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Types of Coffee Makers

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Types of Coffee Makers

Single-Serve Brewer

Single-Serve Brewers

Why they’re great:

Single-serve coffee brewers make one cup at a time without the fuss of grinding, using filters or cleaning a pot.

How they work:

Insert a sealed cup, pod or disc of grounds into the machine, add water to the reservoir, press a button and wait about a minute for brewing. Water is heated and moves through the grounds and directly into your cup.

Brew tip:

To ensure the quality of your coffee, use filtered or bottled water if your tap water is not good. Always use cold water.

Multi-Cup Brewer

Multi-Cup Brewers

Why they’re great:

Multi-cup brewers make up to 12 cups and include a range of features – such as pause-and-serve button – to get moving in the morning.

How they work:

Add water to the reservoir and grounds to the filter basket. Water is heated and forced through the filter and into the pot below.

Brew tip:

Use the proper coffee-to-water ratio! A general guideline is 1 to 2 tablespoons of ground coffee for every 6 ounces of water.

Espresso Machine

Espresso Machines

Why they’re great:

Bring café luxury to your home with automatic, super-automatic or commercial-grade espresso machines.

How they work:

Fill the reservoir with water and the filter basket with finely ground espresso. Water is heated just below the boiling point and is pressure-forced through the grounds, then through spouts into cups. Consult the user’s manual for detailed instructions as machine functionality varies.

Brew tip:

For the best espresso at home, use finely ground beans similar to the consistency of table salt.

French Press

French Press

Why they’re great:

The filterless design of a classic French press leaves essential oils in the final coffee product, ultimately allowing a more full, fresh and complex flavor.

How they work:

Add coarsely ground coffee to the pot and pour in the hot water, letting it completely and evenly saturate the grounds. Cover the pot and let it stand for four minutes. Then slowly push down on the press to work the grounds to the bottom.

Brew tip:

When using a French press, the beans should be very coarsely ground; too fine a grind can result in a muddy brew.

Teakettle

Teakettles

Why they’re great:

Teakettles heat water thoroughly, evenly and quickly for tea, French press coffee and more.

How they work:

Add water to the kettle, heat the water and pour it into your French press or coffee mug.

Brew tip:

Water temperature is the most critical element in preparing the perfect cup of tea. Heat water to a boil then allow it to cool 1 to 2 minutes before steeping.

Moka Pot

Moka Pots

Why they’re great:

Extract caffeine and flavors from the grounds for a strong brew with this stovetop option.

How they work:

Fill the boiler with water and insert the funnel-shaped metal filter. Add finely ground coffee to the filter and bring water to a boil. Once the steam from the boiling water reaches its pressure point, it forces water up the funnel, through the coffee grounds and into the upper chamber where the coffee collects.

Brew tip:

Use a low to medium flame on a gas stove, or place the moka pot off center with an electric burner to avoid boiling your coffee. If you can smell it from another room, it’s already burnt.

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