Whether Chemex, Aeropress or the traditional hand filter – you will find the right coffee maker for you here!
Filter, pull, press, enjoy – a trip to the handheld filter devices of this world ..
Coffee is not called black gold for nothing. The spicy beans are one of the most important commodities of mankind and the elixir of life for millions of people. Coffee has to be strong, black, good – and freshly brewed. With the energy-saving hand filter method, coffee lovers can influence their favorite drink directly and swear by the unmistakable taste. But which coffee maker is right for you? Filtered or pressed? Let’s find out.
What is a coffee maker?
Pull, sift, press, brew – the range of coffee makers extends from grandma’s coffee filters to samovar-like devices and classic press filter devices. The materials are just as diverse : glass, stainless steel, aluminum or porcelain. Wood and plastic serve as decor.
A coffee maker is not a machine, but a handheld device for preparing coffee. There are two different methods of making coffee by hand: filtering and brewing. The modern terms are: Pour Over Method and Full Immersion Method.
With the pour over method (filtering), boiling water is poured over the coffee powder and slowly dribbled through a filter into the pot or cup. With the full immersion method (brewing), the coffee powder is in the vessel and is mixed with the hot water for a certain time.
Which coffee maker should it be?
The choice of hand tool is closely related to the type of preparation and the desired coffee taste. By the way, you can “only” prepare coffee with a coffee maker, not espresso. That is why coffee beans are used, not espresso beans.
In order to find the right coffee maker, it depends on what the aroma of the coffee should be. Finely filtered, the aromas unfold slowly. In the event of prolonged contact with hot water, the essential oils contained in the powder are also released, so that a full-bodied, strong base is created (full immersion method).
The preparation of espresso is different. This article will show you how to prepare espresso step by step: Prepare Espresso with Portafilter | 8 Steps to the Perfect Espresso
In a nutshell: the drink stays clear when it is filtered, while the coffee contains suspended particles when it is brewed. Countless coffee makers are used within these two variants. We introduce the four most famous ones.
Overview of the different coffee makers
The name is misleading and in no way has anything to do with chemistry. However, the optics are reminiscent of a glass flask from chemistry class or the inside of an hourglass. The Chemex is an aesthetic coffee maker accessory made of glass and wood in which the filter container and jug are one. A paper filter is placed in the upper part of the vessel, coffee powder is poured in and hot water is slowly poured over it. The coffee dribbles into the lower part. After removing the filter, the finished coffee drink is poured directly from the glass vessel into the cup. A central wooden element serves as heat protection for the fingers. With its minimalist design, the Chemex could be part of a Zen ceremony. This is why this coffee maker is suitable for enthusiasts who value pour-over preparation as much as they do afterwards and who want to monitor every drip with their own eyes beforehand.
Almost everyone knows this coffee maker. A cup-like hand filter is placed on the coffee pot and equipped with filter paper. Then coffee powder is poured into the filter and hot water is slowly poured over it. This classic pour-over method is on the rise again. The hand filter made of porcelain or ceramic is available in different sizes – for jugs or for several cups or for just one cup. The right filter paper is available in stores. With the hand filter, you have the coffee preparation in your hand and on top of that, the part looks pretty too. Traditionalists prefer to buy a hand filter made from tasteless porcelain.
The popular classic has many names: French press, cafetière, coffee press, coffee pusher or Chambord jug. The unattractive designation press ram jug has prevailed. For one simple reason: Anyone looking for a device for this full immersion method is often offered a normal coffee machine in stores. With the term press ram can, however, you immediately have the right picture in mind and know what is meant. In the coffee maker, also known as the Bodum jug, coarsely ground coffee is made. It is brewed directly in the jar. After pulling, the coffee grounds are pressed down using a stamp with a sieve. The coffee pots for brewing are made of glass, stainless steel or a combination of these materials and, after an individual brewing time, also serve as a serving pot.
Typically American! This is why this accessory for hand brewing is also called a Coffee Maker. The AeroPress from Aerobie (which actually makes Frisbee discs) is like an inverted French press in combination with the hand filter. The coffee powder remains in the hot water for some time ( full immersion method ), but is then finely filtered through a paper filter. With the classic AeroPress variant, the brewing cylinder is on the cup, the powder is poured into the filter and hot water is poured on. After an individually selected brewing time, the coffee is pressed down by means of a plunger and runs into the cup. This airy, slightly wobbly coffee preparation offers a full-bodied and varied aroma.
Outlook: Are you the press or the dribble type
Regardless of which accessories you choose, whether you want to dribble or press the coffee – always pay attention to the quality of the coffee beans and the consistency of the powder.
- Freshly ground beans are always used for a world class coffee.
- For filter coffee, the grind should be medium to fine. For brewed coffee, the powder has to be a bit coarser to avoid “crumbs” in the coffee. The finer the grain, the shorter the coffee can brew so as not to dissolve too many bitter substances.
- The temperature of the water is also important. With the classic pour over method, the water can be used bubbly, with the full immersion method, it must not boil, but must be cooled down to around 96 to 92 degrees.
- It all depends on whether you want to prepare the coffee in large quantities or just by the cup, whether you like it deep black or golden brown – find your method and enjoy your coffee the way you like it best.