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Choose the Correct Coffee Machines

Most kitchens will have some sort of Coffee Machines in them. Personally I have three. One Coffee Machine that is out permanently and two Coffee Machines that like it in the cupboard! As time goes by I am sure to gather more Coffee Making equipment as I am a self confessed coffee addict. But I am not alone.

Nowadays, coffee is all the rage. Not only do you have to choose among the dozens of franchise coffee shops, coffee types, espresso, cappuccino, and all other kinds of java, you also have to worry about what kind of coffee machines to work with. You can still get the old-fashioned drip machines, but the even more old-fashioned presses and hand brew machines are back in style. Then there are the new fangled pod coffee machines, which infuse hot water through coffee pods, and the top-notch espresso makers.

Drip coffee machines, though, are still one of the easiest types to use for beginners and coffee aficionados alike. They use a method of brewing that can create the most delicious coffee. The key to these machines is using a gold, nylon, or other type of permanent filters. Permanent filters make sure that the flavor molecules from the coffee grinds pass through into the water, but more importantly, the permanent filters do this without adding unwanted flavors. You may have to clean the filters after each use, but this little bit of extra work is well worth it. Honest!

What is wrong with paper filters for coffee machines? They impart an aftertaste into the finished product, and they absorb some of the special flavor molecules and aromatic oils from your coffee beans, which are what gives your cup of joe its tantalizing taste. If you absolutely have to use paper filters try rinsing them with hot water first as this helps to wash away some of the after taste.

When using drip coffee machines, stick with medium to fine grinds of coffee. Be sure to only add the right temperature water to the mix. This means water temperatures that are between 195 degrees and 205 degrees to ensure the best flavor extraction from the coffee grounds.

And if you want to follow the most expert rules for using drip coffee machines, you should remove the grounds from the filter before the last couple of drops of water have filtered through. This prevents your coffee from being over-extracted and overly bitter. One last thing. Before you serve this delicious coffee to yourself or to a guest, stir it.

So go choose a coffee machine that will suit you and enjoy your morning pick-you-up or sip your mellow afternoon cup-a-joe! From one coffee addict to the like minded, enjoy!

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