Not every one’s favourite coffee is from an espresso machine in Starbucks. In the home Cafetieres and Stovetop coffee makers are increasingly popular. But what are they and which should you choose?
A Cafetiere is a glass or plastic pot with a plunger on top. The brand La Cafetière is most popular but they are also known as a French Press coffee maker or just a coffee maker.
To use a Cafetiere you take the lid and plunger off, spoon in your freshly ground coffee and then hot water from a kettle. Put the lid on with the plunger up. Then once you have allowed sufficient time push the plunger down to separate the coffee grounds from the coffee.
Cafetieres are simple to use and great when you have guests, they come in all sizes from one cup to 12 cups, so much quicker than making an espresso for every guest!
Stovetop coffee makers are becoming increasingly popular. As the name suggests these are coffee makers for use on the stove / on the hob.
A stovetop coffee maker has three components. The water reservoir at the bottom. A funnel shaped filter in the middle and the jug top ontop. To use the coffee maker fill the bottom section with water, and the filter with your ground coffee. Then place on the hob.
As the water heats it will produce steam. But with nowhere for the steam to go the pressure forces the water up the funnel and through to the ground coffee. As the water combines with the ground coffee it expands the coffee effectively “self tamping” and means more pressure is required for the water to pass through the coffee. This pressure means that the coffee produced is espresso rather than a standard coffee you would get from a Cafetiere. As the last of the water passes through the coffee it makes a characteristic gurgling sound telling you the coffee is brewed and ready to drink.
The most popular range of Stovetops is the Moka range by Bialetti. You can buy the stovetops in “cup sizes” from just a one cup all the way to a 18 cup.
Still not sure about stovetops? Take a look at this great YouTube video showing how simple it is to make the perfect espresso.