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Most Popular Types of Coffee Makers Compared

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There are so many kinds of coffee makers, and they all can make good coffee. The best coffee maker for you really depends on what kind of coffee you like. 

In this big comparison, we are going to discuss the 15 most popular kinds of coffee makers. You may even want to try a new type of coffee maker once you learn about some different machines.

1. Percolator

Although a percolator may seem a lot different than a drip brewer, they are really pretty similar. In both machines, heated water is pumped up over ground coffee. In a percolator, it percolates and produces coffee instead of dripping through the grounds.

There are a couple of situations in which percolators are advantageous. They are great when you need to make a large quantity of coffee since you can get machines that make enough coffee for a huge number of cups.

Percolators are also great for people who like their coffee made with boiling water. This is a matter of preference. Some people prefer coffee that is made with water that is not quite this hot such as coffee made with drip coffee makers.

2. Single Serve Coffee Makers

Single-serve coffee makers are extremely popular. The machines are quite easy to use. You simply put some water in the machine and place a pod in it and start the machine.

This is really handy if you don’t need a lot of coffee since you just make a single serving. It also has the advantage of being a fresh cup every time.

However, this is an expensive method. It’s also harmful to the environment if you use a new k-cup each time. You can avoid environmental harm by purchasing a machine that allows you to use reusable pods in which you can place your own grounds.

3. Drip Coffee Maker

Before the 1970s, people typically made their coffee in percolators from low-quality coffee beans and ended up with bitter coffee.

Then, the drip coffee maker was invented. This machine pours hot water over a basket of grounds. The water drips through the grounds into a pitcher placed on a heated surface. This is an easy, inexpensive way to make coffee.

4. Espresso Machine

Espresso isn’t easy to make, but it’s also quite delicious. This makes it tempting to buy it from an experienced barista. However, that can get expensive fast. So, in the long run, it could be cheaper to make your own even with a nice machine.

Espresso is made by forcing nearly boiling water through some finely ground coffee at high pressure. This may not sound difficult but getting a tasty cup of espresso isn’t easy. So, it may take quite a bit of practice to make a really good cup of espresso.

5. Vietnamese Coffee Maker

This coffee is delicious and very easy to make. The coffee is quite dark and strong, but you add sweetened condensed milk to it. It makes a great after-dinner coffee.

The coffee maker is actually a small steel filter. To use it, you place it over a cup with sweetened condensed milk at the bottom. Then, put coffee grounds in the coffee maker and pour hot water over them. The water runs through the grounds into the cup. Once the coffee is brewed, stir it and put in some ice. Enjoy.

6. Vacuum Coffee Maker

This is a very different kind of coffee maker. The vacuum coffee maker or Vac Pot was originally used in France in 1840. It was also used in Japan. Vacuum coffee makers make excellent coffee, but it’s not easy. So, you need to be willing to spend some time making your coffee with this method.

As the name suggests, this machine makes coffee by creating a vacuum. The machine has three parts, a filter, a lower chamber, and an upper chamber. You make the coffee by putting water in the lower compartment and placing the coffee in the filter in the middle chamber.

After this, turn on the heat which will create steam. The steam will go through the funnel to the upper chamber and mix with the coffee grounds. This is the tricky part. There needs to be enough water in the lower compartment to keep steaming for two minutes, thus maintaining a constant temperature.

After two minutes, remove the heat source. At this point, the lower filter should quickly cool and create a vacuum. This should pull the brewed coffee through the filter into the lower compartment. The coffee is then ready. This method makes a great cup of coffee, and it is really fun to watch as well. If you’d like to try a very unusual method of making coffee, this is the method for you.

7. AeroPress

The AeroPress is a more recent coffee maker. It was intended as a way to make espresso-style drinks. But, it doesn’t produce actual espresso.

To make coffee in the AeroPress, use a grind of coffee in between an espresso grind and a drip coffee grind. Place the coffee on a filter in the cylinder. Pour hot water in and let the coffee brew for approximately 30 seconds. Then, press the plunger. Once the water is pushed through the grounds and into the cup, your coffee is ready.

8. Thermal Coffee Maker

The best thing about a thermal coffee maker is the way it maintains the temperature of the coffee.

The thermal coffee maker does this by using an insulated carafe. The carafe helps maintain the taste and pleasant aroma of your coffee, meaning your coffee will be drinkable for a longer period of time. This type of coffee maker is quite useful, especially for people who don’t drink their pot of coffee very quickly.

9. Turkish Or Greek Coffee

This is a common method of coffee brewing in Greece and Turkey. Although, you will find this coffee is available in some restaurants in the U.S. or, you can make it yourself. It’s not very hard.

You will need to purchase a pot called a cezve. Once you get your cezve, you place some high-quality coffee in it. Then, you add water. Bring this to a boil, and then remove the pot from the heat. The coffee is ready.

As you pour the coffee, there will be grounds near the bottom. You can strain these if you choose. Although, some grounds are expected in the coffee. Serve the coffee with sugar. You can also add cardamom.

10. Cold-Brew Tower

Cold brew coffee is a lot different than other coffee brewing methods. It is considered to be an infusion method. But, you use cold water to brew the coffee, and it steeps for 12 to 48 hours. This is a lot longer than for other brewing methods.

However, you’ll likely find the coffee worth the wait. The coffee is far less bitter than coffee by hot brewing methods, and it’s great for iced coffee. You don’t have to worry about the coffee melting all your ice and becoming watery.

Cold brew coffee is easy on your budget as well. If you have a couple of pitchers, a strainer, some coffee, and some ice, you’re set. But, if you want a fun way to make cold brew coffee, try a cold brew tower.

11. Siphon

This is one of the more interesting coffee-making machines. It has a really unique look. It is also one of the oldest coffee machines, having been invented in 1840. The siphon coffee maker produces a mild brew, which some people may consider weak. But the machine is fun to use, so if you enjoy making coffee, you might want to try it and see if you like the coffee.

You make coffee in this machine by adding water to the bulb and then placing a flame beneath it. After you do this, the water will rise up through the funnel into the jug. This is when you add the coffee and stir it. After the coffee is finished brewing, remove the flame. The liquid will then go back into the jug. Your coffee is ready to drink. Enjoy.

12. French Press

This is a great choice for people who like strong coffee. This machine was invented in 1958, and it has a variety of additional names, such as Coffee Press, Press Pot, Cafetière, and Coffee Plunger. This technique is particularly popular in Northern Europe.

To make coffee in the French Press, put the coffee in the jug and pour hot water over it and stir. Then, after about four minutes, push the plunger down. It’s best to serve the coffee right away, or it may taste bitter. So, enjoy a nice, strong cup of coffee as soon as you make it.

13. Moka Pot

Moka pots are used to make coffee that is similar to espresso but is not actually espresso. To use the Moka pot, you put water in the bottom of the pot and coffee in the middle compartment of the pot. At this point, the pot works somewhat similar to a percolator. When the pot heats up, the water is is pushed up through the grounds and then into the upper chamber where the coffee is stored.

This produces a rich, dark coffee that is so similar to espresso that it is sometimes mistaken for it. The machine can even produce foam at times, making it easy to see why people confuse it with espresso. If you try it, you may even find you like it better than espresso.

14. Pour Over

Pour-over coffee is great. It may take a little longer than some other methods, but it makes such flavorful coffee that it’s worth it. Furthermore, if you make it yourself, it’s fairly economical.

To make pour-over coffee, you need a dripper and a filter. Then, you put the coffee in the filter and slowly pour the water over the coffee. Use twice the amount of water as coffee. If you use good coffee, preferably freshly ground, you should have an excellent cup of coffee. Making this coffee can be relaxing as well.

15. Neapolitan Coffee Maker

This method was common in Naples long ago. It isn’t used much anymore, but it is quite unique. To make coffee in this machine, you put water in the bottom of the pot. Then, place the coffee in the basket located in the middle of the pot.

Final Thoughts

There are a number of ways to brew coffee around the world, so if your old drip machine isn’t cutting it for you anymore or you are just in the mood for something new, give something new a try. You just may find a better way to enjoy your morning brew.

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