This is one of the more common machines – a Filter Coffee Machine (also known as a Drip Brew Coffee Machine). It’s quite a recognisable design, and very simple and easy to use.
These machines work by heating water and then pouring it over a ground coffee powder, which is kept in a either a paper, plastic or metal filter and then into the large carafe, which is able to keep the coffee warm for a long period of time, whilst keeping it fresh and not burnt. The filters have been around for a long time, and have been modified to make them as easy to use, and simple to clean as possible (for the plastic and metal filters), meaning that it’s more effective and economical for producing coffee in smaller quantities.
The prices of these machines will reflect the performance, style and complexity of the systems – a basic starter machine can be as little as $30, and all the way up to over $200 for a decent Filter Coffee Machine. The difference in the price: the functions of the machine – ranging from being able to make standard Filter Coffee, through to Espressos, Lattes and Cappuccinos, including warming pads (to make sure your cups don’t crack), some machines wouldn’t look out of place in a Coffee House, as well as including a Strength Selector. The basic machines are still great – you can easily increase the amount of beans, or decrease the amount of water to adjust the strength, and can easily make and keep warm up to 16 cups with certain models.
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