The History of Coffee Makers

Coming from a family who doesn’t drink coffee, I entered into a marriage with little knowledge of how to use a coffee maker, and I needed to know. Sure, there’s just one button to push, but the problem comes with how much coffee and how much water.

Since then, we’ve owned no less than five different types of coffee makers in three years. I’m a pro now.

After that first coffee maker we acquired a cute stove top espresso maker.

Water goes in the bottom, then a couple tablespoons of espresso roast goes into the second dish inside, then you set it on the stove top with two little espresso cups on the little metal ledge. That was find for awhile, but Caleb needed around four shots, not two. Upgrade, we did.

Same idea as the previous espresso maker, but produced more cups at a time. We used one of these for quite a long time, and bought another when it acquired some quirks. After this we bought another coffee maker, specifically with a timer so we could set it the night before to start before we woke up. Kept this one about year and a half, then it broke a couple of weeks ago, we so brought out the french press we’ve had in the closet for awhile and only used once.

It required a little more work than the previous automatic drip we had, though technically this mode makes a superior cup. Heat water to just before boiling, add a ton of coffee to the french press, pour in water, stir, and wait 3-4 minutes. Stir once more then press the plunger down.

But after a couple weeks of this, the plunger broke. Which brings us to coffee maker #5, which also happens to be the cheapest one yet: the manual cone filter coffee maker.

It’s an interesting little thing, it’s basically exactly like a normal coffee maker, except  you pour the water. Basically that little cone thing sits on top of the glass pot. You put a filter in it and about 5-6 tablespoons of coffee. Heat water to boiling and slowly pour it over the coffee, which drips down into the pot. Remove cone and replace lid on the pot. There’s a certain art to it that I’m still acquiring, but so far I like this system. It’s also handy that I can still make coffee without power (well, if I had a gas stove). It also makes the perfect amount of coffee, about 3 mug fulls.

Hopefully this one will stick around for awhile. We may get another french press, one with a bit more structure perhaps. Now if only I was able to make real mochas at home!


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