As I said to her, it reminded me that there’s something I would be absolutely fascinated to know: the way in which we all make our coffee …
This is a simple coffeepot like the one in the graphic on Sharifah’s post. I believe you put the grounds in and pour boiling water over, letting it steep.
This is the Bialetti-type coffee-maker: the ground beans are above the water, which is forced up through them to pool as coffee in the top part. Most Italians use one of these !
This is an electric dripolator. It is standard in all French gîtes, alas ! But Stringer would use about four times the amount of coffee, and then fill up with milk heated on the stove. Pas mal !
The plunger is very popular. I am occasionally prepared to drink plunger coffee …
This is the simplest system for ground coffee beans: the plain filter – used a lot in offices.
We used to have one of these when I was growing up: it was called a “percolator” (the cutaway shows you how it works), and kept in the dining-room sideboard until we had guests.
Yesss !!! – the domestic espresso machine. It makes easily the best coffee you can expect to produce at home (especially if it’s a Gaggia Classic !). I will ALWAYS drink espresso machine coffee.
That’s the lot – well, that I know about or have come into contact with, as it were.
Addenda: I did miss out on (at least !) two other kinds of coffee-makers – the hand plunger and the capsule coffee maker.
As the AeroPress (on the left) screen-grab is never going to be able to be reduced to the same height as all the other images, there no point my firing up the WinXP computer and trying any Corel PhotoPaint work on this pair, so here they are in all their unmatchingness. Sighh … It’s hard being an obsessive.
The shorter one is something I’ve actually laid hands on – a capsule coffee-maker. Linda calls it a ‘Keurig’, but that’s just one of the brands on the market (the Nespresso is another one, of course).
I am beginning to wonder if there’s any other thing one consumes that is furnished with so many ways to produce it !
Discounting anyone who sniffs and says “I don’t drink coffee !”, I’d love to learn about the way you make yours …