A Selection of Coffee Brewing Equipment for the Home
This is the space to find all you need in Coffee Brewing Equipment at home. Coffee Brewing has for some become an art and for others a science!
There is an increasing interest in specialty coffees with variations of roasting expertise applied for the signature coffees. Then there are the aficionado’s who do their own roasting of the green coffee beans to their own style and flavour.
Whichever method you prefer to do your coffee brewing, to go the whole way means having the extra equipment on hand in your kitchen – coffee grinders, quality drippers like the Hario and Chemex drippers for example, also the pour-over coffee kettles and scales. Only then will you be able to have the satisfaction of that first mug of your very own brew to relish.
Drip Coffee Brewers
Automatic drip coffee brewers are used in many homes and businesses. They work by dripping water through a filter containing ground coffee. Two types of filters are available for these machines: paper and permanent.
Paper filters can affect the coffee taste as can some plastic permanent filters. Plastic filters do not last as long as metal filters. Metal filters may require that coffee beans be ground a bit coarser than is needed for paper filters.
Automatic drip coffee brewers offer a variety of special features. From basic machines to high-end models that do everything from grinding the beans to brewing it at a pre-set time. Basic automatic drip coffee brewers feature a water reservoir, a filter basket, and a warming plate to keep the carafe warm. Most feature filter baskets that swing out or lift out and simple on/off control.
Extra features include indicator lights, a brew-pause selection, digital display and /or digital control panel, clocks, timers, permanent filters an automatic shut off.
High-end features include water filtration, flavour settings, and a built-in grinder. Single-cup machines are available, as are machines making anywhere from 4 cups to 12 cups.
Drip Coffee Maker Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the best temperature for brewing coffee?
Most experts agree that 200 degrees is the best temperature for brewing coffee. Many restaurants do not allow the temperature to get that high because of liability issues should a consumer spill coffee and get burned.
2. What affects the quality of a cup of coffee?
Several things can affect the quality of brewed coffee. The cleanliness of the brewing equipment, the quality of the coffee beans, how long it has been since the beans were roasted, how long it has been since the beans were ground and the quality of the water used in brewing.
3. How do I clean my coffee maker?
Coffee makers should be cleaned at least once a week. Some experts suggest using dish detergent and water. Other experts suggest running one fourth part vinegar and three-fourths part water through the brewing cycle a time or two followed by running plain water through the cycle. This removes hard water deposits and other buildups.
Coffee Making: Coffee Grinders
The next useful items coffee making for your kitchen is a coffee grinder.
Why use a Coffee Grinder?
When coffee grounds are exposed to air an oxidization process sets in as the grounds are no longer protected by a sheath as whole coffee beans are. Home ground coffee is fresher when ground as you need right before brewing,
That is the most important advantage of grinding your coffee beans at home on demand.
The simplest coffee grinders are those that are an upgraded version of the old fashioned hand coffee grinders. These work well and won’t break the bank!
Grinding coffee beans can be time-consuming for those of us who are impatient, so many people invest in electronic coffee grinders.
These come with different actions to achieve a grind suitable for brewing coffee and are the most useful coffee brewing equipment. There is a choice of mechanisms in coffee grinder actions:
- Crusher mechanism grinders.
They are not the best to us as they crush the beans into granules, much like a mortar and pestle. The result is uneven granules of different sizes, which isn’t that great in your coffee maker or French Press for extracting the flavours.
2. Blade Grinders.
These run high speed and can grind the beans into fine granules, which isn’t ideal. The speed of the blades are inclined to make the granules go through a heating process, which affects the natural oils in the coffee beans. This, in turn, is detrimental to your coffee and the aroma can be reduced.
3. Burr Grinders.
Burr grinders produce coffee granules that are small and consistent and do not overheat the coffee during the process – so they are the recommended type of coffee grinder for home or commercial use.
Pour-over Coffee Kettles
Pour-over Coffee kettles are an essential acquisition in your coffee brewing equipment arsenal. This is where coffee making becomes an art form!.
The ritual of pouring is perfected by the flow rate provided by the thin gooseneck spout of the kettles which provides the ability to pour water accurately and slowly to make the perfect cup of coffee.
Pour-over coffee kettles are used in tandem with pour-over coffee drippers like the Hario V60, Melitta and Chemex which have become very popular among baristas. See our demonstration video of these kettles.
Moka Pots – Stove Top Coffee Brewers
Moka Pots or stovetop coffee brewers are an ingenious piece of coffee brewing equipment! They became very popular in Eastern Europe and in Latin America after their invention by Bialetti of Italy.
Moka pots are heated on the stovetop and can be used for making strong coffee and Espresso. They work by steam pressure forcing water from a chamber at the base through the coffee granules into a chamber at the top of the pot and so extracting the flavour of the coffee.
See the video below for a demonstration of how they work.
The Mokka Pot is a good piece of coffee brewing equipment providing it is maintained well by cleaning properly and good quality freshly ground coffee is used.
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