A Look at Different Types of Coffee Maker.
Coffee makers everywhere, and all of it to drink!
Apologies to the song writer – but that is a bit how one feels when faced with this myriad of different choices and all look so good and all claim to be the ultimate answer to your coffee preparation needs.
How are we to choose? How are we supposed to know what is good and what is not?
If you haven't seen it by now, let me spell it out for you, I am a real "middle-of-the-road" type of person. It therefore follows that I am going to say something like "it all boils down to personal choice and personal likes and dislikes." There – I just said it!
Oh how dull and dreary – now hang on just a moment, it is not so dull as it may seem. The bottom line is that there are an awful amount of really fine coffee makers in the market place, so what you choose for yourself is going to be governed by many personal factors. Anyway, the coffee journey is as said before, all about fun and enjoyment.
What are the factors one should really take into account when looking for a new coffee maker?
Well I guess the first thing we ought to consider, would be what type of coffee we would like to make at home on a regular basis – or – how do you like your gourmet coffee?
What follows is my proposal for a rough outline you could follow as you progress in this marvelous world of gourmet coffee and the fun we can have in it's preparation and experimentation. Of course if you are an established gourmet, feel free to skip this section – But do visit our section on the different brands of coffee maker
Sorry about that. I can't think of anything else to describe somebody who has just graduated from...
... agh!...instant coffee! If this is you, WELCOME to a most wonderful world of flavor and aroma, and don't worry, because at some stage or another we were all where you are now.
Honestly, the best advice I can give you is this, don't try to run before you can walk. Make this an adventure, for that is surely what it is! You have so much fun and experimentation ahead of you.
Start with one or more of the following:
1. Drip Coffee Maker – These are easy to use and produce a more than acceptable cup of gourmet coffee. I would really suggest that you don't look to spend a fortune on your first machine. Rather look to get one that you feel is comfortably within your price range, and lo and behold it will do the same job for you as one of the more trendy models with everything that opens and shuts. To learn how to use one this link takes you to "How To Use Different Coffee Makers."
This is where to see some examples of good drip coffee makers that won't break the bank.
2. Percolater – Wonderful implements which are inexpensive, don't take up much space and provide a display of coffee brewing accompanied by the most alluring aromas, not to mention the distinctive bubbling sound as the water circulates through the grounds. Have a look at some percolaters here.
3. Pod Coffee Maker – This has got to be one of the simplest methods to use. The downfall is that you have to acquire the pod coffee maker which starts at about $50 for a reasonable coffee maker.
Once we have started to acquire the taste of this gourmet coffee experience, you could say we have just got our feet wet! So where do we go now?
It is my humble opinion, that this is the time to start to "get your feet wet". We can now experiment with producing different strengths by either using more coffee grounds in the coffee maker, or we can start looking at a new way altogether.
4. French Press – now here is a way to start experiencing real gourmet coffee as we take advantage of the additional steeping time that is afforded us when using the french press. Whatever name you know it by, the french press is a relatively inexpensive method of achieving a delectable gourmet coffee maker result.
This is one of those coffee makers where it will pay dividends to read the instructions well, and understand what you will be doing.
5. Stove-top Espresso Makers – Also known as Pressure Pots, or "Moka" pots, these wonderful little pots are a great way to start getting into the delights of stronger brews. Beware! Read the instructions to avoid what happened to a friend.
OK, I'll tell you. This particular person decided that the gasket which seals the top receptacle of the unit from the pressure section at the bottom did not seem necessary. Well pressure built up and soon he had coffee, complete with the grinds, in many places of the kitchen which were never designed to hold coffee.
Now we are swinging! or should that be swimming ;o)
We have reached the point where we can start to get serious about our gourmet coffee.
6. Vacuum coffee maker – As mentioned on a previous page these coffee machines are coming back into vogue again, and I for one am very pleased to see it. They represent the manner in which most full bodied coffee was made up until the fifties. It is pretty important to get a good grip on what is happening when using a Vacuum coffee maker, and you you can find out more about how to use one here.
7. Grind your own beans – This step could also be attempted earlier in the process if you want. I have left it to here as although one can get fairly good grinders at a reasonable price, I just don't believe you should until you are really getting in to this. I have already done some fairly extensive pages on coffee grinders, so rather than get repetitive you can get all the info you need at Burr Coffee Grinders
Up to the Neck
Once you have reached this point, I am afraid, you are now hooked for good! (Sounds like I should turn this into a fishing analogy). You are now ready to take that final plunge when you can get fully immersed into .....
Totally Soaked Thru
8. Espresso coffee maker – We have arrived at the creme-de-la-creme of coffee makers. This is a huge area with much information to impart, so I am going to suggest that you start at our "Espresso Coffee Maker" page. There you will find out all about Espresso machines and different methods of brewing this most special delight.
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