In Costa Rica they really know how to make coffee. The most popular method of brewing coffee in Costa Rica is with a chorreador, which coincidentally is also one of the easiest methods of brewing ever invented – minus just pouring everything into a drip-brew coffee machine and pressing start. We hear from anyone that has ever visited Costa Rica that drinking the coffee brewed with this method is highly addictive, and that the coffee actually seems to have more of a kick than your average cup of coffee. So, if you’re new to brewing with a chorreador, or considering purchasing or making one, here’s a quick brew guide to make that great Costa Rica style cup.
1. Grind your coffee into a medium grind. About 1 tsp of ground coffee per each cup you intend to make is needed. Fresh ground coffee is always best!
2. Boil your water.
3. Pour your ground coffee into the chorreador’s bolsita, which is the sock-like filter hanging from the center.
4. Place your coffee cup or pot beneath the bolsita on the chorreador’s base. Now slowly pour your boiled water into the bolsita. Coffee will begin to drip through into your coffee cup or pot.
Cleaning: It is best to wash out your bolsita after every use, but don’t use soap or detergent as it will leave the taste in the bolsita. Scrubbing with salt and water is the best way to clean. Be sure to thoroughly dry before next use.