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					According to statistics, 52 percent of Americans are coffee drinkers.
This translates to greater than 140 million people who drink coffee
daily. Americans are a diverse population and far from unanimously
agreeing on what makes a good cup of coffee. Happily, there are a number
of different kinds of coffee makers available today.

 Coffee lovers can select the brewing machine that matches their
preferences. Common coffee maker styles include Automatic Drip, Automated
Espresso, French Press, Percolator, Stovetop Espresso, and Vacuum style.
Each has its own pros and cons and gives the person varying control over
the end result.

 Automatic Drip Coffee Maker

 The automatic drip coffee maker might be the most popular alternative
for Americans. This style is simple to make use of and are inexpensive to
purchase. Most operate on the identical principle. Contained in the
coffee pot is a filter basket where a paper filter holds the coffee
grounds. Cold water is poured into the reservoir where it is heated
before being poured over the grounds. The resulting coffee flows into a
carafe. The brewed coffee is kept warm by the hot surface beneath the

 Individuals who don't like to use automatic drip coffee makers complain
that they do not make a very good cup of coffee. Keeping the coffee maker
and carafe clean, utilizing quality coffee and disposable paper filters
will help ensure a better result.

 Automatic Espresso Coffee Maker

 Automatic espresso coffee makers are available in semi-automatic, fully
automatic and super automatic versions. Semi-automatic models tamp the
coffee grounds, brew the coffee, fill the cup and eject grounds. Fully
automatic models also grind the coffee. Super models supply all kinds of
options, including built in water filters.

 French Press Coffee Maker

 French Press coffee makers are also referred to as press pots or plunger
pots. The pot is a glass or porcelain cylinder which incorporates a
stainless, mesh plunger that works as a filter.

 The consumer measures coffee grounds into the pot and adds nearly
boiling water. The plunger is put in place but not pushed till the coffee
has steeped a number of minutes. After steeping, the plunger is pushed
and the espresso is ready.

 There is no hot surface to maintain coffee temperature so the coffee
must be served instantly or placed into a thermal carafe of some sort.

 Percolator Coffee Maker

 Percolator coffee makers are available in range top types and in
electric styles. Most modern ones are both electric and can be
programmed. Some models make just one cup of coffee, others could make 12
cups at a time. The large coffee urns utilized by many organizations work
on the percolation principle however brew more than one hundred cups of
coffee at a time.

 Percolator coffee makers are not used as often as they used to be. These
machines constantly run the water over the grounds and the water is
boiled. Many coffee lovers claim that both actions violate the legal
guidelines of creating good coffee.

 Coffee made via percolator tends to be stronger and often bitter tasting
than coffee made with other brewing methods.

 Vacuum Coffee Maker

 Vacuum coffee makers look more like chemistry lab equipment than coffee
machines. This type consists of two overlapped containers that are
connected by a syphon tube. There's a filter in the bottom of the upper

 The user places water in the lower container and coffee grounds within
the upper container. The machine is then placed on top of the stove where
the heated water vaporizes and passes through the syphon tube into the
upper container.

 A brewing cycle lasts roughly three minutes. When the unit is removed
from heat, the vapor turns back to water and is forced through the filter
and back into the lower container. Farberware created the first automatic
vacuum coffee maker model whereas Sunbeam made the first truly automatic
modern one.

 Coffee lovers can choose from a wide variety of coffee makers. From
cheap range top coffee pots to high end super automated coffee makers,
there is a coffee maker for every choice as well as every budget.

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