How to choose a coffee maker
With rare exceptions, someone does not want a cup of strong coffee in the morning and does not dream of it at the end of a troublesome working day. Coffee lovers are well aware that the taste of this invigorating drink solely depends on the type of grain and the unit in which it is prepared. The modern market of household kitchen appliances is filled with amazing devices in this category. We will try to navigate a wide variety of products and ease the complexity of the choice.
There are coffee makers of several technological versions. The most simple and inexpensive products recognized drip coffee makers, which are a container (flask, jug) on a heating stand. The principle of operation is extremely simple: heated to 80 - 90 ° C, water moves through a capillary to the filter with ground coffee. Taking away all the aromatic and flavoring enzymes from the coffee mixture, it accumulates in a special flask (jug). Your coffee is ready!
Acceptable for home use espresso coffee makers. In units of this type, the drink is prepared by treating the coffee mixture with steam under a pressure of 10-15 bar. Espresso coffee makers have a metal or plastic horn, a pump without sieve filters. For the preparation of coffee using a mixture of special grinding. Remember that units with plastic horns are cheaper. Metal horns are more durable, and coffee prepared in such a device is much richer, more aromatic and tastier, as it warms up more intensively.
Geyser-type coffee makers consist of three compartments - for coffee beans, water, and the actual beverage. Water heated by the device in the form of a geyser is directed upwards and pours the coffee mixture, after which it seeps through the holes in the section for the prepared coffee. In such devices the coffee mix of a rough grinding is put. Most often, geyser-type coffee makers are made from stainless steel or aluminum. Sometimes manufacturers use ceramic attachments in the form of teapots, etc.
The work of capsule coffee makers is similar to espresso devices. They use special capsules with an enclosed coffee mixture. When using capsule coffee makers, it is much easier to prepare the drink, and washing the device is much easier. However, people experienced in coffee drinks are unlikely to be attracted to the aroma and taste of a drink prepared in this way.
Cappuccino coffee makers guarantee the production of coffee with delicate milk froth. Most often, “cappuccino” is prepared in an “espresso” coffee maker. To create an airy milk froth from milk or cream, you need a high-speed mixer. The milk turned into steam by a mechanical “cappuccinator” is deposited in the form of foam. High "cap" can be created using full-fat milk or cream. A device equipped with an automatic “cappuccinator” will greatly simplify the process of making a drink. Some devices are equipped with a foam thickness programmer, which is an undoubted advantage for fans of this type of coffee.
Piston coffee maker, called the "French press", is a metal rod placed in a glass cylinder, one end of which is a screen filter piston and the other is a convenient handle in the form of a ball. Ground coffee mixture is poured into a cylinder, filled with water of the desired temperature and insisted for a short time. Then, by lowering the piston, the coffee thick is pressed to the bottom of the cylinder. The undoubted advantage of the French press is that its work does not require connection to the power grid. It is optimal in the conditions of summer cottage, hiking and just going to nature. Of course, "espresso" and "cappuccino" in this device is not prepared. Those who are too busy or pathologically lazy will not use it, because the coffee maker is not automatic, and all the steps must be carried out independently.
For the combined coffee makers characteristic combination of drip cooking and "espresso". The disadvantage is that for the preparation of "drip" coffee or "espresso" need different grinding and the level of roasting grains. Combined coffee makers are very compact and great for small offices, where there will certainly be fans of not only regular coffee, but also “espresso”.
Stationary coffee machines are designed for preparing large volumes of beverage in a short period of time. They are characterized by high cost, and therefore are used in restaurants, bars and coffee shops. The built-in coffee units are placed in kitchen cabinets or columns. This saves space and does not distort the appearance of the interior.
The model range and price range of modern units for making coffee is very wide. What determines the price of coffee makers? In addition to the technical saturation of various options, the cost is determined by the name of the manufacturer. When choosing coffee machines, it is important to consult a professional in the repair of household appliances. After all, nobody needs a cheap and low-quality imitation!
In addition, pay attention to the material of the product. Of course, plastic devices are much cheaper than steel counterparts. The latter are distinguished by long operational periods and guarantee a more saturated taste of the finished drinks.
With the exception of the French press and drip coffee makers for all other devices is important such a characteristic as pressure. The standard for “espresso” machines is 15 Bar.
The total price of the coffee maker takes into account the type of filters. Disposable paper filters are much cheaper, but require systematic replacement. And this is an additional cost. Nylon filters are rated for 60 uses. "Golden" (nylon coated with titanium nitride) filters will last much longer.
A wide range of built-in functions significantly increase the cost of a coffee maker. Cheap units are distinguished by optional minimalism, the more expensive ones are “able” to automatically dispense coffee mix, water, choose the strength of the drink, turn off the heating of the flask.
In any case, your choice will be determined by your own taste, preferences and financial capabilities.