Coffee has become a necessity. If we do not have at least a cup a day, our day does not seem complete. Starbucks might offer delicious coffee but going there every day for several cups of coffee is expensive and tiring. So the best option is to buy a decent coffee maker so you can make as much coffee as you want and for any time you want. For several coffees, you can get different coffee makers of various shapes and sizes making different coffees.
How to operate & use a coffee maker
There are many ways through which you can make coffee using your coffee maker. Some steps giving basic guideline on how to operate a coffee maker are provided below which might be of extreme help if you have just started using one.
- In the filter basket, add a coffee filter. Though it is advisable if you use a non-generic filter, a natural or bleached filter can also be used. If the coffee maker comes with mesh filters, it is environment-friendly and most importantly a natural choice.
- Add your desired coffee to the filter. Although it depends on the type of coffee maker and the coffee you want to drink, an estimated ratio between coffee and water is two tbsp coffee powder to six oz. of water.
- Add water according to your measurement ratio from step 2.
- Plug the coffee maker in and switch it on for brewing.
- When the coffee is brewed, pour it out into a mug.
- If you are using the mesh filter, what you need to do is to throw the coffee grounds and wash the filter. If the filter is paper, throw the paper filter along with the coffee grounds away. If the coffee grounds remain in the machine for too long, it might turn bitter and taste bad.
Types of coffee makers
Types of coffee makers usually depend on the coffee we intend to prepare. They might also differ according to their sizes and properties. Some of the types are discussed below.
Vacuum coffee maker
Built on the principle of vacuum, these coffee makers were very famous for preparing clear brew. This coffee maker has seen a lot of changes regarding the shape, property, and material but the fundamental principle is still the same.
With the percolator, water is warmed in a pot with a removable lid, until the heated water is poured through a metal tube into a brew basket container containing coffee. The fluid is removed from the brew basket, where it dribbles once again into the pot. This procedure is consistently repeated amid the brewing cycle until the liquid going more than once through the grounds reaches boiling point.
Commonly used in Latin America and Europe, it is a stove-top pot. The pressurized hot water is passed through the coffee grounds in the form of steam.
Water is poured into the reservoir from which it is led, via a tube, to the heating chamber. Here the water is heated which ultimately is poured over the ground coffee. Coffee then passes through the filter in the carafe. Check out the collection of drip coffeemakers here.
As the name suggests, the coffee grounds are pressed in this machine. For this purpose, it is necessary that coarse grounds are used. Coffee grounds and water are mixed and left to brew. After some time, the mixture is pressed with the help of the plunger so that the grounds are separated.
With the single serve, a specific amount of water is heated and then passed through the coffee pod. Thus, it brews a standard cup of coffee. It has become popular in the past few years.
Using a drip coffee maker
Drip brewing is probably one of the most popular coffee making styles because people like making their coffees themselves. The following steps can be followed to make a perfect cup of coffee while using a drip brewer.
- Select the coffee grounds you want to use. Not only this but you have to decide how fine the coffee grounds are. As the water flows through the coffee, if it flows fast the coffee would not have the desired taste; if it is too slow, the coffee would be bitter. To understand better here is what you should know about coffee grounds:
- Flat bottom filters: Medium, i.e. almost as fine as sand grains
- Cone-shaped filters: Medium or Fine
- Gold/Plastic permanent filters: Medium
- The type of water and the ratio of water and grounds are crucial. Try using filtered or distilled water. The water to coffee ratio should be six ounces to two tbsp.
- The temperature might vary depending on the coffee maker. You can try 195oF– 205oF. This is just a standard temperature which might not be perfect for you. You can get the proper temperature by doing some trial and error with your drip coffee maker to solve this problem.
Using a pod coffee maker
Coffee pods are the packages for single use which can be brewed in a pod coffee maker. One of the biggest advantages of using a pod coffee sachet is that it does not create a lot of mess. Moreover, its preparation is a very easy process. In the pod coffee maker, the hot water is passed through coffee pods. The steps are described below:
- Firstly, unpack the pod coffee. These are usually individually packed so that when you open one package, the rest do not get affected by the light and air.
- The pod coffee brewer has a handle in the front. Open the handle, and you will see a circular area. Place the sachet in the circular Close the lid after properly positioning the sachet.
- Remove the lid of the water reservoir and pour water that is enough to prepare one cup of hot steaming coffee. Replace the lid properly after filling. An important thing to remember is that if there is a maximum limit mark, do not exceed it.
- Place the mug under the brew head and turn the coffee maker on. The coffee would start brewing. The heated water would pass through the pod and drip into the mug placed underneath the machine.
- Your piping hot cup of delicious coffee is ready.
Brewing coffee is a crucial step as you cannot have coffee raw (duh!). Some methods are used worldwide to prepare our favorite drink. Coffee boiling method, Pressure brewing method, Gravity brewing method, and Steeping methods are some of them.
Coffee boiling method is almost the same as how tea is made. Pour boiled water into the coffee grounds in a cup and mix. Drink your coffee when it is cold to your taste.
Pressure brewing method is the fundamental principle for making coffee in moka pot and vacuum coffee maker where the water is forced to enter the compartment having coffee grounds in it in steam form. Extreme pressure is built there.
Gravity brewing method is used in coffee makers like drip brewer where the water drips down and passes through the coffee grounds.
Steeping method is where hot water is mixed with the coffee grounds, and then the used grounds are separated from it. French press works on this principle.
Coffee has become an important thing in our life. There is no way we can live a day without it. Several cups of coffee a day are considered normal for most people. To make it easier for us to make coffee and not go to cafes and pay such high prices, we should and do prefer our coffee makers. For different types of coffees, there are several coffee makers available on the market. Usually, the name of the coffee relates to the kind of coffee maker to be used in its making.