Coffee is one of the world’s widely enjoyed beverages. From drip coffee to espresso, there are many different ways to make coffee. Each has its own distinct style and flavor.
A drip coffee machine is one of the more popular ways to make coffee in the United States. Most drip coffee machines are portable, in which the user can move the machine around the kitchen. Some homes have the coffee machine built right into the kitchen in which water is piped into the machine by itself. Drip coffee machines can be placed into three different categories; manual, semi automatic and automatic. Some will require you to grind beans in a separate machine, add water and turn it on. Others have a grinding machine built in and you can set the timer to brew coffee when one wishes it too. The newest drip machines can now brew one cup of coffee at a time, simply place a pre-measured pod into the machine and it will brew a perfect cup of coffee. Drip coffee tends to have a smooth, mellow flavor.
In Europe, they prefer the French Press. This type of coffee produces a stronger, creamier flavor. Finely ground coffee is placed at the bottom of a glass container, in which hot boiling water is poured over it. After a few minutes, a wire plunger is used to press the coffee grounds to the bottom of the container. While this method produces a rich flavor, the French Press does not hold heat for a long time.
Espresso machines originally became popular in Europe, but now are widely used and recognized by most Americans. Espresso is made by passing hot water through finely ground beans that is tightly packed. A machine built for espressos is required. Espresso machines usually come with a steam wand, in which extremely hot water is passed through the tube thus producing steam. This steam wand is used to steam milk which can be combined with the espresso to make lattes or cappuccinos. Espresso has a heavy, creamy flavor.
Janet Lynn is a homemaker who lives in Miami, FL. She recently joined Gevalia Coffee club and got a free coffee maker. One of her favorite things to do is sit back with a good cup of Gevalia coffee on her screen porch in the morning.