Recently, slow drip has been popular among coffee connoisseur, most preferable to artisanal-loving individuals who love anything “crafty” aka the millennial hipsters. However, hipsters are not the only one who is catching up to the trend.
Most people love this type of coffee because it’s rich, flavorful, and it’s stronger than your average cup of coffee.
What is a slow drip coffee?
Slow drip coffee or Kyoto-style coffee is a brewing style which was popularized in Kyoto, Japan. This type of coffee is a meticulous drop by drop process where water slowly drips over high-quality coffee grounds.
The coffee brews for 12 to 24 hours which allows the coffee grounds to soak in water for a richer taste. Most high-end cafes are purchasing Kyoto-styled coffee makers to cater to the demands of their customers.
Slow Drip Coffee vs Average Cup of Coffee
They are so similar but so different. Coffee is coffee but there are various methods which you can brew or make your coffee. Today, I am going to discuss the difference between slow drip coffee and your average cup of Americano or espresso.
The first telltale is the brewing process. There are tons of machine which you can use, however, brewing your coffee average cup of espresso or Americano only needed the usual espresso machine or coffee maker, while the slow method needs a special Kyoto-style coffee maker.
The other difference is the waiting game. In just 3 minutes you can enjoy your espresso, but that does not apply with slow drip coffee. It will take you 12 to 24 hours before you enjoy it.
But, it is worth the wait since the slow method is stronger than the usual cup of espresso and it tastes richer and fuller too!
Why is it better?
Other than the taste, slow drip coffee is also known for their health benefits. For one, it is less acidic than your usual cup of coffee which is good for people who are experiencing gastrointestinal disorders such as ulcers.
Since it’s texture is almost syrup-like and it tastes smooth and delicious by itself there is no need to add sugar or creamer. However, you can still add your sweeteners but I highly recommend using healthier alternatives like stevia, honey, or agave.
You can use coconut, almond, or soy milk as your creamer instead of full cream milk. Which are high in saturated fat. With that in mind, you can avoid diabetes and heart diseases in the long run.
Plus, it is loaded with antioxidants which helps fight cancer, and according to recent studies, coffee helps boost your metabolism by stimulating thermogenesis which helps you burn fat faster.
This type of coffee is said to have 2% more Chlorogenic acid which helps break down fat and prevents your body to absorb carbohydrates. But, do not mistake it as a weight loss drink or the “easy way out,” our bodies are capable to be immune to fat burning benefits when we drink too much coffee.
According to the International Journal of Epidemiology, people who drink more coffee are less prone to Type 2 Diabetes and obesity. But, keep in mind that this applies only to black coffee and not the sugar-filled frappuccinos.
Psychological Benefits of Slow Drink Coffee
Drinking slow drip coffee has tons of health benefits, but did you know that it is good for your psychological health?
Recent studies have shown, drinking slow will boost your brain’s function without the sudden buzz or crash. Slow drip coffee will increase your brain activity by 11%, according to recent studies.
A good cup of coffee itself is a great stress reliever, it’s like the opposite of lavender! I am a holistic freak, and I want to do everything naturally. I always spray lavender essence on my pillow before I sleep and smell my coffee before I start working.
It is quite weird but it makes sense, because you associate lavender with good sleep and coffee with staying woke, and when you smell your coffee before you work tricks your mind into thinking that you need to stay awake.
Making your own coffee is rewarding and has a calming effect. It takes patience to make your cup of slow-drip coffee. This is why when you finally drink it you will feel rewarded. Your body’s release of endorphins which gives you a feeling of fulfillment and euphoria.
It has calming effects because it is so aesthetically pleasing when you watch your coffee drop by drop. It’s like the equivalent of rain falling on your window pane for coffee lovers.
Best Slow Drip Coffee Machine
The magic of coffee wouldn’t be the same without the proper equipment. I know that not all of us have access to Kyoto-style coffee makers.
However, that doesn’t mean that we couldn’t make our own slow drip coffee. There are tons of awesome coffee maker brands which are capable of making the best coffee money can buy.
I highly recommend Moccamaster KB 741 because not only it is durable and vintage looking but it also makes good coffee. It keeps the water at perfect temperature, and you can control your brewing time.