Coffee & Coffee Makers

Are you a coffee lover? I know I am! Drinking coffee daily is something most of us do. I tend to drink roughly three cups of coffee a day. Depending on the day, sometimes I have more cups of coffee or less but I drink coffee every day. We've all been there, going to the store or coffee shops and trying to decide what kind of coffee to buy. There are a variety of choices, and of course, I won't be able to list them all but here are a few options below. Are you interested in knowing the different types of coffee and coffee makers? Let's dive right in!



Types of Coffee Drinks

Whether you're a coffee newbie or a huge coffee drinker, there are many types of coffee drinks for you to discover. Here are some of the most popular types ordered by coffee lovers around the world.


Black

Black coffee is as simple as it gets. Ground coffee beans steeped in hot water and served. If you want to sound fancy, you can call black coffee "café noir" as that is the proper name for it. Since there is no milk and sugar involved, the quality of black coffee is important.


Latte

Lattes are a popular coffee drink. The latte has a shot of expresso, steamed milk and just a touch of foam. This drink can be ordered plain or with a flavour shot of anything from vanilla to pumpkin spice.



Cappuccino

Cappuccino is a latte that is made with m

ore foam than steamed milk. Often, with a touch of cocoa powder or cinnamon on top. You can sometimes get cream instead of milk or add flavour shots as well.


Expresso

An expresso shot can be served solo or used in most coffee drinks.


Doppio

A double shot of expresso. The name "Doppio" is the Italian word for double.


Macchiato

The word "Macchiato" means mark or stain. This is an expresso coffee drink with a small amount of milk, usually foamed.


Flat White

A flat white is very similar to a cappuccino but lacks the foam layer and chocolate powder. This drink contains an espresso with micro foam. To keep the drink creamy, steamed milk from the bottom of the jug is used instead of from the top.


Mocha

This drink consists of coffee and hot chocolate combined. The chocolate powder or syrup gives it a rich and creamy flavour and cuts the acidity of the expresso. This drink also contains whipped topping.


Iced Coffee

Iced coffee is a coffee beverage served cold. It includes coffee, ice, milk and sugar. You can also add flavour shots.




A Regular Coffee

A regular coffee, when ordered at Tim Hortons, contains 1 cream (or milk) and 1 sugar.


Double Double

This coffee drink includes 2 creams (or milk) and 2 sugars.



Go out there and discover more coffee drinks. Dig deep, try new types when you attend coffee shops. If you're ambitious enough, you can order a new coffee drink every time you want to purchase one.



Types of Coffee Makers

Are you trying to figure out which coffee maker is the best for you? Here are a few options to help you discover which one you may like to purchase.


  1. Automatic Drip Coffee Makers

This type of coffee maker is great for brewing large quantities, and many single serve brewers now have the ability to brew full pots with a single larger pod. These machines are also simple to use:

  • Load your pod or ground coffee (and the filter if necessary)

  • Make sure the water reservoir is full

  • Press "brew"


2. French Press

The French press is a cylindrical container with a plunger. The coffee grounds are placed in the coffee maker and submerged with water for a period of time. When I make French press coffee I usually let it sit for three minutes. Once the time is up, you push down on the plunger to press the coffee grounds to the bottom of the container. The coffee is poured out of the spout on top.

  • Add as much ground coffee as you'd like

  • Add as much water as you want

  • Plunge to complete extraction after the amount of time you want to wait for


3. Pour-Over Coffee Makers

Pour-over coffee makers use conical filters, though some may have a flat bottom. Why the cone shape? It has a couple benefits that flat-bottomed filters don't:

  • All of the water is passed towards the bottom of the cone and completely through the coffee grounds for a stronger cup

  • If paper filters are used, there are no issues with the sides of the filter collapsing and the grounds spilling into your cup


4. AeroPress

This coffee maker has the same principle as the French press. It's small, lightweight, and gives you complete control over the coffee. The Aeropress is great for several reasons:

  • Tons of flexibility to experiment with your ground size, ratios and temperature

  • Fast extraction time

  • It's capable of making condensed espresso style beverages

There are some downsides to the Areopress. You can only brew one cup at a time and the unit is more complex. It all comes down to what you would like out of your coffee maker.











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