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Four types of coffee makers

Brewing coffee has taken on numerous coffee makers, four of which will be discussed in this article. The four types of brewing techniques are:
- drip,
- French press,
- vacuum,
- stovetop.

Each of these machines require different methods of preparation enabling everyone to find the one that fits their unique taste and preference.

Drip coffee has become a household necessity; ease of use and efficiency has aided this trend. The machine does almost all the work; you simple need freshly ground coffee and cold water to get great results. This method is extremely efficient in that water is poured directly into the reservoir where the built in heating element immediately delivers hot water at the precise temperature for brewing.

The vacuum style brewing has been in existence since 1840. This method is usually made up of two separate glass containers stacked one on top of the other. The top is where brewing actually takes place. Simply ensure the filter is in place, fill the container with one rounded tablespoon of grounds per cup. Next, fill the lower section with cold water and heat to boiling temperature with an external or internal heat source. Once boling is complete remove from the heat source. A siphon, linking the two containers together, pulls the hot water from the lower container through the grounds into the top, and gravity fed through the filter into the lower container. Separate the top grounds container from the lower and you are ready to pour your coffee.

Stovetop brewing is similar to the vacuum method in that it has two separate, stacked pots, but the grounds and cold water are in the same container, with the second container simply holding the finished product. The process in which this machine operates is quite simple. A lower container holds the appropriate amount of water, as well as the filter basket filled with ground coffee. Heating the lower container forces the water through the grounds, then it is siphoned from the lower container into the top where it is ready to be served.

French press, developed in 1933, is an elegant and engaging way to brew coffee. This process is very simple in design and produces full-bodied coffee. Simply fill the canister with one tablespoon of coarsely ground coffee to every cup of hot water. Stir, and then place the plunger handle onto the pot to aid in heat retention. The recommended time to steep the coffee is four or five minutes. The next step in this process is to slowly depress the plunger. The plunger has stainless steel mesh that forces the grounds to the bottom of the carafe separating them from the liquid. Serve the coffee directly from the press pot. This method is designed for immediate consumption. The glass containers lose heat rapidly, which in turn creates a less desirable cup of coffee. Stainless steel press pots are on the market and can hold heat longer, yet you don't have the luxury of seeing your work in action like you do with a glass carafe.

All of these methods produce great tasting coffee. Now you can find the one that best fits with your lifestyle. This will bring you closer to an informed decision, and satisfy your desire for not only great coffee, but an appreciation for the various ways that it can be prepared.