5 Ways to Brew Amazing Coffee at Home

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These days, coffee is about more than taking breaks or boosting energy. Increasingly, it’s considered a complete experience unto itself. No surprise, then, that we’ve become determined to brew the best cup of coffee at home as possible. Partly, that means trying new brewing methods. Which is best? That depends on your needs and tastes.

Our beginner’s guide to at-home coffee brewing:

First off, there’s nothing wrong with traditional drip coffee makers. We’ll always love ’em. But for now, we’ll assume they don’t require much explanation.

espresso maker best coffee methods london drugsEspresso Maker

The traditional gold standard for quality coffee at home, an espresso maker uses heat and extreme pressure to extract crema and concentrate coffee into potent one-ounce shots.

These, along with hot water and steamed milk, can become the basis for americanos, lattes, cappuccinos, and many other drinks. Of course, some prefer to drink espresso straight. Others with just a touch of cream, which is called caffe macchiato.

Some find espresso too strong, though. And there’s the issue of where to put the machines, which tend to be bulky, a little messy, and sometimes costly. One thing is certain, however: coffee culture will always include espresso.


French Press best coffee methods london drugsFrench Press

Despite the name, the French press was invented in Italy. Go figure. In Canada, the method has enjoyed surging popularity for almost a decade.

How does it work? Boiling water is poured into a glass beaker already containing the coffee grounds. The mixture brews for several minutes, before a plunger presses the grounds to the bottom, keeping the coffee on top.

Since the ingredients are fully mixed, it’s known as an immersion method. This allows precise control over the strength of the brew, while the lack of a cloth filter means the coffee retains its natural oils. Some argue they are tough to clean, but press lovers know it’s well worth it.

Coffee Pods

For convenience and efficiency, these modern, automated wonders simply can’t be beat for coffee at home. It’s a bit like having your very own robot barista in your kitchen.

So if you’re interested in rolling out of bed and holding a hot double latte within minutes, or if you’ve just always wanted to ‘live in the future’ and are still waiting patiently for your jetpack, the pod method could be for you. They’re also great for dinner parties when everyone wants to drink something different.

The leader in this market is also the original pod brewer, Keurig. They sell their famous K-Cups in nearly endless varieties and even a reusable pod accessory you can fill with your own favourite grind.




8876443363_ea4e7bf53a_zCold Brew

This method has only recently caught on in Canada, arguably since about 2015. But cold brew is already a favourite among many serious coffee drinkers, especially during the summer months.

Another immersion method, the main difference is that the coffee grounds never contact hot water during the brewing process. Instead, the coffee steeps in cold water for hours, typically overnight.

The main advantage is cold brew contains about one-third the acidity of hot coffee. So it has less of the bitterness that some dislike, which also makes it easier on your teeth and digestive system. If you love to chill out with a frosty iced coffee, then cold might be the brew for you.

pour over best coffee methods london drugsPour Over

Another method recently gaining popularity is the pour over. It’s a combination of a traditional drip coffee maker and an immersion method. It is generally used to make just one cup at a time, though not always.

The coffee grounds are placed in a special pour over coffee container and hot water is then slowly and carefully added bit by bit, by hand. It filters through the grounds and drips into the container after passing through a filter.

This method requires the most active involvement by the brewer, and that’s part of the appeal. It is, perhaps, the ultimate in human-bean connection.



No matter what brewing method you prefer for your coffee at home, London Drugs has you covered in-store and online. And our experts are always on hand for advice. Good luck and happy brewing from London Drugs.

Why Fika is the Key to Happiness at Work

fika - coffee and an alarm clock on a table

One could certainly say that Scandinavians have a lot of things figured out. They consistently take top honours when it comes to prosperity, education, and happiness ratings, so we’d probably be wise to take their advice. We’ve posted before about the delightful, Danish notion of hygge (or the art of getting cozy). Our new Scandinavian obsession is the Swedish tradition of fika. Read on about why we love the idea, and why we think everyone should incorporate it into their workday.

What is Fika, anyway?

Fika Swedish Tradition Coffee Work London Drugs

There is no literal translation for fika in English, but it is defined as “a concept in Swedish culture with the basic meaning to have coffee, often accompanied with pastries, cookies or pie.” But ask any Swede, and they will tell you that fika-ing (yes, you can use the word as a noun or a verb) is about more than just grabbing a coffee; it’s a moment to leave work behind. Traditionally taken twice a day (first at 10am and then at 3pm), it’s not a strategy for more meetings with coffee in hand, it’s a chance to actually relax with co-workers. Despite Sweden being the world’s third-largest coffee drinking nation, Fika doesn’t necessarily even have to involve coffee—tea or lemonade are popular alternatives. The point is to slow down and connect.

Why should I Fika?

Work is inherently a social activity. It has to be; even if you don’t work around a lot of people that often, you do work for people. At the same time, people are getting busier than ever, and our work increasingly involves more technology and less interaction every day, so that can lead to more isolation in the workplace. When we’re not connecting with the people we spend so many hours a day with, there is potential for loneliness.

Studies have shown that loneliness and isolation at work can not only lead to depression, they can kill your job performance. Recognition, gratitude, encouragement, emotional support, and camaraderie are all important factors to finding fulfilment at work, and life in general, so nurturing these things with regular personal connection can increase productivity, improve motivation, and foster company loyalty. The stripped down, casual style of fika breaks can even lead to new ideas and more creative problem solving.

So, Ska vi fika? Let us know how you practice fika in the comments below, or if you’ll incorporate it into your work day!

2017 Holiday Gift Guide for the Home Cook

The days are colder, the nights are longer, and we’ve fallen back, ending Daylight Saving Time. Time to start planning for the holidays! Do you know what gifts you’re going to get for your loved ones this year? We’re here to help.

Throughout November and December, we’ll be posting holiday gift guides for everyone on your list, with a wide range of gift ideas and price points on each. From showstopper items to smaller stocking stuffers, we’ve got you covered.

We’re starting our holiday gift guides with ideas for the home cook in your life. Whether you know an adventurous chef or a young person just learning the basics, you can’t go wrong with kitchen-y gifts. Everyone needs to cook!

Here’s our guide to buying the perfect kitchen goodie for the home cook on your list.

1. Introduce Them to the Joys of the Crock-Pot Life

The Crock-Pot Express 8 in 1 Multicooker is an outstanding gift for the home chef. It’s a convenient way to make delicious, hearty fare that will nourish an entire household. The bonus? It does all the work while you’re out preparing for the holidays or relaxing with a good book. 


This particular model is an 8 in 1 wonder appliance, with settings for rice cooking, yogurt making, and more. Include some recipes with your gift so the recipient can get started with it right away–we’ve got a list of 3 sensational crock-pot recipes right here.

[Photo: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

2. Elevate Their Coffee Game

Chances are your foodie friend loves coffee just as much as they do cooking. But do they have all the tools needed to make a truly great cup of coffee? A real chef will appreciate a grinder to grind their own beans to the perfect coarseness for their coffee maker of choice.

Do they need a new coffee maker? Why not a cold brew coffee maker to make delicious cold brew at home! If they love design as well as functionality, this beautiful Bodum pour over coffee maker with a classic cork band will look gorgeous on their shelves. And for those that would prefer to spend their time cooking rather than making coffee, a Keurig K-Cup machine to make the perfect cup every time with no effort on their part. Help them end their dinner parties with just the right amount of coffee, and without stress.

3. Restock with Beautiful Basics

Chances are, the home cook in your life has a solid set of pots, pans, and knives, but those good reliable basics may need some upgrading. Non-stick coating wears off and pans get scratched–it happens to the best of us. This Gotham Steel 10 Piece set is made with stainless steel, and the cooking surface is scratch resistant and oven safe. If your friend is a little more traditional, you can’t go wrong with a good cast iron skillet.


Even if they have a good set of kitchen basics, no home cook worth their salt can resist a beautiful new tool that’s good for cooking and serving. Think colourful enameled cast iron dutch ovens, cookware classy enough to go from oven to table, and quintessential white CorningWare dishes.

4. Give a Gaggle of Gadgets

The best part about being a cook is that there’s always a cool new tool to try. Specialized utensils, gadgets designed to make a job easier, or niche appliances would make great gifts for the kitchen connoisseur in your life. Add some tools to their toolbelt!

It can seem overwhelming trying to find something that they don’t already have, but if you pick something related to a recent food trend, you’re generally good to go. Think spiralizers, cupcake carriers, and milk frothers.

Or go the other way, and pick up tools that will always be useful: multi-blade herb scissors, a knife sharpener, or an egg poacher. This knife mat will corral their blades and keep them sharp, while this covered bowl with included serving set is perfect for bringing to parties. No matter who you’re buying for, there’s a gadget out there for them.

For more gift-giving advice for the home cook on your list, speak to an LD Expert today. To make a purchase, visit London Drugs in-store and online. We’ll be back next week with a gift guide for kids (and parents). See you then!

See all of our 2017 Holiday Gift Guides here:

2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Kids (and Parents)

2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Techies

2017 Holiday Gift Guide for the DIYer

2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Music Lovers

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