French Press Coffee Maker
Last but not least is the French Press, which is the name of a coffee brewing method and also the name of the piece of coffee equipment (a coffee maker) that allows coffee grinds to soak directly in hot water. The spent grounds are then separated from the brewing coffee by pushing a mesh plunger to the bottom of the coffee pot.
The French Press is widely considered as the best method for brewing premium gourmet coffee and enjoying all of its best qualities including the body, aroma, acidity, aftertaste, bitterness, sweetness).
Pour Over Coffee Maker
Pour over coffee (eg. Chemex brand, Grosche brand) is brewed similar to a drip coffee maker, but allows for manual control. They come with a top cone that either takes a paper filter, or use a permanent stainless steel mesh filter. While a paper filter removes the most coffee grounds, it also strains out the coffee oils that contain much of the coffee flavour. Various stainless steel mesh filters are available, ranging from a standard one to ultra-fine micromesh, which filters more particles.
Pour over coffee makers are typically made from borosilicate glass – the same material as beakers in chemistry labs, which are more heat resistant and less delicate than glass. While they tend to be stronger, often they are also thinner, and are still susceptible breakage if mishandled.
Siphon Coffee Maker
Siphon coffee makers work by using two chambers and a negative pressure vacuum created by heating and subsequently cooling a bottom chamber. The heating phase forces the water into the upper chamber by building up pressure from evaporation, similar to how a stove top coffee maker works. Once the bottom chamber is vacated, the heated water in the top chamber (with the coffee grounds) is pulled back into the bottom chamber. Not only is this a neat physics trick for brewing coffee, it’s sure to impress anyone who hasn’t seen it before.
Automatic Espresso Machines
Automatic Espresso Machines come in a number of formats, including Semi-Automatic and Super-Automatic variations. Popular brands include Saeco, Gaggia and Delonghi, but there are dozens of brands available. Each brand has a wide range of units and models available, ranging from the low $400’s up through $2000+.
Automatic Coffee Machines
Pod Coffee and K-Cups
Pod Coffee Makers brew fresh-sealed Coffee Pods while Coffee K-Cups and T-Discs also make it convenient to prepare a fresh cup of gourmet coffee. They are the best option for convenience alone – but are the worst option for price, and environmental impact.
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Barista Guide For Perfect Coffee Drinks
Perfect espresso brewing is described along with tips on Pulling A Perfect Espresso Shot and Steaming and Frothing Milk. All coffee makers and espresso machines require regular cleaning and descaling that can’t be done with regular washing. See our how to clean a coffee maker guide for pre-mixed branded cleaners and a DIY solution.
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