The Most Popular Coffee Makers

If you could measure a item's popularity by the number of machines invented to produce the item, coffee machines would be near the top of the list.

Different methods of brewing coffee have been discovered to enhance the flavor of the beans. It does not stop at having found a simple brewing method though, today you can have different methods of brewing coffee to serve different moods, preferences and occasions. But that is already getting ahead of ourselves. Some types of coffee machine are listed below.

The Percolator

The percolator is still commonly used in many parts of the world because of its convenience and efficiency. This coffee machine serves one primary purpose: to brew coffee through boiling. From the efficiency of percolators were conceived its more modern counterpart, the electric percolator has a tube that pumps water into the filter basket where the coffee returns to the bottom, mixes with the grind and the process is repeated over again. The coffee that is brewed was acceptable for the time until the drip method, which produced better tasting coffee, was used.

The earliest coffee machine that was commonly used (aside from the percolator types) was known as the ibrik.

The ibrik is a popular coffee maker in the Middle East. This coffee machine is still being used today. You may catch it on films, whether the movie is set in ancient practices or modern society. The ibrik coffee maker is made from brass or copper. It has a slender top that widens at the bottom. The ibrik has a distinctive grooved lip for pouring and a long slender handle. The ibrik fuctions like the percolator. Water is brought to a boil and finely-ground coffee is added. It is again brought to a boil. Sometimes sugar and spices are also added such as cinnamon and cardamom. The ibrik produces very strong coffee because the coffee does not undergo filtering, which is what most Middle Eastern people prefer.

Another popular coffee maker is the French press.

The French press is a simple coffee maker that uses a plunger to press the coffee to the bottom, squeezing the coffee flavor out to mix with the boiling hot water. Connected to the plunger is a filter that fits snugly to the glass container preventing the coffee grounds from mixing with the water. The coffee grounds are placed in a container of boiled water. After the coffee grounds and the water are allowed to sleep for a few minutes, the plunger is pushed down, creating the brew.

Drip Brew Machines

Boiling water from a reservoir drips in through the ground coffee held by a filter cone. The drips are accumulated in a carafe beneath and the coffee is served. Drip coffee machines produce excellent coffee. One of its advantages is that the water passing through the filter isn't boiling, but instead has the right heat to extract the coffee flavors. There are two types of drip method coffee machines, the manual and the automatic.

Espresso and Cappuccino coffee machines

Espresso means "pressed out" in Italian and describes the process. This coffee machines forces out steam under pressure through the coffee grinds. To make cappuccino, steamed milk and foam are added.