There is such tremendous choice in top coffee makers these days that it can be very hard to make the right choice for your kitchen and your lifestyle. Of course, you could just go snatch a coffee maker in a box off the shelf at your local store and hope for the best, but a little research can help you make an informed decision. In this article, we share insider info and tips to help you choose the right coffee maker to suit your needs. Read on to learn more.
Automatic drip machines have been one of the most popular choices ever since Joe DiMaggio introduced Mr. Coffee in the 1970s. With this type of machine, you pour water into a reservoir, it heats up and then pours over the grounds and into the pot (usually glass) which sits on a warming plate. You can use a variety of different grinds of coffee with this type of machine, but for best results, you must choose the right type of filter. This type of machine is available in sizes ranging from 2-cup to 14-cup. If you like a classic cup-of-Joe, this is a good choice for you.
A stovetop moka pot is a good choice if you are an espresso lover. This coffee is not quite espresso, but it’s very close. This type of pot consists of three chambers. The first chamber holds the water, the second holds the grounds and the third receives the extracted coffee. To use this kind of pot, you fill the water reservoir and grounds compartment, assemble the unit and place it on a low/medium burner. When the water boils, the steam rises through the grounds into the top section as strong coffee. This is a simple choice that is easy to clean and very durable.
A pour-over coffee maker is extremely simple and easy to use. It consists of a funnel-shaped basket that you use with a filter to make one cup of coffee at a time. Boil water separately, fit a paper filter into the cone, measure in enough coffee to suit your tastes and then gradually pour just-boiled water over the grounds. It takes a certain touch to pour just right, but once you’ve mastered it, this is a great way to make yourself a single cup of fresh coffee. Melitta makes a simple, affordable, classic pour-over unit in durable, restaurant – grade black plastic.
The French press is very popular these days, and it’s an easy-to-use choice. It consists of a carafe with a plunger and a mesh filter. Press boiling water through coffee grounds in the filter by using the plunger. This takes about a minute. Following this, you allow the coffee to steep for 3-4 minutes and then stir it. This can be a bit time consuming, but it is a great cup of coffee.
Coffee makers with built in grinders (i.e. “grind and brew”) chop beans just a few moments before brewing. There are two sorts: Burr mills produce smooth tasting, uniformly ground coffee and blade mills chop coffee into a variety of sizes for various (chosen) results. This unit can be considered thrifty in that you only need to buy one appliance for both grinding and brewing.
The Ibrik-Cevze (Turkish) coffee maker is an exotic looking, long-handled pot that brews a lovely cup of coffee. These pots are a work of art, and they make coffee brewing an enjoyable adventure. You may not want this for every day, but it’s a fun item to have to show off to your friends.
A classic, old-fashioned, stainless steel stovetop percolator is a thrifty, reliable choice if you can get the hang of it. To use this type of coffee maker, measure cold, fresh water into the pot, measure coffee into the filter basket and assemble all the parts per manufacturer’s instructions. Place the pot on a hot burner and stay close until it starts perking. If you are using a gas burner, lower the heat and allow the coffee to perk for 7 minutes. If you are using an electric burner, just turn the burner off and leave the pot sitting until it stops perking. This method makes strong, tasty, everyday coffee, and a stainless steel percolator will last a lifetime. Farberware makes a nice, affordable model.
Aside from these choices, other top coffee makers include vacuum pots, Aero Press, and a wide variety of single-serve coffee makers. When making your selection, pay less attention to the brand name and more attention to your own preferences in coffee making and drinking. Choose a well-made, high quality unit to get the greatest value for your dollar.