TONY explainer: Brewing methods

We've broken down even the geekiest brew methods and shared the best spots to sample each technique.

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Pour-over | Espresso | Aeropress | Siphon | Cold brew | French press | Machine drip

ESPRESSO

What it is: Cold-brew and pour-over enthusiasts might not mind waiting an eternity for their caffeine fix, but those on the go should appreciate the speed of snappy, old-school espresso. The method involves measuring out grinds in a special filter cup (a portafilter) and packing them down with a metal tamper. The cup is then locked into an espresso machine, which forces pressurized water through the grinds and filter basket to produce a rich, dark and concentrated shot meant to be finished in a few quick sips.

Where to try it: Knave, Le Parker Meridien New York, 118 W 57th St between Sixth and Seventh Aves (212-708-7392, parkermeridien.com) * La Colombe Torrefaction, 270 Lafayette St between E Houston and Prince Sts (212-625-1717, lacolombe.com); 319 Church St at Lispenard St (212-343-1515)

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