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24 November 2006

Other Coffee Makers

So many coffees, so little time and so many methods. We've come a long way in the evolution of the coffeemaker and methods have changed from socks as filters to the modern day multitude of different ways to get that perfect cup. That said, I think some coffee brewing methods are apt derogatory nicknames for some of the dolts I have met over the years.

Drip Filter Coffee Brewing Method: Pretty much like any of the coffeemakers you see in most people's homes, in North America. You put the coffee grounds in a basket, the water in the unit; they meet and drip into a carafe, first going through a filter. I find this to be one of the simplest ways, provided you know how to measure coffee. There is nothing worse then going to someone's house for coffee and the coffee is weak. Practice, I say, practice!!! You can set it up beforehand and just press a button when you are ready or buy a coffee maker with a timer.

Dutch Coffee Concentrate Coffee Brewing Method: (also known as the cold-water method, or moccomat). All I can say is ummm, ewww! Any coffee cupper would NEVER be caught dead drinking this. Basically, you soak coffee & water in a glass, for a half-day to a full-day. Then strain the coffee, using a filter (possibly a sock) and refrigerate the gunk. Then, when you are ready for a cup, of what I suppose is still coffee, you boil water and add 1 to 1 ½ tablespoons of the muck and enjoy.

Espresso Coffee Brewing Method: Steam and ground espresso beans are forced through a filter without burning the coffee. The result is a fantastic actual bean flavor with crema foam) on top. Add steam, a spigot and milk and you have a latte or cappuccino.

French Press Coffee Brewing Method: (also known as the plunger pot, cafetiere or Bodum). One of the most indispensable coffee makers known to man. You can travel with it (especially to England where most homes use instant coffee. Imperitive note: always take your own coffee with you if you are outside major UK cities); you can camp with it; if there was a blackout (and you had a fire to boil water) you could make a ton of money selling coffee to your neighbors; .ok, I think you get the point. Now, “what is it, you ask?” The French Press is a small glass jug (you can get plastic ones to travel with) that you put grinds in, add hot water, stir, put the plunger in -which has its own filter attached- press down and voila.great tasting coffee with no grinds in your teeth, maybe a little sediment at the end.

Ibrik Coffee Brewing Method: (also known as cezve, jezve). The key to fantastic Turkish coffee, Greek Coffee etc. If you like it strong, this is a great method for you. You use a small pot, usually copper or brass, with a long handle, plus, finely ground coffee beans. You boil the coffee grinds and water on the stove three times and serve only the froth in small cups. Jug Coffee Brewing Method: Hot water over grounds in a pottery jug and left to soak for about 6 hours. Disadvantage (or advantage) with this method is you get a meal with your coffee because the grinds go in your cup.and obviously the liquid is cold.

Moka Pot Espresso Brewing Method: Moka, moka, moka - I just like saying it! Moka! Ok, I'm done now. The moka pot is a dual chambered pot, which forces water from the bottom pot, into the upper pot, passing a filter and gathering coffee along its way. The espresso mix is served from the top pot.

Percolator Coffee Brewing Method: Also known as using a coffee urn. It is similar to the Moka Pot Method except there is only one pot. When heated, the water forces itself up a metal stem into a filter basket filled with coffee. Then gravity occurs, the water is forced back down through the filter into the abyss below. Generally, there is a spout at the bottom to which you pour a cup or a carafe at a time. This type of coffee is usually served at functions and meetings because it can make a lot of coffee at once. If doing this remember you need about 25 minutes for the whole thing to brew.

Vacuum Pot Coffee Brewing Method: akin to the Moka pot, the vacuum coffee maker has two pots: an upper pot and a lower pot (just to get technical). Boiled water starts in the lower pot and steam forces hot water through a coffee grind filled glass tube into the upper pot. The vacuum pot is then removed from the heat source and as the temperature gets lower, the vacuum is formed and the coffee gets sucked back to the first pot and poured. *No coffee grounds were hurt during this experiment*


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