Not all coffee makers are the same – you don’t have to be a know-it-all to know this. Nonetheless, do you know about the differences that exist in different types of coffee makers? Don’t worry if you don’t. I’m at your service, ready to provide useful information that may help you in this regard.
In today’s article, we’re going to focus on coffee makers. So, let’s jump into the classification without any more delay.
Introducing 10 Common Types of Coffee Makers
How many types of coffee brewers are there? Well, it’s tough to stick a number to the answer to this question. However, I’m going to try to talk about the 10 most popular types of coffee makers that you might want to use the next time you brew some coffee.
Here we go…
01. Vacuum Coffee Maker
This particular type of machine uses two things in order to brew coffee: gravity and vapor pressure. A guy named Loeff was behind its invention. He developed it in 1830-something.
A renowned model of this type of coffee brewer is the Napier Vacuum Machine developed in 1840. Despite its complexity, it had a name for producing clear coffee. That’s enough for a coffee lover to want to have it in his hands.
“How does it work?”, You may ask. The answer to that is the following.
The vacuum coffee machine has two chambers or vessels, if you may. One, lower and the other, upper. Water is kept in the lower container, and coffee grounds are placed in the upper one.
Heat is applied with the intention to warm the water. This heat causes water to evaporate. The water vapor then goes up to the upper chamber through the pipe due to the pressure difference that is created. Coffee grinds are kept in the upper vessel. Then the coffee is brewed with hot water.
After a certain time, when the heat, being applied, is cut off, the brew comes down to the lower chamber. Now you can pour out your coffee and enjoy it.
Let’s go to the next machine.
02. Coffee Percolator
This is also one of the oldest types of coffee makers. The percolator was invented in the 19th century, the mid-nineteenth to be more specific.
Like the vacuum machine, this one also has an interesting mechanism. In the percolator, water is first poured down. Then there’s a basket above the water level where you keep the coffee grounds.
When you heat up the water and start boiling, the water goes through a pipe to the top and falls on the grinds in the basket. The basket has sieve-like holes that prevent the grounds from coming down, yet allows the water to flow.
The water goes down and again goes up, following the same process. In this method, the brew is created and the coffee gradually becomes stronger. This goes on until when you think it’s been long enough. So you stop the process and pour the brew to have a sip.
03. Moka Pot
Let’s talk about its name first. It was named after the Mocha city of Yemen, although developed in Italy. Nonetheless, this machine has become pretty standard in Latin America and Europe.
So how does it work? Like the aforementioned machines, this one also has a lower compartment where you keep and heat the water. Ultimately the heat starts boiling the water and the vapor goes through to the next compartment where coffee grinds are put.
The steam of water gets mixed with the fine grounds, and the brew gets pushed further up through a pipe. The coffee then gets out of the tunnel and falls inside the uppermost chamber. This is how you can get your coffee from a Moka pot.
04. Electric Coffee Drip Maker
Well, this one also fundamentally works in the same way. However, it has become more popular since it is more hassle-free.
This machine has three chambers. One is for the water, another for the coffee grounds, and the last one for the brew to gather in. let’s see how it works.
You plug in the machine and turn it on. Two compartments start to heat up: the one with the water and the one for the brew. The water starts to travel through a pipe and goes to the container with coffee grinds in it. The hot water drops get mixed with the grounds, and the solution falls in the container below.
The brew is collected in this container. It’s also getting a heat, so your coffee remains hot. It is now ready for consumption.
This machine is one of the more modern types of coffee makers.
05. Espresso Machine
An Italian also developed the espresso machine in the late nineteenth century. After that, with time, the machine gradually developed into a better coffee maker.
This specific machine is famous for brewing espresso coffee, and by adding milk to the espresso, you can make more variations as well, the most renowned of which is called a latte. If you are enthusiastic about learning about Latte.
An espresso coffee maker works by pressuring almost-boiling water through fine grounds of coffee that are tightly placed in a small container similar to the shape of a puck.
This results in a highly concentrated thick coffee, which you can either drink directly or add steamed milk to produce a cappuccino, a latte, or a macchiato.
This is one of the most popular types of coffee makers you’ll find in restaurants or homes.
06. French Press
This one is a straightforward machine for coffee-making. So, what you do with it is basically put coffee grinds inside the container and pour hot boiling water into it. This way, the coffee is brewed.
Now, in order to separate the grinds from the brew, you press down a plunger that filters up the coffee. If you keep it like that for too long after pressing the piston, then the coffee will get more bitter. Just keep it until you think it’s right.
And lastly, you pour out the brew, and you are ready to drink the coffee.
One more interesting fact that you might like to know is, that despite the name of this machine, the French press was originally invented in Italy in the 20th century.
07. Grind and Brew Coffee maker
This is a special drip coffee machine that brews coffee immediately after grinding the beans. As a result, the beautiful smell and flavor of coffee remain intact. All you need to do is press and select the quantity of coffee you want to brew and witness the magic.
08. Single-Serve Coffee Maker
This one has gained a lot of popularity in recent years, mainly due to its easy mechanism, compared to other types of coffee makers.
You put water in the water container of the machine. Then put coffee grounds or pods in the allotted place. Connect the machine to the socket. The device heats up the water allowing it to go through the grinds resulting in your perfect brew of coffee.
09. Pour-Over Coffee Maker
The pour-over coffee maker is probably the easiest of the bunch.
As the name suggests, pour hot water over coffee grinds that are placed on a filter. And voila! Your brew is ready.
See how simple that is!
10. Cold Brew Coffee Maker
If you are a cold coffee lover, then this machine is for you.
It’s just like any other coffee maker. The difference being, you have to steep the coffee grounds in cold water instead of hot water. This might be a lengthy process, but that doesn’t matter because the end result is a sweet one.
Brew Coffee with Your Favorite Machine!
These are some of the most popular types of coffee makers. If you are interested in using one, I’m sure this article has helped you with your decision-making process.
Once you have decided on a machine, go and start using it. The enjoyment of brewing coffee at home by your hand is something incomparable. However, you can read our article about coffee types to decide which coffee would be appropriate for you. Good luck.