But which is the right method to prepare the perfect coffee? The market offers a real variety of coffee machines and preparation devices. Even though it’s basically just mixing water and ground coffee, there are big differences in taste depending on the preparation method. Below, we’ll look at 5 different ways you can make your perfect and custom coffee.
The classic filter coffee maker
The filter coffee maker is one of the most popular ways to prepare coffee. According to the Coffee Report 2016, around 71.8% of all coffee drinkers in Germany own a filter coffee machine. This puts it in the first place by a wide margin, leaving all competitors far behind. Incidentally, filter coffee plays a pioneering role in the automation of coffee preparation. Until the 1950s, coffee still had to be prepared by hand in the traditional way. With the invention of the filter coffee machine and vacuum-packed ground coffee, every household could make coffee quickly and easily. Therefore, all modern and fully automatic coffee machines represent a further development of the filter coffee machine.
The operation of the filter coffee maker is quite simple. The device mimics the brewing of coffee by hand. It works as follows:
- The filled water is heated to about 92 to 94 degrees Celsius with the help of a flow heater.
- The steam pressure built up then causes the water to enter the filter bag via a riser tube.
- This is where the previously inserted coffee powder is stored, which is now rinsed with hot water – the brewing process takes place.
Even though the filter coffee maker is quite simple in design, many devices offer some setting changes. For example, you can adjust the brewing process individually. This way, you control the water inflow and decide how much aroma should come out of the coffee powder. Finally, the duration of the water flow determines whether your coffee becomes stronger or milder. We are most familiar with the classic glass pot as the container for the filter coffee maker. This is where the coffee ends up after it has passed through the filter bag. However, the disadvantage of the glass pot is that it cannot keep the coffee hot for long. In addition, the delicate aromas are lost very quickly. Therefore, newer machines often use thermos jugs as containers. These protect the coffee better and keep it fresh longer.
By the way, the filter coffee maker is perfect for all lovers of deep L, who prefer a quick result and want to prepare a simple coffee.
Tip: The Moccamaster is considered THE filter coffee maker because the coffee tastes similar to hand-filtered coffee.
Cleaning afterward is also quick and easy. When it comes to choosing the type of coffee, most machines should use the Arabica bean. In many machines, the filter and the filter paper angle is precisely matched to this type of coffee.
Pressure brewing systems
A pressure brewing system is a branch of the filter coffee machine. It attempts to prepare an espresso-like filter coffee. The result is quite unusual: a strong and powerful coffee is produced. You can compare this better result with a mocha coffee.
As already mentioned, the principle of operation is based on that of filter coffee.
- The water is poured into the lower part of the machine with the help of a jug.
- The ground coffee is then placed in the lid. This is a suitable filter.
- Now you need to heat the water to create high pressure and steam.
- The next step is to force the water through the ground coffee.
Unlike normal filter coffee, the contact time between the grounds and the water is very short. The bitter substances in the coffee are therefore hardly dissolved and stick to the filter. Pressure brewing systems, therefore, work extremely quickly and offer a suitable solution for strong coffee variants.
The invention of the pressure brewing system was an attempt to offer people an alternative to the well-known filter system. Today, you can find mainly Krups products on the market – but other manufacturers also offer corresponding pressure brewing systems. However, this method of coffee preparation is not really durable. Therefore, very few coffee drinkers use a pressure brewing system. The taste of coffee from a pressure brewing system is very strong. There is a strong aroma present. The preferred bean type is Arabica. Depending on your preferences, Arabica and Robusta coffee can also be blended. Just let your taste be your guide.
The stamp pot with pressure: Pure aroma!
Making coffee doesn’t always have to be boring. The stamp pressure pot, also known as a coffee pot, was invented in France in the mid-19th century. It offers its users an aromatic and full-bodied taste. Anyone who likes a strong coffee is in the right place. The operation of the punch pot essentially combines the extraction of flavor and brewing.
- Hot water is poured over the ground coffee in the pot. However, this should not be allowed to boil. First, a good amount of flour is poured over it. This way it will be well moistened.
- Then wait for about 20 seconds.
- Fill up with water again. This time fill the opening up to an inch from the edge.
- This should take another 4 minutes.
- To brew the coffee, you put in the plunger with the strainer. Then you press lightly on it. The sieve will move forward bit by bit, separating the coffee and the water. This prevents the extraction of aromatic substances.
Finally, the finished coffee can simply be poured out. However, it should be drunk quickly, as the glass protector of the press pot cannot retain the aromas or the heat of the coffee for long.
The press pot is suitable for those who like to prepare a strong coffee. Here, the full aroma unfolds and all taste buds are addressed. However, since no filter is used in contrast to the filter coffee machine, the lipids kahweol and cafestol also get into the coffee. This increases the cholesterol level. It is also recommended to use coffee with a dark roast. The cafeteria achieves the best results here. You should also use coarse ground coffee. But of course, you can experiment a lot here too.
The Cona pot: chemical coffee
The Cona pot looks like a chemistry experiment and has little to do with coffee brewing. This unusual brewing method originated in Germany and was widely used, especially back then. Today, the device is often used for decorative purposes, but of course, it can still be used for making coffee. In general, it is a coffee maker with a glass flask. It owes its name, Cona pot, to its manufacturer.
If we take a closer look at the chemical experiment, we can easily explain how it works.
- First, two glass bottles are placed on top of each other. A rubber seal ensures that no air can enter from the outside.
- Water is poured into the lower bottle.
- Ground coffee is put into the upper part. With this brewing method, you can use more than the otherwise recommended amount of six grams of grounds – some deep L lovers use up to ten grams here. The two glass flasks are connected by a glass top.
- Most Cona coffee makers use a spirit burner to heat the water in the lower pot. Once the water boils, it expands.
- The resulting pressure causes the water in the riser tube to rise to the coffee grounds.
- After the heat supply is cut off, a vacuum is created in the pot. The filter is then sucked out and the “coffee experiment” is finished. Now you can pour out the coffee.
The Cona coffee pot prepares a coffee that convinces with its strong aromas. Here you can experience an individual event every day, which you will certainly not forget in a hurry. There is hardly a more spectacular method of making coffee. However, the entire construction is very delicate and breaks easily – and cleaning it is also quite time-consuming.
The unforgettable Karlovy Vary pot
The Karlovy Vary pot has been celebrating its success on the market for over 100 years. Even today, this classic is produced without interruption. The secret of its success lies simply in its simplicity. The filter of the pot is made of porcelain and does not affect the taste in any way. In a short time, the best filter coffee is produced with an unchanged aroma.
The Karlovy Vary pot consists of four different parts. It is a coffee pot, a lid, a two-piece coarse mesh porcelain filter, and a brewing accessory.
- When you use the Carlsbad pot, you need to preheat it very well, otherwise, the incoming coffee will cool down quickly.
- To begin, the coffee powder is poured in from the top.
- Then hot water is added. The coffee infuses slowly and the flavors can develop. Since the filters have very large openings, the ground coffee must be extremely coarse. Fine grounds would quickly clog the filters and impede the flow of water. Ground coffee with such coarse grains is usually not available in conventional supermarkets. With a suitable coffee grinder, this can be done quickly and easily.
If all the steps are followed carefully, the coffee can be prepared well. The result is a strong, unadulterated taste. For this reason, you should use only high-quality coffee, because the pleasure is even more intense!
The Karlovy Vary pot is still very popular today and is mainly used by real Deep L lovers. High-quality roasts can be optimally tasted here.
The world of coffee: enjoyment for all
Anyone who wants to make coffee should, of course, choose the right type of coffee beforehand. Depending on the method, it is always worth varying between the different types and flavors. A tamper pot, for example, is best filled with coffee beans that have a dark roast. On the other hand, fully automatic machines can handle any type of bean well.