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Coffee Making Machines: The Different Ways to Make Your Coffee

Coffee Making Machines: The Different Ways to Make Your Coffee

Coffee is one of the most popular drinks in the world, and it is enjoyed in many cultures in many different ways. Some countries have their own specific way of making coffee, but even within each country there may be various ways to create your perfect cup. When you want a coffee, there are various coffee-making devices you can choose from to create a very different cup, and here are a few of the most common.

The French Press

The French Press, or cafetiere, has been around for a very long time and it remains a popular way to make a good cup of coffee. Usually consisting of a glass, plastic or metal vessel, you simply put the coarse ground coffee into the press (the grind has to be coarse because if it is too fine, the grounds will seep through the mesh on the plunger), pour near-boiling water over them and wait for a few minutes. Then you simply press the plunger, and pour out the coffee.

Moka Pots

Designed in Italy by Bialetti Industrie in 1933, which still makes them, Moka Pots remain a popular way to make coffee, particularly in Europe and Latin America. These consist of an aluminium pot made from two large chambers and a smaller chamber for the coffee. The bottom chamber is filled with water, and the small chamber with the ground coffee fits inside this.

You then heat the Moka Pot on the stove and the pressurised boiling water passes through the coffee grounds, delivering the coffee into the top chamber. This is a great way to create a strong espresso-type coffee at home.

Drip Coffee Makers

Drip coffee makers are perhaps one of the most prevalent coffee-making devices. They involve filling the chamber with water, which is then heated and passed through the grounds and through a paper filter before dripping into the pot. The pot is often kept heated so that the coffee is always available at the right temperature.

They come in all sizes and shapes, with some designed to make a couple of cups of coffee, and others designed to make as many as a dozen. They range from fairly cheap to very expensive, and some also grind the beans. Some even come with a timer so your coffee can be ready for you in the morning.


Percolators used to be the standard way to make coffee until drip coffee makers took over in the 1970s. Now they are proving popular again, and fans often state that the coffee is richer than that produced by drip models. Glass models can be used on the stove, but electric models tend to be more common.

Percolators date back to the 19th century, and the essential process remains the same. Water is heated in a pot until it is forced through a tube to the coffee. The liquid drains away into the pot, and the process is repeated until the coffee is ready.

Pod Coffee Makers

Pod coffee makers have become popular in recent years, with brands like Nespresso and Tassimo leading the way. The coffee comes in small coffee pods or capsules that are inserted into the machine, which then uses hot water to create a single cup of coffee.

They are popular because they are often stylish machines and they provide a convenient way to make a cup of coffee. They also come with a wide range of flavours for every taste.

Espresso Machines

Espresso machines are large specialist coffee machines that are often found in cafés and restaurants, but some are designed for home usage. They use hot water which passes through ground coffee under pressure to make espressos; a base from which to make all types of coffee drink, like cappuccinos and lattes created by adding steamed milk.

Bean to Cup Coffee Machines

Bean to cup machines are generally used in commercial environments where a high number of drinks are required on a daily basis. They offer a wide range of features with many grinding the beans, making the coffee and even adding hot or steamed milk as required, depending on the type of drink required. All at the touch of a button.

These are some of the main coffee making options available to you, and each will provide you with a very different type of coffee experience. Whether you want make great coffee at home, or need to serve a large number of customers each day in your business, the right machine is out there for you.

As well as using the right equipment, selecting the right coffee beans is vital for delivering a great taste. Look for beans, whether you prefer them whole or ground, that are as fresh as possible.