The Addict’s guide to How a Coffee Machine Works

The highlight of my morning begins with that magical gurgling sound soon followed by those first drops in the pot, the aroma engulfs my kitchen. My first pot of coffee is ready. We all know the end result, but what about the mechanical process of this wonderful liquid?

What machine should I choose? 

The perfect cup of coffee begins with the perfect machine.

  • How much are you going to drink?
  • How fast will you drink your coffee?
  • What is your budget?

These are vital questions to ask before investing in the right machine. There are multiple options in the marketplace and it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the sheer quantity and bright shiny stainless steel. Before you buy, understand what you will be using it for and search out machines that satisfy your basic needs.

Drip coffee makers the most popular coffee machine sold today that is what this article will focus on. The good news is that you can find great drip machines at an affordable price that offer you all the features you are looking for.

Your basic drip machine consists of a reservoir that holds the water, a filtration system that transports the water to the coffee basin, the basin which holds the coffee grounds, the drip head, the pot and the heating unit to keep your coffee hot.

The structure is basic and what adds to the cost of your machine are the bells and whistles. As great as that 2,000 dollars espresso/latte/coffee maker looks, before investing a vacation into your coffee, ask yourself how often you will actually use all the functions. Most likely the answer is not often enough to justify the price.

Now that I have chosen my machine, how does it work?

The basics of your coffee machine involve suction. As soon as you turn your machine on a suctioned hole at the base of the reservoir creates a vacuum that sucks the water up the tubing to the basin where the coffee is. As the water flows through the tubing it is heated. The ideal temperature for coffee is between 195 F (91C) and 205 F (96C). You want to ensure the water in your machine reaches this temperature range so the coffee grinds have a chance to mix properly with the water and create the right chemical reaction to achieve a frothy, creamy cup.  Continue reading “The Addict’s guide to How a Coffee Machine Works”