Enjoying a cup of quality coffee is one of life’s little pleasures, and one which many coffee aficionados take really seriously. There are those that swear by their chosen method of brewing and what they perceive to be the perfect way to brew the best cup of coffee. For them, the idea of drinking a cup of ‘instant’ is a sacrilege and an insult to the glorious coffee bean! For them, the only way is properly ground coffee, a carefully selected choice from the numerous blends to choose from, originating from many different parts of the world. So, how do you decide on the best way to brew your coffee? Here are seven of the best coffee makers for a perfect cup of coffee:
French Press (cafetiere, coffee plunger pot or press pot).
The French press is an inexpensive and simple method of making a good cup of coffee. All that is needed to make coffee with a French press is hot water and coffee; no filters are required. The benefit of using a French press is that you are able to regulate the strength of your cup of coffee by having control over the length of brewing time that you allow. There is a certain enjoyable ritual to making coffee with a French press. Once the hot water has been added to the coffee, it can be taken to the table and allowed to brew while you relax and enjoy good conversation, or while reading your newspaper or a good book. When the appropriate brewing time has elapsed, pressing slowly down on the press and then pouring it into cups is all it takes to enjoy your coffee.
1. One of the best traditional-style French Press coffee makers on the market is the Bodum Chambord. It comes in a variety of sizes, has a quality chrome covered brass frame, and a removable and replaceable glass carafe. All pieces are safe to clean in the dishwasher.
2. Another traditionally-styled model is the Stoneware French Press from Le Creuset. It is available in several different color choices, and does have a much different weight than glass and metal varieties. The Le Crueset is ideal for that rustic country look and will staying looking good for years.
3. For a modern take on the French Press, the Frieling French Press fits the bill. Made from double-walled, polished stainless steel, it retains heat, prevents accidental burning of hands, and is tough and durable, as well as looking stylish enough to suit modern contemporary living.
The Moka pot.
The Moka pot is a coffee maker you use on your stove or cooker. It works by using steam, under pressure, to pass hot water through ground coffee. It’s another traditional style of coffee making, originating from the 1930’s. Compared to some other coffee makers, a drawback of making coffee this way is having to have a stove to use it on, but the quality of the end result is said to be similar to coffee made in an espresso machine, and due to the way it extracts the flavour, can produce a stronger cup than by drip brewing methods.
4. The original, and regarded by many as still the best, is the the Bialetti Moka Express. Its design has allowed it to become a stylish icon, the original design being made of aluminium, and it comes in a variety of sizes.
5. Another quality moka pot is the Moka Pot Top. This is made by the Italian company Moka Pot. A significant difference between this and the Bialetti Moka Express is the titanium-alloy base, and the Moka Pot Top will work well on any cooking surface, including the modern induction hobs. They come in a range of different colors to complement your kitchen.
Pour-over coffee maker.
The pour-over method is a simple way to produce quality coffee. The pour-over cone system was invented by Merlitta Bentz in 1908 and is regarded by many coffee aficionados as the best way to make coffee. A cone is placed in the top of a cup or carafe. A paper or material filter is placed inside this cone, and coffee is added. Water is slowly poured over the coffee grounds and the resulting coffee flows through a small hole in the bottom of the cone.
6. The Chemex coffeemaker is an elegantly designed vessel made of high quality, heat resistant glass, with a heat resistant collar that acts as a handle. It was selected by the Illinois Institute of Technology as one of the 100 best designed products of all time.
7. The Hario Cafeor Stainless Steel Dripper is different in that it doesn’t use filters that need replacing. Instead, it has a fine metal mesh that allows more of the coffee’s oils to pass through, giving the resulting coffee more body than can be achieved using paper filters.
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