I have observed a growing interest in Coffee Makerss everywhere. This is not a fad; it is a trend that has come to stay. First, this method of preparation is far superior to any other; second because it is a different way of looking at daily dose of caffeine, a matter of style and pleasure. Anyone who acquires this habit will hardly leave it and still runs risk of becoming an amateur. When this happens, there is an insistent and persistent desire to have a Coffee Makers. At that point some doubts begin to appear – which I hope to help clarify in this article. Which machine to buy? Which system is better? First, however, I want to relate my experience.
Coffee is an Italian invention that gained popularity in post-war period. As everyone knows, Italy experienced an economic boom in this era of prosperity. Thus was born “Italian style”, with its fashion industry, sports cars and also coffee. I will never forget first time I entered a Coffee Makers shop; it was packed with machines of all kinds. At that moment, still as a neophyte, I was amazed at diversity of products to do such a simple thing, but soon realized that everything was a matter of style.
Level of automation
Domestic Coffee Makerss are essentially very similar, yet they can be easily classified by degree of human involvement in their operation. Innovations like capsules, or sachets, aim to minimize human intervention in extraction of coffee. Whole process is fast, clean and requires no knowledge, but since nothing is perfect, coffee leaves to be desired in intensity and aroma.
Fully automatic machine is another type having all in one equipments; you put water in one compartment, coffee beans in another and just push a button for contraption to take out coffee. These machines are very practical, work relatively well, even if they do not reach quality of a coffee well taken out in a semi-automatic. Only drawback is that they need maintenance: periodic cleaning of internal parts. They are more practical at time of coffee, but they give more work later.
Semi-automatic machines with pressurized holder are curious, have a valve that opens after a certain pressure, producing a creamy coffee without much difficulty. But make no mistake, cream is not real and coffee leaves to be desired in concentration and intensity. Some machines use pressurized filter press. Now with a modified commercial filter holder, machine works a thousand times better.
Types of Coffee Makers
Here it is necessary to open a parenthesis, if you are a traditionalist who likes to do things way they should be done, forget history of practicality. Capsules, sachets, pressurized carriers and super automatic machines are excellent innovations to make life easier, but they do not in any way replace traditional way of using semi-automatic (or manual ) machines with a good grinder.
All Italian semi-automatic machines are great (Swiss and Spanish too), have few technical differences and are basically composed of a boiler, pump, resistors and thermostats:
- Bomb: It is always vibrating – and its pressure does not matter;
- Boilers: They can be in brass, stainless steel or aluminum, which latter material is inferior, generally employed in cheaper machines;
- Resistances: They heat water;
- Thermostats: They control temperature of water in a very elementary way, turning resistance on and off.
There are other devices, such as solenoid valve, but this does not have much importance for home users.
Want to know which machine is best? Without a doubt, one that uses more metal and is being sold for lowest price. A good Coffee Makers is heavy, uses a lot of brass, stainless steel and nothing plastic. Rest is all about style, design and functionality.