If you are like the millions of people around the world who just could not function throughout the day without coffee, then you have a very good reason to purchase a coffee machine for home use. It will help you cut back on expenses and you can enjoy a good cup of coffee anytime you want, even if you are in your pajamas.
It is important to know that there are various types of coffee machines out there and they have different purposes, advantages and disadvantages. One of the most popular today is the filter coffee machine.
What is a filter coffee machine and how does it work?
Filter coffee machines are pretty simple. Water from the tank is dripped through a basket of coffee and then filtered into a separate jug where the coffee is heated and kept warm for that perfect cup.
It is the most basic coffee machine out there and even first timers will not find it difficult to operate. Make sure that you thoroughly clean the machine before using it, especially if it has been sitting in a cabinet for a long time.
The technology used for filter coffee machines are straightforward and does not vary from one model to another as opposed to espresso machines. If you are currently looking for a good filter coffee machine, some of the features to look out for are number of cups, hotplates, filter and timer.
There are various models, shapes and sizes of filter coffee machines out in the market today so there are options for different budgets. The machines vary from one-cup sizes for home use to large and programmable machines which can be used in the office.
How to use the filter coffee machine
Think about the amount of coffee you want to make and fill the machine with water accordingly. Place the filter inside the plastic filter holder and fill it with your choice of ground coffee. If you prefer strong coffee, the ratio is 1 tablespoon of coffee per 8 ounces of water. If you would like a less stronger coffee, the ratio is 1 tablespoon for every 16 ounces of water. Close the coffee machine once the filter is filled.
Turn on the machine and wait as the coffee brews. It should beep when the process is completed. Do not remove the pot while the coffee is still brewing or it will not be as strong as you want it to be.
Permanent filters Versus Paper coffee filters
The two styles of filter being used in filter coffee machines are permanent reusable coffee filters and paper or disposable coffee filters. Both comes with advantages and disadvantages.
Paper or disposable coffee filters can be purchased in two versions, white or bleached and brown or unbleached. They are economical and they have good filtering ability. Although they take slightly longer to insert to the machine compared to the permanent ones, they do not need to be cleaned out because they are disposed after each use.
However, they have a continuing effect on the environment. Although there is no difference in taste when you used the bleached or unbleached version, it has been reported that the bleach filter has effects on health, as well as the environment.
On the other hand, reusable or permanent filters are available in different types: gold, cloth, and nylon. Reusable filters generate less waste, better for the environment, and they help you avoid the on-going cost of having to buy paper filters every now and then. However, they tend to cost more initially and they generally do not filter grounds as thoroughly as paper filters do. Permanent filters in large sizes are also a bit difficult to find.