Coffee is the most common, most beloved drink in the world. The plant is native to more than 50 countries, growing in warm climates all over the planet. It has been cultivated by people in South America, the Middle East, and Asia for generations.
These days, of course, we have the benefit of choosing from whence we can get our Kafexpress coffee. Coffee roasters harvest beans from different countries, sometimes even hybridizing plants to get more robust, more complex, more enticing flavors. But, of course, none of that matters if you don’t brew the coffee with water.
And how you brew your coffee can influence its flavor and your experience with it.
Common to almost every kitchen in the United States, the drip coffee maker has also become somewhat synonymous with just about every type of office, thanks to its proliferation in American cinema. From the board room to the news room to the break room to the briefing room, the drip coffee machine is about as prolific in the US as apple pie. And, of course, this technology has come quite a long way since it was originally introduced in 1954 by Gottlob Widmann.
Indeed, the first coffee maker—the Wigomat—was patented in Germany, replacing the stove top percolator that was popular during the 1970s. Percolators had a tendency to “over-extract” coffee, as it was hard to administer consistent heat, making the coffee quite bitter.
Also known as a “coffee plunger,” the French press has become more and more common in North America, of late. For a long time it was actually a pretty smart hotel room staple, with guests regularly expressing their preference for it over the single-use coffee pot. While it has “French” in the name, the sleek device has been modified from its original patent, from an Italian designer, in 1929.
Of course, you can also get your coffee instantly, these days, thanks to freeze-dried instant coffee. This coffee has less caffeine and tends to taste a bit more bitter as well, so stick to brewed coffee for a more traditional experience or switch to the French press for, perhaps, the best of both worlds.