Coffee Makers: Which Type is Best?
If you’re like us, you can’t imagine starting the day without a freshly brewed cup of coffee. That warm wakeup is as integral to our routine as brushing teeth or getting dressed. But just because it’s part of our everyday practice doesn’t mean we have to settle for something that tastes basic. With the right coffee maker, you can make a gourmet brew right at home. Read about the different brewing methods to find out which machine is right for you.
Drip Coffee & Pour Over Coffee Makers
Easy and familiar, pour-over coffee and drip coffee makers run hot water through ground coffee, leaving you with a smooth, rich and steaming beverage. Though most modern machines will automatically measure the appropriate amount of water, you still want to ensure you’re adding enough coffee beans to brew a full-flavored cup or pot. A good coffee to water ratio is 1-2 tablespoons of ground coffee for every 6 ounces of water.
Cups and Pods
By now, you’re probably familiar with the popular single-serve coffee machines. Pioneered by Keurig, the K-cup coffee maker does the measuring work for you. Simply fill your Keurig machine with water to the fill line, secure the K-cup and hit brew. Since the pods come filled with about 2-tablespoons of ground coffee, this option is great for making a single cup at a time. For small spaces, consider a mini single-serve coffee maker, or, for those who want the option to choose between brewing a single cup or whole carafe, try a multi-purpose coffee maker.
The main difference between espresso and coffee lies in the concentration. Espresso coffee makers work by forcing water through finely-ground, firmly packed coffee beans, which results in a stronger, more amplified brew. Most espresso coffee machines will extract a shot-sized amount of liquid with a rich, bubbly foam topping. With one of these machines, you don’t need to know how to make espresso to enjoy a freshly brewed cup every morning.
Cappuccinos & Lattes
Bring the coffeehouse to your kitchen with a cappuccino machine. It’s okay if you’re not sure how to make cappuccino or even what the difference between a latte and cappuccino is; these simple-to-use machines still make it easy to whip one up at home.
Cappuccinos are comprised of equal parts espresso, streamed milk and foam, whereas lattes include a small layer of steamed milk over equal amounts espresso and foamed milk. Most cappuccino makers can brew your beverage either hot or cold for the perfect cup all year round.
Want a delicious cappuccino but don’t have a machine? Try this Vanilla Spice Slow Cooker Spiced Cappuccino.
Cold brew is made without heat, hence its name. Though making cold brew used to take hours of steeping, electric cold brew makers can extract a rich and full-bodied brew in as little as 5 minutes.
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