Friday, 19 September 2008

Types Of Coffee Makers

With the variety of coffee makers on offer today it is easy to get confused for a novice looking to buy a coffee maker. I have tried to explain the various diffrenet types of coffee makers available to choose from. So if it is a Cappaccino which you love, there is no point in buying a machine which is excellent in brewing regular coffee.

Choosing the right type of coffee maker is just the beginning step towards getting that 'Perfect cup of coffee' Other important things that matter are things like choosing the right type of coffee beans, grinding these beans right. These are just a few of the criterias to get your cup of Joe just right for you.

Types Of Coffee Makers

1. Drip Coffee Maker
The most popular type of coffee maker is the drip coffee maker. You add water to the water reservoir of the machine. the water then gets heated, it then pours over the coffee grounds sitting in the filter and dripping out from the machine into the cup.

Krups coffee makers, Braun, Melitta, Mr. Coffee are few of the manufacturers making these type of coffee makers.

2. Espresso Maker
If you would like to have speciality coffee like the Espresso, cappacinno or Lattes these are the machines you should be looking for.You would still need some attachments like the milk frother for a Cappacinno.

There are 2 types of espresso machines available in the market.One is the steam espresso machine and the other is the pump espresso machine.

Steam espresso machine basically operate by heating the water until it boils and steam is produced. This steam then passes through the coffee grounds an you have your speacilaity coffee.

The pump espresso machines operate by forcing the right tempreture of water at high pressure through the ground beans, ineffect producing just the right quality of coffee

The thing to look out for in a espresso machine is the pressure they are capable of producing. These vary from 4 bar pressure in case of steam machines to 19 bar pressure in case of the pump espresso.

The problem with steam espresso makers, since these come with a lesser pressure making mechanism, the machine is capable of producing just 4 bar pressure where as a pump espresso maker is capable of producing as high as 15 - even 19 bar atmospheric pressure which inturn gives the espresso its charasterstic Creama'

Krups has a variety of espresso makers to offer. The krups espresso makers like Krups XP7230 is one of a popular model.

3. French Press
A coffee press or a french press as it is known is a portable variety of coffee maker. This simple type of coffee maker comes with either a stainless steel or a glass carafe and a plunger with a mesh filter.
Easy to use, you simply add coarsely ground coffee at the bottom of the carafe and fill the carafe with hot water. After letting the coffee steep for 2-4 minutes slowly push the plunger downwards, the coffee then passes through the filter and the ground gets pushed to the bottom.

The only problem with a french press is sometimes the coffee granules can escape the mesh resulting in the coffee not being filtered properly.

4. Pod Coffee Maker

These are very popular types of coffee makers. Smart and stylish in looks they offer the user, mess free coffee at the touch of the button.

The populr brands in this category are Keurig coffee makers, Senseo and Tassimo.

Basically, in these type of coffee makers, the coffee comes sealed in a small cup or a pod which can just be put in the machine, add water to the reservoir and press the button. So once the coffee is done, just do away with the used cup or pod and enjoy your drink.

You will be limited with the choices of different types of coffees you can choose from in case of pod brewers or these single cup coffee makers.

If you have a preference for a particular grind, you can still use that in some of the coffee makers. Keurig coffee makers have a feature which allows you to do that with an $ 15 accessory called My cup.

5. Combination Machines

If you love your regular coffee as well as speciality coffees like espresso or a cappuccino then the combi coffee maker can be a good option to consier. There will be no clutter on your work surface with 2 machines taking up too much space. These combi coffee makers are capable of brewing a regular cup of coffee as well as a speciality drink for you.

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