10. Special coffee appliances in our cute daily life


The coffee industry is developing, as is the popular hand-brewed coffee technology. Followed by the continuous iteration of brewing coffee appliances and the continuous introduction of new coffee appliances. Let’s discuss the usage and suitability of different coffee appliances. 

From the conversation with the barista in the coffee shop and other comments on the Internet. In this paper, six common drip coffee tools such as Hario V60, cake cup, Chemex are compared in detail, and their respective advantages are listed.

What will affect to choice of coffee appliances?

There are more and more kinds of coffee appliances in brewing for filtered coffee, each of which has its unique extraction effect, flavor, and taste. Choosing which one to use is an important first step in the brewing process.

First, the extraction methods of immersion and trickle filtration are different. Technically, both use filters, but they present a very different taste in the cup.

Using the soaking method, the coffee is in contact with water for as long as specified in the brewing strategy. Coffee and water are filtered by pressing a button or plunger. This method provides stability, giving coffee higher alcohol thickness and longer aftertaste.

With the trickle filtration method, the extraction starts from the moment of water injection. Coffee is extracted with the help of temperature and gravity. This method requires more sophisticated brewing techniques, and the extracted coffee usually has a better and more complex aroma.

There are several key brewing parameters to be considered when brewing coffee, such as grinding degree, extraction time, water temperature and powder water ratio.

Before choosing an appliance, think about your favorite coffee type and budget. You can refer to the coffee shop you often go to, the coffee you often drink, and what kind of brewing equipment does the barista use.

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How about Hario V60?

Hario V60 is one of the most popular coffee appliances with hand washing in the coffee industry. V60 was first launched in Japan in the mid-20th century. Around 2010, it became more famous internationally, mainly due to its wide use in coffee competitions.

The conical wall of the bowl is at an angle of 60 degrees (therefore V60), which ensures a continuous flow rate. Compared with other filter cups, V60 has a larger outlet hole, which may or may not be beneficial to extraction, mainly depending on the brewing technology.

Compared with the flat bottom filter cup, the conical filter cup has a higher probability of passing water. The way of water injection should be more careful.

The channel effect occurs when water passes through the coffee bed through the path with the least resistance. This leads to both underextraction and over extraction. Ensuring uniform water injection can help reduce any channel.

V60 emphasizes acidity and aroma, and can show the flavor of coffee beans. The more skilled the brewing technology is, the stronger the consistency is.

Recommended to: skilled baristas, those looking for cleaner and more aromatic flavors, and consumers who want to try.

And Kalita cup cake?

The cake cup was also invented in Japan and can now be seen everywhere in cafes and families around the world. Cupcakes come in a variety of materials and two different sizes.

It is designed differently from the V60 and has a flat bottom shape rather than a “real” cone. The flat bottom of the cake cup makes the water flow slower. When the extraction is almost over, there will always be some water left.

Kalita has a flat bottom with three small holes at the bottom, which allows water to pass more slowly and evenly than V60. For less experienced baristas, a slower and more uniform flow rate means that any error has less impact on the final extraction. This reduces the risk of under extraction or over extraction.

When using a flat bottom filter cup, the channel is minimized because the coffee powder stays at the bottom of the filter cup rather than on the cup wall during the extraction process, which increases the extraction rate.

However, when the extraction is almost over, water will accumulate in the coffee powder bed for a long time, prolonging the extraction time. Therefore, when using this filter cup, attention should be paid to the grinding degree.

For more body and sweetness, try a flat bottom filter. Of course, it depends more on the coffee beans themselves and how they are baked.

Recommended to: less skilled baristas, baristas who try to find more consistent flavor characteristics in coffee, and consumers who prefer sweetness and mellow thickness.

The Chemex

Chemex was born in the United States in the 1940s. Its original design was to simplify the process of extracting coffee. Chemex is designed as an integrated structure of filter cup and sharing pot, making it an ideal choice for extracting large amounts of coffee.

Similar to the V60, Chemex is one of conical coffee appliances in brewing, although it has a significantly larger outlet hole. This means that baristas should pay more attention to their brewing techniques and how this will affect flavor and aroma.

If possible, it is recommended to use a gooseneck hand kettle with a thin mouth to help maintain the water flow speed. In addition, water injection is biased towards central water injection, which can maintain the consistency of extraction.

Although the outlet hole of Chemex is larger than V60, its flow rate is much slower due to the increase of the thickness of the filter paper. It is recommended that baristas use Chemex to thicken the grinding degree of coffee beans and use lighter roasted coffee beans. Due to the slow flow rate of Chemex, the deeper baking degree is easy to over extract.

Recommend a lot of light coffee to consumers every time they bake it

No matter what form you want to make a cup of coffee, there will always be an coffee appliance to meet your needs. In order to find out your needs, think about what aspects of coffee you value, such as body, cleanliness, sweetness, acidity, etc. This will help you decide which coffee appliance in brewing to choose.

Of course, the most important thing is the flavor characteristics of coffee itself.

Would you have any interesting coffee appliances? Please feel free to contact us.


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