Many different types of coffee machines litter the home appliance stores today, be it online or retail. While choosing the least expensive ones may seem prudent, that is not always so. Cheap coffee makers often do not last long and may need to be replaced after only several uses. Sometimes, they do not live up to their promises. Instead of the price tag, people ought to be conscious of the value for their money. Never mind buying a pricey unit, as long as it delivers on its commitment to quality of performance. The sheer variety of brewers out there will only frustrate the search for the perfect coffee maker. Instead, coffee fans should start looking for the right brewer that suits their taste and lifestyle.
A person who likes a perfect brew each time can enjoy the dividends of a French press. Coffee machines of this sort are fashioned to make three tea-sized cups of coffee at a time, no more. Then, there is also the single-cup French press for the more private drinkers, who wish to enjoy their coffee with intimacy. This smaller French press can be small enough to fit one’s luggage, in case the coffee drinker needs to travel. It operates by pouring in ground coffee, followed by hot water. The stainless metal filter is allowed to float on top, which slowly presses down as it separates the concoction from the coffee granules. The brewed coffee is, then, poured into a separate cup if the French press comes in the form of a pot.
The stove or drip pot press works similarly as the French press, except that the liquid coffee drips from the filter, rather than strained. Avid coffee drinkers assess the drip pot to produce the stronger black coffee than the French press. Sometimes, the drip pot is small enough to fit the rim of a cup for a more concentrated result. This method of brewing is good for those who like to drink their coffee mixed with condensed milk and ice cubes. Like the French press, drip pots do not need the electricity to their magic. This is good news for those who are concerned for the preservation of the environment. Unlike automated coffee machines, these manual types should be less costly to have around the home or office desk.
Of course, automated coffee machines are not without their own unique features. They have the advantage of serving up to 15 to 20 cups at a time, which are ideal for office settings. Their brewing time is definitely faster. Complex types of these coffee makers are equipped with espresso machines and frothing features that add character to the usual brewed coffee. To achieve ideal flavors each time, Arabica coffee beans are best brewed in their freshly ground state. Once brewing time is complete, the coffee should linger no longer than fifteen minutes, or it will be acidic for any stomach to handle. It is also unhealthy to re-brew already used ground coffee for the same reasons.