A Guide to Choosing the Best Coffee Maker

A Guide to Choosing the Best Coffee Maker

Do You Want to Drink the Best Coffee?

Do you want a cup of coffee? That question was asked over a thousand of years ago in Ethiopia. From Ethiopia, coffee spread throughout the Arabic world, and then onto Europe, and from there into your cup. Now you know why your coffee is always so cold when you are finally ready to drink it.

In the old days, there was one type of coffee; it came in a can, pre-ground, and you went from there. Most of the U.S. really hadn’t discovered Arabica coffee and all the various types of Arabica coffee until much later. So, when it was time to buy a coffee maker, you went to the store, grabbed one off the shelves, bought it, and brought it home. That was it. Most people preferred drip coffee makers for their simplicity, although there were a few people that used percolators.

When Arabica coffee became available to the average U.S. consumer, the U.S. consumer found out that Arabica coffee was superior-tasting, and took a second look at the coffee maker that had been taken for granted for so long. Was there a way to improve the coffee maker? Manufacturers of coffee makers attempted to answer that question, adding all kinds of features to their coffee makers. Pre-ground coffee suddenly wasn’t good enough, so, on some coffee makers, the grinder was integrated with the coffee maker.

Drip coffee makers are still the most popular type of coffee maker. They are simple to operate, relatively maintenance free, and very affordable, unless you get one with all kinds of gizmos. There are some coffee aficionados who prefer this type of coffee maker.

The most popular type of drip coffee maker is the automatic drip coffee maker. You’ve probably used one before. All you do is add the water, put the filter in with the coffee, and the coffee maker does the rest. That’s why they call it “automatic”. Automatic drip coffee makers are readily available. You don’t need to go to a specialty store to find them.

A less common type of drip coffee maker is the manual drip coffee maker. You heat the water and then pour the water gradually over the coffee grounds. As you can see, this type of coffee maker is less popular and not as widely available in stores like the automatic drip coffee maker. However, this hasn’t stopped the people that swear that manual drip coffee maker is far better than the automatic drip coffee maker.

Coffee experts say that if you are going to purchase a drip coffee maker, make sure the drip coffee maker comes with a “thermal” carafe with no heating element underneath. Removing the heating element or “hotplate” saves energy, but, according to coffee experts, also saves the taste of the coffee.

Right now, however, there is a fight over whether vacuum coffee makers or French presses make the best coffee.

The French press is perhaps one of the simplest types of coffee makers, and, unfortunately, is not readily available in stores like automatic drip coffee makers. Interestingly enough, the French press does not use a filter; the coffee is simply steeped in the water, and the grounds are pressed down on while the coffee is poured out.

Vacuum coffee makers rely on a “vacuum” type action that happens when the bottom of the carafe is heated. Eventually, boiling water finds its way into a tube that joins the two carafes, one on top of the other. The coffee is made when the boiling water gets into the second carafe. The coffee brews like this; if you’ve ever seen it, it is kind of entertaining. Eventually, when the brewing is done, the coffee maker is put on a cool surface, like a counter; the heated coffee at the top starts to trickle down through a filter, and back into the bottom carafe.

Both types of coffee makers make great coffee, and, the decision of which is better really comes down to personal taste. If you are a coffee lover, all of these coffee makers are relatively affordable, so, you can buy them all and try them out and see which one you like. Finding the perfect coffee maker is well worth the time and extra expense, because of the end product: a perfect cup of coffee. How much is that worth to you?

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