set-ups are two examples of this type of brewing. The hot water flows through the coffee grounds, extracts their flavour, and ends up in a carafe or mug of steaming delight.

Are you among full immersion coffee lovers who choose it for its stronger, bolder flavour?  Then French press coffee is a great option for you.  Check out our custom press which is considered to be one of the best French press coffee makers on the market.  Or are you a fan of filter through coffee, passionate about its typically lighter and more delicate taste?  For you, we recommend Chemex brewing, a popular method known for producing a clean and flavourful cup of coffee.


coffee press and beans

And when it comes to finding the perfect coffee beans, choosing a reputable and high-quality coffee roaster is key. If you're in Canada, check out the best coffee roaster in the country (aka Road Coffee 🙂).  Our locally roasted beans make excellent full immersion and filter through coffees. Go-to filter favourites include Ethiopia, Guatemala, and Costa Rica.  If you're looking for a full immersion coffee, try our Ignition, Myanmar, or Asphalt for a darker roast. 

Ultimately, where you land in the full immersion vs. filter through brew battle is a matter of personal preference. Both methods have their own unique characteristics and produce delicious coffee.  Be adventurous!  Try them both.  Experiment with different methods, beans, and roasters until you discover your perfect coffee brew.

It’s your happy place in a cup - no debate there!