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When it comes to
purchasing a coffee maker, there is no shortage of choices. There
are a number of different brands, styles and types available on the
market with various options that are sure to meet the different
needs of consumers. Among the different types of coffee makers
available today are the drip, the vacuum and the percolator.
The drip coffee maker is the most popular of the different types of
coffee makers available. It works by dripping hot water over ground
coffee contained in a filter. The coffee is collected in a carafe
that sits on a warming plate. Many of these machines are equipped
with programmable timers that turn the machine on and off at a
specified time set by the user. They are available with various
types of carafes including thermal, glass, stainless steel and
individual travel mugs that range in size from one to 14 cups. Drip
coffee makers are available in simple, inexpensive varieties as well
as sophisticated, high-priced varieties, including features such as
built-in water filtration systems, built-in grinding mechanisms and
permanent gold filters.
The vacuum coffee maker consists of an upper and a lower glass pot
as well as a siphon tube and a filter. When the water in the lower
pot is heated, it travels through the siphon tube into the top pot
where the coffee grounds are contained. After the coffee maker is
removed from its heat source, the hot water travels back down to the
bottom pot through a filter. The coffee is then served from the
bottom pot. The vacuum coffee maker was very popular from the
nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century. These machines are still
available for purchase at selected stores and on-line.
Coffee percolators consist of a bottom chamber, a small tube and a
top chamber. When the water in the bottom chamber boils, it rises
through the tube into the top chamber in which the coffee grounds
are contained. The water is then filtered through a sieve and falls
back to the bottom chamber. This process causes a gurgling sound.
When the gurgling stops, the coffee is ready to be served. These
coffee makers are available in electric as well as stove top
versions. According to some coffee experts, this method of brewing
coffee results in overextraction due to the high temperature of the
water, causing the coffee to taste bitter.