Different Types of Coffee Makers

This article gives a brief tour of the different kinds of coffee makers; drip coffee makers, french press coffee makers, espresso machines, pod coffee makers, and vacuum coffee makers. Many people don’t realize the wide variety of options available to them.

Drip Coffee Makers

In 1972 Mr. Coffee introduced the first automatic drip-brew coffeemaker for home use. Because of their convenience, today drip coffeemakers are the most popular way of making coffee at home.

If you have more than one coffee drinker in the household or often have company, an automatic drip coffee maker may very well be the best choice. These coffee makers will brew a 6 to 12 cup pot in 4 to 8 minutes. To make copy, simply fill the water resevoir, place your favourite ground coffee into the filter, turn the machine on and wait 4 to 8 minutes until the pot fills up.

If you’re considering purchasing a drip coffee maker, make sure the brewing time and water temperature is specified. The temperature should be between 195°F (90°C) and 205°F (97°C) and brewing time depends on the capacity but should be under 8 minutes.

French Press Coffee Makers

A French press, also known as a Bodum, press pot, coffee plunger or cafetičre, is a coffee maker popularized by the French. If used correctly, French presses can make teriffic, rich full flavored coffee, although stronger than other coffee makers. A French press is made up of of a narrow cylindar shaped jug often made of glass or plastic, with a lid and a "plunger" which fits snugly in the cylinder. It has a fine nylon or wire mesh filter. Coffee is brewed by spooning freshly ground coffee into the water together, leaving to brew for a few minutes, then depressing the plunger to separate the grinds to the bottom.

Espresso Machines

An espresso maker is used to produce expresso, the traditionally Italian coffee beverage. Today there are combination drip and expresso machines for home that produce both coffee beverages. Good machines have separate controls and water resevoirs for each feature, this enables you to make espresso and drip coffee at the same time or separately as you like.

The Pod Coffee Maker

Pod coffee makers are single-serve machines (usually). They are super convient and make an teriffic and consistent coffee due to the premeasured tea bag like pods that hold the grounds. They are the perfect instant coffee makers for people on the go.

Coffee Percolators

Coffee percolators once enjoyed great popularity but today they are mainly used for camping. They’re not the best way to make coffee anymore. The big problem with a percolator in the boiling water can scald the coffee and cause over-extraction, creating a bitter taste.

The best results are gained if the water is only allowed to perk once, meaning pass through the coffee once. To accomplish this remove it from the heat source after the first brewing cycle. Allowing the water to perk more than once, produces a thick, bitter or stale coffee.

However, some people prefer the dark, strong taste of percolator coffee. Certainly while camping, as the only other option may be instant coffee!

Vacuum Coffee Maker

Vacuum Coffee Makers are excessively complex for everyday use, but are known for creating a clear brew. They look like something you’d find in a chemistry lab and their quirky appearance can be entertaining to company. They consists of two connectable compartments (made of glass, metal, or plastic) with a filter in between and require some sort of heat source to operate.

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