Coffee Brewing Equipment
Coffee brewing machines and brewing equipment come in many forms, models, and designs that have continued to evolve over time, particularly in regards to the specialty coffee /premium gourmet coffee industry which is always in search of a better cup of coffee and more convenience in producing it.
Automatic Drip Coffee Machines
K-Cup Coffee Designed for Convenience
Keurig created the K-Cup® for brewing various beverages including coffee (the coffee K-Cup), and it is now also referred to as K Cup Coffee, K Cups Coffee, K Coffee Cups, K-Cups Coffee, Coffee K Cups, Coffee KCups, and K Cups for coffee.
A K-Cup is a pre-packaged plastic container of coffee, tea or hot chocolate, and the K-Cup is designed for use with a Keurig single-cup brewing system that brews the beverage in less than one minute without any preparation or clean up required.
Anatomy of a K-Cup
The coffee K-Cup has a coffee filter inside, and ground coffee beans are sealed into the K-Cup plastic container with a tin foil lid. The coffee K-Cup is placed into the Keurig brewer which then brews the coffee by puncturing the foil lid as well as the bottom of the K-Cup and forcing hot water through the cup, and then the beverage flows into a mug.
Hundreds of options are offered in Keurig K-Cups including numerous flavors and blends of coffee as well as Fair Trade coffee, organic coffee, flavored coffee, and coffees from Ethiopia, Sumatra, Kenya, Brazil, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Guatemala.
K-Cup Coffee Brewers
Keurig sells both home and commercial models of brewers. Some commercial models are plumbed-in and also automatically remove used K-Cups into a disposal receptacle.
Keurig sells five household models of K-Cup brewers: the Mini, Platinum, Special Edition, Elite, and Breville (made by Breville). There are also seven commercial models including the DeskPro, OfficePro, B140, B150, B155, B200, B3000SE.
Keurig also offers an environmentally-friendly re-usable filter called the My K-Cup which allows users to provide their own ground coffee.
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The French Press Coffee Brewing Method
The best brewing method is often deemed to be the French Press, which allows coffee grinds to soak directly in hot water.
With no paper filter to remove the coffee’s volatile oils, the French Press allows the coffee connoisseur to enjoy all of the best qualities of a premium gourmet coffee including its body, aroma, acidity, aftertaste, bitterness, and sweetness.
Anatomy of a French Press
How To Brew French Press Coffee
To brew the coffee you first remove the plunger from the French Press and place the ground coffee in the bottom of the glass container. Generally a course grind size is used in the French Press brewing method.
Next add the hot water, and then perhaps stir or shake it up a bit. Because the French Press method does not filter the coffee through a paper filter, the coffee’s volatile oils are not removed, and this helps the coffee retain its natural body. The French Press also works well for controlling the coffee’s temperature and brewing time.
Plunging the French Press Coffee Brewer
After about three to five minutes the French Press coffee will be ready. At this time you may push the plunger down, forcing the water through the screen mesh to separate the extracted coffee from the coffee grounds.
The French Press is also called a Cafetiere, Bodum, or Plunger Pot.
Automatic Drip Coffee Makers
Much more common in U.S. households than the French Press is an automatic drip coffee makers (autodrip coffee maker) that employs the filter-drip method of coffee brewing. Water is placed into the automatic drip machine which then heats the water and drains it onto a bed of roasted, ground coffee.
Drip Filter Coffee
Drip filter coffee is also commonly made without a machine by simply pouring hot water over the roasted, ground coffee that is placed in a filter. The Filter Drip method is also called the Drip Filter Method, Drip Brewing, and Drip Coffee.
Brew Turbulence and Brewing Formula
The agitation of coffee grounds within the coffee bed during coffee brewing is known as the brew turbulence and is created by the rate of the water flow during brewing as well as the water’s spray pattern and the configuration of the brew basket on the brewing equipment.
European Coffee Preparation
The hand-preparation of coffee beans for brewing is known as European Preparation. This involves meticulously removing, by hand, any foreign matter (e.g., pebbles, twigs) as well as any imperfect or defective coffee beans.
The Cold Brew Method
The Cold Water brewing method involves soaking the ground coffee in a relatively small amount of cold water for about fifteen hours, then using a filter to separate the grounds from the beverage using the drip method.
The Cold Water method produces strong, concentrated coffee, which is often stored for ready use, and may be mixed with hot water when desired. The resulting brew tends to be a low acid coffee and have a light body and while some say the coffee has a bland flavor, others describe it as a very pleasing, delicate taste.
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