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Until I started Daily Shot Of Coffee, I only knew one way to make coffee – a drip coffee maker. Along the way and by doing research for the blog, I discovered that the drip coffee machine was just the beginning. I’ve seen some pretty wild and crazy looking contraptions in the last few months, so I thought I would share with you some of the most interesting methods that I’ve come across. The bad thing is that I want to try them all, but I don’t know if I have room in my cabinets.
AKA the Filter Method
The drip method is by far the most popular method of making coffee. I can’t even think of the last time I was in a house that didn’t have a drip coffee maker.
How It Works: Water is poured on to ground coffee. The water filters through the coffee grounds into a pot or mug below. For more instruction please locate the nearest coffee maker and take a look inside.
AKA the Plunger or Cafetiere
The French Press extracts the most flavor from the coffee grounds and is currently the second most popular way to make coffee at home.
How It Works: Ground coffee is added to to the bottom, then hot water is poured in and stirred. The water saturates or infuses (the cool way of saying it) with the coffee grounds for a few minutes, then the plunger is pushed down to separate out the coffee grounds.
AKA the Arab Method
It’s probably the originally way coffee was made and produces a dark and very strong tasting coffee. It’s not for everybody.
How It Works: Coffee is ground by hand, then placed in a pot called an ibrik with sugar and water. It’s brought to a boil three times than poured into a cup.
Before the drip coffee maker, the percolator was the most common method of producing coffee, but now you’re more likely to see it in a retro movie than anywhere else. The reason that it’s not so popular anymore? The coffee it produced was horrible. Pretty simple answer.
How It Works: Water cycles through a heated reservoir at the bottom,then through grounds above, over and over until it’s ready.
It smells good, sounds good, but the taste isn’t so good.
Same machine is used to make cappuccinos and lattes.
Espresso machines are becoming more and more common in households across the US. I know that an espresso machine is on my wish list.
How It Works: Hot water is injected through the coffee grounds into the cup below. Some espresso machines also includes a way to steam or froth the milk.
It’s slow and very unusual looking proccess. Once you see one, you’ll probably never forget it.
How It Works: Near boiling water is forced into a glass chamber with coffee grounds. The mixture steeps until the heat is turned off. As it cools, the water is sucked back into the lower chamber.
Cold Water Method
This is the method for those who don’t mind waiting a really long time for their coffee.
How It Works: Ground coffee is mixed in large container with water. Then it’s left at room temperature for 10 to 12 hours. Afterward the grounds are strained out, then the remaining extract is added to a cup with hot water.
AKA the reversible drip pot.
It looks like two coffee pots on top of each other.
How It Works: In between the two chambers, is ground coffee. The lower chamber is filled with water and brought to a boil. Then it’s removed from the stove and flipped over. The water drips through the grinds into the serving pot.
It might be the easiest type of coffee to make, just add water, but the taste is often lost in the process.
How It’s Made: Water is removed from the coffee grounds by heating or freezing it. That produces a powder that you can buy at the grocery store.
Single Serve Coffee Machines
Really don’t know how to explain this other than the obvious: a coffee maker that will make a cup of coffee. They use those k-cups, pods, discs and other futuristic sounding things. It’s another thing that’s on my wish list, especially for the first thing in the morning when I really need caffeine.