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Coffee Maker Technologies – From the Ancient Age Until Present Times

It was around 1615 when Europeans started to drink coffee as Venetian traders got it from the Ottoman Turks. As interesting as this may sound, the equipment used back then for making coffee was rather simple.

How did/do the Turks make their coffee?

Some things never change and that’s the case for how the Turks are making their coffee. Until this very day they’re still using the same methods as back in the 1645. You only need to boil together some finely ground coffee with water and sugar in a tiny copper pot with a long handle (aka “cezye”). You simply pour it into your cup. You know you’re doing it right if the grounds are going to settle to the bottom so pay attention to the last sip. Turkish coffee is nothing like an espresso, but it’s a fine beverage still.

turkish coffee

Traveling back in time…

How did we get from this very simple Turkish way to make coffee to the impressive ritual of nowadays?

  • The French took for a turn

The first ones to shift away from the Turks were the French (it’s always the French J) as they started to put the ground coffee in a linen bag and infuse it in the water (smart way to get rid of the gritty sip). it was some many centuries ago when the coffee aficionados discovered that boiling water is actually ruining the fragile essence of coffee. Therefore, a temperature just below boiling is going to work a lot better.

Silvered metal “à la Belloy” coffee pot

Silvered metal “à la Belloy” coffee pot

The “coffee pot” was only a serving vessel back in the day and it took years until it became the container for actually preparing your coffee.

It was 1800 when Jean Baptiste de Belloy has come up with the very first drip coffee pot. This pot features two parts; you’d place the ground coffee in the upper container which you’d stack on top of an empty container below. You’d also have to place a cloth filter between the two parts. Hot and not boiling water would pour over the grounds in the upper pot and the coffee would drip nice and easy through the cloth filter into the lower part. However, this method was going rather slow and the water would become lukewarm towards the end.

  • The Anglo-American followed

it would have to be an Anglo-American inventor (Benjamin Thompson) who would come for a solution for the temperature problem with the genuine French drip pot.

Benjamin Rumford's coffee percolator

Benjamin Rumford’s coffee percolator

As he was travelling in France, Count Rumford thought about enclosing the pot with an insulating jacket that would keep the pot warm throughout the process as it was going to be filled with hot water. Some think that Rumford was the first one creating the percolator, but that’s not entirely true. “to percolate” does describe what’s happening to a liquid when passing through a permeable substance. Therefore, the first drip coffee pot was in fact a percolator.

In a nutshell, you’d need two containers to make coffee- one for boiling the water and a filtering device.

  • Back to France, once again!

The year 1819 was the year when two Frenchmen finally found a way to make coffee a lot easier.

You should remember Morize as the Parisian tin smith who found a smart design innovation to the drip pot. It was he who created not two, but three chambers for drip pot. The water would go to the bottom section, the top chamber would remain empty and the ground coffee would be in the middle. You would place the pot on the stove and once the water would start to boil, you’d simply flip it upside down and take it off the stove. Therefore, the water isn’t boiling anymore, but it still drips through the coffee grounds and into the empty pot. Italy really liked this idea and that’s why we have now the Napoletana or the Napolitan pot.

The Napoletana or flip pot

The Napoletana or flip pot

In 1827, Jacques-Augustin Gandais improved this model and turned it into a two-chambered pot with a tube. The tube was connected to toe top and the bottom. You would put this pot on the stove- the water part in the bottom and the ground coffee on top. The moment the water would start to boil, it would go through the rube, spraying over the grounds in the top chamber (sounds familiar?). it would drip through them back into the empty bottom chamber. This cycle would happen just once. Later modifications were made so that the coffee would be cycled through the grounds more than just once. However, this recipe renders the coffee to be flavorless and empty of all its aroma.

  • Were the French more into coffee than anyone else?

The availability of glass and the improvements in the manufacture only prepared the next innovations in terms of coffee maker technologies. It was Mme Jeanne Richard (yes, a Frenchwoman) who developed a new design right before 1840. She may have created the new design with the help of an existing German pot. Right after 1840 (in 1841), it was Mme. Vassieux of Lyons who created what we all know now as the “French Balloon”. These new pots were also for display, not only for their main function, allowing everyone to enjoy the real spectacle of coffee making (no social media back then :)).

siphon pot

The siphon pot

By now, you would use a glass vacuum pot which included two globes (one on top of the other), connected through a tube that almost touched the bottom of the lower globe. The machine would also include a filter at the top opening of the tube. The ground coffee would go in the upper part, whereas the water would go in the bottom globe. Some used a candle or spirit lamp for heating the water and for show. Once the water would heat up, it would expand and go through the tube. It would combine with the coffee grounds in there. You would extinguish the candle when the water from the bottom globe would be gone. The water vapor is going to cool down and the partially created vacuum is going to draw the coffee through the filter and down into the bottom globe.

  • Britany to the rescue! Finally, somebody else is improving the drip pot!

Britain’s James Napier is just one of the names out there who changed the design around 1850, installing two glass containers side-by-side. They would connect through a siphon tube. Nothing new about how the coffee was made, though.

The United States used the French Balloon style and created the famous Silex coffee pot. It was the women, once again, who promoted and brought improvements to the design.

In 1915, two sisters (Bridges and Sutton) came up with the idea of replacing the glass with the recently invented heat resistant Pyrex glass. Truth be told, the Silex pot become so popular that any glass vacuum pot would be named Silex pot.

silex-coffee-ad

A 1947 ad for the very popular Silex vacuum coffee pot / photo by Flickr user jbcurio

  • 1850-France, once again

Hands down to the French for their determination when it comes to coffee. In 1850, the design changed and the pot would feature a fine mesh screen attached to the plunger. This would be pressed down once the brewing was down, in order to reduce the risk for the depleted ground to pour into the cup. This was an important improvement over the paper and cloth filters. This may be obvious to us now, but back in the days, the technology to create really fine wire mesh screens wasn’t just available.

The year 1850 brought to some French the patent for the “infusion coffee maker”. The main downside was the difficulty to make a mesh filter that would go over the sides of the pot really tightly, keeping the grounds in. Some Italians started to use a spring coiling around the edge of the filter and it was in 1959 when a Swiss guy used the solution we see today. The mesh screen would go beyond the coiled spring, turning up the edges. The official name was “cafetiere a cafetière à piston filtrant”, as the word “cafetiere” means coffee maker.

What’s the story with the espresso?

Despite of what one may think, espresso didn’t appear until 1901.

  • 1901

In the late 19th century everybody was having its ways with steam pressure. People got curious enough about how the steam pressure affects coffee making. You would need to put water under pressure higher than 1 atmosphere, just to get a nicer flavor from the coffee.

Steampunk Coffee Machine - Pfaff Espresso 1900

Steampunk Coffee Machine – “Pfaff Espresso” 1900

Luigi Bezzera in Italy is the one who built a machine that produced steam and boiling water at 1.5 atmospheres of pressure right through the ground coffee and straight into the cup. If the aforementioned methods would take 4-6 minutes, this one was preparing coffee in a couple of seconds (“espresso” is Italian for “fast”).

Unfortunately for Mr. Bezzera, he was only a skilled inventor and lacked the marketing skills. He had to sell his patent to Pavoni who spread the idea all over the world. As a side note, you can see the genuine La Pavoni machine at Café Reggio in New York.

the Pavoni machine

The Pavoni machine

Even though this type of machine would give a rich and complex cup of coffee, the machine was pretty difficult to operate and even gave a bitter flavor to the coffee if the steam or water were too hot. La Pavoni machine wasn’t able to create the generous cream that we have today in a good cup of coffee.

  • 1933- The Moka Express

It’s obvious that you couldn’t get an espresso in the comfort of your home. This is why Bialetti (Italy again) created in 1933 a different model of the pumping percolator of 1819. This time, it was made of aluminum and included 3 section. The bottom piece was for the water, and the filter basket would come with a tube extending from the bottom and holding the coffee about the water. The bottom part would be screwed into the empty upper container. A rubber gasket for sealing would be on the bottom and a second metal filter as well. You would place the pot on the stove and heating until a gurgling noise would come out. This machine was named the Moka Express- and it would give you a similar coffee to the espresso you’d have in a bar.

Bialetti coffee maker

Bialetti coffee maker

parts of a Bialetti coffee maker

Parts of a Bialetti coffee maker

Even though it wasn’t a total failure, the Moka pot did win some people over (but it was mainly in Milan). To this day, many Italians do have their very own Moka pot somewhere around the house.

  • 1947

In 1947 a coffee bar owner in Milan, Achilles Gaggia, developed a new style of espresso machine which features spring-loaded and lever-operation piston. One operator would pull down a bit lever which would release hot (never boiling) water, but no steam. He would release the lever lightly, expanding the spring which pressed down on the piston, forcing the hot water through the coffee at high pressure (3-4 atmospheres). The ability to control the pressure and temperature a lot better rendered the coffee to be richer and smoother.

the Gaggia machine

The Gaggia machine

Many were taking this new type of machine with a grain of salt. Where is the cream coming from if there is no milk involved whatsoever? The water under the high pressure of Gaggia’s system would actually emulsify oils and volatile compounds in the coffee, which would result in the highly flavored “crema”. It was only a matter of time until people would fall in love with the new espresso.

  • 1960

FAEMA E61 Legend machine

The FAEMA E61 Legend machine

1960 was the year that brought the final change to the espresso machine. Ernesto Valente of the FAEMA company developed a machine that used in fact an electric pump to pressurize the water and force it to go through the ground coffee. Even though baristas would still need some practice to get good results, the FAEMA’s E61 machine was easier to operate than the previous models. It was even able to give 9 atmospheres of pressure.

Conclusion for the good old days

Many of the coffee maker technologies have disappeared (nobody’s missing the pumping percolator), but there are so many that we use today.

As for the best way to make coffee? It’s difficult to decide as home espresso machines just keep getting better and better. Not only that you need the skills, but you also need the extra buck for one from the top of the line.

If you’re good with simple things, you should go with the French Press or even the traditional Turkish cezye. Your call.

What types of coffee machines are we using nowadays?

After all that history, you could use a cup of coffee. Well, knock yourself out as there are so many choices to try these days. Pod machines, espresso machines, drip coffee makers and even percolators- you name it.

Let’s have a quick view of the main types of coffee machines as we speak:

  • Pod Coffee Machines

Pod coffee machines are definitely a mandatory item for any coffee fashionistas. When you’re using this type of coffee machine, the addictive brew is going to come in stylishly sealed pods that are easy to slot into your coffee maker. You’re going to use one pod for one cup of coffee so the pod coffee machine is the ideal option for singles or anyone working in a busy office (where everyone wants a coffee at the same time).

Most of the coffee makers out there come with their very own matching pods. Needless to say, there’s an impressive variety of strengths and flavors to choose from so take time to experiment. As long as you’re stocking at home, you should be able to have a nice cup of coffee any given day.

One of the most popular options out there is the Keurig K55/K-Classic Coffee Maker, K-Cup Pod, Single Serve, Programmable.

This is one classic option from Keurig that comes with a K-cup single and includes 4K-Cup pods, 2 water filters and 1 water filter handle. The versatility of this pod coffee machine is one of its best assets as you may use various K-Cup pod sizes (6, 8, 10 oz.). If you’re going for the strongest brew, the 6oz. brew size is going to work the best. You may use it for your tea and your hot chocolate as well.

As the water reservoir is pretty large (48oz.), you may be able to brew 6+ cups before having to refill it. This should give you plenty of speed when you’re all running in the morning. Refilling the water reservoir is really easy and the reservoir is removable.

The list of good things continues with the auto-off feature so the coffee maker is easy to program to turn off after two hours of idle. That sure counts a lot for your electric bill.

You shouldn’t forget to clean this one every once in a while. Some recommend cleaning it once a month. Descaling is going to remove calcium deposits, scale, that may be building up inside your coffee maker.

Easy to operate and rather simple in terms of design and functions, the Keurig K55 is still a good option to take under consideration as no matter how sophisticated you may get in time, you may still feel the need to enjoy a simple cup of coffee any now and then.

  • Drip Coffee Makers

This is probably the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about coffee machines. Even though we did talk about it a bit, let’s pinpoint that the current models come with a glass style pot underneath, whereas your coffee is brewed and filtered through.

The drip coffee maker is probably the most popular option for the families, small offices or shared residencies.

Even though the popularity of Bonavita 8-Cup One-Touch Coffee Maker Featuring Thermal Carafe speaks volumes, it wouldn’t hurt to take a look at its best features, just to make an idea about it.

Operating this coffee maker is a breeze as it’s a one-touch brew operation with auto-off. Therefore, no dials and buttons to worry about.

The coffee maker comes with a strong and accurate 1500-watt heater. You probably know that reaching and maintaining the best water temperature is fundamental when brewing coffee. If the water is too hot or too cold, the flavor is going to be unbalanced. In this case, not only that the heater gets to the optimal temperature fast, but it also keeps it the same throughout the brew (195-205F degrees). The brewing happens faster and the coffee tastes great.

The glass carafe lets you see the coffee brewing and how much coffee is in at one moment. It’s easy to fill and the marked measurements are really visible. The narrow neck design is going to help it retain heat, which means the coffee stays hot for a good amount of time. Let’s not forget the lid that is removable and sustains the heat retention after brewing. Anyway, right after brewing a full pot, the temperature in the carafe is around 175-185F degrees.

Another feature to highlight is the wide showerhead design which keeps the distribution of water even over the coffee ground so that the extraction is uniform. The showerhead works efficiently with the flat-bottomed filter basket, providing even saturation. You’re going to be able to enjoy the best flavor at the strength you fancy the most. In addition, you’re not going to have to stay put right next to it as it features an audible signal sound, informing you when your coffee is ready.

The design is well thought-out and simple. You also get an adapter ring which is easy to attach to the Bonavita 8-cup brewer filter basket.

The build doesn’t disappoint and the thermal carafe is lined with long lasting stainless steel, whereas all plastic parts are BPA-free. The double-walled tempered glass retains heat very well, taking the use for a long time.

Cleaning isn’t going to be difficult either. The filter basket, the carafe lid and the showerhead are dishwasher safe.

At the end of the day, the Bonavita 8 Cup One Touch is a solid option, especially if you’re going shopping on a tight budget. But the low price has nothing to do with the great taste of your coffee as this one sure brews at the right temperature any time.

  • Cappuccino and espresso machines

If you’re not already using a cappuccino or an espresso maker, here’s something to think about: but why in the name of God aren’t you??

Joke aside, this type of coffee makers does come in a great variety of styles and features and the only thing stopping you from getting the most impressive model is…money.

Cappuccino machines are a bit different from the coffee makers as they use steam/pressure to make the water run through finely ground coffee.

Many of the cappuccino machines out there are going to froth milk for the top of your coffee. You just need to go ahead and take a look.

You may think that a cappuccino maker is really complicated and difficult to operate, but the Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista Espresso and Cappuccino Maker is going to change your opinion entirely.

The ease of use in fact one of the most important quality of this cappuccino maker, but it’s definitely not the only one.

Versatility is another quality to mention and with just one price you’re going to get a semi-automatic 3-in-1 espresso maker, cappuccino maker and latte maker. The machine comes with an electric 15-bar pump that is able to create strong pressure for extracting rich and bold flavors through brewing.

When using this cappuccino maker, it’s not going to be difficult at all to become a café expert. It features one-touch controls so you may select between single or double shots and automatically froths milk with the help of the adjustable control knob.

Adjusting the amount of coffee is also easy and you can dial the strength you need by setting the amount and type of coffee that you’re going to use. This gives you an incredibly flexible system with settings for cappuccino, espresso and mocha, both single and double shots. You may very well mix them up- whatever floats your boat.

With Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista Espresso and Cappuccino Maker you can make a single shot cappuccino and add nice and easy another shot expresso in the same cup. You’re going to run water through the same coffee for both, adding some extra froth later on. This is just one example of how you may combine the drinks, according to your likings.

In addition, the milk reservoir is easy to remove so that you may store any leftover milk not used in a situation. You don’t have to worry about how much milk you need to add- you simply fill the reservoir and let the Café Barista adjust the amount you need.

You may use your own ground and you should do it, for best results.

In case you’re not sure which recipe to use, you can take a look at the included recipe book. Practice makes perfect, remember!

Installing the cappuccino maker is easy and you should prime it, following the instructions in the manual. The unit comes with everything you need for your cappuccino. You only need to add electricity, water, coffee and milk.

The unit isn’t going the need a lot of time for heating. The drink sizes are really precise so make sure you use the right glassware. Overriding the Espresso button is going to help you customize the sizes.

Cleaning the water reservoir isn’t difficult and everything about this cappuccino maker is easy to operate.

Even though it’s not a professional cappuccino, it’s just the right choice for a household and it’s not going to break the bank either.

If you’re not only interested in enjoying a nice espresso at home, but you’re also ready to step up your game, you should take the plunge with the Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine.

You’re going to be able to create the amazingly tasting espresso, from bean to cup, in less than 60 seconds. The Barista Express is going to let you grind the beans right before extraction. It comes with interchangeable filters and you may choose between the automatic and manual operation in order to get the best café style results.

The espresso machine is loaded with features that allow customized used and incredible results. For instance, the Precise PID temperature control is a digital temperature control technology which is able to identify and reduce the fluctuation during extraction so that the temperature is kept at optimum level, every single time.

Having the perfect cream in your coffee depends on having the right pressure at some point. This espresso machine is using low-pressure, pre-infusion so that is soaks and expands the ground coffee in an even way, giving you a creamy and sweet extraction. This one has a 9bar extraction pressure.

As espresso machines are all about the steam, you should know that the Barista Express features an automatic wand that turns milk into a smooth and silky micro-foam, which is essential for your latte.

The Barista Express comes with a thermocoil heating system which is a cast aluminum block, going around a stainless steel tube. This is why it heats immediately and it provides a clean taste.

The built-in conical grinder is going to help you grind what you need straight into the porta filter. This is adjustable in terms of size and doze so you may set it for best taste.

The list of features continues with the volumetric control that allow you customize the shot volume. A low pressure pre-infusion is going to increase the pressure gradually in the beginning, for a more even extraction.

The design is well thought out and the espresso machine features an Italian-manufactured 15 bar pump. The pre-brew function and the flat shower head are going to provide an optimal water distribution through the coffee puck.

The list of features that make this espresso machine stand out from its competitors also includes the cup warmer on the top of the machine and the function that eliminates excess water from the filter basket after the coffee extraction. This way, the used grounds are going to create a dry puck for faster cleanup. Let’s not forget to mention the stainless steel 360-degree swivel-action seam wand for your lattes and cappuccinos.

Another thing we really like is that the Barista Express addresses to both experts and beginners. The entry-level baristas are going to use the two dual-wall, pressurized filters that are going to control pressure, improving the extraction. On the other hand, a more experienced barista is going to use two single-wall, non-pressurized filters that offer the chance for experimenting with various grind sizes, tamping pressure and grind amount.

We have nothing but good things to highlight about the build of the machine. Made of high-quality material (even though this doesn’t mean that there is no plastic whatsoever), the machine is sturdy and has a durability feel to it. It has non-slip feet that don’t allow the sliding across the counter during the activation of the burr grinder. The espresso machine features a stainless steel casing which gives it an elegant and highly professional feel

The whole unit is easy to clean and comes even with hideaway storage compartment for the included cleaning tools. It comes with a removable drip tray, tools for cleaning out the filters and a pretty copper dosing tool.

Don’t hesitate to use its manual as it gives you so much useful information.

Some may find its price a bit of a pet peeve, but you should know how much you’re willing to pay for an amazing espresso at home.

  • French press

If you’re fine with putting in some effort for getting the best coffee, the French Press is what you should try. In the case of French Press, coarse coffee grinds are going to sit together with some boiling water in a carafe for 4 minutes. Once time’s up, you need to push the plunger down to filter the grinds. You’re going to pour the coffee through the mesh filter, enjoying all the flavor.

Probably the most popular French press coffee out there, the KONA French Press Coffee Maker with Reusable Stainless Steel Filter isn’t just great for its simplicity and amazing results, but also for the attractive price.

The press coffee maker is going to extract and brew any loose leaf tea or even whole bean coffee’s essential oils, into a glass carafe. This type of machine turns any regular coffee into a gourmet type.

The design explains the amazing results and the French press coffer features a one-of-a-kind and catchy insulated outer shell that looks great on any kitchen counter, but also reduces the risk for cracks and chips to the thick borosilicate glass coffee pitcher.

The handle has an ergonomic design and provides comfortable use. The grip is sturdy and the press coffee’s design ensures free flowing and easy pouring to your cup. The lid is BPS/BPA free and no plastic is going to come in contact with the hot/iced cold brewed tea during steeping.

The list of good things continues with a detachable stainless steel filter system that features a fast and easy press and a rubber plunger knob. Not only that the machine works quiet, but it’s also portable and ecofriendly. If you want fresh coffee on the top of the mountain, this is the one to put in your backpack. You can very well use it in the summer time as it’s able to brew cold iced coffee and ice tea.

No worries when it comes to cleaning either. The press coffee is in fact dishwasher machine safe.

This is, by far, the easiest way to have a nice cup of coffee in the morning. And this press coffee in particular is impressively affordable, which is only going to seal the deal for many coffee aficionados.

  • Percolators

It’s not respect the main reason for which some of us are using the percolators. Truth be told, the ancient percolators designs are gone, but the principle still lives.

A coffee percolator is going to cycle the boiling brew through the coffee grounds until you’re happy with the flavor.  The principle didn’t change: you place coarse ground coffee in the top chamber and water into the water chamber. Percolators can make even 50 cups of coffee. Sure they’re noisy, but they’re effective and reliable, nevertheless.

Does a percolator sounds appealing to you? If so, you should take a leap of faith with the Presto 02811 12-Cup Stainless Steel Coffee Maker. There are several features that explain its impressive popularity.

The percolator is going to brew great-tasting coffee rich, flavorful and hot for good amount of time. It’s able to make 2 to 12 cups of coffee and it only needs 1 minute for each cup. Afterwards, it’s just going to keep piping it hot automatically.

The simple and traditional design is another thing we like about this one and it easy-pour spout does explain the tasty results.

The construction is nice and the percolator is made with stainless steel. Not only that it looks elegant and timeless, but it also takes the use for a long time and it’s easy to clean. The filter basket and the perk tube are also made with durable stainless steel.

Another feature that eases the use is the signal light which informs you when your coffee is ready to serve.

The design is smart and the percolator features a power cord that is easy to remove, making the storage a lot easier.

Cleaning the percolator isn’t going to be an issue. Just make sure you unplug the unit and let it cool entirely. You may use some warm and sudsy water for washing the coffee maker. Let it dry completely and remember that it’s not immersible. You may expand the glossiness of the stainless steel by avoiding use of harsh and abrasive cleansers. As for the perk spout and filter basket, use a brush or a pipe cleaner for cleaning.

The Presto percolator gives you a very good cup of coffee every time. You may try various grinds, but it seems that one that is a bit coarser than a regular drip is going to work best. The coffee is going to be brewed at 2000F, which is the ideal temperature.

Reliable, easy and affordable, the Presto percolator is a great addition for anyone that fancies a nice cup of coffee any given day.

What are the options for the hi-tech lovers in terms of coffee making technologies?

We all know that new generations are always on the run. Not only that the coffee has to be ready in no time, but it would be also great that it would come with features that are going to make your morning routine a breeze.

Without any further ado, let’s take a look at some of the most innovative coffee makers out there that manage to make anyone that likes its hi-tech gadgets just as much as a nice cup of hot coffee every morning.

We have to admit it: we all love Alexa! Wouldn’t be great if Alexa would also have some super powers and prepare your coffee while you’re still in bed? The Behmor Connected Customizable Temperature Control Coffee Maker, Compatible with Alexa is one coffee machine that isn’t going to disappoint any hi-tech lover.

The coffee machine is customizable and you may easily remote the operation via your phone app. You practically don’t have to be next to it for controlling the brewing temperature, the altitude for accurate brewing or the pre-soak time.

The Behmor Connected Brewer was designed so that you may have a barista style coffee at home, customizing it to your very personal brewing likings. The mobile app is going to give you plenty of control over your coffee brewing. You may set the altitude, the pre-soak time, the brewing temperature and even save your no.1 preference to the “favorites”.

The free Behmor app is available for Android devices (4.0 and higher) and Apple (iOS 7 and higher), connecting via Wi-Fi. The screen is user friendly and you can make all sorts of personal settings.

As it comes with Amazon Alexa built-in, you only need your voice for preparing a nice cup of hot coffee in the morning. With the Amazon Echo you’re going to be able to speak right to the Behmor brewing system. You only need to say Alexa, ask Behmor to begin brewing my favorite coffee”. The app also keeps you posted on the progress of your coffee, texting you when your coffee is ready. A button on the front of the brewer lets you brew without using the app. The coffee machine also comes with Amazon Dash Replenishment that is going to reorder your beans and grounds- no more shopping lists for you!

The Behmor Connected Coffee Maker isn’t only about the apps and customizing. As a matter of fact, it’s still a coffee maker that gives an amazing coffee. The app just makes it easier for you to adjust the brewing parameters.

The heater is going to heat the water straight in the reservoir above the coffee ground so that the risk for heat loss during brewing is minimal. We also notice pulsed water flow and a large showerhead which is going to saturate the grounds completely. You’re going to enjoy a coffee brewed to its real profile, with impressive flavor (floral, fruity, chocolaty and/or bold). You may use the pre-soak as it’s going to let the coffee bloom before brewing, ensuring the ideal flavor in your mug.

The coffee maker comes with temperature control from 190-2100 F and the altitude calibration is fundamental for the perfect coffee extraction. The water temperature should range between 1950 and 2050F.

The build matches and explains the results. The carafe is a double walled stainless model that is going to keep the optimal coffee temperature so that the coffee stays hot for plenty of time.

The impressive possibilities it gives for customizing, the ease of use, and, let’s face it, Alexa- they all make this coffee maker a great option for any hi-tech lover.

Sensing that more and more people are interested in roasting their beans at home, the people at Bonaverde designed for us the Bonaverde White Roast-Grind-Brew Coffee Machine (Green Accents).

When using the Bonaverde, you’re going to be able to customize infrared roasting, obtaining the ideal roast every single time.

The Bonaverde Berlin is a smart kitchen appliance that roasts, beginning with green coffee beans so that the results are extremely fresh. It has a really smart design and it’s automated, relying on NFC tags and Facebook Messenger chatbot (how about that?). It has no manual controls whatsoever and comes with built-in connection provided by T-Mobile (no extra costs for you).

The Berlin roast-grind-brew Coffee maker is going to give you the ideal cup of coffee every single time. The machines come with smart temperature sensors and detachable roasting chamber. The cone filter is removable, whereas the carafe is able to hold 4oz of water. The automatic shut-off is going to maintain the plate warm, whereas the air ventilation system with HEPA filter is going to remove the unpleasant smells from the roasting process. the LED light guidance makes the use a breeze and the coffee maker comes with dishwasher safe parts.

Let’s take a closer look at the details. For instance, the cone grinder is adjustable and made of stainless steel, which means you can select your favorite coarseness. You may adjust the strength by adding more water.

The process is going to take 15 minutes (from crop to cup), whereas the average roast-grind-brew time is less than 20 minutes (15-18 minutes). You may very well roast in Advance and wait only 5 minutes for grinding and brewing.

The machine uses Green Coffee Bean Pouches and one pouch comes with green beans and a custom roast profile. It’s 100% compostable and it comes in both small and large size. It features your chosen Farmer’s green beans inside and the custom roast profile RFID tag is attached.

The coffee machine has a monolith build with elegant and classy finish. All trays and compartments are filled and the coffee machine doesn’t come with stylistic details.

The front of the machine features an open compartment that includes the carafe and a removable conical plastic tray, right above it. You’re going to notice another tray near the top of the device, holding the green coffee beans for roasting. This one comes with a metal turning arm inside and small window for taking a peek at the process.

A black panel is placed between the two trays on the front. A round touch-sensitive button is going to activate the machine, preparing it for scanning your coffee tag. A large rectangular panel above is going to work as the NFC zone. The light on the button is going to change its color for informing you on the status and you may tap the NFC zone to cancel the scan.

On the left side you’re going to find a see through reservoir- it holds the water. The panel on the right side is easy to remove, revealing the air filter. You should replace the filter after 30 brewing or so.

Some find the lack of Bluetooth or Wi-Fi a bit weird and you actually don’t have an app control. Nevertheless, the machine comes with a 3G cellular radio and SIM card that keeps the system online. Therefore, you’re not going to use a Bonaverde app for remote controlling the coffee maker, but you’re going to use the Bonaverde’s Coffee Concierge Facebook Messenger bot. you may actually have a talk with the virtual barista on your PC/phone and simply tell it to begin the brewing. You’re not going to be able to give accurate manual instructions in terms of roasting/brewing. However, you may select from various types of coffee blends and single-origin recipes.

When you don’t have the Bonaverde pods, you may have to depend on the Coffee Concierge’s roasting and brewing profiles in order to get the best coffee. You also need to get your very own paper filters.

Maintaining and upgrading the Bonaverde Berlin shouldn’t be difficult as it’s constantly online through the 3G connection. Cleaning is also a breeze- it’s similar to a drip coffee maker. You may pull out the filter basket, pot and roasting tray for rinsing.

The coffee is bright and clean and even though the whole process may stumble one in the beginning, the taste is great. After all, it’s fresh-ground and fresh-roasted coffee.

Truth be told, the Bonaverde Berlin is a special concept of a coffee maker that comes in a pricy package. Some are going find the automated operation a bliss, whereas some aren’t going to fancy the lack of control throughout the process. You should know what floats your boat!

How much are you willing to pay for a nice cup of coffee? How much are you willing to pay for innovative coffee making technology? If price is the last thing you check on a coffee maker (even though you may want to take a double look at the next one’s price tag), The Franke BKON Craft Brewer is going to become just the perfect investment of your money.

Brewing coffee, tea and infusing a liquid with flavor, the Bkon Craft Brewer is going change everything you knew about coffee and brewing. Everything happens in a vacuum chamber, using negative pressure (it just means lower temperatures) to coax the flavor of your coffee, herbs, fruit and everything you use for blending with your liquid. You’re going to wait one minute for a tea and a couple of minutes for your vodka. It looks like it traveled in time from the future (its appearance is the very first thing you notice about it). It features a touchscreen that is pre-loaded with many recipes (hundreds, to be more precise) and you may even share/download more via the cloud. A tap to the screen and some tea/water is all you need to put it in motion.

Powered by Bkon’s patented RainTM technology, the Bkon Craft Brewer is going to give the artisans out there the chance to craft a new level of coffees, cocktails and loose-leaf teas. As for the level or purity, accuracy, flavor and speed- be ready to be blown away.

The machine is going to extract more of the soluble flavor elements, giving impressive coffee and tea results. Able the extract the pure flavors from coffees and teas, the machine is also able to infuse natural flavors and sugars from botanicals and dried fruits.

Thanks to the RAIN process, the Bkon is going to brew your coffee and tea in just 90 seconds. The system is really efficient and it may even produce more than 440 cups per hour (it depends a lot on the brew size).

The exclusive cloud platform gives you the opportunity to create, adopt, innovate, share and replicate the recipe no matter where you are.

Able to store more than 750 customized recipes, the BKON Craft Brewer offers you great control over RAIN brewing parameters.

The RAIN process is going to change the curve of extraction for good as it speeds up the release of the inhibiting gasses, with no need for agitation. This impressive feature creates richer results of the naturally occurring flavor that is found in third wave coffees, based on roasting profile and terroirs. As it uses coarse grinds, the system ensures a better access to the coffee’s natural cellular structure, releasing flavors through the cell layers, without showing much surface area with a fine grind.

The laser etched filter lets you brew coffee with and without paper, eliminating the turbulence throughout the purge/draw down process and protecting the amazing flavors developed by RAIN.

If the list of feature may be a bit cumbersome, here are some info that are going to help you complete your image. The system comes with simple touch-screen user interface and self-cleaning brew chamber with LED lighting. The brew baskets are color-coded and the system comes with porta filters. It has a guided cleaning cycle and presents a compact tower footprint and built-in dip tray. The brew tower has a powder coat finish and the under counter water/vacuum supply center is housed in a 304 stainless steel cabinet.

Pricey? Heck, yes! But it’s going to be the most impressive system that made coffee or tea in your home or office.

Related article: Caffeine Pills vs. Coffee – Who Takes the Lead?

 

Resources:

https://blog.kathrynmcgowan.com/2010/10/13/coffee-preparation-through-the-ages-part-i/

https://blog.kathrynmcgowan.com/2010/10/18/coffee-preparation-through-the-ages-part-ii/

http://www.coffeescience.org/best-smart-coffee-machines-tech/

https://thespoon.tech/heres-the-most-exciting-new-coffee-tech-of-2017/

http://bkonbrew.com/singlecup/coffee/

https://www.bonaverde.com/pages/bonaverde-green-bean-pouches

https://www.pcmag.com/review/357022/bonaverde-berlin

 

 

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