Drip Coffee Machines – The Most Popular Home Coffee Machines

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Home Coffee Machines

Coffee machines are now commonplace in a vast number of homes. This is due to the fact that most people rely on either coffee or tea to get started in the morning. The common denominator in both morning beverages is caffeine.  Many adults rely on coffee for waking up on sleepy mornings and for staying awake through busy afternoons. Many friends meet at coffee shops to chat. Professionals and students take a laptop to places like Starbucks to do work or study.

 

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Braun KF7150BK Brew Sense Drip Coffee Maker, Black

Varieties of Coffee

Clearly, coffee is a staple in the lives of many people. As we explore elsewhere on this site, there are many flavors and varieties of coffee. These coffee varieties include decaffeinated brews used to relax on a quiet evening, rich espressos at the end of a meal. There are also varieties of cappuccinos and, of course, lattes. When we take all of these into account, there are literally hundreds of coffee choices.

Many Types of Coffee Machines

Hand-brewing coffee machines and old-fashioned coffee presses are becoming popular again among coffee lovers. At home, many coffee drinkers are now using pod brewing machines that steep hot water through coffee pads. Other home owners and apartment dwellers use the old-fashioned drip coffee machines. Cappuccino machines and espresso machines are also becoming common in many homes.

Drip Coffee Machines – Most Common

The most popular home coffee machines are drip coffee machines. Drip coffee machines are found in so many homes because they are the easiest coffee machines to use. Anyone can easily brew the perfect pot of coffee with one of the many available drip coffee machines. However, many people make a simple mistake when using drip coffee machines.

Permanent Filter – No Paper Filter

Many people don’t realize that the key to success in using drip coffee machines is to choose a permanent filter and not a paper filter. With a permanent filter, such as the gold and nylon models, the flavor molecules from the coffee grinds can pass freely through to the water. Another important advantage to using permanent filters in drip coffee machines is that permanent filters leave no unwanted flavors. When using a permanent filter, there is one very important consideration to  keep in mind. A permanent filter has to be cleaned after every use. While some may consider this extra work, the delicious results are well worth the effort.

What’s Wrong with Paper Filters?

The problem with using paper filters in coffee machines is that they leave an unpleasant aftertaste in the coffee. Also, paper filters can rob the coffee of the rich aroma and tantalizing taste of the coffee. This is because paper filters absorb some of the special flavor molecules and aromatic oils from the coffee beans. If you must use paper filters, run some hot water through them, first. The hot water washes away some of the aftertaste.

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Bonavita BV1800 8-Cup Coffee Maker with Glass Carafe

Water Temperature

The best coffee brewed in drip coffee machines comes from a medium to fine ground coffee. When brewing, measure the coffee carefully. Follow the coffee bean package or machine manufacturer’s suggestions. Also, the water temperature is an important consideration. The water temperature should range between 195 degrees and 205 degrees. This range of water temperature in coffee machines ensures the best extraction from your ground coffee.

Coffee Brewing Tips and Tricks

Here’s a great tip for you. One of the tricks to brewing a great cup of coffee in coffee machines is to remove the filter and coffee grounds before the last few drops of water have filtered through. Another tip is to remove the coffee grounds and filter. Removing the coffee grounds and filter will ensure that your java will be less likely to taste bitter or over-extracted. This is the same principle as removing a tea bag from a cup of hot tea after four or five minutes of brewing. If you leave a tea bag in over an extended period of time, the tea tastes bitter. It is possible to ruin the taste of a cup of coffee or a cup of tea. After the drip brewing has finished, stir the pot to thoroughly mix up the coffee before serving.

Summary

Coffee connoisseurs enjoy their coffee several times a day. Whether that time is morning, noon or night, they want to enjoy that cup of coffee. If they are using drip coffee machines, they all agree that using good quality ground coffee beans in the right coffee machines are important components of maintaining a consistent and well flavored pot every time.

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