Drip coffee makers are the most common type of coffee makers. They are often seen in offices, homes, and cafes. In general, any brewer that involves pouring hot water over coffee that is inside a filter is considered a drip coffee. Its name can be attributed to the coffee that drips from the filter.
How are they better than others?
The best thing about a drip coffee maker is that it is very easy to brew coffee with it. Just place a filter, grind the beans, and then put water on the machine. Some machines may even offer golden filters that do not need to be thrown away after every use and are washable.
Some drip coffee machines are automatic. This means that it can set time itself and have its own measurements based on pre-programmed instructions. Through the press of a button, you can manually change the intensity of the coffee and determine the temperature of the water.
Features of a drip coffee makers
The features of drip coffee makers are different for each brand. However, here are some of the most common ones that can be seen in these machines:
- Different brew styles – the best thing about drip coffee makers is that even those with little knowledge in making coffee will still be able to brew quality drinks. This is because some machines already offer pre-programmed instructions that determine just how much flavour should be in your coffee. Some machines even feature milk frothers to ease your job.
- Removable parts – some machines have parts that are easy to remove. This makes it easier for you to clean each part. Some may also offer “golden” coffee filters that can be cleaned after use instead of being thrown after like with usual ones. Aside from this, some machines can also be cleaned in the dishwasher.
- Carafes – depending on a user’s taste, these machines come with either a glass or metal carafe. Glass carafes are better for those that want to see how much coffee is already made. A common complaint about these, though, is the need of a hotplate. This is a piece of metal that continues to heat the coffee even after being filtered to keep it warm even if left for a long time. Leaving it for too long may cause changes in flavour. Having air enter the carafe may also change its flavour over time.
Thermal carafes, on the other hand, are efficient in keeping the temperature of the coffee without changing its flavour. An obvious downside, though, is that their inside cannot be seen by the user.
Other machines may also offer features like making iced coffee, touch-screen controls, and connection to Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
Other coffee machines
Other styles like single-cup brewers and French presses are also common. The advantages of a drip coffee maker include being capable of brewing large amounts of coffee at once, pre-set controls, and its abundance of features.