I have a friend that loves coffee but doesn’t make it at home. Well, I have several friends that fit that description. They spend a lot of money in coffee shops. For them, making coffee is too much work. Trying to convince them that using an AeroPress or the Bonavita Dripper is easy is a lost cause. They want easy and self-identify as lazy.
This got me thinking about what coffee brewing methods are the easiest. They are not going to buy a grinder or anything that takes up counter space reminding them they are lazy. It needs to be as easy as possible, while at the same time tasting good enough to viably compete with the coffee shop.
I dug through the INeedCoffee archives to uncover the best coffee brewing methods for the lazy coffee drinker. Here they are.
#1 New Generation Instant Coffee
Instant coffee has changed a lot in recent years. It has gotten a lot better. This market is no longer just for legacy bland-tasting blends. Companies such as Sudden Coffee and Joe Coffee Company are making flavorful coffees – including high-quality single-origin offerings such as instant coffee.
The new generation of instant coffee is not cheap but compared to going to the coffee shop, you’ll save time and money. Our article Next Generation Instant Coffee Reviews highlights two companies that make outstanding instant coffees.
#2 Steeped Coffee
There are far fewer tea shops than coffee shops. One reason is likely that making tea at home is so easy that justifying a daily or multiple times per day habit is going to be more difficult. Steeped Coffee leveraged that fact and developed a coffee that you brew tea-bag style. Just add hot water, steep it, and then remove the coffee bag.
See our article Camping Showdown: Steeped Coffee vs The Bripe Coffee Pipe for more info. Just avoid the Bripe Coffee Pipe, which might be the worst coffee brewer ever.
#3 Liquid Pod Coffee
Pod-brewer such as Keurig makes brewing coffee easy, but they aren’t great. Plus they take up counter space. There are also concerns about bacteria and mold, should they not be regularly cleaned. Most people will clean their coffee gear, but this article is for the lazy coffee drinker. It needs to be easier.
Well, Caffè di Artisan solved the problem. They created concentrated coffee pod capsules. Now you don’t even need a machine. And because you can put the coffee pods in a drawer, no counter space is needed. Caffè di Artisan makes coffees for all types of coffee drinkers. Just add hot water or cold water if you want an iced coffee experience.
Caffè di Artisan Coffee Capsules
#4 Cold Brew Coffee
Even though cold brew coffee might not initially seem like something a lazy coffee drinker would make, I included it on the list, because if you make enough at one time, you may only need to brew cold brew once a week.
Normally, I advise buying a decent grinder and grinding coffee just before you brew. However, cold brew is super forgiving. You could have it ground at the cafe or grocery store, take it home, and make excellent coffee with no real loss in flavor.
The lazy coffee drinker will want the simplest easiest to clean up cold brewer. I’m a fan of the one made by Alkani. In the summer, I might brew once a week. It is easy to clean up too. See The Alkani Cold Brew Coffee Maker – Review and Tutorial for guidance.
Even the laziest coffee drinker can still make delicious coffee at home. The brewing methods listed above are easy to use and only the Alkani Cold Brewer takes up any counter space. And I put that away between brews.