Manual Vs. Automatic Coffee Maker
Now we are in step 2, where we'll find out whether you are more the 'set it and forget it' type or you like the idea of customizing water temperature or adjusting the coffee to water ratio.
To do that, we'll separate coffee machines into two groups which I will call: automatic coffee makers and manual coffee makers. There is no standard definition for these terms so you may see it explained differently on other sites but for our purposes ...
What Is An Automatic Coffee Maker?
Basically, a coffee maker is automatic when all you have to do is add coffee and water and start the brewing process by flipping a button.
I'm tempted that all coffee machines are automatic when you plug it into an outlet. Look at the percolator, for example. Electric models have a plug and an integrated heating element.
The heat source of traditional models, however, is the stove. There is no outlet needed. But there's still water and coffee that need to be added.
You see the argument now of whether it's an automatic or manual coffee maker?In my opinion, percolators are next to drip coffee makers and single cup brewers automatic coffee makers.
What Is A Manual Coffee Maker?
On the other hand, there are manual coffee makers like the Pour Over Dripper, the French Press, the AeroPress or the Chemex.
A manual coffee maker is simply brewing coffee with some sort of device by hand! To put it another way, you boil the water and monitor the temperature. You determine the coffee to water ratio. Based on the brewing method you decide how fast to pour the water over the grounds which determines how long the water is in contact with the coffee.
If you ask coffee aficionados, brewing coffee with a manual coffee maker is not just about having control over the entire brewing elements, it’s a ritual, it’s an art!
What do you think? Which one of these peaks your interest?
Is the mere thought of measuring temperature, weighing coffee and monitoring steeping time overwhelming? Is the mere thought of measuring temperature, weighing coffee and monitoring steeping time overwhelming?
Well, then a manual coffee maker is the perfect fit for you! I think it is safe for you to jump straight to the Manual Coffee Maker section! But if you prefer to brew coffee with the touch of a button, automatic is your best choice!It looks like we got that covered now!
Are you ready to dive even deeper?