How to make coffee: types, tips and tools

You are curious to know how to make the best coffee for you? There are around 60 plant species worldwide and 2.6 billion cups of coffee are drunk every day. But what kind? In Italy there is certainly no bar that does not prepare an espresso, while capsule or pod coffee machines are increasingly common in people’s kitchens.

However, there are those who prefer the longer and less dense American coffee, which can be prepared with some coffee machines who also offer this type of drink and those who just can’t give up the mocha.

In short, there is a world that smells of coffee and many ways to prepare it.

How to make espresso

Il espresso it is the best known and consumed in Italy, the true symbol of this drink. It is obtained by roasting and grinding the coffee beans and then by percolating hot water, which does not reach boiling point, at a pressure of 9 bar through a layer of ground and pressed coffee.

There are commercially espresso machines which limit the production of the drink to a few types, even just two, short and long. This is to offer a coffee that is close to the bar espresso that many love.

The A Modo Mio Tiny coffee machine by Lavazza is an example of this: it is the model suitable for those who love to drink only coffee and want to adjust the length of the drink, because a single button regulates its delivery. Just choose the size of the cup.

Lavazza, My Way Tiny

The coffee machines commonly sold for espresso therefore work in two ways: a cialde or a capsule. In both cases, the quality of the coffee determines the final result, so we find some on the market specific capsules to prepare espresso, such as capsules Nescafe Dolce Gusto Espresso Rome composed of roasted and ground coffee.

Nescafe Dolce Gusto Espresso Rome

Nescafe Dolce Gusto Espresso Rome

Even the waffles they change according to the coffee used and its processing, but on the packaging it is usually clear whether they are espresso pods or not. For example, the Espresso Pellini Top single-serving pods they are specifically designed to prepare a coffee with a refined and delicate aroma like an espresso.

Espresso Coffee Pellini Top Arabica 100%

Espresso Coffee Pellini Top Arabica 100%

Espresso, in general, is the type of coffee that is drunk in the morning, before or after a breakfast – usually sweet – or after a meal.

Making coffee with mocha

In Italy, if we talk about coffee, we can include two alignments: pro moka and against moka. The real coffee machine is this, the mokaa coffee maker designed by Alfonso Bialetti in 1933 and subsequently produced in more than 105 million units, one of the most recent of which is the Moka Express coffee maker.

Bialetti Moka Express coffee maker

Bialetti Moka Express coffee maker

Today the term moka generally identifies coffee makers for domestic use, usually in duraluminium. Some argue that the taste of coffee prepared with a mocha is unbeatable for any automatic machine, but a lot depends on the coffee used.

In fact, to work, the moka requires the grinded coffee and the differences between one brand and another can be enormous. A classic of ground coffees is the Illy CLASSIC Toasted ground coffee for espressosold in a practical sealed aluminum jar.

illy Ground coffee for espresso

illy Ground coffee for espresso

Today on the market there are moka models of all kinds, not only in the classic metal cover, but also coloured, transparent, with anti-scald handle and for induction hobs.

An evolution of the classic moka is the electric moka, a plug-in coffee maker that schedules coffee preparation, automatically shuts off, and can keep coffee hot for up to 30 minutes. That’s what it does electric moka De’Longhi Alicia PLUS EMKM4.B.

De'Longhi Alicia PLUS

American coffee

A bit like for the mocha, also for the camerican coffee there are those who are in favor and those who are against. It is a coffee that comes from America, where coffee is drunk more often at various times of the day because it is diluted with hot water. This is American coffee.

There are cars specifically designed for make american coffeea bit like you see in the movies, as in the case of macchina Russell Hobbswhich allows you to prepare up to 1.25 liters of coffee.

Russell Hobbs American coffee machine

Russell Hobbs American coffee machine

Then there are coffee machines that allow you to brew also the American, but not only. Eg, Philips 3200 Series Automatic Coffee Machine allows you to prepare 5 different drinks, including American coffee, but it is not specific only to this coffee.

Philips 3200 Series Automatic Coffee Machine

Philips 3200 Series Automatic Coffee Machine

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