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Blog : Time to step outside of the pot…the coffee pot that is.
There are many variations associated with one simple little bean. Take for instance, the different ways to prepare your coffee. Sure, everyone knows how to put a filter into an automatic coffee maker, scoop up some grounds, and dump in some water…and if that's the way you love it, great! But, today we're going to explore some of the other ways that people prepare their favorite brew.
We'll start with something that may be familiar to some…
- Percolator – This is a metal canister that has a small reservoir inside that holds your ground beans. You then fill the canister with water and set it on the stove (or if you're really adventurous, a woodstove) to heat and steep, rather like tea. The downside to this method is that it's pretty easy to burn your brew…eww. The upside is that it makes a really strong cup of joe.
- Automatic Coffee Maker – This is the method that most home brewers use and love. You likely use a paper filter, ground beans, and water. The ease of use is usually why most people choose this method.
- Vacuum Pot – This is a bit like a lava lamp in shape, two glass spheres stacked on top of each. The appeal of this method seems to be that it brews a really smooth cup, and it's trippy to watch. The downside is that it tends to be on the weak side and is quite hard to clean.
- French Press – Here is another method that many people have heard of, if not seen. It resembles a small glass pitcher with a plunger in it. The principle is that hot water is poured onto your ground beans and left to steep, then when you're ready to enjoy your java you push the plunger down to corral the grounds. The resulting brew is mellow, low acid, and really smooth!
- Chemex – While this one sounds very techy, it's actually one of the most simple. It's merely a glass vase-like container that is quite beautiful to behold. This device allows you to perform a "pour-over", which means that you put your ground beans into a specially made filter in the top of the Chemex, and then you pour boiling water over your beans. The water then slowly trickles through the beans resulting in a very smooth, enjoyable cup of your favorite brew.
- Single Cup Brewer – These you've probably heard of, and maybe even used before. They are a coffee maker that allows you to brew a single cup of coffee at a time, and are perfect for singles, families, or offices where everyone likes something a little different. There is one brewer on the market that utilizes a unique Spin Brew technology. It actually spins, steams, and stirs inside the cup! AND, it does all of this while brewing an impossibly smooth cup of delicious coffee in under a minute! This one is called the Mozart by iCoffee, and is available from many major retailers online.
While these are just a few of the many different methods out there that people use to prepare coffee, we hope that they might inspire you to try a new preparation…step outside of your comfort zone and become adventurous, even if it's just with the way you make your coffee!