There are many different types of coffee brewers available in the market, but which one is the best? There is no correct answer. Choosing a coffee brewer will depend on things such as: price, ease of use, and what kind of coffee it is capable of making. Below are 5 different types of coffee brewers for every coffee lover.
1. Single Cup
Why brew an entire pot of coffee when you can brew just 1 cup? Single cup coffee brewers use individual, pre-measured pods that provide the right amount of coffee for a single serving. Think of all the coffee you can save! To make these single cups of coffee, place your desired pod into the designated slot. Then, add water to the reservoir and press the brew button to begin the process. The water will push through the pod straight into your cup below.
This brewer is great for providing various flavors for multiple people, allowing for a personalized cup of coffee every time. They also provide brewing options for anywhere between 3 ounce cups to a large travel mug. These brewers, like all other brewers, need to be regularly cleaned and descaled every 3 to 6 months. High mineral contents will develop calcium deposits inside the brewer and while they are not toxic, they will hinder the brewer’s performance.
A standard drip coffee brewer is commonly found in most homes and offices. They are great for families and even office settings where you are brewing coffee for more than one. Some drip brewers allow you to set a timer for automatic brewing so your cup of coffee is brewing while you get ready in the morning. The amount of coffee made depends on how many cups of water is added to the brewer’s reservoir. That water will then heat and push through the coffee filter that is filled with your desired coffee grounds. The finished product will dispense into a glass bowl where a hot plate will keep the pot, and the coffee, warm.
There are many drip coffee brewers available in both pour over and automatic options. You can buy machines that make 4 – 14 cups of coffee and have 1-3 hot plates. The glass bowl should be rinsed on a daily basis to rid buildup of debris, old coffee grounds, and mineral deposits. A thorough brewer cleaning should be done every 3 months.
3. French Press
For those of you that are looking to brew their coffee with your own hands, a French press is for you! No electricity or chords are used therefore making this machine simplistic and unique. For a fresher, stronger flavor, try grinding your own coffee beans before you start brewing.
Your coarse coffee grounds and boiling water sit in a carafe for 4 minutes. After 4 minutes, slowly push the plunger down to trap grounds, filter them, and force them to the bottom. Your finished coffee is then poured through a mesh filter at the top. The French press is designed to keep your coffee hotter for longer to keep you going throughout the morning. Small French press machines are great for an individual but a large one can range up to 10 cups of coffee. The French press should be cleaned daily.
4. Semi-Automatic Espresso
When you need a little more energy in the morning, espresso is the answer. To make this quick drink water needs to be forced through coffee grounds with intense pressure. To do this, a boiler heats the water and a pump creates the pressure to force the water through the grounds. An espresso machine will turn the heat off automatically when there is a change in boiler temperature, but that is it. To turn the machine on and off, you will need to manually hit the button. This is why it is considered a semi-automatic machine. Do not forget to turn off the machine when you are done!
For the lovers of strong coffee and dark roast coffee, a percolator will make your perfect cup. Percolators constantly cycle boiling water through coffee grounds, while utilizing gravity, until your preferred strength is reached. There is a small chamber at the bottom that is placed close to a heat source. A vertical tube leads from the small chamber to the top of the percolator. Coarse coffee grounds are placed in the top chamber and water is poured into the water chamber. Boiling water moves up to the perforated basket where it then pours over the coffee grounds. This process is repeated until your desired strength of coffee is reached. Amazingly, you can buy percolator machines that can make anywhere between 6 and 50 cups of coffee. They will need to be cleaned on a daily basis but they sure do provide a lot of coffee.
A good cup of coffee is not too far off. There are many different types of coffee brewers to satisfy the needs of even the most demanding requests. Finding the perfect brewer starts with finding the perfect size, the right model, and the right features for your home or office.